Redtracker Feature: Lobbyists Invited to Dine for $$$ in Washington Post Katharine Weymouth's Home

Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth is in the hot seat and not because she likes red dresses. And I wrote ‘dine’ for $$$, not ‘dial’.

RedTracker likes red dresses, too, but it seems there’s an evil imp hiding in the back of Weymouth’s walk-in closet.

In a beleagured media newspaper industry that no longer knows how to make money, and has no vision for a way out of this financial quagmire, journalists sat in a Walter-Isaacson-chaired Aspen Institute panel this week, asking themselves “What’s the News Worth to You?”

Katharine Weymouth, publisher of the Washington Post, was on that panel.

Apparently, Weymouth should have been back at the ranch, where top Post marketing executive Charles Pelton was forced to cancel plans for a series of policy dinners in her home. The plan, very much in motion, offered corporate underwriters access to Post journalists, Obama administration officials and members of Congress in exchange for payments as high as $250,000.

Although her home was up for grabs as the scene of the journalistic ethics ‘crime’, Katherine Weymouth insists she had no knowledge that her dining room had been co-opted for the series of events.

Now back to the subject of why people are reluctant to pay for news … Anne

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