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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
Chances that a deep breath inhaled today will contain a molecule from Julius Caesar’s dying breath:
Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences, by John Allen Paulos, Hill and Wang (N.Y.C.)
The earth once had three moons; the two lost moons may have crashed into the surviving moon, or been sucked into the sun, or flung out of the solar system to drift through deep space.
In Florida, an 87-year-old World War II veteran flying touch-and-go drills in a Cessna collided with an airborne skydiver. “There was a ‘woof’ sound,” said a witness, “like falling on your face into your pillow.”
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“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds.”