Is This War?
Watch out New York. Politico owner Robert Allbritton just took a bite out of the journalism industry there by purchasing Capital New York, an online news site created by Josh Benson and Tom McGeveran.
Politico‘s Executive Editor Jim VandeHei has been named President of the new venture. He will remain in his role at Politico in Washington and still spend the majority of his time there. Benson and McGeveran will remain as co-editors. Katherine Lehr will be VandeHei’s number 2 and will be moving to Manhattan. In the next month they will hire on two dozen new reporters, with more to follow. Cally Stolbach, central on Politico‘s business team, will split her time between Washington and New York as Capital‘s new Director of Business Development.
Things could turn into a bloodsport. Word on the street is that they’ll be poaching the “best and brightest” from New York publications. Inside sources explain to FishbowlDC that it’s clear they see weakness in the New York Times as they saw in WaPo in 2007. They think they can go into their core areas – city and state politics, media – and beat them at their own game by instituting a new one. “It’s game-on with the Post and Bezos,” said one source. “We all have different approaches and audiences, but the fight for dominance was just taken to a whole new level.”
See Allbritton’s lengthy memo. It was dispatched to staff last night just after midnight. Read more
It’s really tough to compete with death.
Still, we think NYT‘s Mark Leibovich wins out over the views of HuffPost‘s Nancy Doyle Palmer, who writes a pretty fierce piece against the value of his summer blockbuster This Town. Headline: “This Town, My Town, My Loss.” Her husband’s unfortunate passing and the publishing and popularity of Leibovich’s book coincided.
Really, it’s apples and oranges. But try telling that to Nancy (or not, yikes!). Read more
New York Magazine’s Daily Intelligencer blog has a compelling series of charts out today on members of Congress and their preferred Twitter followers. Heavy hitters include The Hill, Politico, C-SPAN and Roll Call, which make both Democratic and Republican lists.
But this has to burn a little over at Politico: The Hill beats Politico by nearly two percentage points in the “Most Followed Overall” category. But they come back strong in the “Most Followed Journalists/Pundits” category as Politico‘s Mike Allen sails in at number 1 with a clear lead over the second most followed journalist, NBC Political Director Chuck Todd.
There’s no love lost between the left and right online. Things are tense on a good day and then they’re just bloody at any given turn. Such was the state of affairs this week as ex-HuffPost blogger and lawyer Pascal Robert told outspoken conservative radio host Dana Loesch that he’d like to see her blanked up the blank.
What won’t surprise you: the conservative online community collectively flipped out, claiming Robert was calling for Loesch to be raped. What might: Until this morning, HuffPost had nothing to say. When we requested comment, HuffPost Spokeswoman Jessica Hanks told FishbowlDC: “Pascal Robert has contributed blogs to The Huffington Post. He has never been on staff and is not a paid contributor. We stopped publishing his posts in July after inappropriate comments surfaced.” Still, his Twitter bio says he’s a HuffPost Contributor, something they conceivably cannot control.
“I’m not sure what happened to society that a woman can’t disagree with a man (or anyone) without being threatened with rape or to be fetishized in a violent manner,” Loesch told FishbowlDC. Read more
In which we find photographs on partisan news sites that run the worst possible picture of a person from the opposing party.
Okay, so we get that an article titled “Five Times Boehner Said He Wouldn’t Use The Debt Ceiling For Political Leverage” isn’t the most objective and unbiased article about House Speaker John Boehner. But Think Progress decided to take it a step further by using a photo of Boehner “derping” (if you don’t know what it is, Google it).
It’s been a while since we’ve checked in with Marty Rudolf, our favorite News Junkie Online. Day in and day out, Marty shares interesting stories and tries interacting with various tweeters about The News. Marty seems to have toned down his Twitter feed for the time being, by the way. I personally had a discussion with him about him tweeting pictures of naked ladies in a stunt he was referring to as “Ta-Ta Tuesdays.”
Blaming the media has never really fallen out of fashion. Former Special Counsel to President Clinton Lanny Davis is out with an op-ed about what he says is poor and sloppy media coverage of the Clintons. Headline: “The anti-Clinton media: Here we go again.”
Davis shreds everyone from NYT columnist Maureen Dowd for holding the Clinton’s responsible for the Huma Abedin situation, to her colleagues Nicholas Confessore and Amy Chozick on their story about the Clinton Foundation racking up deficits. He complains that the NYT coverage relies on “anonymous sourcing” and “innuendo.” He goes on to knock someone he deems one of Washington’s “best political reporters,” Politico‘s Maggie Haberman. Read more
Considering no one except those deep in the secret bowels of Fox News knows why communications exec Brian Lewis was fired and escorted from the building in July, Politico‘s Dylan Byers last night attempted a fairly in-depth story on the matter.
Needless to say, the headline, “Roger Ailes fires his ‘right hand’” elicited masturbation jokes in the comment section.
One graph that popped was the last, in which Byers describes his own non-relationship with the network. Politico reporters have long been blackballed from FNC, with a nameless publicist snarking that they just “tend not to rate well.” Read more