The Washington Post now has its scapegoat for the paper’s humiliating attempt last July to lease out its editorial staff in a series of macher-stroking dinners at WaPo publisher Katherine Weymouth’s no doubt lavish home.
From the Post’s report on the beheading of its general manager of events and conferences:
Charles Pelton, who had helped organize and promote the monthly dinners as The Post’s newly hired general manager of events and conferences, made no mention of the controversy in his resignation letter to Post President Stephen P. Hills. “Given the current circumstances with regard to the resources needed to launch [an events business],” Pelton wrote, “my family and I have decided not to relocate to Washington, D.C.,” from California.
Translation: someone had to fall on his sword, and it sure as hell wasn’t going to be Weymouth or the Post’s executive editor Marcus Brauchli.
But if anyone was going to take the hit, it should have been those two – if they had any sense of decency, that is.
But decency is a commodity in short supply these days. Especially in D.C.