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Washington Post sells access, $25,000+
The Politico ^

Posted on 07/02/2009 5:46:51 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

WashPost sells access, $25,000+ By: Mike Allen July 2, 2009 08:04 AM EST

For $25,000 to $250,000, The Washington Post is offering lobbyists and association executives off the record, non-confrontational access to "those powerful few" — Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and the paper’s own reporters and editors.

The astonishing offer is detailed in a flier circulated Wednesday to a health-care lobbyist, who provided it to a reporter because the lobbyist said he feels it’s a conflict for the paper to charge for access to, as the flier says, its “health care reporting and editorial staff."

The offer—which essentially turns a news organization into a facilitator for private lobbyist-official encounters—is a new sign of the lengths to which news organizations will go to find revenue at a time when most newspapers are struggling for survival.

And it's a turn of the times that a lobbyist is scolding The Washington Post for its ethical practices.

"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 …

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 4thestate5thcolumn; advertising; gerbalism; gerbilism; journalism; liberalmedia; mikeallen; newspapers; obama; partisanmedia; puppetmedia; staterunmedia; weymouth; wp
So much for ethics....
1 posted on 07/02/2009 5:46:51 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Journalistic prostitution.


2 posted on 07/02/2009 5:49:04 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: Sub-Driver

Solution....100% sales tax on excess profits, citing this crap as the target.


3 posted on 07/02/2009 5:54:07 AM PDT by pointsal
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To: Sub-Driver

Major story, especially since it comes from Politico, which is staffed primarily by former WP reporters. I hope the MSM picks it up. Politico has amazing access in Washington. I don’t agree with where they are coming from, but they are a reliable source of news.


4 posted on 07/02/2009 5:55:03 AM PDT by kabar
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To: Sub-Driver; The Great RJ

If you got it, sell it.

It does provide a new definition for the word Presstitute.


5 posted on 07/02/2009 5:57:33 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . The boy's war in Detriot has already cost more then the war in Iraq.)
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To: Sub-Driver

WashPo selling/getting a Lewinsky for $25K.


6 posted on 07/02/2009 5:57:39 AM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Windfall taxes for the Com Post!


7 posted on 07/02/2009 6:04:09 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Sub-Driver

It is very likely this is as much an idea by Obozo to schmooze with contributors as it is an obvious prostituting journalism ideals by the WaPo.


8 posted on 07/02/2009 6:14:38 AM PDT by mgc1122
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To: Sub-Driver

Wasn’t Obama suggesting newspapers should be considered not-for-profits (tax exempt)?


9 posted on 07/02/2009 6:15:16 AM PDT by Neverforget01 (Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Today’s journalistic ethics leave a lot to be desired.


10 posted on 07/02/2009 6:15:55 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: bert; Sub-Driver; Doohickey; patton; CholeraJoe; neverdem; xsmommy
OK, OK, OK.

So the WashPo is charging for an “evening” with the WashPo editors, writers and influential Obama politicians and aides.

Aside from the fact that this MAKES (by definition!) the WashPo a lobbying organization) you've got to ask, is the money worth it? Since the WashPo is going to do nothing byut repeat the Obama POV, and push the Obama agenda, isn't it cheaper to pay the Obama rep's directly?

By the way, isn't there a law against an administration lackey ATTENDING an affair where access to administration lackies is being “sold”?

11 posted on 07/02/2009 6:16:05 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

Gee, I guess this “we will only sell newspapers to 30% of the population” business model doesn’t work afterall.

Dear Washington Compost,

I have an idea to make you a profitable organization within one year.

TELL THE FREAKING TRUTH!!!!

Regards

A US Citizen.


12 posted on 07/02/2009 6:16:06 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Climate change alarmists are Warm-Mongers. Now that's funny right there. I don't care who you are.)
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To: Sub-Driver

So they no longer need to even PRETEND they’re not pimping?


13 posted on 07/02/2009 6:16:34 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Sub-Driver

Hannity is dead-on right. Journalism as we knew it is indeed dead in America.


14 posted on 07/02/2009 6:18:05 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Impeach President Soros!!!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
isn't there a law

In the fine print, it says that law is only enforced against non-RINO Republicans...

15 posted on 07/02/2009 6:18:21 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Venturer

“...journalistic ethics...”

The very definition of an oxymoron.


16 posted on 07/02/2009 6:19:10 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: NativeNewYorker

No they no longer have to pretend......the takeover is complete.


17 posted on 07/02/2009 6:20:33 AM PDT by tioga
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To: Sub-Driver

They finally realized their business model was off: there’s no money in shilling for the DNC for free. Propaganda costs money and their benefactors should be paying for it.


18 posted on 07/02/2009 6:22:14 AM PDT by Reeses (Leftism is powered by the evil force of envy.)
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To: Sub-Driver

19 posted on 07/02/2009 6:29:42 AM PDT by maggief
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Ick. Sleeziest thing they have done this morning.


20 posted on 07/02/2009 6:31:25 AM PDT by patton (Obama has replaced "Res Publica" with "Quod licet Jovi non licet bovi.")
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To: Sub-Driver

The Washington Post has about as much integrity as a D. C. streetwalker. That’s why we call them “presstitutes.”


21 posted on 07/02/2009 6:35:35 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: Sub-Driver
Any brief intake of bucks will be diminutive compared to the loss of credibility this will entail. Many of the news people at the Post have to be very unhappy over this.

They're just doing what has always been done—but apparently now for direct payment. Bizarre—

22 posted on 07/02/2009 6:38:10 AM PDT by mtntop3
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To: patton

But the day is young.


23 posted on 07/02/2009 6:51:09 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Just buy a one-way ticket to Argentina already.)
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To: brytlea; Diana in Wisconsin; Kakaze; Tammy8; unkus; metmom; Cap Huff; svcw; leapfrog0202; Concho; ..

Ping


24 posted on 07/02/2009 7:02:04 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (If Tehran offered an unclenched fist, Obama would be shaking a bloody hand and calling it good.)
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Isn’t the bigger issue politicians are available?


25 posted on 07/02/2009 7:14:27 AM PDT by PghBaldy (http://www.blackfive.net/main/2009/06/president-obama-visits-wounded-troops.html)
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To: Sub-Driver

Desperate for revenue. They’re dead, Jim.


26 posted on 07/02/2009 7:35:35 AM PDT by Valpal1 (Always be prepared to make that difference.)
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To: Sub-Driver; All

27 posted on 07/02/2009 7:56:56 AM PDT by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
By the way, isn't there a law against an administration lackey ATTENDING an affair where access to administration lackies is being “sold”?

That's what made my jaw drop here. The WaPo is peddling influence but, let's face it, there aren't many people left in the world who still entertain the quaint notion that the DNC-allied WaPo is in any way a legitimate news organization.

But which Obama administration officials are allowing themselves to be pimped by the WaPo?

Enquiring minds want to know.

28 posted on 07/02/2009 7:57:47 AM PDT by leilani
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To: penelopesire; seekthetruth; television is just wrong; jcsjcm; BP2; Pablo Mac; April Lexington; ...

~~ Blatant WaPo pimping .... PING!

_______________________

S&P Cuts Washington Post Ratings On Publishing Worries - 6-26-09
http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20090626-715020.html

Excerpt:

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services lowered its ratings on Washington Post Co. (WPO) a notch, reflecting the ratings firm’s expectation that losses in newspapers and magazines will hamper results in 2009.

The publisher swung to a first-quarter loss as charges and the advertising slump’s effect on its core newspaper and magazine operations weighed on results. The company’s Kaplan education business, which insulates it from the travails of the media industry, also struggled, suffering a 76% profit drop.

S&P lowered the company’s corporate credit and senior unsecured issue-level ratings to A and removed the ratings from watch for downgrade, but it did issue a negative rating outlook.

The ratings firm had put Washington Post’s ratings on watch for downgrade at the beginning of May.

“We believe total Ebitda in 2009 at Washington Post is likely to decline by about 30%, which is a significantly higher rate of decline than we previously expected, which contributed to our CreditWatch listing several weeks ago,” credit analyst Emile Courtney said.

~~~

Another bailout candidate ?


29 posted on 07/02/2009 8:12:21 AM PDT by STARWISE (The Art & Science Institute of Chicago Politics NE Div: now open at the White House)
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To: STARWISE

Wonder what Helen thinks of this?


30 posted on 07/02/2009 8:20:53 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Hey hey! Ho ho! Where's your Birth Certificate/ We've a right to know!)
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To: Sub-Driver

31 posted on 07/02/2009 8:39:19 AM PDT by RatherBiased.com
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To: STARWISE

Jeez Louise!

Does it get any worse than this? It’s an outrage an hour with this administration and his lapdogs in the media! Rush will be all over this today!

Pathetic!


32 posted on 07/02/2009 8:48:16 AM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Yes. and I feel sure that Eric Holder will get right on this a prosecute Emanuel and Axelrod the max...Not.


33 posted on 07/02/2009 8:53:15 AM PDT by rod1
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To: hoosiermama
Wonder what Helen thinks of this?

Is she prostituting herself?

34 posted on 07/02/2009 8:57:30 AM PDT by steve-b (Intelligent design is to evolutionary biology what socialism is to free-market economics.)
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To: Islander7

Last time I looked, there were only three paper mills left in the U.S. that make newsprint. The vast majority of it comes from Canada, and some from Mexico. Our environmental movement destroyed the industry here.


35 posted on 07/02/2009 9:02:48 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Sub-Driver
My favorite section of this very revealing article:

“In response to requests for comment, The Post issued a statement that stopped short of canceling the event.

Kris Coratti, communications director of Washington Post Media, a division of The Washington Post Company, said: “The flier circulated this morning came out of a business division for conferences and events, and the newsroom was unaware of such communication. It went out before it was properly vetted, and this draft does not represent what the company’s vision for these dinners are, which is meant to be an independent, policy-oriented event for newsmakers.

“As written, the newsroom could not participate in an event like this. We do believe there is an opportunity to have a conferences and events business, and that The Post should be leading these conversations in Washington, big or small, while maintaining journalistic integrity. The newsroom will participate where appropriate.”

Brauchli, the executive editor, was named on the flier as one of the “Hosts and Discussion Leaders.”

How much pressure do you think the business division will put on the news room to give “favorable” coverage to those organizations and associations who pony up the $25 to $250 grand? This is, after all, an organization that's hemorrhaging money.

And that's exactly what the suits will tell the news room when they get on their high horse about their “journalistic ethics.” They'll tell them here's the choice: You can have your ethics, or you can have a job. Which is it going to be?

And we all know that somehow those troubled souls down in the news room will find a path to ease their consciences.

36 posted on 07/02/2009 9:04:15 AM PDT by mojito
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Katharine Weymouth, Media Whore
37 posted on 07/02/2009 9:22:58 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (Needs no further explanation.)
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"Ha ha, charade you are..."


38 posted on 07/02/2009 9:29:02 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (Needs no further explanation.)
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To: SumProVita; HardStarboard; BradyLS; Ernest_at_the_Beach; dervish; Twotone; Free ThinkerNY; ...

The list, ping


39 posted on 07/02/2009 10:15:02 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: La Lydia
Our environmental movement destroyed the industry here.

I know. There was once a huge International Paper Company mill in Moss Point, MS that employed thousands of locals. It closed several years ago wrecking the economy of that town.

40 posted on 07/02/2009 10:21:38 AM PDT by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: abb

Ping


41 posted on 07/02/2009 10:45:01 AM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Be prepared for tough times. FReepmail me to learn about our survival thread!)
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To: RatherBiased.com


BUSTED !

Katharyn Weymounth
GUILTY.

42 posted on 07/02/2009 11:28:40 AM PDT by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: The Great RJ

You got that right on the nose. But mainstream media prostituted itself on the demoncRAT-controlled altar starting with the clintoonian admin & continuing with obozo the clown admin.


43 posted on 07/02/2009 11:54:16 AM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: mojito; neverdem
“As written, the newsroom could not participate in an event like this. We do believe there is an opportunity to have a conferences and events business, and that The Post should be leading these conversations in Washington, big or small, while maintaining journalistic integrity. The newsroom will participate where appropriate.”

Brauchli, the executive editor, was named on the flier as one of the “Hosts and Discussion Leaders.”

I don't see anything in that reply that indicates that they EVEN RECOGNIZE that this is WRONG and will not be done.

From the words, they will continue: WashPo reporters, WashPo editors, Obama administration employees and all.

44 posted on 07/02/2009 4:15:02 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
We do believe there is an opportunity to have a conferences and events business, and that The Post should be leading these conversations in Washington, big or small, while maintaining journalistic integrity. The newsroom will participate where appropriate.”

Ah, yes, "journalistic integrity." The kind that allows a news organizations to sell access to elected officials from their Party. George Orwell would instantly recognize such a usage.

45 posted on 07/02/2009 4:32:10 PM PDT by Interesting Times (For the truth about "swift boating" see ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: kittymyrib

You are not being fair to DC steetwalkers.


46 posted on 07/02/2009 9:56:14 PM PDT by oldbill
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
Aside from the fact that this MAKES (by definition!) the WashPo a lobbying organization) you've got to ask, is the money worth it? Since the WashPo is going to do nothing but repeat the Obama POV, and push the Obama agenda, isn't it cheaper to pay the Obama rep's directly?

I'm not sure why - but this is really funny in some off-beat quirky way. A journalist reading it would be wincing.

47 posted on 07/03/2009 7:45:07 PM PDT by GOPJ (Raped five year olds can get press at the Washington Post -if we can raise the money to buy access.)
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To: Drango
WashPo selling/getting a Lewinsky for $25K.

I think the Publisher's more like a pimp trying to force the newsroom to do and do and do and do and do a million Lewinskys.

For all the people they try to cover with some integrity.

She wanted to sell them... highest bidder and all. Kind of the the white Duke official - perv Dad - trying to sell his 5 year old adopted black son for "anything" goes rape parties.

Who knows - maybe the Washington Post boys will feel some empathy for the 5 year old now.

48 posted on 07/03/2009 8:31:54 PM PDT by GOPJ (Raped five year olds can get press at the Washington Post -if we can raise the money to buy access.)
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