July 2, 2009

IF THE POST WAS PIMPING, WHAT DOES THAT MAKE THOSE THEY WERE OFFERING ACCESS TO?:

Post Publisher Cancels Plans for Off-the-Record 'Salons' (Howard Kurtz, 7/02/09, Washington Post)

Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth today canceled plans for a series of policy dinners at her home after learning that marketing fliers offered lobbyists access to Obama administration officials, members of Congress and Post journalists in exchange for payments as high as $250,000. [...]

The fliers, circulated by the paper's parent company, offering an "intimate and exclusive Washington Post Salon, an off-the-record dinner and discussion at the home of CEO and Publisher Katharine Weymouth." The fliers, which said participants would be charged $25,000 to sponsor a single salon and $250,000 to underwrite an annual series of 11 sessions, were reported this morning by Politico. [...]

One such flier said: "Bring your organization's CEO or executive director literally to the table. Interact with key Obama Administration and Congressional leaders . . . Spirited? Yes. Confrontational? No. The relaxed setting in the home of Katharine Weymouth assures it." That flier said a July 21 session would involve "Health-care reporting and editorial staff members of The Washington Post . . . An exclusive opportunity to participate in the health-care reform debate among the select few who will actually get it done."

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 2, 2009 12:44 PM
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