Apparently, The Washington Post is completely abandoning the idea of hosting exclusive salons with power brokers â€“ an idea which erupted into scandal last week when a marketing flyer indicated lobbyists could pay for access to Post reporters.
Now, the paper has apologized blaming the flyer on a marketing snafu but taking responsibility for the bad idea of hosting exclusive dinners:
Our mistake was to suggest that we would hold and participate in an off-the-record dinner with journalists and power brokers paid for by a sponsor. We will not organize such events. As publisher it is my job to ensure that we adhere to standards that are consistent with our integrity as a news organization.
Iâ€™m glad the Post has apologized for their questionably ethical idea. But I do wonder what would have happened if POLITICO and other news organizations hadnâ€™t broken the story. I guess itâ€™s a good thing that there are watchdogs watching the watchdogs.
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