THAT INTERNET MONEY'S JUST ON THE WAY  1:36 pm September 15, 2009

Washington Post Continues To Be Great Journalistic Newspaper

by Jim Newell

Never forgetHa ha Washington Post. How will they make money during this damnable Internet Age? Masturbation videos about beer? Selling information and brokering access to rich lobbyists over wine at the publisher’s home? Maybe somehow loving war even more? Such a quandary. Until they come up with a new long-term business plan, though, the temporary strategy will just be to pour buckets of Prozac into the printing presses.

Here we quote the Post‘s own Howard Kurtz, who is allowed to shit all over his employer, because he is an important arbiter of Journalism Ethics:

On one point, there is no dispute: Katharine Weymouth did not like the subject of a Washington Post Magazine story that was headed toward publication and the piece wound up being killed.

Weymouth, publisher of The Post, told the story’s author, freelance journalist Matt Mendelsohn, at a brunch earlier this year that advertisers ‘wanted happier stories, not “depressing” ones,’ Mendelsohn wrote in an online posting. His story was about a 26-year-old woman whose arms and legs had been amputated.”

Obviously some reporter didn’t get Weymouth’s memo, because will you just look at this very depressing story the Post published today: millionaires and billionaires WORLDWIDE are seeing their marginal tax rates raise several percentage points to offset budget deficits! HOW IS THE FUCKING WEALTH SUPPOSED TO TRICKLE DOWN NOW?

Post Magazine Killed ‘Depressing’ Story [Washington Post]

 
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norbizness September 15, 2009 at 1:39 pm

They need to dig up Jason Robards and have him chew out Dustin Hoffman again.

taylormattd September 15, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Where, where is he? Why have you taken my FIT trainer boyfriend away? How am I supposed to read Wonkett without him?

Hooray For Anything September 15, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Maybe if she would have come up with some way to use the story as a call to bombing Iran, it would have been published.

jesusbutter September 15, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Slow news day?

Extemporanus September 15, 2009 at 1:45 pm

BREAKING: “Financial Crisis Costs World’s Wealthy Arm and Leg”

kentuckienne2 September 15, 2009 at 1:45 pm

You can read the axed story here: http://www.sportsshooter.com/news/2266

I found it to be a thoughtful and nuanced look at a young woman in a terrible situation, not “depressing.” But what do I know? I’m just a former Washington Post subscriber.

shortsshortsshorts September 15, 2009 at 1:45 pm

THERE IS NO RONALD REAGAN TO SAVE YOU NOW, YOU WEALTHY BASTARDS.

ManchuCandidate September 15, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Sorry, but this is a Chicken Soup for the Soup MSM Fail.

This is why most of the MSM is utterly fucktarded. The truth sometimes hurts and sucks, but better to deal with it than to be a prissy fuckwit about it. These fuckheads are much like historically loathed 8th Army G-2 Charles Willoughby, who in the winter of 1950 spent a lot of time denying all the “bad”/”depressing” reports of the Chinese entering the Korean War because he didn’t want to displease the grandpoobah Douglas MacArthur and his triumphant destruction of North Korea. It didn’t end well for most of the troops who got KIA/MIA/WIA/POW by Chicom forces.

hobospacejunkie September 15, 2009 at 1:51 pm

The wealth is trickling down Katharine Weymouth’s leg after Richie Rich used her as a jizz receptacle. Messy!

One Yield Regular September 15, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Is that painting in the photograph for sale? I want to hang it above the Trucknutz on my teabagmobile.

V572625694 September 15, 2009 at 1:55 pm

From the WaPo story about the Riches: “As a result, the tax rate here [England] for those making more than $250,000 a year is set to jump from 40 to 50 percent.”

Tax rate for the Riches here: 15% on dividends and interest, which is how money really comes to the Rich. W2 income, taxed at 35%, is for suckers.

Barrett808 September 15, 2009 at 1:55 pm

WP, you want depressing? I try very hard to make this the most depressing site in the world: http://desdemonadespair.blogspot.com/

Take a Xanax first. You can thank me later.

Spiro Agnew September 15, 2009 at 1:56 pm

All your media are belong to us

shadowMark September 15, 2009 at 1:57 pm

[re=411380]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: Will your caps lock key still work after eight years of Sarah Palin?

yargisbargis September 15, 2009 at 1:57 pm

It wasn’t that the arms and legs amputated was depressing–it was that Mendelsohn wouldn’t make it sound funny or upbeat for the readers, you know, like those Monty Python guys did….

V572625694 September 15, 2009 at 1:58 pm

“A Post Magazine editor encouraged Mendelsohn to pursue the story…But the atmosphere apparently soured after Weymouth told Mendelsohn at a birthday brunch in her honor that this was not the sort of piece that she favored for the magazine.”

They have to give her birthday parties, and the “journalists” must attend? O my, doesn’t Madame Weymouth have any friends of her own? So sorry!

drewonline September 15, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Is it just me, or is anyone else having problems with the Post’s site today. Every time I go to a Wash Post story, I get an operation failed and my browser closes – no problems with Wonkette, Gawker or any of the other intelligent sites I read. No problems yesterday. Just today.

SayItWithWookies September 15, 2009 at 2:02 pm

Why doesn’t the Washington Post just change its name to Washington PUPPIES! and then at least its readers will understand its position on hard-hitting stories about complex and troubling issues?

Jim89048 September 15, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Sadly, I’d hit that…

TGY September 15, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Oh, but one can *always* make things lighter: “Hey, a quadriplegic walks into a bar and…wait, that’s not right.”

Mull_Man September 15, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Pete Stark can help them w/ the tinkle trickle down. He’s much better at that vs. health care legislation (don’t get me started on the “Stark Law”).

Way Cool Larry September 15, 2009 at 2:14 pm

[re=411379]kentuckienne2[/re]: thanks for the story link. It’s not a happy story to be sure, but it is captivating and thoughtful. It also has an important message about health care reform– the fucking insurance company wouldn’t pay for high tech prosthetics, which is just totally disgusting.

queeraselvis v 2.0 September 15, 2009 at 2:15 pm

*checks WaPo’s pulse*

Yep. Journalism’s still dead.

proudgrampa September 15, 2009 at 2:17 pm

[re=411388]Barrett808[/re]: Like I always say, We ARE freakin’ doomed!

NixonNow September 15, 2009 at 2:19 pm

there’s a wealth in my pants that’s now trickling down

Hooray For Anything September 15, 2009 at 2:35 pm

[re=411409]queeraselvis v 2.0[/re]: Just like Mike Huckabee said it was

problemwithcaring September 15, 2009 at 2:38 pm

[re=411388]Barrett808[/re]: Dear fucking Magog, man.

dijetlo September 15, 2009 at 2:38 pm

[re=411396]V572625694[/re]: O my, doesn’t Madame Weymouth have any friends of her own?

Friendship? No,no,no, Dame Weymouth employs a gaggle of salad tossing opinion writers, bootlickers and sundry hangers on so that she may bask in the glow of their well compensated worship. Friendship is for the proletariat.

pirate of blackwater September 15, 2009 at 2:47 pm

[BOING!] My monocle just popped out of my eye!

Lefty Lucy September 15, 2009 at 2:52 pm

And when the newspaper of Katharine Graham goes down the tubes, Dame Katharine the Terrible will blame the Internets.

DangerousLiberal September 15, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Your WaPo: Comforting the comfortable and afflicting the afflicted since 1980. And I once was naive enough to think that was the Washington Times’ job.

Barrett808 September 15, 2009 at 4:03 pm

[re=411431]problemwithcaring[/re]: Best. Reaction. Evah.

Pop Socket September 15, 2009 at 4:04 pm

I’m sure it’s completely unrelated that the dead trees featured a lady bicycle messenger in spandex above the fold today.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/14/AR2009091403520.html

thefrontpage September 15, 2009 at 5:02 pm

Who has “birthday brunches,” anyways? When it’s my birthday, we all go to the Palace, Camelot, Good Guys, Hooter’s, and Archibald’s.

Now, that’s a birthday party.

thefrontpage September 15, 2009 at 5:03 pm

September, 2009

Dear Ben Bradlee:

Please come home. All is forgiven.

–The Washington Post.

Come here a minute September 15, 2009 at 5:08 pm

The wealth will trickle the same as always — down the ass-cracks of contractors.

Jukesgrrl September 15, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Jesus! When I worked in Corporate America I had to kiss my boss’s ass twenty times a day, but never once did I have to attend a birthday brunch.

rocktonsammy September 15, 2009 at 5:33 pm

WaPo my ass, HuffPo is where the real news is/are.

zhubajie September 15, 2009 at 6:26 pm

“HOW IS THE FUCKING WEALTH SUPPOSED TO TRICKLE DOWN NOW?”

Buying drugs!

LowerdPeninsula September 16, 2009 at 12:54 am

[re=411432]dijetlo[/re]: “Friendship? No,no,no, Dame Weymouth employs a gaggle of salad tossing opinion writers, bootlickers and sundry hangers on so that she may bask in the glow of their well compensated worship. Friendship is for the proletariat.”

LO-fucking’-L.

Sundry hangers? Compensated worship? Brilliant.

Friendship is for the proletariat, indeed.

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