If you thought the whole Dana Milbank/Nico Pitney battle was fun last week, just imagine the raw material that CNN host/Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz now has to work with this Sunday.
As Mike Allen reports in Politico, “For $25,000 to $250,000, The Washington Post has offered lobbyists and association executives off-the-record, non-confrontational access to “those powerful few” — Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and — at first — even the paper’s own reporters and editors.”
This morning, Marcus Brauchli announced that the promised “salons” would never materialize as described. “A flyer was distributed this week offering an ‘underwriting opportunity’ for a dinner on health-care reform, in which the news department had been asked to participate. The language in the flyer and the description of the event preclude our participation.”
So who should be on the panel to discuss?
UPDATE: According to Politico’s Patrick Gavin, the current Reliable Sources lineup is all Michael Jackson, including a panel ironically titled, “How Much Is Too Much?” Ha.