Sunday, April 20, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Got a happy story?

Got a happy story?

Then the Washington Post is your newspaper! (h/t Romenesko)

On one point, there is no dispute: Katharine Weymouth did not like the subject of a Washington Post Magazine story that was headed toward publication and the piece wound up being killed.

Weymouth, publisher of The Post, told the story's author, freelance journalist Matt Mendelsohn, at a brunch earlier this year that advertisers "wanted happier stories, not 'depressing' ones," Mendelsohn wrote in an online posting. His story was about a 26-year-old woman whose arms and legs had been amputated.

Weymouth said Monday night that any impact she had was "completely inadvertent, because I would never interfere in an editorial decision and I had no intention of interfering." She said that she had not even read Mendelsohn's story, but that she had "used it as an example" with editors "of the kind of fare we should be moving away from."

Actually, the Washington Post still does print depressing stories, assuming they're of great import to the readers that the advertisers actually like. Such as this story (h/t Atrios):

LONDON -- In this land of inherited privilege and celebrity billionaires, it no longer pays as much to be rich.

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