Friday, July 10, 2009
Where do Washington, Wall Street, the Media and the Health Care Industrial Complex intersect? In series of private soirees proposed to be hosted by Katherine Weymouth, the CEO and publisher of the Washington Post. Just fork over $25,000 for the event or $250,000 for the series.
According to Politico.com: "With the Post newsroom in an uproar after POLITICO reported the solicitation, Weymouth said in an email to the staff that "a flier went out that was prepared by the Marketing department and was never vetted by me or by the newsroom. Had it been, the flier would have been immediately killed, because it completely misrepresented what we were trying to do."
What kind of moron CEO lets her marketing department send unreviewed invitations to a private dinner in her own home, with "those powerful few in business and policy making, who are forwarding, legislating and reporting on the issues." Apparently, Katherine Bigmouth is one such moron.
Is this the future of the news print industry? Is this the same publication that employed Woodward and Bernstein when they took down Tricky Dick? Is the the "journalistic integrity" that cannot be surpassed by the blogosphere?
The soirees have been canceled, but the sad reality remains.