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Weymouth Offers Explanation to WaPo Staff

First on FishbowlDC: Internal memo from WaPo Publisher and CEO Katharine Weymouth below:

From: Katharine Weymouth
Sent: 07/02/2009 02:45 PM EDT
Subject: Message from the Publisher

All:

You will have seen this morning a story in Politico and now widely picked up that we were planning a series of salon dinners. A flyer went out that was prepared by the Marketing department and was never vetted by me or by the newsroom. Had it been, the flyer would have been immediately killed, because it completely misrepresented what we were trying to do.

I do not normally respond to stories but this one has created enough of a stir that I wanted to take the time to reaffirm our commitment, first and foremost, to our journalism and our integrity. There is nothing more important and no amount of money that would cause us to jeopardize that. We are always looking for new revenue streams but we will pursue only avenues that uphold our high standards of journalism.

We were planning to do a series of dinners and had requested newsroom
participation but with parameters such that we did not in any way
compromise our integrity. Sponsorship of events, like advertising in the newspaper, must be at arm’s length and cannot imply control over the content or access to our journalists. At this juncture, we will not be holding the planned July dinner and we will not hold salon dinners involving the newsroom.

We do believe that there is a viable way to expand our expertise into live conferences and events that simply enhances what we do – cover Washington for Washingtonians and those interested in Washington. And we will begin to do live events in ways that enhance our reputation and in no way call into question our integrity.

Katharine

WaPo ‘Salon’ Follow-Up: Weymouth Reacts, Ombudsman Weighs In, Gibbs Asked

WaPo publisher Katharine Weymouth responded to Politico‘s earlier ‘salon’ report in an interview with colleague Howard Kurtz. “Absolutely, I’m disappointed,” she said. “This should never have happened. The fliers got out and weren’t vetted. They didn’t represent at all what we were attempting to do. We’re not going to do any dinners that would impugn the integrity of the newsroom.”

Kurtz additionally heard from executive editor Marcus Brauchli. “It suggests that access to Washington Post journalists was available for purchase,” Brauchli said. The proposal “promises we would suspend our usual skeptical questioning because it appears to offer, in exchange for sponsorships, the good name of The Washington Post.”

WaPo ombudsman Andrew Alexander also weighed in, calling the paper’s ‘salon’ plan a “public relations disaster.” On Omblog, Alexander describes Politico‘s Mike Allen‘s reporting as accurate and he outlines the situation citing Brauchli and Charles Pelton, who he says “joined The Post recently to find ways to generate business through conferences and events.” Alexander’s blog post also includes feedback from angered and disppointed readers.

• The topic was also brought up in White House press secretary Robert Gibbs‘ daily briefing. He was asked if anyone from the administration had been invited to attend the WaPo ‘salon’ and what the White House’s official policy was on such events. Check out his response via Politico video below:

WaPo Responds to Weymouth Salon Debacle

This morning, Politico‘s Mike Allen reported that a flier distributed by The Washington Post is offering lobbyists and association executives off-the-record access to the Obama administration, members of Congress, and the paper’s own reporters and editors.

The cost? A mere $25,000 – $250,000 will grant a few deep-pocketed sponsors an intimate dinner and discussion with key decision makers at the home of WaPo CEO and Publisher Katharine Weymouth. But wait, there’s more…

According to Politico, the flier says:

“Bring your organization’s CEO or executive director literally to the table. Interact with key Obama Administration and Congressional leaders.”

WaPo was quick to respond to FishbowlDC’s request for comment about the flier and event:

The flier circulated this morning came out of a business division for conferences and events, and the newsroom was unaware of such communication. It went out before it was properly vetted, and this draft does not represent what the company’s vision for these dinners which are meant to be an independent, policy-oriented events for newsmakers.

As written, the newsroom could not participate in an event like this.

We do believe there is an opportunity to have a conferences and events business, and that The Post should be leading these conversations in Washington, big or small, while maintaining journalistic integrity. The newsroom will participate where appropriate.

We’ll keep you updated as the story progresses.

Morning Reading List 07.02.09

Good morning FishbowlDC!

Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Happy Birthday to NYT‘s Peter Baker and a big congratulations to Roll Call‘s David Meyers, whose daughter Sophie Rose Meyers was born on June 16th– coincidentally Roll Call‘s birthday!

What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | BOOKS | NEWS NOTES | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

David Rohde, the NYT reporter who escaped the Taliban returned to his newsroom to thunderous applause.

TV

TVNewser: As viewers for two of the three network newscasts drop off, NBC “Nightly News” with Brian Williams has grown in viewership over the last year, and had its best Q2 in three years. The broadcast added 86,000 viewers in the second quarter of 2009 vs. Q2 ’08. Not huge growth, but growth nonetheless.

CBS’ Bob Schieffer tells Washington Whispers he’s not sure why his “Face the Nation” ratings are going up. “I have no idea. We have not changed a thing… We are doing what we’ve always done, just to try to get the key newsmaker of the week and ask them the obvious question.”

NBC “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer, CNN’s Larry King and ABC “Nightline” anchor Cynthia McFadden are all heading to Neverland.

RADIO

TWT editor John Solomon will join NPR’s Kojo Nnamdi Show in the noon hour to discuss the local and national media landscapes and where he see the Times fitting in.

ONLINE

AP: Is Twitter the news outlet for the 21st century?

BOOKS

CNN: Prior to revelations of an extramarital affair that effectively brought an end to his political career, Mark Sanford was preparing to publish a book outlining his policy beliefs. Sentinel, a conservative imprint of Penguin Group, has included a book by Sanford in their Spring 2010 catalogue.

NEWS NOTES

How TMZ gets scoops.

Politico‘s Patrick Gavin is out in Aspen for the 2009 Ideas Festival we told you about earlier this week. He fills us in on a panel on the future of journalism with Aspen Institute President (and former CNN President) Walter Isaacson, WaPo‘s Katharine Weymouth and ABC News President David Westin. “We will look at anything and are taking a wait-and-see approach,” said Weymouth. “We think about a ton of things. Everything is open.” When asked whether print papers will always be around, Weymouth said, “I don’t know. I don’t predict. Nobody knows.”

NPR points out that “as some newspapers are going out of business and many more are shedding costs, a lot of investigative journalists who have devoted years to exposing government corruption and corporate scandals are leaving their newsrooms,” some even pursuing careers as private investigators.

Slate‘s Jack Shafer: Michael Jackson‘s death isn’t the first time the press has woven a wardrobe of flimsy garments from thin threads. Editors everywhere appreciate that readers always love to read about Topic A and are intent on being served truckloads of Topic A when Topic A is red hot, even if the product is dross.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro

JOBS after the jump…

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DC Heads To Aspen For Ideas Festival 2009

Andrea Mitchell, Bob Schieffer and Katharine Weymouth are among just some of the Washingtonians flocking to Colorado this week for the 2009 Aspen Ideas Festival.

Hosted by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, the festival runs today through July 5th and this year’s theme is “Ideas that Work,” with programs like “Media Crack-Up” and “Living Digitally.”

Discussions we think you’d be interested in include: The Atlantic‘s Andrew Sullivan on “Why I Blog,” “What’s Next for the News Business” moderated by the Aspen Institute’s President and CEO Walter Isaacson and with WaPo‘s Weymouth and others, “Obama and the Challenge of Expectations: A Look at the President’s First Six Months” with NYT‘s David Brooks and The Week and Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson and “Sustaining Beat and Investigative Journalism” with NBC’s Mark Whitaker.

Charlie Rose will also interview Education Secretary Arne Duncan and CBS’ Schieffer will interview Lewis Black in a program called “Me of Little Faith.” You can check out the festival’s full schedule here.

Dana Perino, NYT‘s David Sanger, National Journal‘s Ronald Brownstein and NBC’s David Gregory are also among the Ideas Festival’s confirmed speakers. Also D.L. Hughley.

Other newsmakers in Apsen for the Ideas Festival include: Alan Greenspan, Tim Pawlenty, Sandra Day O’Connor, Susan Rice, Austan Goolsbee, Stephen Breyer, Michael Chertoff, Jane Harman, Madeleine Albright, Eric Holder, James Baker and Margaret Spellings.

You can also follow the festival this week on Twitter #aif09.

>>Update: Bloomberg TV will be covering the Aspen Ideas Festival with Erik Schatzker reporting live.

Morning Reading List 06.24.09

Good morning FishbowlDC!

Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | BOOKS | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | REVOLVING DOOR | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

NYT: After months of bitter struggle that included a threat to shut down The Boston Globe, the New York Times Company and the paper’s largest union reached a tentative contract settlement on Tuesday night, with employees agreeing to significant cuts in wages, benefits, and job security.

WaPo’s Katharine Weymouth spoke Saturday at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism’s commencement- the school also honored Roxana Saberi with its Medal for Courage. Weymouth said, “I believe firmly that great journalism – the need for good old-fashioned beat and enterprise reporting — has never been more important. Certainly no one would argue that there isn’t enough news to report anymore. Nor do I believe that people’s interest or engagement in the news has changed. What has changed is the number of voices out there, the role that media plays in our lives and the business model that has supported journalism. This is a time of great transformation — but it’s also a time of great anticipation and creativity.” Read her speech here.

TV

Playbook reports this morning that there are “so many technicians and journalists are on the grounds that the Secret Service ran out of laminated “PRESS” passes and was giving “TOUR” tags to reporters.”

See how cable news ratings increased with coverage of Iran- Fox News ranked third in all of cable in primetime last week.

“Real World” is coming to DC, as you’ve heard, but there are major cuts coming to MTV.

ONLINE

The Iran election has increased new traffic to Twitter. Hitwise notes traffic to Twitter.com rose 13% June 12 compared with the previous Friday and was up 23% June 17 versus the prior Wednesday. (h/t WebNewser)

ABCNews.com has announced it is producing a daily half-hour program about the crisis in Iran. “Nightline: Iran in Crisis” will be broadcast at 11:30am and available on the Nightline section of ABCNEWS.com and on ABC News NOW, the network’s 24-hour digital channel.

BOOKS

Roxana Saberi is working on a memoir of her arrest, sentence and release in Iran, to be published by HarperCollins in March 2010, according to the AP.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is penning a memoir expected out in spring 2011, a few months after former President George W. Bush’s book comes out, the AP points out. In an interview with the AP, Cheney said, “I want my grandkids, 20 or 30 years from now, to be able to read it and understand what I did, and why I did it.”

NEWS NOTES

We seriously did not believe this when we first heard it, but now there’s video proof. Remember Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the Moon, an American icon? Just in time for the moon-landing anniversary, he’s teaming up with Snoop Dog and Talib Kweli to record his latest track, “Rocket Experience.” You have to see this for yourself at FishbowlLA.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Peter Osnos asks on The Daily Beast, “Does the Press Love Obama More Than Reagan?” Osnos checks in with ABC’s Sam Donaldson and WaPo’s Lou Cannon and David Hoffman.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, Politico

JOBS after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 05.28.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Happy Birthday to WaPo Publisher Katharine Weymouth

Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line. Here’s what we’re reading this Thursday morning…

TV | MAGAZINES | WEB | EVENTS | KICKS

TV

Is NBC working on a Live at 5 format killer?

Politico speculates about the cast of DC’s Real Housewives: Tammy Haddad, Norah O’Donnell, Ana Marie Cox, Sally Quinn, Michelle Fenty?
FishbowlDC expects Kat Kennedy to be married by week’s end…

MAGAZINES

Like a magical unicorn, Bill Clinton remains one of the most fascinating creatures of all times. New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker writes this weekend’s magazine cover story on Slick Willy.

WEB

The Dems are controlling more than just the White House and Congress. They’re also collectively winning the battle for traffic among political sites.

Time Warner made official plans to separate its AOL division sometime around the end of this year, a widely expected move that sheds one of the media company’s weakest divisions.

EVENTS

Today at 11.30 AM, IFC is bringing together George Stephanopoulos, Greta Van Susteren, John King, Tucker Carlson, Norman Ornstein, Marcus Brauchli – to delve into the media’s coverage of the Obama administration. This event is held in conjunction with “The IFC Media Project,” airing Sundays at 11PM ET/PT on IFC . FishbowlDC will be on site at the Newseum.

KICKS

The Blagojeviches’ two-bedroom condo in Dupont Circle is “on the market” for $570K, and is “advertised as having hardwood floors, a fireplace, a balcony and ‘great flow’”

Before abandoning broadcast journalism all together, I interviewed for a gig in this market. No lie. An oldie but a goody…

HAT TIP: Wake Up Call, paidcontent.org, Politico

Journos Represent On Wash Life’s A List

Journos making Washington Life’s 2009 A List cut: Ben Bradlee, Sally Quinn, David Brooks, David Gregory, Christopher Hitchens, George Stephanopoulos, Katharine Weymouth, George Will and Bob Woodward.

Read the complete list here and the “radioactive” list here.

Morning Reading List 03.27.09

Good Morning FishbowlDC!

Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Its day 67 covering the Obama administration and week eight for us. Happy Birthday to Jill San Marco! What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES | JOBS

NEWPAPERS

Christian Science Monitor’s Editor’s Note: “As of today, we are shedding print on a daily basis. But the Monitor itself — the century-old journalistic enterprise chronicling the world’s challenges and progress — is becoming more daily than ever. And with our new weekly print edition, the Monitor is becoming more vital than ever.”

In light of yesterday’s VRIP announcements, WaPo’s Katharine Weymouth tells E&P she is concerned that this latest round of buyouts could further reduce the paper’s veteran talented staffers.

More on NYT’s cuts yesterday as well.

Many say Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD)’s bill to save newspapers is an offer that newspapers must refuse.

TV

Bob Schieffer talks about his interview with President Obama for this Sunday’s Face the Nation on CBS’ political blog HotSheet. “The economic crisis continues to dominate the news, but there are so many other issues which are getting less attentionl. We’ll ask the president to weigh in on those issues he has not discussed as much in addition to the economy,” he says.

There was high drama at CNBC yesterday as Fast Money anchor Dylan Ratigan quit — today will be his last day on-air.

Is Rod Blagojevich getting a reality TV show?

ONLINE

By Politico’s Amie Parnes‘ count (via Playbook), at President Obama’s online town hall meeting: 92,918 people, 104,111 questions, 3,607,389 votes.

Google made 200 cuts yesterday. Webnewser has the memo.

Here’s an interesting stat for you- According to HitWise, the Lou Dobbs page on CNN.com was the most visited cable news network show online last week. Dobbs drew a 1.59% share, finishing 9th overall.

In many cases, celebrities and their handlers have turned to outside writers — ghost Twitterers, if you will.

MAGAZINES

Blender is no more. The music magazine followed so many other publications into the ether amidst a restructuring at parent company Alpha Media Group. It will continue to live online.

NEWS NOTES

HuffPost thinks the press corps was bored at Tuesday’s presser.

Shepard Fairey, the Obama HOPE poster artist, is talking again about his use of the AP photo.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro; Romenesko, Playbook

JOBS after the jump.

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WaPo VRIP Memos

After the jump check out the memos from Katharine Weymouth and Marcus Brauchli offering VRIP to certain employees.

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