be careful where you clique
The Washington Post is losing money. Lots. Last year it blew $19.5 million just to keep rolling. It happens. Back in the 1880’s, when things were tight, the editors revamped themselves and commissioned John Philip Sousa to write a march. Today the offspring running the show aren’t as tactful. Katharine Weymouth, heir apparent and CEO of the Post, has now diversified into power brokering for Lobbyists and Low level Government officials.
A few days back Weymouth had D.C. plastered in fliers. She was promoting a gathering of minds and money: “Underwriting Opportunity: An evening with the right people can alter the debate”. She planned to have some influential Obama people lyring around, Some Washington Post writers for good measure, and of course the lobbyists- the invited guests who needed to pay for “special access”. Seats at the table could be bought for anywhere from $25,000 to $250,000, depending on how much airtime you wanted or whether you needed a backroom and a hot tub.
There’s no doubt, Katharine knows how to throw a party. It’s in the genes. You ever seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s? That’s her grandma (above), Katharine Graham with Truman Capote. In fact the tangle of public service and influence runs deep. Click on spider web above…. The first of these Salon parties was set for July 21. Topic: “Health-Care Reform: Better or Worse for Americans? The reform and funding debate”, discuss amongst yourselves. That’s really great, thanks for framing things and setting the agenda Kathy. Obviously Health care in America shouldn’t be touched because it rocks. Like we even needed a debate. Say got anymore of that dip?
If the newspaper wasn’t so hard up for money, she could’ve probably gotten away with having a party and getting people in the mood to make deals. But since the news broke about tickets, I love how the whole affair is defended as a backbreaking public service to the community. I say go get the tar. Meanwhile the Post tumbles and Joseph Pulitzer is creaking in his grave. So it goes.