Monday, July 6, 2009

Being Undermined by National News

The Washington Post has done something that comes as close to undermining our democracy as anything. It sought to sell tickets to lobbyists for fees up to $250,000 that would provide access and a cozy atmosphere at the home of publisher, Katharine Weymouth to "'those powerful few'" - Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and even the paper’s own reporters and editors," according to Politico.

The flier distributed by the Washington Post reads:

"Underwrite and participate in this intimate and exclusive Washington Post Salon, an off-the-record dinner and discussion at the home of CEO and Publisher Katharine Weymouth. ... Bring your organization's’s CEO or executive director literally to the table. Interact with key Obama administration and Congressional leaders."

"Spirited? Yes. Confrontational? No," the flier states. "The relaxed setting in the home of Katharine Weymouth assures it."

This breaking news begs the question as to how long has this been going on and what other national news organizations are engaged in such activities? What should the general public do to express our tremendous outrage at the undermining of our democracy? I, for one, will not subscribe to the Washington Post. But how can we come together as citizens of our great democracy and make them feel the impact of their action?

Thank God, literally, for new media.


Marion said...

This just plain pisses me off. Heaven help us if this HAS been going on for a while.

Thanks for informing us of this, Judith.

Judith Ellis said...

Marion - I have been utterly livid at this news! Something has to be done NOW! My brother from Texas called me this morning and I shared my frustration with this news. I concluded in this conversation that perhaps I will start some sort of grassroots organization with such issues as its base. We are not going to be a think tank; we're going to be a missles tank to shoot down every policy and corrupt action of those who are suppose to have our best interest at heart. "This plain pisses me off" too! I also am more inclined to think that "this has been going on for a while" and probably within other news media organizations as well.

Anonymous said...

Does this make any sense?
I found it in USA today.
It was part of an article that
said more of the stimulus money went to states that voted for Obama than ones that didn't.
But then the paper reported the following:

"The imbalance didn't start with the stimulus. From 2005 through 2007, the counties that later voted for Obama collected about 50% more government aid than those that supported McCain, according to spending reports from the U.S. Census Bureau. USA TODAY's review did not include Alaska, which does not report its election results by county."

Does Obama have a time machine?

Judith Ellis said...

Anon - I'm sorry. I dont' quite get your point. Please elaborate.