WaPo Newsroom as Cesspit of Racism and Sexism?

Who…. me?

by James A. Bacon

The Washington Post Guild has issued a report charging that the Post, the largest-circulation newspaper serving the Virginia market, pays women less than men, and whites more than minorities. The pattern applies not only to the business side of the newspaper but to the social-justice crusading newsroom. Indeed, the discrepancies are worse in the newsroom. Some highlights on newsroom compensation contained in the report:

  • Women as a group are paid less than men.
  • Collectively, employees of color are paid less than white men, even when controlling for age and job description. Women of color in the newsroom received $30,000 less than white men, a gap of 35%.
  • The Post tends to give merit raises based on performance-evaluation scores, but those who score the highest are overwhelmingly white.

Ironically, men and women are paid about the same in the commercial division, which, I would conjecture, is less “woke” than the highly politically attuned newsroom. The Guild did find a white/minority pay gap on the commercial side of the newspaper, but it was only 5%.

Gee, it’s almost as if liberal white males use their wokeness as a smokescreen to obscure favoritism toward others like themselves.

Not surprisingly, WaPo management took exception to the analysis, reports the Daily Caller:

The Post is committed to paying employees fairly for the work they perform, and we believe that we do so, taking into account relevant factors like position, years of experience, and performance. It is regrettable that the Guild published a report on pay that does not appear to accurately account for these and other relevant factors, which have nothing to do with race or gender,” Kristine Coratti Kelly, the Post’s vice president of communication, said in a statement to the [Daily Caller News Foundation].

In fact, the Guild concedes that it’s study’s “topline numbers such as median salary by gender or race and ethnicity cannot capture the entire story of pay at the Post.” We believe the report is seriously flawed. It is disappointing that the Guild chose to issue it — the Post told the Guild before its release that we had many questions about their methodology,” Kelly added.

Of course, that’s the same argument is used by just about every business and governmental enterprise whose race and gender disparities in pay have landed it in hot water. The WaPo newsroom never seems to give their excuses much credence. Google “Washington Post: racial disparity” and start perusing the 11 million results.

As the old saying goes, what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. To mix animal metaphors, I’m crying crocodile tears for WaPo management.

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6 responses to “WaPo Newsroom as Cesspit of Racism and Sexism?

  1. Leonardo DiCaprio flies his private jet to the Mediterranean to spend the summer cruising around on a 453 ft leased yacht. George Clooney owns a six bedroom villa in LA, a 25 room mansion in Laglio, Italy, a nine bedroom mansion in Berkshire, UK and a condo at 100 E 53rd St in Manhattan. Barack Obama apparently just just bought a giant mansion on Martha’s Vineyard (in addition to his giant mansion in DC). Al Gore leaves a carbon footprint the size of Rhode Island and the New Republic defends him.

    The Post doesn’t actually follow the equal pay edict they demand of everybody else?

    I’m shocked, shocked I tell you.

  2. The Washington Post should have the credibility of Pravda or Governor Coonman . It’s commitment to honest reporting and editorializing stands a far second to its commitment to its political agenda. Why should anyone be surprised it does not walk its talk?

    How about publishing all the Post’s documents and email messages related to employee compensation instead of having Kristine Coratti Kelly make a politician-like response. After all “Democracy Dies in Darkness.”

  3. How did we find out about WaPo crimes?

  4. Jim, when you published Virginia Business, did you pay men and women the same?

    • I can tell you that everyone on the ad sales team worked with the same base pay + commissions arrangement, with a small pay bump for the head of sales who had additional reporting and management responsibilities. We didn’t have enough employees on the editorial or the administrative side to have more than one employee in the same functional class — only one executive editor, only one managing editor, etc. — so making equal-pay-for-equal-work comparisons was impossible.

      But that misses the point of the post, which is the monumental hypocrisy of the WaPo newsroom. The newsroom follows the very same kind of hiring and promotion practices as all manner of business and government entities that its journalists and editors have criticized for having disparate outcomes. When their ass is on the line, they suddenly see the validity of adjusting for age, experience, merit, etc.

  5. If the best defense of today’s WaPo is how Jim Bacon ran Virginia Business in the 1990s, that’s saying something. I lived and worked in the DC area long enough to know the hypocrisy that abounds from its liberal elite. This report doesn’t surprise me one bit.

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