The Washington Post's publisher Katharine Weymouth, she of the family who has run the post for decades, has gotten herself into a good bit of (justified) hot water over a series of "salons" that she offered to host in order to bring influential members of the health care community together with Obama Administration officials, members of Congress, and yes, Post reporters. Politico.com broke this story last week, and it has been pure ecstasy to watch as the Post--in the guise of Weymouth and editor Marcus Brauchli--has backpedaled and spun in order to find some way to -- pardon my French -- polish this turd.
Conservatives waste a lot of hot air claiming media bias toward the Democrats and more specifically, Liberals. A good bit of it is bloviation, but some of it is downright spot-on. Can you in a million years imagine Ms. Weymouth considering this "salon" series during the GWB administration? Of course not. There simply wasn't the cozy nexus of cooperation between the paper, its staff and government that there is now, a natural and predictable outgrowth of the abiding affinity shared by the dying mainstream newspaper industry and the administration it helped put in place.