The Washington Post to host cozy $250,000 meet and greets between lobbyists, editors and Democrats

The Washington Post’s revenue plan of facilitating expensive meetings between lobbyists, Post writers and editors, Democrat and Obama administration officials has finally been outed. There was even a slick marketing piece promoting the deal that would cost big pharmacy, trial lawyers and “green” energy lobbyists up to $250,000 to dine and meet with the elite.

Sickening. But this has been going on “informally” at the New York Times, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Washington Post for years. Only the editorial elites didn’t charge for it.

More on media bias…

Know we know that the Washington Post and Kaiser (cheap health care) org were planning a July get together at the publisher’s elegant home. Any news in your daily newspaper about this? 

Next, we find out that about 30 elite reporters went to an “off the record” party at the White House on July 4th.

US WEEKLY — I have a new name for the racist rag: PU-US Weekly or Puss Weekly. Note the magazine didn’t touch the John Edwards cheating on his dying wife scandal.

Babies lies and scandal for Sarah Palin. Love and apple pie for Michelle Obama.

With the pressure on from blogs, and falling respect for the mainstream media, the Washington Post’s Deborah Howell did a little research and admitted to the obvious. At the same time, Pew research reports falling ratings and trust in mainstream media. Only 30 percent trust CNN.

By Deborah Howell
Sunday, August 17, 2008

Democrat Barack Obama has had about a 3 to 1 advantage over Republican John McCain in Post Page 1 stories since Obama became his party’s presumptive nominee June 4. Obama has generated a lot of news by being the first African American nominee, and he is less well known than McCain — and therefore there’s more to report on. But the disparity is so wide that it doesn’t look good.

In overall political stories from June 4 to Friday, Obama dominated by 142 to 96. Obama has been featured in 35 stories on Page 1; McCain has been featured in 13, with three Page 1 references with photos to stories on inside pages. Fifteen stories featured both candidates and were about polls or issues such as terrorism, Social Security and the candidates’ agreement on what should be done in Afghanistan.

Yes, we knew. Thanks for coming forward. It’s a day late and a few dollars short.

The Media Research Center has been reporting the fall in credibility for a decade.


1. Media Credibility Plummets, Just 30% Believe ‘Most Trusted’ CNN
“Over the last 10 years,” the just-released biennial news consumption survey from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press determined, “virtually every news organization or program has seen its credibility marks decline” and “Democrats continue to give most news organizations much higher credibility ratings than do Republicans.” Based on past Pew polls, CNN touts itself as “the most trusted name in news,” but the percent who “believe all or most” of what CNN reports has fallen 12 points, to 30 percent, since Pew first posed the question in 1998. Yet, in a sign of how far the news media have fallen in the eyes of the public, that puts CNN at the top of the 12 television news outlets analyzed, as well as above all the newspapers and online sources. Believability for ABC News, CBS News and NBC News is down six points over the past ten years, to 24 percent for ABC and NBC, 22 percent for CBS, but that’s still better than the mere 18 percent who “believe all or most” of what they read in the New York Times. The extensive polling conducted in May also discovered that the audiences for CNN and MSNBC “which were heavily Democratic two years ago, have become even more so: fully 51 percent of CNN’s regular viewers are Democrats while only 18 percent are Republicans.” And “the regular audience for nightly network news also is now about two-to-one Democratic (45 percent vs. 22 percent Republican).”

10 thoughts on “The Washington Post to host cozy $250,000 meet and greets between lobbyists, editors and Democrats

  1. Now Dennis Ryerson, executive editor of the Indianapolis Star admits that complaints are flowing into the old media on bias:
    Why, I’m being asked, did a supermarket tabloid beat the mainstream media on an important story?

    You know of which I’m writing. The National Enquirer reported late last year that former senator and presidential candidate John Edwards not only had an affair with a campaign worker but also fathered her baby. Only after Edwards recently acknowledged the affair (but not fathering the child) did the vast majority of the media report on it.
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    Several Star readers have made these points:

    We ignored the story because we are biased in favor of Democrats. Had something similar been reported about John McCain we’d happily scream it on Page One.

    The mainstream media in general are lazy and reluctant, which is why we are getting whipped by the blogosphere and the alternative media. We are becoming irrelevant, our critics say, because we aren’t reporting “real” news.

  2. Did you read this story in your daily newspaper?
    The Media Research Center reports 34% of the network news stories about Barack Obama since 2000 have been positive and 5% negative.

    Freedom of the press? Not so much.

  3. What do you mean the media has been kind to Obama? It’s nothing compared to the delicate treatment Palin has received. The woman supports the Alaska Independence Party; just view this video showing her giving the Welcome Address to this fringe group who support a re-vote on statehood because they want to secede from the US. Why is nobody writing about this critical problem. We could have a vice president who does not want to be part of the US. See the video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Re0vmbtHK8

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  5. Wow your a modern day Goebbels, this is some of the most slanted garbage if have ever read. Do you actually believe this stuff or are you just a paid hack for the Republican party.

  6. What, Chavez thinks the US CIA and Pentagon were responsible for the Honduras leader trying to re-write the constitution to make himself the defacto dictator? I am actually with Honduras people on this one. Zelaya needed to be removed.

  7. Did you read this in your old, liberal rag?

    “My message to the young in Iran is that someday your society will be free. And it will be a blessed time for you. My message to the women of Iran is that the women of America share your deep desire for children to grow up in a hopeful society and to live in peace.” George Bush

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