The Solomon Scandals
The D.C. newspaper novel, the media,the Washington area, tech and other surrealism: David Rothman at large

Sally Quinn-bashers have once again been at work—ridiculing an essay headlined Sally Quinn announces the end of power in Washington. Granted, Ms. Quinn has never delighted my inner Veblen. The essay among other things recalled the era when Quinn and her husband, Ben Bradlee, “might have attended five-course dinners a couple of nights a week, […]

Sy Solomon’s specialty is ripping off the taxpayers—through shoddy construction practices in an IRS-occupied building and other projects. If, however, you want a nice overview of a whole litany of white-collar crimes, why not download a free copy of an American classic called The Money Changers? Upton Sinclair’s novel from the early 20th century gives […]

The corrupt Washington Telegram in The Solomon Scandals is, mercifully, fictitious. But in real life, some newspapers are selling out in a different way—by diverting money from their newsrooms to jack up profits and please Wall Street. So much for the Net as the only major villain. Here’s an excerpt from The Withering Watchdog: What […]