But in an internal memo sent Thursday afternoon, Weymouth appears to indicate she knew the basics of the plan: a series of exclusive dinners, hosted at her home, that would be marketed by the paper's business side and would involve newsroom staff.
"We were planning to do a series of dinners and had requested newsroom participation but with parameters such that we did not in any way compromise our integrity," Weymouth wrote. The July dinner marketed in the flyer obtained by Politico was being cancelled, she said, but "we will begin to do live events in ways that enhance our reputation and in no way call into question our integrity."
The offending flyer, said Weymouth, "was never vetted by me or by the newsroom."
The Washington Post company, which owns the paper as well as television stations, the Kaplan educational company, and Newsweek magazine, has watched its profits drop for nine months in a row. Last week, the rating agency Standard & Poor's cut the company's credit rating. An S&P analyst said the firm expected the Post company's earnings to decline by about 30 percent this year, worse than previously expected.
Shortly after Politico published its story online, Brauchli issued a memo to the paper's newsroom declaring flatly that his staff would not be involved in such a scheme.
"We will not participate in events where promises are made that in exchange for money The Post will offer access to newsroom personnel or will refrain from confrontational questioning," Brauchli wrote in the memo, a copy of which was obtained by ABC News.
Brauchli, who was reportedly named on the flyer as a participant in the first event, said the paper was able to "do these things in ways that are consistent with our values."