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Ombudsman Blog: June 28, 2009 - July 4, 2009

The Post's 'Salon' Plan: A Public Relations Disaster

For a storied newspaper that cherishes its reputation for ethical purity, this comes pretty close to a public relations disaster. Politicoreported this morning that The Post has been soliciting lobbyists to pay from $25,000 to $250,000 to underwrite off-the-record “salons”...

By Andy Alexander  | July 2, 2009; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (251)
 
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The Post and ProPublica

Post readers saw a new byline attached to an investigative piece played prominently today. The story was co-authored by Post banking writer Binyamin Appelbaum and Paul Kiel, a reporter for an independent, nonprofit journalism organization called ProPublica. It was classic...

By Andy Alexander  | July 1, 2009; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Jackson, Sanford Coverage: Enough Already?

Like most news organizations, The Post seems to be operating on the theory that readers can’t get too much coverage of the death of Michael Jackson and the romantic escapades of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. But beginning yesterday, a...

By Andy Alexander  | June 30, 2009; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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How Seeds of Truth Can Sometimes Take Root

Many newspapers, including The Post, profiled Mark Sanford last week after the married South Carolina Republican governor revealed that he had been having an affair with a woman in Argentina. The Post’s story said that during his six years...

By Andy Alexander  | June 29, 2009; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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