In an article on the impact of the sequester on the Defense Department the Post told readers:

"The $46 billion dent to the Pentagon’s fiscal 2013 budget, long considered by the brass as nothing more than a political pawn, has taken on an air of inevitability, forcing commanders across the military to plan for painful reductions and argue that American lives and livelihoods are hanging in the balance" [emphasis added].

A real newspaper would of course reserve the adjective "painful" for the opinion pages. Any budget cut will lead to job loss and displacement. However the Post is not in the habit of applying the term "painful" when budget cuts take place outside of the military.

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