The Washington Post is an honest and neutral observer of current events.
For $25,000 to $250,000, The Washington Post is offering lobbyists and association executives off-the-record, nonconfrontational 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.”
Clearly the newspapers must be saved! Whatever will we do without them?
This is the same paper that recently fired it’s one non-conservative columnist, Dan Froomkin, for no apparent reason, other than doing what journalists are supposed to do, which is to expose the lies and hypocrisy of powerful people.
Maybe the reefer lobby can get a few bites out of this apple before it totally rots away. Who’s got a spare dollar for some propa-ganja, please?
Apparently it was all a big misunderstanding!
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.
Media whoring at its finest!