WaPo Says Wii

The paper gets a game room!

The Washington City Paper broke big news yesterday: The Washington Post is getting a game room. Situated in a converted smoking lounge next to the paper’s cafeteria, the room will feature a Wii—donated by newly-minted WaPo publisher (and Graham family scion) Katharine Weymouth—as well as air hockey, foosball, and other Watergate-era Rec Room Favorites.

In an email exchange yesterday afternoon with WCP editor Eric Wemple, Weymouth revealed that 1) it was the publisher herself who commissioned the room (“I thought - why not - we can have some fun too”), and 2) she uses emoticons in her e-mail exchanges. The winky ones. (Which makes another Weymouth e-mail comment—“soon enuf my honeymoon period will end and I will become known as the battle axe or something”—seem implausible. No battle axe I know of, after all, ends her sentences with emoti-winks.)

The exchange, however, leaves one burning question: who will emerge as the Post’s Guitar Hero rockstar? My money’s on Milbank. We welcome your thoughts…


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