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| editor = Martin Baron| president = | chiefeditor = | assoceditor = DATE= JANUARY 1, 2016WEBSITE=WASHINGTON POST, 12 February 2018, | newseditor = | managingeditordesign = | campuseditor = | campuschief = | opeditor = | sportseditor = | photoeditor = TITLE=CONTACT THE WASHINGTON POST REPORTERS, COLUMNISTS AND BLOGGERS ARCHIVEURL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20120122043722/HTTP://PROJECTS.WASHINGTONPOST.COM/STAFF/EMAIL/ DF=MDY-ALL, One Franklin Square > Washington, D.C.HTTPS://WWW.WASHINGTONPOST.COM/LIFESTYLE/MAGAZINE/HELLO-NEW-WASHINGTON-POST-HOME-TO-TINY-OFFICES-BUT-BIG-NEW-AMBITIONS/2015/12/07/323D3140-798C-11E5-B9C1-F03C48C96AC2_STORY.HTML > TITLE=HELLO, NEW WASHINGTON POST, HOME TO TINY OFFICES BUT BIG NEW AMBITIONS ACCESSDATE=DECEMBER 14, 2015, Achenbach, Joel, }} 474,767 daily ACCESSDATE=2015-10-16 ARCHIVEURL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20130503182550/HTTP://AUDITEDMEDIA.COM/NEWS/BLOG/TOP-25-US-NEWSPAPERS-FOR-MARCH-2013.ASPX DF=MDY-ALL, }}| sister newspapers = | ISSN = 0190-8286| oclc = 2269358| website = {{Official URL}}| free = | dirinteractive = | image_alt = border| image_size = 250px| motto = Democracy Dies in Darkness| publishing_country = United States| circulation_date = March 2013}}The Washington Post (sometimes abbreviated as WaPo) is a major American daily newspaper published in Washington, D.C., with a particular emphasis on national politics and the federal government. It has the largest circulation in the Washington metropolitan area. Its slogan "Democracy Dies in Darkness" began appearing on its masthead in 2017.Paul Farhi (Feb. 24, 2017), "The Washington Post’s new slogan turns out to be an old saying", The Washington Post Daily broadsheet editions are printed for the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.The newspaper has won 47 Pulitzer Prizes. This includes six separate Pulitzers awarded in 2008, second only to The New York Times{{'}} seven awards in 2002 for the highest number ever awarded to a single newspaper in one year.NEWS, Howard, Kurtz, Howard Kurtz,weblink The Post Wins 6 Pulitzer Prizes, The Washington Post, April 8, 2008, August 8, 2008, Post journalists have also received 18 Nieman Fellowships and 368 White House News Photographers Association awards. In the early 1970s, in the best-known episode in the newspaper's history, reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein led the American press' investigation into what became known as the Watergate scandal. Their reporting in The Washington Post greatly contributed to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. In years since, the Post's investigations have led to increased review of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.NEWS,weblink Walter Reed and Beyond, The Washington Post, May 25, 2010, In October 2013, the paper's longtime controlling family, the Graham family, sold the newspaper to Nash Holdings, a holding company established by Jeff Bezos, for $250 million in cash.NEWS, Washington Post Sale: Details of Bezos Deal, Neil, Irwin, Ylan Q., Mui,weblink The Washington Post, The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., 0190-8286, August 5, 2013, October 1, 2013, Notably, Bezos â€” through a new holding company called Nash Holdings LLC— will be buying only the Post newspaper and closely held related ventures., NEWS,weblink The Real Reason Jeff Bezos Bought The Washington Post, 2013-08-06, Fast Company, 2018-03-28, en-US,

Overview

File:Washington Post building.jpg|thumb|left|The previous headquarters of The Washington Post on 15th Street NW in Washington, D.C.Washington, D.C.The Washington Post is regarded as one of the leading daily American newspapers,WEB,weblink Washington Post – Daily Newspaper in Washington DC, USA with Local News and Events, Mondo Times, March 31, 2012, along with The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal. The Post has distinguished itself through its political reporting on the workings of the White House, Congress, and other aspects of the U.S. government.Unlike The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post does not print an edition for distribution away from the East Coast. In 2009, the newspaper ceased publication of its National Weekly Edition, which combined stories from the week's print editions, due to shrinking circulation.NEWS, Post's National Weekly Edition to Close,weblink The Washington Post, June 2, 2011, The majority of its newsprint readership is in the District of Columbia and its suburbs in Maryland and Northern Virginia.WEB,weblink Washington Post Media, The Washington Post's Circulation and Reach, March 2, 2009, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20081120080706weblink">weblink November 20, 2008, The newspaper is one of a few U.S. newspapers with foreign bureaus, located in Beirut, Berlin, Beijing, Bogotá, Cairo, Hong Kong, Islamabad, Jerusalem, Kabul, London, Mexico City, Moscow, Nairobi, New Delhi, Paris, and Tokyo.NEWS,weblink Washington Post Foreign Bureaus, The Washington Post, July 20, 2015, In November 2009, it announced the closure of its U.S. regional bureaus—Chicago, Los Angeles and New York—as part of an increased focus on "...political stories and local news coverage in Washington."NEWS, Washington Post to close three regional bureaux, BBC News,weblink November 25, 2009, November 25, 2009, The newspaper has local bureaus in Maryland (Annapolis, Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Southern Maryland) and Virginia (Alexandria, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Richmond, and Prince William County).WEB,weblink Washington Post Bureaus, The Washington Post, November 25, 2009, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090203155750weblink">weblink February 3, 2009, {{As of|2013|05}}, its average weekday circulation was 474,767, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, making it the seventh largest newspaper in the country by circulation, behind USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Daily News, and the New York Post. While its circulation (like that of almost all newspapers) has been slipping, it has one of the highest market-penetration rates of any metropolitan news daily."Blog: Ranking of newspapers". Retrieved February 23, 2012.For many decades, the Post had its main office at 1150 15th Street NW. This real estate remained with Graham Holdings when the newspaper was sold to Jeff Bezos' Nash Holdings in 2013. Graham Holdings sold 1150 15th Street (along with 1515 L Street, 1523 L Street, and land beneath 1100 15th Street) for {{US$|159{{nbsp}}million}} in November 2013. The Washington Post continued to lease space at 1150 L Street NW.NEWS,weblink O'Connell, Jonathan, Washington Post headquarters to sell to Carr Properties for $159 million, The Washington Post, November 27, 2013, June 14, 2015, In May 2014, The Washington Post leased the west tower of One Franklin Square, a high-rise building at 1301 K Street NW in Washington, D.C. The newspaper moved into their new offices December 14, 2015.NEWS,weblink O'Connell, Jonathan, Washington Post signs lease for new headquarters, The Washington Post, May 23, 2014, June 14, 2015,

Publishing service

Arc Publishing is a department of the Post, which provides the publishing system, Arc, software for news organizations such as the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times.WEB,weblink Here’s how Arc’s cautious quest to become the go-to publishing system for news organizations is going, Nieman Lab, Harvard University, Shan Wang, 2018-02-02,

History

Founding and early period

(File:Sign, "Welcome Home From the Crow-Eaters," on the front of the Washington Post Building in Washington, DC. President... - NARA - 199955.jpg|thumb|The Washington Post building in 1948)The newspaper was founded in 1877 by Stilson Hutchins (1838{{ndash}}1912) and in 1880 added a Sunday edition, becoming the city's first newspaper to publish seven days a week. In 1889, Hutchins sold the newspaper to Frank Hatton, a former Postmaster General, and Beriah Wilkins, a former Democratic congressman from Ohio. To promote the newspaper, the new owners requested the leader of the United States Marine Band, John Philip Sousa, to compose a march for the newspaper's essay contest awards ceremony. Sousa composed "The Washington Post".WEB,weblink 1889, The Washington Post,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20060312152421weblink">weblink March 12, 2006, It became the standard music to accompany the two-step, a late 19th-century dance craze,WEB,weblink John Philip Sousa Collection, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090531000910weblink">weblink May 31, 2009, and remains one of Sousa's best-known works.In 1893, the newspaper moved to a building at 14th and E streets NW, where it would remain until 1950. This building combined all functions of the newspaper into one headquarters – newsroom, advertising, typesetting, and printing – that ran 24 hours per day.NEWS,weblink Goodbye, old Washington Post, home of the newspaper the Grahams built, Marc, Fisher, December 10, 2015, The Washington Post, March 24, 2017, In 1898, during the Spanish–American War, the Post printed Clifford K. Berryman's classic illustration Remember the Maine, which became the battle-cry for American sailors during the War. In 1902, Berryman published another famous cartoon in the Post—Drawing the Line in Mississippi. This cartoon depicts President Theodore Roosevelt showing compassion for a small bear cub and inspired New York store owner Morris Michtom to create the teddy bear.WEB, Clifford K. Berryman Political Cartoon Collection,weblink www.archives.gov, August 12, 2015, Wilkins acquired Hatton's share of the newspaper in 1894 at Hatton's death. After Wilkins' death in 1903, his sons John and Robert ran the Post for two years before selling it in 1905 to John Roll McLean, owner of the Cincinnati Enquirer. During the Wilson presidency, the Post was credited with the "most famous newspaper typo" in D.C. history according to Reason magazine; the Post intended to report that President Wilson had been "entertaining" his future-wife Mrs. Galt, but instead wrote that he had been "entering" Mrs. Galt.NEWS, Rabbe, Will, The Washington Post's Famous 1915 Typo,weblink MSNBC, June 8, 2013, JOURNAL, Freund, Charles Paul, D.C. Jewels: The closing of a historic shop is a triumph of meaning over means, ...Mrs. Edith Galt, who became the second wife of Woodrow Wilson ... She also figures in the most famous newspaper typo in D.C. history. The Washington Post ... Intending to report that Wilson had been entertaining Mrs. Galt in a loge at the National, early editions instead printed that he was seen entering her there., Reason (magazine), Reason, July 2001,weblink November 5, 2009, NEWS, Weingarten, Gene, Gene Weingarten, Chatological Humor* (Updated 7.14.06), The Post said that the President spent the afternoon "entertaining" Mrs. Galt, but they dropped the "tain" in one edition. Wilson LOVED it., The Washington Post, July 11, 2006,weblink November 5, 2009, When John McLean died in 1916, he put the newspaper in trust, having little faith that his playboy son Edward "Ned" McLean could manage his inheritance. Ned went to court and broke the trust, but, under his management, the newspaper slumped toward ruin. He bled the paper for his lavish lifestyle, and used it to promote political agendas.BOOK, Carol Felsenthal, Power, Privilege and the Post: The Katharine Graham Story,weblinkyear=1993isbn=978-1-60980-290-5, 53,

Meyer–Graham period

{{refimprove section|date=November 2016}}In 1929, financier Eugene Meyer (who had run the War Finance Corp. since World War IBOOK, harv, Eustace Clarence Mullins, Study of The Federal Reserve,weblink 2013, Simon & Schuster, 978-1-62793-114-4, ) secretly made an offer of $5 million for the Post, but he was rebuffed by Ned McLean.BOOK, Carol Felsenthal, Power, Privilege and the Post: The Katharine Graham Story,weblink 9 Sep 2018, 1993, Seven Stories Press, 978-1-60980-290-5, 51, BOOK, harv, Chalmers McGeagh Roberts, The Washington Post: The First 100 Years,weblink$5+million+from+Eugene+Meyer+but+Ned+had+blocked+that+sale%22&f=false, 9 Sep 2018, 1977, Houghton Mifflin, 978-0-395-25854-5, 190, Headed for Disaster – Ned McLean I, On June 1, 1933, Meyer bought the paper at a bankruptcy auction for $825,000 three weeks after stepping down as Chairman of the Federal Reserve. He had bid anonymously, and was prepared to go up to $2 million, far higher than the other bidders.BOOK, Carol Felsenthal, Power, Privilege and the Post: The Katharine Graham Story,weblink$2%20million%22&f=false, 9 Sep 2018, 1993, Seven Stories Press, 978-1-60980-290-5, 51, BOOK, Chalmers McGeagh Roberts, The Washington Post: The First 100 Years,weblink$2+million%22&f=false, 10 Sep 2018, 1977, Houghton Mifflin, 978-0-395-25854-5, 194, These included William Randolph Hearst, who had long hoped to shut down the ailing Post to benefit his own Washington newspaper presence.BOOK, Chalmers McGeagh Roberts, The Washington Post: The First 100 Years,weblink 10 Sep 2018, 1977, Houghton Mifflin, 978-0-395-25854-5, 190, The Post's health and reputation were restored under Meyer's ownership. In 1946, he was succeeded as publisher by his son-in-law, Philip Graham.NEWS, Roberts, Chalmers M., June 1, 1983, Eugene Meyer Bought Post 50 Years Ago,weblink The Washington Post, April 20, 2017, Meyer eventually got the last laugh over Hearst, who had owned the old Washington Times and the Herald before their 1939 merger that formed the Times-Herald. This was in turn bought by and merged into the Post in 1954.WEB,weblink Washington Times-Herald Sold by Tribune Company (March 18, 1954), Chicago Tribune, March 23, 2017, {{dead link|date=February 2018|bot=medic}}{{cbignore|bot=medic}} The combined paper was officially named The Washington Post and Times-Herald until 1973, although the Times-Herald portion of the nameplate became less and less prominent over time. The merger left the Post with two remaining local competitors, the Washington Star (Evening Star) and the Washington Daily News which merged together in 1972, forming the Washington Star-News.NEWS,weblink Washington Star is to Shut Down After 128 Years, Times, B. Drummond Ayres Jr , Special To The New York, July 24, 1981, The New York Times, March 23, 2017, 0362-4331, WEB,weblink Here's the 1960s Headquarters of the Washington Daily News, July 11, 2014, Curbed DC, March 23, 2017, This had again become simply the Washington Star by the time it closed on August 7, 1981, leaving the Post as the only major daily in Washington for almost a year.On May 17, 1982, Unification Church leader Sun Myung Moon began publishing the current Washington Times, a conservative daily broadsheet which has always had a circulation only a fraction of the Post's. In 2005, conservative competition increased slightly with the founding of the free tabloid daily The Washington Examiner, which switched to a weekly magazine format in 2013. But the Post, with a far larger presence locally and now nationally as well, has remained Washington's dominant paper since the 1950s. File:Land on the Moon 7 21 1969-repair.jpg|thumb|The Monday, July 21, 1969, edition, with the headline {{"'}}The Eagle Has Landed'{{nsmdns}}Two Men Walk on the Moon"]]After Phil Graham's death in 1963, control of The Washington Post Company passed to his wife Katharine Graham (1917{{ndash}}2001), who was also Eugene Meyer's daughter. Few women had run nationally prominent newspapers in the United States. Katharine Graham described her own anxiety and lack of confidence based on her gender in her autobiography. She served as publisher from 1969 to 1979NEWS,weblink Donald E. Graham Is Named Publisher of Washington Post, 1979-01-10, Washington Post, 2018-03-20, en-US, 0190-8286, and headed The Washington Post Company into the early 1990s as chairman of the board and CEO. After 1993, she retained a position as chairman of the executive committee until her death in 2001.Her tenure is credited with seeing the newspaper rise in national stature through effective investigative reporting after it began to live down its reputation as a house organ for the Kennedy and Johnson administration, working to ensure that The New York Times did not surpass its Washington reporting of the Pentagon Papers and Watergate scandal.Graham took The Washington Post Company public on June 15, 1971 in the midst of the Pentagon Papers controversy. A total of 1,294,000 shares were offered to the public at $26 per share.NEWS, Washington Post Offering Due Today at $26 a Share,weblink 13 February 2018, The New York Times, 15 June 1971, WEB, Our Company,weblink Graham Holdings, 13 February 2018, By the end of Graham's tenure as CEO in 1991, the stock was worth $888 per share, not counting the effect of an intermediate 4:1 stock split.BOOK, Telford, Dana, Gostick, Adrian Robert, Integrity Works: Strategies for Becoming a Trusted, Respected and Admired Leader, 2005, Gibbs Smith, 1-58685-054-7, 81, First,weblink 13 February 2018, During this time, Graham also oversaw the Post company's diversification purchase of the for-profit education and training company Kaplan, Inc. for $40 million in 1984.The trials of Kaplan Higher Ed and the education of The Washington Post Co., Washington Post, Steven Mufson and Jia Lynn Yang, April 9, 2011. Twenty years later, Kaplan had surpassed the Post newspaper as the company's leading contributor to income, and by 2010 Kaplan accounted for more than 60% of the entire company revenue stream.Nice Guy, Finishing Last: How Don Graham Fumbled the Washington Post Co., Forbes, Jeff Bercovici, February 8, 2012.Executive editor Ben Bradlee, a Kennedy loyalist, put the newspaper's reputation and resources behind reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who, in a long series of articles, chipped away at the story behind the 1972 burglary of Democratic National Committee offices in the Watergate complex in Washington. The Post{{'s}} dogged coverage of the story, the outcome of which ultimately played a major role in the resignation of President Richard Nixon, won the newspaper a Pulitzer Prize in 1973.In 1972, the "Book World" section was introduced with Pulitzer Prize–winning critic William McPherson as its first editor.NEWS,weblink Views From Publisher's Row, Marie, Arana-Ward (then-deputy editor of "Book World"), Marie Arana, June 1, 1997, The Washington Post, It featured Pulitzer Prize–winning critics such as Jonathan Yardley and Michael Dirda, the latter of whom established his career as a critic at the Post. In 2009, after 37 years, with great reader outcries and protest, The Washington Post Book World as a standalone insert was discontinued, the last issue being Sunday, February 15, 2009,NEWS, John Gaines, Where Have All the Magazines Gone?,weblink March 14, 2016, Library Point, along with a general reorganization of the paper, such as placing the Sunday editorials on the back page of the main front section rather than the "Outlook" section and distributing some other locally oriented "op-ed" letters and commentaries in other sections.Letter from the editor, The Washington Post, Sunday, February 15, 2009; Page BW02 However, book reviews are still published in the Outlook section on Sundays and in the Style section the rest of the week, as well as online.In 1980, the newspaper published a dramatic story called "Jimmy's World",WEB,weblink Jimmy's World, Cooke, Janet, Janet Cooke, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, September 28, 1980, April 4, 2009, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20081227105447weblink">weblink December 27, 2008, describing the life of an eight-year-old heroin addict in Washington, for which reporter Janet Cooke won acclaim and a Pulitzer Prize. Subsequent investigation, however, revealed the story to be a fabrication. The Pulitzer Prize was returned.Donald E. Graham, Katharine's son, succeeded her as publisher in 1979 and in the early 1990s became both chief executive officer and chairman of the board. He was succeeded in 2000 as publisher and CEO by Boisfeuillet Jones Jr., with Graham remaining as chairman.Katharine Weymouth, Donald Graham's niece, served as publisher and chief executive officer from 2008 until 2014, when Jeff Bezos took over ownership of the paper.

Jeff Bezos era (2013–present)

The Post made its own major news in 2013 when Jeff Bezos purchased the paper for {{US$|250{{nbsp}}million}} cash.NEWS,weblink The Washington Post Closes Sale to Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos, Fahri, Paul, October 1, 2013, The Washington Post, 0190-8286, NEWS,weblink Jeff Bezos Completes Washington Post Acquisition, Clabaugh, Jeff, October 1, 2013, Washington Business Journal, October 1, 2013, American City Business Journals, NEWS,weblink Washington Post To Be Sold to Jeff Bezos, the Founder of Amazon, Farhi, Paul, August 5, 2013, The Washington Post, August 5, 2013, The Washington Post Company, Washington, D.C., 0190-8286, The newspaper is now owned by Nash Holdings LLC controlled by Bezos. The sale also included some other local publications, websites and real estate.NEWS,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140313195854weblink">weblink March 13, 2014, Kevin James, Shay, Bezos completes purchase of Gazettes, Post, The Maryland Gazette, October 1, 2013, March 13, 2014, yes, WEB,weblink Form 8-K. THE WASHINGTON POST COMPANY. Commission File Number 1-6714. Exhibit 2.1: Letter Agreement., U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, August 5, 2013, March 13, 2014, NEWS,weblink Harwell, Drew, Gazette Papers in Montgomery, Prince George's to Close, The Washington Post, June 12, 2015, June 13, 2015, After the sale the Washington Post Co. became Graham Holdings CompanyNEWS, Washington Post Co. renamed Graham Holdings Company to mark sale of newspaper,weblink January 3, 2014, Washington Post, November 18, 2013, Debbi Wilgoren, Bezos said he has a vision that recreates "the 'daily ritual' of reading the Post as a bundle, not merely a series of individual stories..."NEWS, Farhi, Paul, Craig, Timberg, Jeff Bezos to His Future Washington Post Journalists: Put the Readers First,weblink September 4, 2013, The Washington Post, September 28, 2013, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130921023130weblink">weblink September 21, 2013, mdy-all, He has been described as a "hands-off owner," holding teleconference calls with executive editor Martin Baron every two weeks.NEWS,weblink Washington Post, Breaking News, Is Also Breaking New Ground, Stewart, James B., May 19, 2017, The New York Times, May 20, 2017, 0362-4331, Bezos appointed Fred Ryan (founder and CEO of Politico) to serve as Publisher and CEO of the Post. This signaled Bezos’ intent to shift the Post to a more digital focus with a national and global readership.WEB, Bond, Shannon, Jeff Bezos picks Fred Ryan of Politico to run Washington Post,weblink FT, Financial Times, September 17, 2016, September 2, 2014, (File:Washington Post demolition 2016.jpg|thumb|left|Demolition of the 15th Street headquarters in April 2016)In 2014, the Post announced it was moving from 1150 15th Street to a leased space three blocks away at One Franklin Square on K Street.NEWS,weblink O'Connell, Jonathan, Inside the wild ride that landed The Washington Post on K Street, The Washington Post, September 4, 2015, September 5, 2015, In recent years the Post launched an online personal finance section,WEB, Barr, Jeremy, Washington Post launches personal finance section,weblink The Washington Post, August 25, 2014, as well as a blog and a podcast with a retro theme.WEB,weblink The Washington Post launches Retropolis: A History Blog, Washington Post, WEB,weblink The Washington Post to launch Retropod podcast, Washington Post,

Political stance

1933–2000

When financier Eugene Meyer bought the bankrupt Post in 1933, he assured the public he wouldn't be beholden to any party.BOOK, Chalmers McGeagh Roberts, The Washington Post: The First 100 Years,weblink 1977, Houghton Mifflin, 978-0-395-25854-5, 198, But as a leading Republican (it was his old friend Herbert Hoover who had made him Fed Chairman in 1930), his opposition to FDR's New Deal colored the paper's editorial stance as well as its news coverage. This included editorializing "news" stories written by Meyer under a fake name.BOOK, harv, Tom Kelly, The Imperial Post: The Meyers, the Grahams, and the Paper that Rules Washington,weblink 1983, Morrow, 63-64, 978-0-688-01919-8, NEWS, "Ernest Lamb", New Deal a Mistake, Says Glass, Holding U.S. Will Regret It: Senator, in Interview, Tells 'Unvarnished Truth', The Washington Post, Eugene Meyer, 8 April 1934, 1, 4, NEWS, "Ernest Lamb", Council Fought Security Act, Records Show: Statements by Wagner and Winant Are Refuted by Hearing Transcript., The Washington Post, Eugene Meyer, 8 Oct 1936, 1, 12, His wife Agnes Ernst Meyer was a journalist from the other end of the spectrum politically. The Post ran many of her pieces including tributes to her personal friends John Dewey and Saul Alinsky.NEWS, Agnes Ernst Meyer, In Defense of Dr. Dewey, The Washington Post, 10 Dec 1939, B8, BOOK, Carol Felsenthal, Power, Privilege and the Post: The Katharine Graham Story,weblink'+homes,+which+he+visited+often+24+Alinsky%22, 1993, Seven Stories Press, 19, 127, 978-1-60980-290-5, BOOK, harv, Agnes Ernst Meyer, "Orderly Revolution",weblink 1945, The Washington Post, BOOK, harv, Sanford D. Horwitt, Let Them Call Me Rebel: Saul Alinsky, His Life and Legacy,weblink's+get-togethers+with+Agnes+Meyer%22, 1989, Knopf, 195, 978-0-394-57243-7, Eugene Meyer became head of the World Bank in 1946, and he named his son-in-law Phil Graham to succeed him as Post publisher. The post-war years saw the developing friendship of Phil and Kay Graham with the Kennedys, the Bradlees and the rest of the "Georgetown Set" (many Harvard alumni) that would color the Post's political orientation.NEWS, Gregg Herken, The Georgetown Set,weblink 20 Sep 2018, Politico, 22 Oct 2014, Kay Graham's most memorable Georgetown soirée guest list included British diplomat/communist spy Donald Maclean.BOOK, Roland Philipps, A Spy Named Orphan: The Enigma of Donald Maclean,weblink 2018, W. W. Norton, 978-0-393-60858-8, 134, BOOK, Katharine Graham, Personal History,weblink 1997, A.A. Knopf, 978-0-394-58585-7, 156, The Post is credited with inventing the term "McCarthyism" in a 1950 editorial cartoon by Herbert Block.BOOK, Chalmers McGeagh Roberts, The Washington Post: The First 100 Years,weblink 1977, Houghton Mifflin, 978-0-395-25854-5, 280, Depicting buckets of tar, it made fun of Sen. Joseph McCarthy's "tarring" tactics, i.e., smear campaigns and character assassination against those targeted by his accusations. Sen. McCarthy was attempting to do for the Senate what the House Un-American Activities Committee had been doing for years — investigating Soviet espionage in America. The HUAC made Richard Nixon nationally known for his role in the Hiss/Chambers case that exposed communist spying in the State Department. The committee had evolved from the McCormack-Dickstein Committee of the 1930s.NEWS, Peter Duffy, The Congressman Who Spied for Russia: The Strange Case of Samuel Dickstein, Politico,weblink 6 Oct 2014, 20 Sep 2018, Phil Graham's friendship with JFK remained strong until their untimely deaths in 1963.BOOK, harv, Chalmers McGeagh Roberts, The Washington Post: The First 100 Years,weblink 9 Sep 2018, 1977, Houghton Mifflin, 978-0-395-25854-5, 363, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover reportedly told the new President Lyndon B. Johnson, "I don't have much influence with the Post because I frankly don't read it. I view it like the Daily Worker."BOOK, harv, Michael R. Beschloss, Taking Charge: The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963-1964,weblink 1997, 32, Simon & Schuster, 978-0-684-80407-1, BOOK, harv, Taylor Branch, Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963–65,weblink 1997, Simon & Schuster, 180, 978-1-4165-5870-5, Ben Bradlee became the editor-in-chief in 1968, and Kay Graham officially became the publisher in 1969, paving the way for the aggressive reporting of the Pentagon Papers and Watergate scandals. In the mid-1970s, some conservatives referred to the Post as "Pravda on the Potomac" because of its perceived left-wing bias in both reporting and editorials.Bruce Bartlett (March 13, 2007), "Partisan Press Parity". The Washington Times. Since then, the appellation has been used by both liberal and conservative critics of the newspaper.James Kirchick (February 17, 2009), "Pravda on the Potomac". The New Republic.William Greider (March 6, 2003), "Washington Post Warriors", The Nation

2000–present

In Buying the War on PBS, Bill Moyers noted 27 editorials supporting George W. Bush's ambitions to invade Iraq. National security correspondent Walter Pincus reported that he had been ordered to cease his reports that were critical of Republican administrations.WEB,weblink Transcript: "Buying the War", April 25, 2007, PBS, December 13, 2009, According to author and journalist Greg Mitchell, "By the Post{{'s}} own admission, in the months before the war, it ran more than 140 stories on its front page promoting the war, while contrary information 'got lost', as one Post staffer told Kurtz."WEB,weblink Eleven Years On: How 'The Washington Post' Helped Give Us the Iraq War, March 12, 2014, The Nation,weblink March 4, 2017, yes, On March 26, 2007, Chris Matthews said on his television program, "Well, The Washington Post is not the liberal newspaper it was, Congressman, let me tell you. I have been reading it for years and it is a neocon newspaper".WEB,weblink Hardball with Chris Matthews for March 23, March 26, 2007, MSNBC, April 4, 2009, It has regularly published an ideological mixture of op-ed columnists, some of them left-leaning (including E. J. Dionne, Dana Milbank, Greg Sargent, and Eugene Robinson), and many on the right (including George Will, Marc Thiessen, Michael Gerson and Charles Krauthammer, who continued writing columns until shortly before his death in 2018).In a study published on April 18, 2007, by Yale professors Alan Gerber, Dean Karlan, and Daniel Bergan, citizens were given a subscription to either the conservative-leaning Washington Times or the liberal-leaning Washington Post to see the effect that media has on voting patterns. Gerber had estimated based on his work that the Post slanted as much to the left as the Times did to the right. Gerber found those who were given a free subscription of the Post were 7.9–11.4% more likely to vote for the Democratic candidate for governor than those assigned to the control group, depending on the adjustment for the date on which individual participants were surveyed and the survey interviewer; surprisingly, however, people who received the Times were also more likely than controls to vote for the Democrat, with an effect approximately 60% as large as that estimated for the Post.WEB,weblink Republicans' media bias claims boosted by scarcity of right-leaning journalists, The Washington Times, February 13, 2016, WEB,weblink Does The Media Matter? A Field Experiment Measuring the Effect of Newspapers on Voting Behavior and Political Opinions, Gerber A, Karlan DS, Bergan D, April 18, 2007, Yale University, Yale University, The study authors noted that sampling error might have played a role in the effect of the conservative-leaning Times, as might the fact that the Democratic candidate took more conservative-leaning positions than is typical for his party, and "the month prior to the post-election survey was a difficult period for President Bush, one in which his overall approval rating fell by approximately 4 percentage points nationwide. It appears that heightened exposure to both papers’ news coverage, despite opposing ideological slants, moved public opinion away from Republicans."In November 2007, the newspaper was criticized by independent journalist Robert Parry for reporting on anti-Obama chain e-mails without sufficiently emphasizing to its readers the false nature of the anonymous claims.WEB,weblink WPost Buys into Anti-Obama Bigotry, Robert Parry (journalist), November 29, 2007, Robert Parry, Consortium News, April 4, 2009, In 2009, Parry criticized the newspaper for its allegedly unfair reporting on liberal politicians, including Vice President Al Gore and President Barack Obama.Robert Parry (March 19, 2009), "Framing Obama â€“ by the WPost", Consortium NewsResponding to criticism of the newspaper's coverage during the run-up to the 2008 presidential election, former Post ombudsman Deborah Howell wrote: "The opinion pages have strong conservative voices; the editorial board includes centrists and conservatives; and there were editorials critical of Obama. Yet opinion was still weighted toward Obama."NEWS,weblink Remedying the Bias Perception, November 16, 2008, The Washington Post, Howell, Deborah, Deborah Howell, According to a 2009 Oxford University Press book by Richard Davis on the impact of blogs on American politics, liberal bloggers link to The Washington Post and The New York Times more often than other major newspapers; however, conservative bloggers also link predominantly to liberal newspapers.BOOK,weblink Typing Politics: The Role of Blogs in American Politics, Oxford UP, 2009, 79, Richard Davis, 9780199706136, In mid-September 2016, Matthew Ingram of Forbes joined Glenn Greenwald of the Intercept, and Trevor Trimm of The Guardian in cricitizing The Washington Post for "demanding that [former National Security Agency contractor Edward] Snowden ... stand trial on espionage charges".WEB, Glenn Greenwald, 18 Sep 2016, The Intercept,weblink WashPost Makes History: First Paper to Call for Prosecution of Its Own Source (After Accepting Pulitzer), WEB, Ingram, Matthew, Here's Why The Washington Post Is Wrong About Edward Snowden,weblink WEB, Disis, Jill,weblink Washington Post criticized for opposing Snowden pardon, WEB, Trimm, Trevor,weblink The Washington Post is wrong: Edward Snowden should be pardoned, In December 2016, The Post published a story inaccurately stating that a Russian hacking operation had infiltrated the U.S. electrical grid; the claim was retracted in a revised version of the story, after the initial version had been widely circulated.NEWS, Leetaru, Kalev, January 1, 2017, 'Fake News' and How The Washington Post Rewrote Its Story on Russian Hacking of the Power Grid,weblink Forbes, March 23, 2017, NEWS, Eilperin, Juliet, Entous, Adam, December 31, 2016, Russian operation hacked a Vermont utility, showing risk to U.S. electrical grid security, officials say,weblink The Washington Post, March 24, 2017, In February 2017, amid a barrage of criticism from President Donald Trump over the paper's coverage of his campaign and early presidency as well as concerns among the American press about Trump's criticism and threats against journalists who provide coverage he deems unfavorable, the Post adopted the slogan "Democracy Dies in Darkness" for its masthead.NEWS,weblink The Washington Post’s new slogan turns out to be an old saying, Farhi, Paul, February 23, 2017, The Washington Post,

Political endorsements

Katharine Graham wrote in her autobiography Personal History that the newspaper long had a policy of not making endorsements for political candidates. However, since at least 2000, the newspaper has occasionally endorsed Republican politicians, such as Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich.NEWS,weblink Wrong Choice for Governor, The Washington Post, October 26, 2006, April 4, 2009, In 2006, it repeated its historic endorsements of every Republican incumbent for Congress in Northern Virginia.NEWS,weblink For Congress in Virginia, The Washington Post, October 30, 2006, April 4, 2009, There have also been times when the Post has specifically chosen not to endorse any candidate, such as in the 1988 presidential election when it refused to endorse then-Governor Michael Dukakis or then-Vice President George H. W. Bush.HTTPS://QUERY.NYTIMES.COM/GST/FULLPAGE.HTML?RES=940DE2DF1F3CF931A35752C1A96E948260 > TITLE = POST MAKES NO ENDORSEMENT THE NEW YORK TIMES > DATE = NOVEMBER 2, 1988 ASSOCIATED PRESS, On October 17, 2008, the Post endorsed Barack Obama for President of the United States.HTTPS://WWW.WASHINGTONPOST.COM/WP-DYN/CONTENT/ARTICLE/2008/10/16/AR2008101603436.HTML WORK=THE WASHINGTON POST ACCESSDATE= APRIL 4, 2009, On October 25, 2012, the newspaper endorsed the re-election of Barack Obama.HTTPS://WWW.WASHINGTONPOST.COM/OPINIONS/WASHINGTON-POST-ENDORSEMENT-FOUR-MORE-YEARS-FOR-PRESIDENT-OBAMA/2012/10/25/6CA309A2-1965-11E2-BD10-5FF056538B7C_STORY.HTML >TITLE=WASHINGTON POST ENDORSEMENT: FOUR MORE YEARS FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA DATE= OCTOBER 25, 2012FIRST=EDITORIAL WEBSITE=WASHINGTON POSTACCESS-DATE=2018-07-05, The paper has never endorsed a Republican for president. On October 21, 2014, the newspaper endorsed 44 Democratic candidates versus 3 Republican candidates for the 2014 elections in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.HTTPS://WWW.WASHINGTONPOST.COM/BLOGS/POST-PARTISAN/WP/2014/10/21/THE-WASHINGTON-POSTS-2014-GENERAL-ELECTION-ENDORSEMENTS/>TITLE=THE WASHINGTON POST'S ENDORSEMENTS FOR THE 2014 ELECTIONSHillary Clinton for the United States presidential election, 2016>presidential election of that year.HTTPS://WWW.WASHINGTONPOST.COM/OPINIONS/HILLARY-CLINTON-FOR-PRESIDENT/2016/10/12/665F9698-8CAF-11E6-BF8A-3D26847EEED4_STORY.HTML?PUSHID=BREAKING-NEWS_1476353381&TID=NOTIFI_PUSH_BREAKING-NEWS >TITLE=HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT DATE= OCTOBER 13, 2016FIRST=EDITORIAL, Board, The Post's early endorsements in the 1978 elections for Maryland Governor (reformist Harry Hughes) and for D.C. Mayor (a young Marion Barry) allowed those candidates to tout their endorsements, thereby distinguishing them from an otherwise crowded field of big name candidates.

Criticism and controversies

Pay practices

In June 2018, over 400 employees of the Washington Post signed an open letter to owner Jeff Bezos demanding "fair wages; fair benefits for retirement, family leave and health care; and a fair amount of job security." The open letter was accompanied by video testimonials from employees, who alleged "shocking pay practices" despite record growth in subscriptions at the newspaper, with salaries only rising an average of $10 per week, less than half the rate of inflation.ARTICLE,weblink Over 400 Washington Post employees sign a petition slamming billionaire owner Jeff Bezos' 'shocking pay practices', asking for 'fair wages' and urging him to 'share the wealth', Stephanie Haney, Daily Mail, June 16, 2018, 2018-06-16, The petition followed on a year of unsuccessful negotiations between the Washington Post Guild and upper management over pay and benefit increases.ARTICLE, Isobel Asher Hamilton,weblink More than 400 Washington Post staffers wrote an open letter to Jeff Bezos calling out his 'shocking' pay practices, Business Insider, June 15, 2018, 2018-06-18,

PropOrNot article

In November 2016, the Post published a story that relied heavily on a report by PropOrNot, an anonymous internet group that seeks to expose what it calls Russian propaganda. PropOrNot published a list of websites they called "bona-fide 'useful idiots{{'"}} of the Russian government.WEB, Nelson, Steven, Publications Called Russian-Propaganda Distributors Consider Suing Anonymous 'Experts',weblink U.S. News & World Report, November 29, 2016, Andrew Cockburn, Washington editor for Harper's, was sharply critical of Post{{'}}s decision to put the story on its front page, calling the article a "sorry piece of trash".{{citation|accessdate=December 11, 2016|url=http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/12/09/washington-post-on-the-fake-news-hot-seat.html|work=The Daily Beast|title=Washington Post on the 'Fake News' Hot Seat|first=Lloyd|last=Grove|date=December 9, 2016}} Writers in The Intercept, Fortune, and Rolling Stone also criticized Post for including a report by an organization with no reputation for fact-checking in an article on "fake news".{{citation|title=Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group|date=November 26, 2016|url=https://theintercept.com/2016/11/26/washington-post-disgracefully-promotes-a-mccarthyite-blacklist-from-a-new-hidden-and-very-shady-group/|author1=Ben Norton|author2=Glenn Greenwald|work=The Intercept|accessdate=November 27, 2016|author-link2=Glenn Greenwald}}{{citation|last=Ingram|first=Matthew|title=No, Russian Agents Are Not Behind Every Piece of Fake News You See|date=November 25, 2016|url=http://fortune.com/2016/11/25/russian-fake-news/|work=Fortune|accessdate=November 27, 2016}}WEB,weblink The 'Washington Post' 'Blacklist' Story Is Shameful and Disgusting, Taibbi, Matt, November 28, 2016, Rolling Stone, Looking more carefully into their methodology, Adrian Chen, staff writer for The New Yorker, argued that PropOrNot's criteria for establishing propaganda were so broad that they could have included "not only Russian state-controlled media organizations, such as Russia Today, but nearly every news outlet in the world, including the Post itself" on their list.NEWS,weblink The Propaganda About Russian Propaganda, Chen, Adrian, December 1, 2016, The New Yorker,

Private "salon" solicitation

In July 2009, in the midst of intense debate over health care reform, The Politico reported that a health-care lobbyist had received an "astonishing" offer of access to the Post's "health-care reporting and editorial staff."Michael Calderone and Mike Allen (July 2, 2009), "WaPo cancels lobbyist event", Politico Post publisher Katharine Weymouth had planned a series of exclusive dinner parties or "salons" at her private residence, to which she had invited prominent lobbyists, trade group members, politicians and business people.Richard Pérez-Peña (July 3, 2009), "Pay-for-Chat Plan Falls Flat at Washington Post", The New York Times, p. A1 Participants were to be charged $25,000 to sponsor a single salon, and $250,000 for 11 sessions, with the events being closed to the public and to the non-Post press.Gautham Nagesh (July 2, 2009) "WaPo Salons Sell Access to Lobbyists", The Atlantic Politico's revelation sparked controversy in Washington, as it gave the impression that the parties' sole purpose was to allow insiders to purchase face time with Post staff. Here is how the full-color brochure described the event planned for July 21, 2009: "Underwriting Opportunity: An evening with the right people can alter the debate. . . . Underwrite and participate in this intimate and exclusive Washington Post Salon, an off-the-record dinner and discussion at the home of CEO and Publisher Katharine Weymouth. . . . Bring your organization's CEO or executive director literally to the table. Interact with key Obama Administration and Congressional leaders. . . . Spirited? Yes. Confrontational? No. The relaxed setting in the home of Katharine Weymouth assures it. [Meet] health-care reporting and editorial staff members of The Washington Post. . . . an exclusive opportunity to participate in the health-care reform debate among the select few . . ."Howard Kurtz (July 3, 2009), "Washington Post Publisher Cancels Planned Policy Dinners After Outcry", The Washington PostAlmost immediately following the disclosure, Weymouth canceled the salons, saying, "This should never have happened." White House counsel Greg Craig reminded officials that under federal ethics rules, they need advance approval for such events. Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli, who was named on the flier as one of the salon’s "Hosts and Discussion Leaders," said he was "appalled" by the plan, adding, "It suggests that access to Washington Post journalists was available for purchase."

"Jimmy's World" fabrication

In September 1980, a Sunday feature story appeared on the front page of the Post titled "Jimmy's World" in which reporter Janet Cooke wrote a profile of the life of an eight-year-old heroin addict.WEB,weblink Jimmy's World, Janet Cooke, September 28, 1980, The Washington Post, A1, 2016-07-09, Although some within the Post doubted the story's veracity, the paper's editors defended it, and assistant managing editor Bob Woodward submitted the story for Pulitzer Prize consideration. Cooke was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing on April 13, 1981. The story was then found to be a complete fabrication, and the Pulitzer was returned.Mike Sager (Spring 2016), "The fabulist who changed journalism", Columbia Journalism Review In retrospect, Woodward made the following statement: I think that the decision to nominate the story for a Pulitzer is of minimal consequence. I also think that it won is of little consequence. It is a brilliant story—fake and fraud that it is. It would be absurd for me or any other editor to review the authenticity or accuracy of stories that are nominated for prizes.NEWS, Bill Green, ombudsman, THE PRIZE: Of Fiefdoms and Their Knights and Ladies of Adventure,weblink's%20World.htm, 14 Sep 2018, The Washington Post, April 19, 1981, A14,

Executive officers and editors (past and present)

Major stockholders
  1. Stilson Hutchins (1877–1889)
  2. Frank Hatton and Beriah Wilkins (1889–1905)
  3. McLean Family
  4. Eugene Meyer (1933–1948)
  5. Graham Family (1948–2013)
  6. Nash Holdings (Jeff Bezos) (2013–Present)
Publishers
  1. Stilson Hutchins (1877–1889)
  2. Beriah Wilkins (1889–1905)
  3. John R. McLean (1905–1916)
  4. Edward (Ned) McLean (1916–1933)
  5. Eugene Meyer (1933–1946)
  6. Philip L. Graham (1946–1961)
  7. John W. Sweeterman (1961–1968)
  8. Katharine Graham (1969–1979)
  9. Donald E. Graham (1979–2000)
  10. Boisfeuillet Jones Jr. (2000–2008)
  11. Katharine Weymouth (2008–2014)
  12. Frederick J. Ryan Jr. (2014–Present)
Executive Editors
  1. James Russell Wiggins (1955–1968)
  2. Ben Bradlee (1968–1991)
  3. Leonard Downie Jr. (1991–2008)
  4. Marcus Brauchli (2008–2012)NEWS,weblink Marcus Brauchli steps down as Washington Post executive editor, Marty Baron to take over, Beaujon, Andrew, November 13, 2012, May 12, 2016, Poynter Institute,
  5. Martin Baron (2012–present)

Notable current staff

  • Dan Balz (Chief correspondent — Washington, D.C.)WEB,weblink Dan Balz, Washington Post, en, 2017-12-28,
  • Robert Costa (Reporter — Washington, D.C.)WEB,weblink Robert Costa, Washington Post, en, 2017-12-28,
  • Karoun Demirjian (Reporter — Washington, D.C.)WEB,weblink Karoun Demirjian, Washington Post, en, 2017-12-28,
  • David A. Fahrenthold (Reporter — Washington, D.C.)WEB,weblink David A. Fahrenthold, Washington Post, en, 2017-12-28,
  • Shane Harris (Intelligence Reporter — Washington, D.C.)NEWS,weblink Shane Harris joins national desk as intelligence reporter, WashPostPR, 2017-12-21, Washington Post, 2017-12-28, en-US, 0190-8286,
  • David Ignatius (Opinion writer — Washington, D.C.)WEB,weblink David Ignatius, Washington Post, en, 2017-12-28,
  • Carol D. LeonnigWEB,weblink Carol D. Leonnig, Washington Post, en, 2017-12-28,
  • Ruth Marcus (Deputy editorial page editor — Washington, D.C.)WEB,weblink Ruth Marcus, Washington Post, en, 2017-12-28,
  • Ashley ParkerWEB,weblink Ashley Parker, Washington Post, en, 2017-12-28,
  • Kathleen Parker (Opinion writer — Washington, D.C.)WEB,weblink Kathleen Parker, Washington Post, en, 2017-12-28,
  • Catherine Rampell (Opinion writer — Washington, D.C.)WEB,weblink Catherine Rampell, Washington Post, en, 2017-12-28,
  • Eugene Robinson (Opinion writer — Washington, D.C.)WEB,weblink Eugene Robinson, Washington Post, en, 2017-12-28,
  • Jennifer Rubin (Opinion writer — Washington, D.C.)WEB,weblink Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post, en, 2017-12-28,
  • Philip RuckerWEB,weblink Philip Rucker, Washington Post, en, 2017-12-28,
  • David WeigelWEB,weblink David Weigel, Washington Post, en, 2017-12-28,
  • George F. Will (Opinion writer — Washington, D.C.)WEB,weblink George F. Will, Washington Post, en, 2017-12-28,

See also

References

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Further reading

  • Kelly, Tom. The imperial Post: The Meyers, the Grahams, and the paper that rules Washington (Morrow, 1983)
  • Lewis, Norman P. "Morning Miracle. Inside the Washington Post: A Great Newspaper Fights for Its Life". Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly (2011) 881 pp: 219.
  • Merrill, John C. and Harold A. Fisher. The world's great dailies: profiles of fifty newspapers (1980) pp 342–52
  • Roberts, Chalmers McGeagh. In the shadow of power: the story of the Washington Post (Seven Locks Pr, 1989)

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