Editor & Publisher succinctly sums up the disastrous move, now scrapped, by the Washington Post to offer to host dinners for paying customers to meet journalists and politicians.
E&P says: "Few newspaper controversies have caused such a wildfire of reaction. Within hours of word emerging, via Mike Allen at Politico, and then spreading, that The Washington Post had offered to host dinners, or "salons," for paying customers (lobbyists?) to meet and greet big wigs and journalists, the newsroom denounced the plan, Editor Marcus Brauchli said "bad idea," and Publisher Katharine Weymouth cancelled it."
Rock trivia, E&P editor Greg Mitchell on Twitter:"Start Making Sense: If some don't know, yes, Wash Post publisher is niece of ex-Talking Heads bassist Tina Weymouth."