Over the last few years, the Washington Post has attempted to cut costs by offering certain employees buyouts, essentially paying them to retire early or leave for other work. For some bizarre reason, the Post’s opinion section has been entirely shielded from these buyouts. Last year the paper bought out nearly 50 people. Many of them were actual reporters, including investigative reporters. Many of them were people of color. Not a single one was an opinion columnist.
Lisi’s case lifts Mr. Ford’s spectacle from questions of judgment, personal weakness, perhaps of addiction and a seedy private life and dumps it squarely in the realm of violent criminality, suggesting broader lawlessness, such as obstruction of justice or destruction of evidence, alongside questions over potential vulnerability of the mayor’s office.