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Thompson Returns To The Post

Okay, so here’s how it started:

A tipster heard that the Washington Post’s Susan Glasser, Bill Hamilton and one more big time Postie were spotted having coffee recently with NYTimes investigative reporter Marilyn Thompson.

Speculation has it that Thompson was upset that the Times didn’t run their story about the relationship between Sen. John McCain and a D.C. lobbyist.

Oh, and didn’t an investigative gig just open up at the Post recently?

So it should come as no surprise that…Marilyn Thompson is returning to the Washington Post, where she will be the new “Washington accountability editor” on the National desk. She previously worked at the WaPo from 1990 to 2004 before leaving for the Lexington Herald, then the L.A. Times, then the NYTimes.

More on the Post’s Obama Story

You can’t help but read this Politico story — “Wash. Post Obama story under fire” — and think that former Posties Jim VandeHei and John Harris were tickled pink to run it.

Discussing last week’s controversial Obama article in the Post, Michael Calderone talks to the Post’s Bill Hamilton, who gives a politician-like “I apologize to anyone who was offended by this” response:

    Assistant Managing Editor Bill Hamilton, who oversees political coverage and edited the article, said that he was “a little puzzled” that readers didn’t see that the paper’s intention was to call into question rumors that Obama is secretly a Muslim (rather than a Christian), and was educated in an Indonesian madrassa.

    “I’m sorry it was misunderstood,” Hamilton said. “It obviously makes me think about how I edited it.”

Bill Hamilton: Staying

Settle down, Posties: National politics editor Bill Hamilton isn’t going anywhere.

FishbowlDC has learned that Hamilton did recently consider working for the Philadelphia Inquirer, even going so far as to meet with Inky higher-ups, look at potential Philadelphia neighborhoods to live in, potential Philadelphia schools for the kids (Hamilton is married to the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer), etc., etc.

Still, Hamilton decided to remain at the Post and tells FishbowlDC that “I remain very excited about the 2008 campaign and figuring out how to cover it.”

The Post’s National Desk

A number of you have written in confused about how Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s recent promotion affects the Washington Post’s National Desk. To help you out, here’s the pecking order, in order of rank:

    1. Susan Glasser, AME/National

    2. Bill Hamilton (National politics editor) and Rajiv Chandrasekaran (National Editor). Rajiv will oversee all other national coverage more generally, including national security, Supreme Court, science, the Post’s bureaus, etc.

    3. Tim Curran (National politics editor) and a half dozen other assignment editors.

    4. Lowly reporters.

What’s the difference between Tim and Bill? Curran has the same job that John Harris had before he left last winter. Curran is responsible for running the coverage day in and day out (assigning and editing political stories). Hamilton is a rank above Tim and oversees politics coverage more generally, focusing broadly on enterprise, deeper stories, longer-term planning, etc.

Howell Critiques Post’s Edwards Story

From her internal Omblog:

    THE EDWARDS STORY

    More than a dozen readers, both inside the newsroom and outside, were troubled by the John Edwards story on Page today. So was I. Most complainers thought that the story either wasn’t worth a story or wasn’t worth fronting or both. It was interesting enough to make an item in In the Loop, but not Page 1. I kept looking for the graf that would tell me that the buyers had some history with Edwards, that they were big campaign contributors, that there was some quid pro quo. Nada.

    Bill Hamilton, the editor on the story, obviously disagreed. “If the mixture of Georgetown, real estate, a presidential candidate and a secret buyer who turns out to be under investigation for screwing a major union that that candidate is courting is not front page news in a Washington newspaper, then we just have different news judgment.

    “I think writing about the finances of presidential candidates is an important service that this newspaper needs to do more of. In this case, we went beyond what was clearly an attempt to shield the important details of a transaction that earned a presidential candidate more than $5 million. And that presidential candidate just happens to be a millionaire who is basing his campaign on a populist appeal to the common man.

    “Nowhere in the story did we say that Edwards did anything wrong. But it is a fact of life that a guy who is running for president has to be careful of major financial transactions in a way that normal people do not. In this case he did not take the time to even Google who was buying his house.”

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