Rubin's move to the Washington Post in
November 2010 became a national news story and was
discussed by the media on all sides of the
political spectrum, ranging from The American
Conservative and the Weekly
Standard, to Salon
Magazine and the Slate
magazine. She was included on
the list of "50 Most Influential American Jews" by
The Forward, a
right-wing Jewish Newspaper.
Slate blogger David Weigel called
Rubin "one of the right’s most prolific online
The Commentary editor John Podhoretz writes
that Rubin "labored daily from her home in
suburban Virginia [...] never missing a news
story, never missing an op-ed column, reading
everything and digesting everything and commenting
on everything. She is a phenomenon, especially
considering that for the first two decades of her
working life, she was not a writer or a journalist
but a lawyer specializing in labor issues [..]".
In welcoming remarks, The Washington Post
editorial page editor Fred Hiatt writes that
"her provocative writing has become 'must read'
material for news and policy makers and avid
Rubin's political views are widely
characterized as conservative.
She was also called a supporter of Tea Party movement.
She has opposed Barack Obama on
multiple occasions, calling him “the most anti-Israel
U.S. president (ever),”
and writing that “Obama isn’t moderate, doesn’t
like the free market, and isn’t
interested in waging a robust war on Islamic
Rubin consistently supports the Likud government and other
conservative factions in Israel, and has been a
harsh critic of Hamas and of the PLO
In January 2010, Rubin authored an article for
asking "Why Jews Hate Sarah Palin".
The article was criticized by Heather Horn writing in The Atlantic as
"illogical, poorly-argued, and anti-Semitic".
After joining the Washington
Post, Rubin drew criticism in the wake
of the 2011 Norway attacks
after she wrote incorrectly that the attacks were
carried out by Islamic jihadists.
In a follow-up column,
Rubin acknowledged that her decision to blame
Muslim extremists for the Norway attacks was
"premature", but she did not apologize for her
remarks nor did she condemn the right-wing
anti-Muslim ideology that motivated the attacker,
Breivik. Predictably enough, Jeffrey Goldberg
defended Rubin's initial article that falsely
accused Muslims of perpetrating the attack.
Rubin used her blog to accuse the Occupy Wall Street
movement of anti-semitism.
In her posts Rubin promoted a video by the Emergency
Committee for Israel that purported to show
anti-semitism at the Occupy Wall Street
protest. Critics of Rubin have described her
portrayal of the protest movement as inaccurate,
noting that the large number of Jews affiliated
with the movement, the confrontations between OWS
protestors and anti-semites, and the financial
ties between the Emergency Committee for Israel
and Wall Street firms.
Others noted that Rubin's primary example of what
she calls "anti-semitism" was actually a mentally
unstable homeless man unaffiliated with the OWS
movement who has been wandering the lower
Manhattan financial district for years.
In Oct 2011, Rubin again drew criticism for tweeting
a post by Rachel Abrams, which some have
interpreted as a call for genocide against the Palestinian people.
Liberal Jewish advocacy group J Street described the blog
post as an "unhinged rant filled with incitement
and hate speech".
Beirut's English language newspaper Al-Akhbar ran
a story by Max Blumenthal
headlined "Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin
promotes call for Palestinian genocide",
Matters Senior Foreign Policy Fellow M.J. Rosenberg argued that
Rubin's support for such a position should
disqualify her from writing for the Washington
On November 7, 2012, following the presidential election, Rubin published
a 'post-mortem' column criticizing the
Romney campaign as ineffectual.
In response, others criticized Rubin as having
been disingenuous or misleading during her
pre-election coverage of the 2012 campaign. This
was because Rubin had previously praised the
Romney campaign for the same areas she found fault
with after the election was over. 
In August 2013, former Washington Post
ombudsman Patrick Pexton, in an open letter to
new Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos under
a section titled "The Ugly" called for Rubin to be
fired, calling her columns "shallow and
predictable" and "at best...political
pornography." He added that "she is often wrong,
and rarely acknowledges it"
Pexton finished with:
- Rubin was the No. 1 source of complaint
mail about any single Post staffer while I was
ombudsman, and I’m leaving out the organized
email campaigns against her by leftie groups
like Media Matters. Thinking conservatives
didn’t like her, thinking moderates didn’t like
her, government workers who knew her arguments
to be unfair didn’t like her. Dump her like a
dull tome on the Amazon Bargain Books page.