Post Not The First To Try Pay-For-Access, Report Says

July 4, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – Apparently the Washington Post are not the only ‘respected’ news source to attempt to hold pay-for-access events. Two other papers did it first.

The Washington Post caused outrage this week after it was found that they had offered access to lobbyists in a dinner that would have various high ranking government officials within the Obama administration, for the bargain price of $25,000 – $250,000.

But according to a new report by Politico, the Economist and Wallstreet Journal may have done the same thing long before the Washington Post foolishly followed suit.

The Economist apparently allows anyone to have an off-the-record meeting with top editors and writers for a few thousand dollars, and the Wallstreet Journal is holding a conference where lobbyists can buy tickets for $7500, which will ensure them the chance to chat with important people within the paper.

The knowledge that this is becoming a widespread practice is sure to disturb most readers, who have long trusted the three news sources for unbiased information and ethical practices.

But the Economist says that the events are understandable and perfectly acceptable.

“The events are off the record because we have found it is the best way for our delegates and host governments to get value from the discussion,” a spokesman was quoted in the Politico article.


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