Publisher or Pimp? Updated – busted!

Katharine Weymouth

Katharine Weymouth

A lobbyist thought it was unethical, we’ve hit a new low!
Politico is reporting on the flier that was circulated to healthcare lobbyists. Katharine will facilitate private “off-the-record” encounters. This sounds more like a Craigslist ad than our news media in action.

“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’ …

‘Washington Post Salons are extensions of The Washington Post brand of journalistic inquiry into the issues, a unique opportunity for stakeholders to hear and be heard,’ the flier says. ‘At the core is a critical topic of our day. Dinner and a volley of ideas unfold in an evening of intelligent, news-driven and off-the-record conversation. … By bringing together those powerful few in business and policy-making who are forwarding, legislating and reporting on the issues, Washington Post Salons give life to the debate. Be at this nexus of business and policy with your underwriting of Washington Post Salons.’

How is Gibbs going to say the administration knew nothing about this?

Update – Salons have been cancelled. It seems the the “powers to be” at WaPo nor the Obama administration were aware of this and of course they do not approve. You believe them, right?


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