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Washington Post Death Spiral Watch (Yet Another Deborah Howell Edition)

Apropos of ombudsman whatever-she-is Deborah Howell's claim that:

When Speech Isn't Free: Downie unearthed a 1995 memo outlining the rules on speeches, but it is not widely known about in the newsroom.... The Post needs an unambiguous, transparent well-known policy on speaking fees and expenses. It should deal with charities and those on contract. Approvals for speeches that involve fees should be sought and given in writing by a high-ranking editor. Fees should be accepted only from educational, professional or other nonprofit groups for which lobbying and politics are not a major focus -- with no exceptions.

A former denizen of the Washington Post print newsroom writes that:

[Perhaps the] folks in the newsroom didn't specifically know about the 1995 [Downie memo], but Howell is wrong in saying that the rules weren't well known [inside the newsroom]...

Why oh why can't we have a better press corps?

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