Why does Washington Post need a reporter to cover conservatives?

Byron York writing in The Washington Examiner: “It started in January 2004, when the New York times chose David Kirkpatrick to cover the conservative movement. The goal, as Times editor Bill Keller told then-ombudsman Byron Calame in 2006, was to identify ‘the [conservative] thinkers and the grass roots they organize’ and explore ‘how the conservative movement works to be heard in Washington.’ ‘We wanted to understand them,’ Keller said of conservatives. If you were trying to craft the most concise statement of the distance between mainstream media figures and conservatism, it would be hard to do better than that.”