NYT Journalist Battles Critics Over Article About WaPo That Missed Sale: ‘I Wasn’t Played,’ ‘They Had A Secret’


As of Monday morning, the most talked about article about the Washington Post was Sheryl Stolberg’s profile of publisher Katharine Weymouth, the fourth-generaton Graham to run the paper, in the New York Times. “Now, in an exceedingly difficult climate for newspapers,” Stolberg wrote, “Ms. Weymouth is charged with saving the crown jewels.”

The profile was published only a few days before yesterday’s epochal $250 million sale of the Washington Post to Amazon owner Jeff Bezos, a massive acquisition that was nowhere to be found in Stolberg’s long-researched story of the woman who was supposedly just inheriting the publishing reins.

On Tuesday, Stolberg maintained that the Graham family did not disclose any details of the sale to either her or the Times, even as she pressed them for information about the paper’s future.

“As you can see by the story, I asked the relevant questions of Don Graham and Katharine Weymouth,” Stolberg told Politico. “As I reported, Don Graham ducked questions about the future. Asked whether his niece would inherit his job, he said, ‘I’m not expecting her to go anyplace.’”

But neither did Stolberg feel “played” by the publishing dynasty, instead tweeting that her piece looked “prescient”:

@RebeccaTheim @SteveFriess @chaughney No chatter. And not for lack of asking. Don Graham should play poker.

— Sheryl Stolberg (@sherylstolberg) August 6, 2013

[h/t Politico]

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