"Walcott is not a liberal. Far from it..."
Unfortunately, McClatchyEditor didn't offer any evidence for readers to decide whether Walcott is a liberal.
For evidence, I suggest taking a look at Walcott's own words about himself.
Walcott gave some insight about himself in 2008 after he was given the I. F. Stone Award (named for left-wing journalist I. F. Stone, who was also a Soviet agent) by the Nieman Foundation. Walcott give said this about himself:
"I can imagine no higher honor for anyone in our profession than to be compared to I.F. Stone. I do not believe that I deserve that honor, or that I've earned it, but I must confess that I'm grateful that someone, somewhere, for some reason, thinks that I do."
It's profoundly disturbing that McClatchy's DC bureau chief can think of "no higher honor" than being compared to a Soviet agent.
Below is a photo of John Walcott accepting the I. F. Stone medal. (Photo by Michael Temchine.)
Yes, I. F. Stone was a Soviet agent. (Some background on Stone's history with the KGB here.)
I emailed Bob Giles, the head of the group which hands out the annual I. F. Stone medal, to ask if the Nieman Foundation had any response to the new information confirming I. F. Stone worked as a Soviet agent. If the Nieman Foundation people have any information shedding light on Stone's history with the KGB, they are keeping it to themselves -- I got no response from Giles.