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Washington Post Publisher: We Wouldn't Leak Sale Scoop To The New York Times

08/06/2013 02:38 pm ET | Updated Oct 06, 2013

On Sunday, the New York Times published a glowing Style section profile of Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth and described her role running a newspaper that's been in her famous family for four generations.

Times reporter Sheryl Stolberg wrote that Washingtonians "have scrutinized and mythologized the Grahams for decades, much as the British do their royalty" and that "now, in an exceedingly difficult climate for newspapers, Ms. Weymouth is charged with saving the crown jewels."

But a day later, the Graham family shocked the media world by selling that Post.

Stolberg defended her story and missing out on the major scoop, telling Politico that the Graham family "kept their secret from an entire newsroom of their own journalists [and] they kept it from me."

Weymouth, who remains in her position, explained to HuffPost how she couldn't discuss the possibility of a deal with Amazon's Jeff Bezos, which wasn't even completed until Monday.

I obviously didn't plan that timing. The Times contacted us and Sheryl said we're going to do this profile with or without you. So you can cooperate or not. And she had a good reputation, so we cooperated and obviously we didn't know if this transaction was going to happen or when it was going to happen or when her story was going to run.

So the fact is, she made -- I know she's getting criticized, I think a little unfairly -- she made clear to me from the beginning that this was going to be a personal profile that would run in Style and it was not a business story. So I never had to lie to her. We didn't discuss whether the Post would, you know, my children would take it over or whatever. It was a personal profile and it that is what it was.

"It's not like we were going to leak it to the New York Times," Weymouth added. "Let's be serious here. If anybody was going to have this story, it was going to be us."