Washington Post chairman unaware of Obama-Common controversy until shareholder asks, despite running story on it

Washington Post Company chairman Donald Graham told shareholders Thursday morning that he was unaware of the controversy surrounding the rapper known as Common, whom Michelle Obama has invited to a poetry event, until Cliff Kincaid of the watchdog group Accuracy in Media asked him about it. Graham apparently missed a story on the front page of his newspaper’s Style section*, which offered a defense of Common’s lyrics.

“Mr. Kincaid, I thank you for informing me of something I didn’t know about,” Graham said. “You have brought our attention to an interesting controversy.”

At the annual meeting of stockholders, Kincaid, himself a Post stockholder, pushed Graham to comment on why he allowed his newspaper to run a story defending Common’s “civic-minded protests of corrupt law enforcement and unjust legal proceedings.” Kincaid pointed out that Graham began his career as a police officer in Washington, and asked him why he’d allow a defense of someone who supported convicted cop killer Joanne Chesimard, who’s also known as Assata Shakur.

Graham wouldn’t comment, and adjourned the meeting quickly.

*This story has been corrected.

  • oc in nc

    Even this loser chairman doesn’t read his own newspaper.

    Who does?

    All they do is recopy the White house talking points everyday.

  • TedPearson

    Yep. CNN, CBS, HuffPo, the list goes on http://www.propublica.org/about/partners
    all publishing partners with ProPublica. ProPublica’s leading supporters http://s3.amazonaws.com/propublica/assets/about/PP_2010_annualrep_forWEB.pdf
    include the ‘Foundation for open Society’ (http://www.soros.org/)
    Amazing how the circle always seems to complete itself.
    By the way, ProPublica’s Board of Directors includes Henry Louis Gates, Jr. from ‘Lets have a beer’ with the policeman controversy.

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  • Tess_Comments

    How can anyone who reads or listens to the news not be aware of the Obama-Common controversy?
    How is it possible that the chairman of a newspaper does not know what is on the front page?
    I do not believe this chairman is worth his paycheck.

  • blueridge

    Just another high level person totally out of touch. The main stream media is corrupt and it is becoming more and more difficult for them to hide behind the ‘jounrnalist’ mask. Fortunately they are being exposed thanks to the Daily Caller and other websites.

  • KGC

    Well, hardly unexpectedly, really. I mean, he certainly hasn’t allowed knowledge, facts, and reason to get in the way of “reporting” at his paper up to this point. Why start now?