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WaPo’s over-edited apology letter

bribeThe Washington Post got caught last week with all four hands and both feet in a rather obvious scam.  In my private opinion based on reading the published reports, it appears the WaPo got used by somebody within the Obama administration to set up a pay-to-play party on health care.  For a fee of thousands of dollars per invitee, interested players were offered access to officials within the Obama administration.  The public has not been told what would be done with the money, but antennae are twitching all over the place.  Fortunately for the people whose sympathy was being marketed, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid control the Congress, so you can be certain no legitimate investigation will occur.

In connection with all this, WaPo publisher Katherine Weymouth has issued a written apology which bears the telltale signs of having been over-edited by too many teams of expert Washington lawyers who weren’t getting along.  The apology is not internally consistent on just exactly what was going on and whether they see anything wrong with it.  In the first paragraph, Weymouth (or her lawyers) says,

Our mistake was to suggest that we would hold and participate in an off-the-record dinner with journalists and power brokers paid for by a sponsor.

And later in the same missive, Weymouth writes,

The Post hosts conferences and live events that bring together journalists, government officials and other leaders for discussions of important topics.  These events make news and inform their audiences. We had planned to extend this business to include smaller gatherings, a practice that has become common at other media companies….  If the events were to be sponsored by other companies, everything would be at arm’s length — sponsors would have no control over the content of the discussions, and no special access to our journalists.

Two problems here.  First, she says it was a mistake to give the impression that they were selling access to “sponsors,” which is just Washingtonese for bribing important people to listen to your point of view.  Then she goes on to say that, well, <squirm, twist, fidget> yes, as a matter of fact, we pretty much do something like that all the time, but so does everybody else.

Second, an arm’s length doesn’t help a lot when large sums of money are floating around in the presence of Washington power brokers in the administration.  Furthermore, there are only a couple of people in America dumb enough to believe that a bunch of high-rolling sponsors would pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for “access” and then sit there mum and not bring up topics of special interest to them.

This all has a context which makes the WaPo’s actions all the more damning.  Health care is the next big item on the Obama administration’s agenda to Marxify the United States. Associations of hospitals, pharmaceutical manufacturers, doctors, nurses, and special medical equipment makers are going to have hundreds of billions of dollars riding on the outcome of meetings just like this one.  Does Weymouth expect anyone to believe these folks will come to her meeting just to listen?  Do teen-age boys buy Playboy just for the articles?

The WaPo’s apology doesn’t appear to have any more integrity than the original proposal for marketing government access.  And the claim that this all happened without the publisher and top editors knowing about it isn’t credible.  Jibes from the VRWC that the WaPo is part of the state-run media are looking more matter-of-fact all the time.

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