LOVE FOR SALE  1:11 pm July 2, 2009

Sleazy Washington Post Selling ‘Access’ To CEOs, For $25,000

by Ken Layne

'With four and twenty windows, And a woman's face in ev'ry one.'America’s neo-con pamphlet the Washington Post can be found festering in certain driveways from Reston to Chevy Chase, but sometimes that’s not good enough for the powerful CEO or lobbyist who wants to, say, beat the shit out of Richard Cohen in person. This is why Post publisher Katharine Weymouth is now hosting intimate sexy gatherings at her home, where for a small admission price (between $25,000 and $250,000), the lonely business leader can dine with WaPo editors and journalists, get a loving hummer from Krauthammer or Kristol or (imagine!) both of them.

BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE: Kat may also trick some “White House insiders” over to dinner, in which case the hard-working industrialist can “make their case” and get a law or whatever written just for them! And people say newspapers aren’t important anymore …. [The Politico]

 
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Doglessliberal July 2, 2009 at 1:15 pm

What are those of us who like to read the comics, sports pages, (and gee, maybe get some actual news) on paper supposed to do when the WaPo is turning into a vapid, content-free (and what content there is reeks of the lack of copy editors) bird-cage liner? Wonkette and DCist are far better news sources 9and better edited) these days. I haz a sad.

Barry White Zombie July 2, 2009 at 1:16 pm

I will pay $50 to kick Richard Cohen in the nads. $80 if Eugene Robinson cheers me on while I do it.

AxmxZ July 2, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Entertainment will be provided by Gov. Sanford, who will sing hits from Evita while moonwalking.

Come here a minute July 2, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Headline: Washington Post Mistakes Paradise for the Home Across the Road

(you can always tell Layne posts by the Dylan alt text)

Hooray For Anything July 2, 2009 at 1:19 pm

How much would it cost to waterboard either Kristol and/or Krauthammer?

GDuvall July 2, 2009 at 1:20 pm

[re=353305]Doglessliberal[/re]: Print out the online comics and write on the back “the Redskins still suck.” There, problem solved.

Tommmcatt July 2, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Tell you what: For $12,000 a pop, you all can come over to my house and have some barbecue this weekend. This way you get a bargain, and you have just as much chance of meeting a White House insider as if you went to Katherine Weymouth’s shindig. Plus you won’t have to watch Bill Kristol eat.

slappypaddy July 2, 2009 at 1:20 pm

it’s brain-dead. doesn’t matter how much gets spent, story’s over. go wapo, bury yourself in your own shit, we will cherish fond and rapidly receding memories of when you were good and true.

Humpback July 2, 2009 at 1:20 pm

And even this will be advertised on Craig’s List.

DagNabbit July 2, 2009 at 1:22 pm

How much is that whore in the window.

The ones with those huge cankles.

El Pinche July 2, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Another Palin pictorial? Damn, that slag gets around!

bureaucrap July 2, 2009 at 1:23 pm

So if I pay WaPo $250,000, the Style section will write a heartwarming article about how much I’m suffering and how downtrodden I am? Now THAT’s a quarter of a million dollars well-spent!

Manos: Hands of Fate July 2, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Gee, I can’t see anything wrong with that. Of course Weymouth has deprived CEOs of such companies as Death Star Inc. the opportunity to chill with Dan Froomkin, losing a huge selling point.

chascates July 2, 2009 at 1:24 pm

The Moonie Times only charge $5000 but they say the same stuff over and over and over.

SayItWithWookies July 2, 2009 at 1:26 pm

[re=353311]Hooray For Anything[/re]: Hell, I’d do it for free.

Doglessliberal July 2, 2009 at 1:28 pm

[re=353324]chascates[/re]: and, they’ll fix you up with a stranger and perform a mass wedding for you, gratis.

picadillythirds July 2, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Thanks for taking my tip suggestion!

I hear tell that Andy Alexander is going to write about it later today in his column- WaPo is taking it all back and saying they aren’t doing it at all.

freakishlystrong July 2, 2009 at 1:29 pm

“White House insiders”=Chuck Todd and Major Garrett…Helen and Chip will still pretend to be impartial and outraged at the lack of integrity of the press…

dijetlo July 2, 2009 at 1:29 pm

It’s almost worth $25K to go down there and tell them to “shut the fuck up” in person. I’ve been dying to bitch slap Satans fluffer, Michael Gershon, ever since he worked for Junior.
Srsly, I’m thinking we need to start up a collection to send Riley into that den of thieves,(don’t look ‘em in the eyes boy, that’s how the steal your soul) he could crazy glue Krauties front wheels to the porch just to watch him crash and burn when they call them in for dinner (picspls).

WadISay July 2, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Could we take up a collection and buy Froomkin back on?

Lionel Hutz Esq. July 2, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Honestly, for even $25,000, I prefer my orgies a little more discreet.

widestanceromancer July 2, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Disclaimer: Sorry, lonely lady business leaders, Krauthammer gets all emotional if asked to muff-DIVE (get it?). Too cruel?

thecaits July 2, 2009 at 1:33 pm

The thought of an evening with either Krauthammer or Kristol makes me want to set myself on fire.

Hooray For Anything July 2, 2009 at 1:33 pm

[re=353327]SayItWithWookies[/re]: The Post appears to be hard up enough that they’d might consider it for a few bucks. If they hesitate, we could just tell them it’s for the “Bomb the Shit Out of People Committee” and I’m sure Fred Hiatt would be down.

McDuff July 2, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Will Don McLean note that this is the day the Dead Tree Media Died and write a song about it?

Extemporanus July 2, 2009 at 1:36 pm

[re=353321]El Pinche[/re]: What’s that? You want another Palin picture?

Alright, here ya go: 2 PALINS, 1 STUMP

(For the half dozen of you who still have a job, don’t worry—it is, regrettably, SFW.)

facehead July 2, 2009 at 1:37 pm

How much for access to Trig?

Citizen Kang July 2, 2009 at 1:37 pm

[re=353313]Tommmcatt[/re]:

What about the hummers? Are they extra or part of the 12 large? I ask because times are tight and this might be the deal-breaker

snideinplainsight July 2, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Politico comments section pins this on the Obama administration, predictably. Nice.

Holy Cow!! July 2, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Wow!! How low can WaPo go?

Zadig July 2, 2009 at 1:44 pm

So only the elite get to beat up Cohen “in person”? What about the rest of us? Can we send WaPo a cashier’s check for fifty bucks and have an editor go down the hall and kick Cohen’s ass, in our stead?

curmudge July 2, 2009 at 1:49 pm

[re=353305]Doglessliberal[/re]: While I do agree no one does what they do better than The Wonkette, it’s not a news-gathering source like the WaPo. It’s a distribution platform with awesome commentary. People are so quick to write off the whole paper, but there’s a lot of great reporting done there — this unethical horseshit aside.

Min July 2, 2009 at 1:50 pm

For $12,000, I’d better have a better choice than Kraut or Kristol. Quite frankly, they’d have to pay me to get within licking distance of either one of those creeps.

x111e7thst July 2, 2009 at 1:54 pm

[re=353307]Barry White Zombie[/re]:I’ll pay $25 more just to watch from a respectful distance and applaud politely.

tavella July 2, 2009 at 1:55 pm

We’ve known they were whores for years, it’s just nice to see the price list for their services.

Oldskool July 2, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Jeff Gannon will get to the bottom of this. So to speak.

Joshua Norton July 2, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Kat may also trick some “White House insiders” over to dinner

Oh, so it’s being held in a Kat house. Figures.

finallyhappy July 2, 2009 at 2:02 pm

I went to two free Post events- very good cookies and punch . No Cohe, Krautie or Kristol- we did get Marc Fisher and the ladies of the Reliable Source. Ben Bradlee also(I thought he was dead- but no)

Joshua Norton July 2, 2009 at 2:03 pm

get a loving hummer from Krauthammer or Kristol

Wouldn’t you first have to be able to get, you know, hard?

nader paul kucinich gravel July 2, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Wall Street
Art students
9/11 snow job
Chicken hawks
Moving company
Propaganda media
DNC stealth neocons
Anti-semitism accusers
The chosen the superior
2-3% of the US population
Extortion blackmail bribery
By deception ye shall wage war
AIPAC’s Israel-first dual-nationals
For profit NotFederal NoReserve scam

Words are plentiful deeds are precious!

snideinplainsight July 2, 2009 at 2:15 pm

How much would dinner with Dan Froomkin cost?

snideinplainsight July 2, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Glenn Greenwald going ballistic in 5..4..3..

Manos: Hands of Fate July 2, 2009 at 2:27 pm

[re=353409]snideinplainsight[/re]: I’m guessing $30 unless you want to buy him a combo at Taco Bell.

Advocatus_Diaboli July 2, 2009 at 2:30 pm

If WaPo dies, where will I go for all my insightful columns by the likes of Hiatt, Broder, Krauthammer, Cohen &c.?

Oh happy days.

Native of SL UT July 2, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Does this access come with a Happy Ending?

Hooray For Anything July 2, 2009 at 2:31 pm

[re=353395]nader paul kucinich gravel[/re]:
We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it

snideinplainsight July 2, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Houston, Greenwald has reached orbit. Repeat, Greenwald has achieved orbit.

Snarkalicious July 2, 2009 at 3:01 pm

[re=353385]Joshua Norton[/re]: Nope.

In other news, can we please send Rahm to these things with a back seat full of rebar and a volunteer team of Steelworkers?

snideinplainsight July 2, 2009 at 3:16 pm

On the other hand, it’s hard for me to entirely hate on Ms. Weymouth. She was great on REMAIN IN LIGHT and TRUE STORIES.

mrsixinch July 2, 2009 at 3:32 pm

[re=353492]snideinplainsight[/re]: I’ll bet you’ve got a van loaded with weapons.

Hart88 July 2, 2009 at 4:05 pm

Mr. Millbank, do you have any comment? Mr. Millbank? Hello?

lmj July 2, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Shouldn’t this post’s pic be a middle age power broker in the window? That would really be a turn-on.

FlipOffResearch July 2, 2009 at 4:12 pm

“get a loving hummer from Krauthammer” a hummer from a hairlip! What if something gets caught in his nasal cavity?

heroinmule July 2, 2009 at 4:39 pm

[re=353320]DagNabbit[/re]: What a fabulous contribution!

natteringnabomb July 2, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Not even plausable deniability here

charlesdegoal July 2, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Take the rag away from your face.
Now ain’t the time for your tears.

proudgrampa July 2, 2009 at 5:38 pm

[re=353313]Tommmcatt[/re]: Hell, I’ll have a barbecue at my place for free. You probably have just as much chance to meet someone “important.”

Oh. BYOB. Also.

finallyhappy July 2, 2009 at 5:48 pm

The Post has cancelled this- according to the Post- they say it was the work of an overzealous marketing department. Always a good line to use when you realize your idea was totally shitty.

Tommmcatt July 2, 2009 at 6:38 pm

[re=353346]Citizen Kang[/re]:

Send me a picture and I’ll let you know.

nader paul kucinich gravel July 2, 2009 at 7:42 pm

[re=353425]Hooray For Anything[/re]:

How can we dance when our earth is turning?
How do we sleep when our beds are burning?

LoweredPeninsula July 3, 2009 at 6:23 am

[re=353653]finallyhappy[/re]:

It’s not about this being a totally shitty idea, rather, it’s being totally shameless and the total embodiement of prostitution. WaPo finally revealed itself to be what everyone else knew it to be: the greatest whore of all of Babylon as the great Jesus book refers to this kind of thing. WaPo just did a bank run on whore diamonds and wiped out our entire national whore diamond reserve. Good going, guys. Now, we have to settle for whore-gold, whore-silver, and whore-platinum.

And somewhere in the Lowlands of South Carolina, Mark Sanford’s whore-senses are tingling…

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