The Washington Post's boneheaded—and aborted—plan to lobby for lobbyists.

Media criticism.
July 2 2009 7:22 PM

Monetizing the Washington Dinner Party

The Washington Post's boneheaded—and aborted—plan to lobby for lobbyists.

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If it's ugly for a Washington Post reporter to lobby for lobbyists, it's doubly ugly for the publisher to do the same. The publisher should sell lobbyists all the subscriptions to the paper that they want, sell them as many pages of advertisements in the Post as will make them happy, and, I suppose (if she wants to take the heat), even sell them the right to sponsor a Washington Post conference, as long as the sponsorship is public.

What really stinks about the now-aborted salon-for-dollars scheme is that Katharine Weymouth appears to have contemplated the sale of something that wasn't hers to sell—the Post's credibility.


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