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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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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….

  4. “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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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”).

  8. [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.

  9. [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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. [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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