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A Few Un-Observant Observer Details

An eagle-eyed reader brings to our attention some missteps in the Observer’s recent profile of Katharine Weymouth.

Among them:

  • Misspelling Katharine Graham (“Unlike her grandmother, Katherine Graham, … “)

  • “Katharine Weymouth, the most powerful person at The Washington Post”…You mean more powerful than Don Graham?

  • Len Downie did not take the buyout… (“Those who took them included superstars like its longtime editor Len Downie…”)

  • And why no mention of Don Graham here? “It was her family—chiefly, Phil Graham, her grandfather, and later his wife, Katharine, who made The Washington Post a quality newspaper. For the past half century, they have molded and shaped it. It was they who brought the paper public; they who established its national and international profile.”

  • Re: this…”Unlike her grandmother, Katherine Graham, she did not set aside her wifely duties to take on the intimidating business of running a newspaper…” Um, Katharine Graham was a widow…

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