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"Spirited? Yes. Confrontational? No."

Posted By on 07.02.09 at 11:27 AM

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A while back I ragged on Medill for inviting Washington Post CEO and publisher Katherine Weymouth to address a soon-to-be-underpaid-or-unemployed graduating class, seeing as a born-wealthy lawyer and non-journalist would not, were I in that position (and I was not so very long ago) seem terribly inspiring to me.

Well, allow me to blow your mind.

Done? Go take a shower if you need to.

My favorite parts (emphasis mine):

"Spirited? Yes. Confrontational? No. The relaxed setting in the home of Katharine Weymouth assures it."

"An exclusive opportunity to participate in the health-care reform debate among the select few who will actually get it done."

Oh, and from the weak-tea response: "The newsroom will participate where appropriate." I can only hope that means "picketing outside" or "toilet-papering the trees."

Update: The executive editor seems to be appropriately unhappy.

Update II: Weymouth: "This should never have happened. The fliers got out and weren't vetted. They didn't represent at all what we were attempting to do." They better hope that the fliers represented the alternate-universe-of-burning-evil version of what they were "attempting to do."

Update III: Uh-oh, contradictory CYA quotes from the dude whose office produced the flyer! "Weymouth is out of town." Naturally.

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