Over a long career at the Washington Post, Sally Quinn has had more than her share of controversies, sometimes about her personal life (her affair with and later marriage to then-Executive Editor Ben Bradlee) and more frequently because of something she wrote (a Carter-era story of hers which claimed that Zbiginiew Brzezinski jokingly opened his fly in front of a reporter had to be retracted).
What got her a ton of criticism inside and outside the Post Friday was a combination of both – using her Style section column to try to explain what appears to be a nasty family squabble pitting her against Bradlee’s son and former daughter-in-law from an earlier marriage.
Quinn, at 68 the long-time doyenne of Washington’s social scene, tried to shoot down reports of “dueling” weddings and that she had deliberately scheduled her son Quinn Bradlee’s nuptials on the same day as the long-planned wedding of Bradlee’s granddaughter.
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“Everyone has a dysfunctional family,” Quinn wrote. “Ours is no exception.”
Read More: By MICHAEL CALDERONE, Politico