Daily Archives: July 3, 2009

The Washington Post sells access to White House and Congress. Second Thought Never Mind

From The Politco: Washington Post Publisher was selling feathered access to Washington leaders f0r a price. The newspaper’s publisher Kathrine Weymouth offered a series of so called “Salons” where Washington Post reporters or staffers would meet with lobbyists and members of Congress or the White House in non confrontational manner up to $250,000.

A flier circulated to a Health Care industry lobbyist gave the flier to a reporter. The lobbyist felt that this was a conflict of interest to pay for access to reporters on issues.

The flier read impart this:

“Underwriting Opportunity: An evening with the right people can alter the debate,” says the one-page flier. “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 CEO or executive director literally to the table. Interact with key Obama administration and congressional leaders.”

The report caused a firestorm in the media,  newsroom staffers were up set.

When word of the flier was leaked to the press. Weymouth canceled the events. Weymouth said that was done by the Business department separate from news department. Weymouth said the events would have member of the newstaff  “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.”

The Politico

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Good Grief Unemployment Inches Up to 9.6%

The nation unemployment heading towards 10%  The Labor Department released the monthly unemployment Thursday. The  reports states unemployment rate 9.6%.  The total number of those received pink slips was 476,000. The expected number was 396,000.

The Unemployment rate is the highest in 25 years.

The news of the Unemployment figures sent the Wall Street numbers falling. The Dow Jones Industrial Index  was down 223 points to 8280.74; biggest one day fall in three months. The market closed Today(July 3rd) because American Independence Day falls on Saturday.

Financial Times

AP Via Yahoo News

Journalism is Dead Maybe: Helen Thomas Gives White House Spokesman a Tongue-lashing

On Thursday, Helen Thomas and CBS News White House Corespondent Chip Reed took White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs to task on last week’s Presidential News Conference. Last week press conference, where President Obama called on a reporter from the Huffington Post on Iran. It turned out the Administration made arraignment to call on the reporter. In fact in the press conference the reporter got ahead President.

Let’s just say Robert Gibbs  escaped the press conference  within an inch of his life.

Gov. Sanford go away

It’s been lousy two weeks for the family of Governor Mark Sanford. Last week the Governor admitted to his affair with Argentine Maria Chapur  to the public.  And his wife’s cutting remark to him (which he rightly deserved.)

But in an interview with the Associated Press; Sanford the player talked about the other instances of flirting and hitting on other women over the years. He calls Chapur is soul-mate. Sanford now will work on falling in love again with his wife.(What does that mean? Will work on falling in love again with his wife. Bizarre! Most people would say they are working on their marriage.)

It doesn’t look good  for Sanford. What worse he’s telling all of his business. Allapundit at Hot Air wonders how to keep Governor Sanford  away from recording devices. “His aides seriously need to start steering this guy away from microphones before he ends up telling us which positions he and Maria tried.”

Meanwhile, members of the South Carolina Republican Party leadership are calling for the Governor to resign. Sanford had considered resigning  but went against it with support from his spiritual adviser.  Newspaper editorial throughout South Carolina has called on Sanford to resign. Bloggers across the country (including this one awaits the departure).

The problem was created  by pols who didn’t resigned. Barney Frank, despite the discovery and arrest of his former assistant who ran a prostitution ring out of Frank’s DC home over 25 years ago. Today he’s chair of the Financial Service committee.  Senator Vitter of Louisana who admitted using prostitution service  and phone records revealed the affair.  Vitter is still in office.  Last month Senator John Ensign admitted to having affair with a campaign staffer who is the wife of his personal assistant. The mistress and her husband are accused  of  blackmail.

Of course the most successful serial adulterer former President William Jefferson Clinton. Clinton survived the various sex scandals including Jennifer Flowers to Monica Lewinsky and lying under oath. Clinton popularity in economy help thwart the impeachment and served his full term.

Will Sanford listen to the call to resign. I doubt it. One can only hope.

Michelle Malkin

AP via Houston Chroncle

Hot Air