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WaPo Reporter Poses Q’s Via the Philippines

WaPo‘s Wealth, Class & Income Reporter Annie Gowen recently posed questions to colleagues about the cost of WaPo‘s iPad in an office-wide email. Note to Gowen: In the future, profanity would do your email a world of wonders.

“Does anybody know if you subscribe to the print edition of the newspaper, as I do, do you then automatically qualify to get the Post’s iPad app for free? My telephone call posing as a real consumer to our circulation desk — now located in the Philippines [perhaps inside the above dream house?] — to ask this question provided no clarity. And if not, why??” Update: A note from Gowen: “What prompted that AllNews question was that when I was reporting in Baghdad for the Post earlier this month,  my iPad Post application worked up until a certain point, then shut down and asked me to pay a fee. Apparently this was a glitch in the system, I was informed later.”

WaPo‘s Julia Beizer offered this reply:

At the risk of incurring the wrath of NewsIt, I’m going all-newsroom with this one just in case anyone else has questions! 1) The Post’s iPad app is free for all until our v2 comes out (date tbd), so you won’t need to pay a cent. 2) Sounds like the folks in the Philippines could use a refresher on this info, so I’ll reach out to Customer Service to make sure their contractors are up to date.

Annie, if you have additional questions about the iPad app and future plans there, I’m your gal. Happy to chat at any time.


WaPo Publicist Jennifer Lee confirms Beizer’s response, telling FBDC via email “The Washington Post’s iPad app is free for everyone until our new version comes out. When we set a date, we will let you know.”

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*Tina Brown continues to parade around her famous friends to write things for Newsweek. Now, it’s Ted Danson‘s turn. The “Cheers” star wrote over the weekend about his”favorite mistake,” a crime he committed when he was 11. Danson and three friends, a Hopi Indian, a Navajo, and the son of an archaeologist drove around town knocking down billboards. His father wasn’t happy with him. Read the account here.

*The Atlantic‘s John Hudson wonders when Shailagh Murray, WaPo-reporter-turned-Biden-flack, stopped writing for her old boss about her new boss. WaPo communications manager Jennifer Lee would only say that the Post does “not comment on personnel matters.” The Atlantic reports in an update that the paper declined further comment. Hmm…

*WCP destroys a WaPo story. Lydia DePillis, in a post titled “Dear WaPo: Biking is Not That Hard,” the writer skewers Post reporter Ann Scott Tyson, who portrays bicycle commuters as “hardbitten road warriors who brave adverse conditions” (DePillis’ words). The portrayal has her rolling her eyes, she writes. “I think the Post needs to find another frame.”

*Slate wants to know how you, if you were a reader of Slate (and you might be, so listen up), would avert a nuclear disaster in Japan. Because if there’s one group of people who knows anything about averting nuclear disasters, it’s random people on the Internet. As evidenced by some sample responses received thus far: “Let two helicopter hold a big plastic funnel as a third one is throwing in the water. In that manner the water can be poured more precise than just let it plunge somewhere above the plants.” Also: “Duct tape and WD-40 works for everything.” And, of course: “Send the Sensational She-Hulk in to deactivate the reactor. She’s done it before and survived with a coating of sentient cockroaches.” Why didn’t the Japanese think of these?