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So the Washington Post got busted for its pay-to-play scheme. But publisher Katharine Weymouth clearly doesn’t see the problem — to hear it from her, the newspaper’s pitch to corporate and lobbiyst donors wasn’t fundamentally corrupt, it just needed to be fine tuned.
The Post (like other newspapers) is broke and is desperately looking for sources of revenue. What other integrity-compromising schemes is the business side cooking up? From what I hear, reporters at the newspaper have been asked (and refused) to allow their news stories to be used in advertorial supplements. They have also been asked to write blogs tailored to generate advertising revenue, which seems like a very slippery slope.
It’s going to be very difficult for the newspaper to cover influence and access peddling, when it is seeking to perfect those methods for its own financial benefit.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Number of members in the Hillary Rodham Clinton fan club in Bombay, India:
The Indian government planned to lower the country’s birthrate by increasing access to nighttime television.
Doctors in Mumbai fed a 30-year-old man 60 bananas to induce the excretion of a stolen gold necklace valued at $995.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”