- The Washington Post plans more sessions involving cash transactions for access to those they allegedly cover. Why not? Who's stopping them or any other so-called 'journalists'?
- offered lobbyists and association executives off-the-record access to "those powerful few" —
- The astonishing offer was detailed in a flier circulated Wednesday to a health care lobbyist,
who provided it to a reporter because the lobbyist said he felt it was a conflict for the paper to charge for access to, as the flier says, its “health care reporting and editorial staff."
With the Post newsroom in an uproar after POLITICO reported the solicitation, Weymouth said in an email to the staff that "a flier went out that was prepared by the marketing department and was never vetted by me or by the newsroom. Had it been, the flier would have been immediately killed, because it completely misrepresented what we were trying to do."
- Weymouth said the paper had planned a series of dinners with participation from the newsroom “but with parameters such that we did not in any way compromise our integrity."...
WHAT INTEGRITY? THIS IS THE POINT. YOU ALL SAY YOU'RE OBJECTIVE--ANYONE CAN SAY THAT. WHO THE HELL ARE YOU TO ANNOINT YOURSELVES OBJECTIVE? YOUR OWN OMBUDSMAN SAID MOST OF YOU WERE BIASED WHICH IS OBVIOUS ANYWAY.
- THE PROBLEM IS--YOU SEE NOTHING WRONG WITH YOUR BIAS.
(Politico): "Sponsorship of events, like advertising in the newspaper, must be at arm's length and cannot imply control over the content or access to our journalists. At this juncture, we will not be holding the planned July dinner and we will not hold salon dinners involving the newsroom. “
- She made it clear however, that The Post, which lost $19.5 million in the first quarter, sees
- bringing together Washington figures as a future revenue source.
“We do believe that there is a viable way to
- expand our expertise into live conferences and events that simply enhances what we do - cover Washington for Washingtonians and those interested in Washington,” she said.
“ And we will begin to do live events in ways that enhance our reputation and in no way call into question our integrity.”
Executive editor Marcus Brauchli was as adamant as Weymouth in denouncing the plan promoted in the flier."
- POLITICO--THIS MAKES NO SENSE, YOU JUST SAID WEYMOUTH DEFENDED THE IDEA. She only made a lame excuse that the 'flier' hadn't been correctly vetted.
(Politico): “You cannot buy access to a Washington Post journalist,” Brauchli told POLITICO.
- Brauchli was named on the flier as one of the salon’s "Hosts and Discussion Leaders."" (!!!)
(Politico): "Brauchli said in an interview that he understood the business side of the Post planned on holding dinners on policy and was scheduled to attend the July 21 dinner at Weymouth’s Washington home, but he said he had not seen the material promoting it until today. “The flier, and the description of these things, was not at all consistent with the preliminary conversations the newsroom had,” Brauchli said, adding that it was “absolutely impossible” the newsroom would participate in the kind of event described in the solicitation for the event."...
- (You're such sorry your plan was exposed).
(Politico): "Underwriting Opportunity: An evening with the right people can alter the debate," says the one-page flier.
- "Underwrite and participate in this intimate and exclusive
Washington Post Salon, an off-the-record dinner and discussion at the home of CEO and Publisher Katharine Weymouth. ... Bring your organization’s CEO or executive director literally to the table.
- Interact with key Obama administration and congressional leaders."