Politico scribes are buzzing about an upcoming NYT magazine piece by Mark Leibovich. Leibovich has interviewed many reporters at Politico for what is expected to be a lengthy piece on the publication that focuses primarily on reporter Mike Allen. The piece is expected to land in three weeks. In it, sources say, several past and present employees complain that VandeHarris works people too hard and expects too much of reporters.
VandeHei addressed the rumor: “I have no idea what Mark will write. I don’t think its a secret that people work extraordinarily hard here. That’s a big reason I love our squad. I will tell you what I tell every person who interviews here: this place is not for everyone. We have very high expectations and operate at a very high velocity. This is thrilling to most of our reporters, especially those like Carrie Budoff Brown, Carol Lee, Ben Smith, Jonathan Martin and others who are thriving here in big, big ways. I am sure it’s overwhelming to some. It’s our job to make sure we have sufficient editing and mentoring support to help lift the game of everyone here. In that spirit, we are always looking for more first class editors with first class writing skills if you know of any.”
More on Leibovich’s upcoming story:
The expectation is that the NYT will take several harsh shots at Politico but that it will largely validate the power of Allen and his daily Playbook. VandeHei said, “We are proud of our publication and very proud of all of the people who work here so I am not concerned about the piece. I have never known Leibovich to write a piece that the subject was thrilled with so I am not under the illusion this will be a puff piece. I assume there will be parts I like and others I dislike or take issue with. I appreciate the Time’s interest in us.”
Leibovich remarked to FishbowlDC: “I can’t comment on anything that may or may not be in the works.”