Here’s an interesting tale.

The Washington Post, in order to intensify the coziness in relationships with the powerful inside-the-beltway crowd, apparently decides that journalism’s role of holding the powerful in check is a bit too restrictive.

For $25,000 to $250,000, The Washington Post is offering lobbyists and association executives off-the-record, nonconfrontational access to “those powerful few” — Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and the paper’s own reporters and editors.

The astonishing offer is detailed in a flier circulated Wednesday to a health care lobbyist, who provided it to a reporter because the lobbyist said he feels it’s a conflict for the paper to charge for access to, as the flier says, its “health care reporting and editorial staff.”

The offer — which essentially turns a news organization into a facilitator for private lobbyist-official encounters — is a new sign of the lengths to which news organizations will go to find revenue at a time when most newspapers are struggling for survival.

If this pans out, why would anyone trust the Washington Post any longer?

We deserve better.

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