Skip to comments.A Publisher Stumbles Publicly at the (Washington) Post (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Posted on 07/04/2009 3:38:14 AM PDT by abb
Katharine Weymouth, the relatively new publisher of The Washington Post, is a lawyer who worked for the company for 12 years and was educated at the Harvard School of Business, so she is hardly a naïf in running a business.
But she has never worked in a newsroom, a gap in her résumé that may have contributed to her current problems.
As first reported in Politico, The Washington Post had sent out a brochure offering sponsorships a fee of $25,000 for one, or $250,000 for an entire series for an exclusive Washington Post salon at Ms. Weymouths home in which officials from Congress and the administration, lobbyists and, yes, the papers own reporters could have a quiet, off-the-record dinner, discussions to be led by Marcus Brauchli, the newspapers editor. Theoretically, you cant buy Washington Post reporters, but you can rent them.
I guess it sounded like a good idea at the time. Access, and its very close cousin, influence, define the Beltway. Millions of dollars are spent on having the right lobbyists, flacks and lawyers so that you can end up in a room with people who control your destiny.
And in some respects, the now-canceled salon on health care seems like an attempt to replicate a golden era for the newspaper in which a seat at a dinner hosted by Katharine Graham, the legendary publisher of The Washington Post and Ms. Weymouths grandmother, was the hottest commodity in the Beltway.
The difference? Mrs. Graham bestowed legitimacy (Richard M. Nixon never made the cut, even as president). Ms. Weymouth decided to sell it, with her papers editorial integrity apparently thrown in as a parting gift.
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it was a pretty close to epic fail
Wow how cute. The newspaper of the fake stories is now calling out the WA Post on Ethics.
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Weymouth may not survive this. She only got the job because she was MeeMaw’s (Katherine Graham) favorite.
Politics makes .
A whore setting the price-nothing unusual!
Yes, but it's all so unseemly to do the bargaining in public, doncha see?
The writer thinks the above qualifies someone to run a business?
NY Times is just jealous that it did not come up with the idea.
The real question here is who at the White House knew and went along with such....
Neither paper is worthy of wiping ones rear end with.
Both are in the hip pocket of liberals making impossible to be fair or honest.
Absolutely, you are on the mark.
Does anyone believe this hasn’t been going on since Martha Graham?
Nothing new, just got out to the public this time.
I can undersatand this. Yet it begs the question. What politicians, who register just as high on the hack meter, made the cut?
I suppose when you are editorializing you need to get in the dig, knowing that following the thought gets you little except a really deep hole.
The Post has been selling it all along, and will continue to sell it. This is simply the first time they used a medium (the flyer) that amounts to being caught red-handed. Lesson learned.
Is this LALLY WEYMOUTH??