THE BLOG
08/11/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Being Undermined by National News

The Washington Post has done something that comes as close to undermining our democracy as anything. It sought to sell tickets to lobbyists for fees up to $250,000 that would provide access and a cozy atmosphere at the home of publisher, Katharine Weymouth to "'those powerful few'" -- Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and even the paper's own reporters and editors," according to Politico.

The flier distributed by the Washington Post reads:

"Underwrite and participate in this intimate and exclusive Washington Post Salon, an off-the-record dinner and discussion at the home of CEO and Publisher Katharine Weymouth. ... Bring your organization's's CEO or executive director literally to the table. Interact with key Obama administration and Congressional leaders."


"Spirited? Yes. Confrontational? No," the flier states. "The relaxed setting in the home of Katharine Weymouth assures it."

This breaking news begs the question as to how long has this been going on and what other national news organizations are engaged in such activities? What should the general public do to express our tremendous outrage at the undermining of our democracy? I, for one, will not subscribe to the Washington Post. But how can we come together as citizens of our great democracy and make them feel the impact of their action?

Thank God, literally, for new media such as the Huffington Post and Politico.