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A Letter to Our Readers (WaPo's Weymouth: "dog ate homework" - Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
The Washington Post ^ | July 5, 2009 | Katherine Weymouth

Posted on 07/05/2009 3:11:51 AM PDT by abb

I want to apologize for a planned new venture that went off track and for any cause we may have given you to doubt our independence and integrity. A flier distributed last week suggested that we were selling access to power brokers in Washington through dinners that were to take place at my home. The flier was not approved by me or newsroom editors, and it did not accurately reflect what we had in mind. But let me be clear: The flier was not the only problem. Our mistake was to suggest that we would hold and participate in an off-the-record dinner with journalists and power brokers paid for by a sponsor. We will not organize such events. As publisher it is my job to ensure that we adhere to standards that are consistent with our integrity as a news organization. Last week, I let you, and the organization, down. The Washington Post remains committed, now and always, to the highest standards of journalistic integrity. Nothing is more important to us than that, and nothing will shake that commitment.

So what happened? Like other media companies, The Post hosts conferences and live events that bring together journalists, government officials and other leaders for discussions of important topics. These events make news and inform their audiences. We had planned to extend this business to include smaller gatherings, a practice that has become common at other media companies.

From the outset, we laid down firm parameters to ensure that these events would be consistent with The Post's values. If the events were to be sponsored by other companies, everything would be at arm's length -- sponsors would have no control over the content of the discussions, and no special access to our journalists.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: access; advertising; blunders; dbm; newspapers; wapo; weymouth; wp
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"I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!"
1 posted on 07/05/2009 3:11:51 AM PDT by abb
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; backhoe; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; Birch T. Barlow; ..

ping


2 posted on 07/05/2009 3:12:45 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb
Here at FreeRepublic we have never doubted her integrity. There is none.

Μολὼν λάβε


3 posted on 07/05/2009 3:15:31 AM PDT by wastoute (translation of tag "Come and get them (bastards)" and the Scout Motto)
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To: abb
we were selling access to power...

Now who are you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?
4 posted on 07/05/2009 3:18:04 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: SpaceBar

Selling? Nah...

It was a rent-to-own deal!


5 posted on 07/05/2009 3:21:16 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

I’m only sorry I got caught!


6 posted on 07/05/2009 3:23:04 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: abb

Katherine....you’re a damned liar.


7 posted on 07/05/2009 3:23:30 AM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: abb

theres no doubt, we’re knows you guys lack any independence and integrity


8 posted on 07/05/2009 3:25:23 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: abb

Textbook behavior of a cornered rat.


9 posted on 07/05/2009 3:27:21 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: abb

http://bloggerinterrupted.com/2009/07/connies-sunday-column-deploys-army-of-strawmen
Connie’s Sunday column deploys army of strawmen

http://www.lvrj.com/opinion/49971882.html
THOMAS MITCHELL: Saving the media pros from the Web parasites

http://industry.bnet.com/media/10002943/the-bleeding-edge-of-media-business-models/
The Bleeding Edge of Media Business Models

http://www.mobilefun.ws/geeks-vs-journalists-a-tale-of-two-worldviews/
Geeks vs. journalists: A tale of two worldviews

http://karendecoster.com/?p=4344
Posner : Put the Kibosh on the Internet

http://www.cleveland.com/schultz/index.ssf/2009/07/idea_that_would_help_save_news.html
Idea that would help save newspapers makes bloggers howl


10 posted on 07/05/2009 3:35:26 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb
These are the people (and their readers) who want you to believe that Sarah Palin is stupid.

This was a criminal conspiracy to peddle influence, undertaken by people too stupid to plan a liquor store hold-up.

Remember this brain-dead plan the next time someone on the left calls a conservative stupid.

11 posted on 07/05/2009 3:39:54 AM PDT by muir_redwoods ( How come when I press "1 for English" I still can't understand what's being said?)
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To: muir_redwoods

Democratic game plan-personal destruction,voter fraud and
ballot re-counting and power grabbing!
Republican game plan-NONE!


12 posted on 07/05/2009 3:46:01 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: muir_redwoods

Her MeeMaw (Katherine Graham) patented this stuff years ago when she was publisher of the WaPo.


13 posted on 07/05/2009 3:46:26 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Not to mention that the publisher of the Washington Compost is - in this pathetic mea culpa - officially calling the paper’s sources “power brokers.”

Which means Katherine Weymouth considers that term a legitimate job description.

There’s something strange about the publisher of an alleged top-tier newspaper officially characterizing people in that manner.

Which means that this is how publisher Katherine Weymouth actually does perceive these people. Who were to hold court (a “salon”) in her own home. For a fee.

Which clearly means that it was her idea.


14 posted on 07/05/2009 3:55:36 AM PDT by angkor
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To: abb
"I want to apologize for a planned new venture that went off track and for any cause we may have given you to doubt our independence and integrity."

Well, if that's true, it's a big stinkin' apology.

And that's a bit stinkin' "if."

15 posted on 07/05/2009 4:03:24 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: abb
What is most troubling about this is that the "apology" refers to the type of events that raised a howl are actually business as usual, this just got "off track" -- meaning, exposed.

The whole thing stinks of backroom deals, newspaper-guided news, and politicians basking in Romanesque hosting -- and this is presented as the way things are usually done.

It's still going to happen, obviously. It'll just be back "on track" -- under the radar.

16 posted on 07/05/2009 4:13:23 AM PDT by Quiller (When you're fighting to survive, there is no "try" -- there is only do, or do not.)
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To: abb

Flier or flyer ?


17 posted on 07/05/2009 4:13:59 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: abb

“I’m shocked, shocked to find out that there is a dinner for rich lobbyists and government hacks scheduled for my home in two weeks.”
Sure, Katherine, we know a D.C. media lapdog for the Democrat party wouldn’t lie to us. (Do they know how ridiculous they are?)


18 posted on 07/05/2009 4:18:26 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: abb
guilty or not?


19 posted on 07/05/2009 4:19:32 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: abb

Here are your winnings, sir.


20 posted on 07/05/2009 4:19:43 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (AGWT is very robust with respect to data. All observations confirm it at the 100% confidence level.)
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To: Raycpa

March 2006: Grammar Trap: flier vs. flyer

http://www.agriculture.purdue.edu/agcomm/ontarget/0603/Grammar_trap.htm


21 posted on 07/05/2009 4:23:04 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: kittymyrib

I’m sure this happens all the time. The difference is ADM or DuPont or Raytheon used to go through the pretense of buying a full page ad in the business section on Sunday.

The only thing that’s changed is they just stop using the euphemism “escort service” and put a red light in the window.


23 posted on 07/05/2009 4:25:29 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (AGWT is very robust with respect to data. All observations confirm it at the 100% confidence level.)
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To: DUMBGRUNT
Fourth Estate
24 posted on 07/05/2009 4:25:45 AM PDT by Fred911 (YOU GET WHAT YOU ACCEPT)
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To: DUMBGRUNT

Thanks. No wonder I am never certain which word to use.


25 posted on 07/05/2009 4:25:46 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: abb
This time with paragraphs:

"we laid down firm parameters to ensure that these events would be consistent with The Post's values."

Ha ha hah. Grossly hypocritical elitist "values" perhaps.

ComPost "Parameters":

(1) Call these "events", "salons", which Merriam-Webster defines as "a fashionable assemblage of notables (as literary figures, artists, or statesmen) held by custom at the home of a prominent person."

(2) Hold the "salons" in the publisher's home living room.

(3) Adopt the money-making techniques of the most egregious and questionable practices of trade journalism (e.g. from "Waste Management Weekly" and "Restaurant News").

It's actually that last item that exposes the ComPost as having "ethics" and "principles" no more advanced than the lowliest practices of trade journalism.

Because it's one thing to couch your meet-and-greet under the pretensions of a refined and elite "salon."

And it's another thing to hold your "salon" in the publisher's living room.

But it's all quite another universe to tout your "salon" as providing access to journalists. For money.

I only wish they'd included the names of the whores journalists to be in attendance at the "salon" in the letter, so that we'd know just whom Katerine Weymouth considers suitable ladies-of-the-evening for her high class and elite clientele.

And by the way, that's exactly how the alleged "objective journalists" from the MSM consider at this practice of from trade journalism handbook: as straight-up prostitution.

26 posted on 07/05/2009 4:25:56 AM PDT by angkor
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To: abb
Our mistake was to suggest that we would hold and participate in an off-the-record dinner with journalists and power brokers paid for by a sponsor.

Her only mistake was not preventing it from becoming public. Her fellow socialists can't be too happy with her.
27 posted on 07/05/2009 4:36:34 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Raycpa

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flier

usually flyer : an advertising circular


28 posted on 07/05/2009 4:36:35 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb
The flier was not approved by me or newsroom editors, and it did not accurately reflect what we had in mind.

Ah-- the old "some low-level flunky accidently invited people to pay big money to come to my house for a meal and political plotting? defense"...

hh
29 posted on 07/05/2009 4:38:22 AM PDT by hoosier hick (Note to RINOs: We need a choice, not an echo....Barry Goldwater)
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To: Raycpa

The document.

http://media.washingtonexaminer.com/images/washington-post-white-house-health-care-lobbyists.png


30 posted on 07/05/2009 4:40:57 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

It reads like the handbills for sex in Las Vegas.


31 posted on 07/05/2009 4:46:13 AM PDT by Raycpa
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We will not organize such events.

Er...not now that the public has found out.

32 posted on 07/05/2009 4:51:30 AM PDT by HarleyD
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To: Raycpa

http://www.siennaentertainment.com/productImages/TOP%20FLYER-2.jpg

PG rated pic.


33 posted on 07/05/2009 4:56:27 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb
Whenever the prostitutes become too blatant about conducting their business, the mayor and police chief always feel obligated to make an appearance on TV and promise to clean things up. Which translates to moving the prostitutes and their clients down the street, away from the TV cameras. Same thing with these guys.

The only reason the Washington Post dropped this campaign is that the publicity was too blatant and too public. Now, the question will be, how will the cockroaches at the Washington Post find a way to make that kind of money without having somebody turn on the lights?

34 posted on 07/05/2009 5:10:12 AM PDT by Bernard (If you always tell the truth, you never have to remember exactly what you said.)
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I just read about a half dozen of the comments on the WaPo site and they are amusing. Posters are accusing the paper of rightwing bias and doing what republicans want!!! I wonder if these posters are living in the Code Pink house on Capitol Hill?

Example:

I’ll have more respect for WaPo’s integrity . . . when it dumps rightwing fascists like Krappthammer and Will . . . who contribute absolutely zero to the discussion of what’s best for the country — they only regurgitate the Neocon(victs) jibberish of the past 50 years . . .

And, the fact that WaPo (and most notably, Blob Woodward) were totally asleep at the switch during Dumbya & Diick’s reign of terror . . . especially The War for Corporate Welfare in Iraq.
7/5/2009 7:35:11 AM


pipemannow wrote:
“... Anyone with integrity would resign, as you would call for any politician to resign under such huge ethical lapses....”

Oh, good point...........as a matter of fact, as I recall, the Post never did call for Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld to resign.
7/5/2009 7:43:14 AM


The Post lost its way a long time ago - when it decided its role was to promote the power brokers and conventional wisdom in Washington in return for favors, regardless of the cost to the country. This little episode is nothing new, just another step on the long decline from the paper of the 1970’s. In the same way I have dismissed Murdoch’s Fox news for its rabid ideology that trumps everything it does, I have stopped considering the post columnists and opinion leaders because they are so hopelessly antagonistic to changing America, and the people who live outside the beltway.

I think the ideology of the post could be summed up by “we will support those in power if they are republicans” — otherwise we will pretend to be journalists.

A prime example of this attitude is Dana Millbank, who is more concerned over his personal ego than getting his facts straight, or reporting on things he may not like. So goes Dana, so goes the Post. c’est la vie.
7/5/2009 7:56:34 AM


35 posted on 07/05/2009 5:12:04 AM PDT by maica (Politics is not about facts. it is about what politicians can get people to believe. - Thomas Sowell)
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"...We had planned to extend this business to include smaller gatherings, a practice that has become common at other media companies..."

Ahh.... the venerable "5-year-old kid, caught with a stolen cookie defense": "But... but... but... don't spank me, 'cause Tommy took a cookie too"!!!!

Well, since everybody's doing it, it must be OK. I guess just go ahead. Really, what's the harm? Go ahead, get some for yourselves....

Brought to you by the same mentality that looted New Orleans, and is looting the US Treasury.

Tip of the iceberg, seems to me.

36 posted on 07/05/2009 5:13:32 AM PDT by conservativeharleyguy (Democrats: Over 60 million fooled daily!)
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To: abb
Also in the news today...”Mass Murder Defendant's Mother and Lawyer Say He's Innocent”...”Say's Prosector Out to Get Him”...
37 posted on 07/05/2009 5:31:37 AM PDT by Red Dog #1
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To: Raycpa
guilty or not?
Guilty.
But the Sentence is suspended :-)
38 posted on 07/05/2009 5:40:29 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: abb

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/04/AR2009070402722.html
Post Publisher Acknowledges Mistakes
Weymouth Says Rushed Planning Led to Inaccurate Flier on Policy Dinners


39 posted on 07/05/2009 5:54:26 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

and the RATS, take another one in the..............................HA ha!!!


40 posted on 07/05/2009 5:58:42 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - Obama is basically Jim Jones with a teleprompter)
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To: abb
do I really have to say it???

41 posted on 07/05/2009 6:00:49 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - Obama is basically Jim Jones with a teleprompter)
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To: angkor
We, the plebeians, are not allowed to hold TEA Parties because of thousands of petty government restrictions. They, the rich, can buy access to the Washington Post and the movers and shakers. We are nothing, they are all.

Gee, Post People, do you know how many people I see reading your paper on the Metro every morning?

Not many.

How many read the free Express?

More.

Hoe many read the conservative and free Examiner?

Not as many as the Express, but many more than the Post.

When you are reduced to a Web site, then the Washington Times will have caught up with you.

What a shame. You ruined a great paper. My grandad printed it. My dad and I delivered it in our days. Shame.

42 posted on 07/05/2009 6:18:48 AM PDT by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: abb

The disgraced newspaper now has its own “gate.”

WaPogate


43 posted on 07/05/2009 6:24:16 AM PDT by maggief
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>>>> My grandad printed it. My dad and I delivered it in our days. Shame. <<<<<

I had both a Post and an Evening Star paper route in my teens.

Funny, one of my relatives almost took a job in the Post pressroom, but ultimately went to work for another daily newspaper. I believe it was during the strikes of the late 70’s.


44 posted on 07/05/2009 6:44:45 AM PDT by angkor
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To: maggief

You’re on to something here.

SalonGate
WeymouthGate
KatherineGate


45 posted on 07/05/2009 6:48:32 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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I like WaPoGate.

It puts the black eye on the entire newspaper.

We need to give the disgrace a brand. Make it stick.


46 posted on 07/05/2009 6:55:32 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

Somewhere in Heaven, you just know Richard Nixon is having a good weekend...


47 posted on 07/05/2009 6:58:56 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Ironic, isn’t it?

:)


48 posted on 07/05/2009 7:01:15 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

Kurtz’s “Reliable Sources” in on CNN now. It will be interesting to hear what he says about this - or if he even talks about it.


49 posted on 07/05/2009 7:48:31 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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Howie talking to TMZ about ethics ... and “money changing hands.” Unreal.


50 posted on 07/05/2009 7:56:03 AM PDT by maggief
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