Par for the course, the news media have missed the real story of the Washington Post “selling access’.
If an executive were to pay a lobbying firm to get that kind of access, it would cost a lot more than $25,000 in billable hours. $25,000 is the catering bill for a Washington insider dinner/cocktail party. A small party at that. The real story is not that the Post was selling access, but that financial conditions have deteriorated so drastically that the parties could no longer be expensed without a care. What were up to now limited to insider cronies are now available to the public. The Post finally gets a chance to practice the egalitarianism it has always preached.