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AIM Exclusive – Scandal at The Washington Post: Fraud, Lobbying & Insider Trading

WASHINGTON, March 8, 2012 – Accuracy in Media’s Center for Investigative Journalism has released a special report exposing The Washington Post Company’s systemic, fraudulent business practices, questionable lobbying actions and predatory recruitment tactics carried out on behalf of their Kaplan Education unit.

“The Washington Post has seen such a decline in newspaper circulation and journalistic business that they have been almost solely reliant on the success of their cash generating education business, Kaplan University,” special report author Rusty Weiss said. “Don Graham has willfully turned a blind eye to allegations of fraudulent business practices, excessive student debt and hardship, and exorbitant executive compensation at the for-profit college. At the same time, Graham has actively engaged in lobbying to help generate profits on the backs of the very students he claims to serve, and also engaged in suspicious stock trading that has greatly benefited his family.”

The AIM investigative report [1] calls on the Post to take a closer look at one of its own corporate holdings.

“The Washington Post remains a supposedly reputable staple of the mainstream print media, yet refuses to report on one of its own. Despite media coverage from many other entities, the Post has failed to report almost any adverse news about Kaplan,” Weiss argued.

The complete special report can be found here [1].

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker, FoxNews.com, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also the Editor for two major technology newsletters. You can follow him on Twitter @rustyweiss74 [2].

Direct all press inquiries to Logan.Churchwell@aim.org [3].


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Direct all press inquiries to Logan.Churchwell@aim.org [3].