Post Shame World

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For the last two weeks The New York Times has been leading the coverage about ethics questions surrounding the top leadership and soon to be top leadership of The Washington Post.

On this Monday morning, after two weeks of “no comment” from the Post, the paper leads the coverage itself revealing a connection between incoming editor Robert Winnett and a man who made a living illegally obtaining private information for eventual publication in Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper.

In earlier times(less than ten years ago), the reporting in the Times and today’s in the Post would be enough to lead to the immediate resignation or dismissal of those involved. But a new public relations strategy has developed in recent years that removes shame as a motivation to “do the right thing.” It’s now more likely that the Post, its leadership and its ownership will put up with the negative coverage and keep moving forward.

“Personally, I give us one chance in three.”

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