The Washington Post’s Priorities, Dinner-Crasher Edition

Pop quiz! How many Washington Post reporters contributed to this weekend’s 1,800-word profile of State Dinner crashers and alleged Heenian fame-seekers Michaele and Tareq Salahi?

a). One
b). Two
c). Three
d). Ten
e). None of the above

The answer is…’none of the above.’ By my count, the paper—making perhaps a little too good on its declared double-down on DC localism—employed eleven people (that’s not including editors) to write the piece: two bylined authors, seven additional staff writers, and two staff researchers.

Yes. Which means that, as answers to today’s quiz, we would also accept “Wait, seriously?” and “UGH.” Both are correct.

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.