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Laura McGann Leaves Politico, Joins Vox As Political Editor

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Laura McGann, Politico’s deputy managing editor, is joining Vox Media as its first political editor, reported the Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone yesterday.

Prior to her four years spent at Politico, McGann worked for Talking Points Memo, Nieman Journalism Lab, MSNBC and The Washington Independent.

McGann, who will start at Vox on Jan. 5th, is the third big-name editor at Politico to leave the news organization this past week — following White House editor, Dan Berman (National Journal), and deputy managing editor, Gregg Birnbaum (New York Daily News).

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Add MJ Lee to List of POLITICO Departures, Joins CNN Digital Politics

20140813js_mj_lee_005You can add MJ Lee to the growing wave of POLITICO reporters and editors who’ve been poached by CNN Digital Politics.  For those of you counting, Lee makes 5… Rachel Smolkin, Steven Sloan, Jedd Rosche and Eric Bradner all switched teams this fall.

“It’s as if Rachel built an arc and we’re following her two by two,” said a former POLITICO staffer turned CNNer who asked to remain anonymous.

But they’re not just flooding (pun intended) to CNN. MJ is the fourth POLITICO exit announced this week.  Alex Burns, Gregg Birnbaum and Dan Berman all jumped ship for gigs at new outlets in the past few days.  Sounds like a trend.  As for MJ, her hire was announced today via internal memo obtained by FishbowlDC.  See the note from Rachel Smolkin and CNN Money’s Lex Haris after the jump. Read more

Gregg Birnbaum Leaves POLITICO, Joins New York Daily News

More news of shakeups out of POLITICO. Gregg Birnbaum announced yesterday on Twitter that he would be stepping down as deputy managing editor at POLITICO, and will join the New York Daily News as their new managing editor and head of political content.

This morning, Colin Myler, NYDN editor in chief, announced Birnbaum’s appointment in a staff memo:

I am delighted to announce that Gregg Birnbaum is appointed Managing Editor, Head of Political Content.

Gregg is joining us from  Politico where he is currently a Deputy Managing Editor, supervising coverage of breaking news.

Before that, he was a government and politics reporter and editor at the New York Post holding the position of Political Editor for 10 years,  managing bureaus in Washington, Albany and City Hall.

Gregg will be joining us on January 5.

On a personal note, I’d like to thank Joel for his sterling work for the past two years. He has been a valued colleague and I wish him every success in his new executive role at New York 1.

Colin

Birnbaum’s departure from POLITICO is part of a recent exodus of big names from the news organization that includes Dan Berman and Alex Burns.

Dan Berman Will Join National Journal; Ben Pershing Promoted

National JournalDan Berman will be joining National Journal as an assistant managing editor, announced Editor-in-Chief and President Tim Grieve today in a staff memo.

Berman most recently worked as the White House editor for POLITICO, and will now oversee coverage of Congress, the White House and policy for NJ.

“This is a great hire for us,” said Tim Grieve in the staff memo. “I know Dan’s skills first hand: He worked hand-in-hand with me in creating Politico Pro, first as Energy Editor and then as Deputy Managing Editor. In those roles, he was an energetic advocate for and creator of high-quality, high-impact journalism. And Dan has continued to be that kind of editor even as he’s grown through different positions in his post-Politico Pro life — first as Politico’s Money and Politics Editor and now as its White House Editor.”

Additionally, Grieve announced the promotion of Ben Pershing to editor of National Journal Daily.

“Dan will work very closely with Ben Pershing, who is taking on a big new role as Editor of National Journal Daily,” continued Grieve. “As many of you have heard, Sophie Yarborough is leaving us this month to take a new position at The Washington Post. We have asked Ben to take on the role of Editor of NJ Daily to lead the effort to reimagine the publication for a new era. Ben is a natural for this. He has worked wonders with our Congress team since arriving at National Journal earlier this year, and he’s a veteran journalist with a deep understanding of Congress and the kind of reporting that will have an impact inside the Capitol and around the country.”

Friends and Colleagues Celebrate Ken Vogel’s Big Money

photo 1Last night at Glen’s Garden Market, friends and colleagues came together to celebrate Ken Vogel‘s recent Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp—on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics. The evening was hosted by Mike Allen, Dan Berman, Jeanne Cummings, Ryan Grim and Elizan Garcia, Maggie Haberman, John Harris, Jonathan Martin and Betsy Fisher Martin, Laura McGann, Ben Smith, Rachel Smolkin, Liz Spavd, Howard Yoon and Victoria Lai, and Danielle Vogel.

POLITICOs from past and present were there, including CNN’s Chris Frates, WaPo’s Abby Phillip, NPR’s Juana Summers, NYT’s Bill Hamilton, WSJ’s Reid Epstein, POLITICO’s Manu Raju, Burgess Everett, Megan Chan, Marty Kady, Katie Glueck, and Byron Tau.

Highlight: Craft beers and an oyster bar. Big money, naturally.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“What if you tweet and no one tweets back? There’s nothing worse than a friendless tweeter, right? You’re just out there wandering around in cyberspace.”President Bill Clinton on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” last night.

OH, THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS! “What’s pink and symbolizes DC? A politician’s tongue (also a blooming cherry tree)” — ReutersPatricia Zengerle. “In DC. The cherry blossoms are blooming and it looks like we have have survived our long winter. Here comes the sun!” — MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.

Black radio correspondent on ‘Accidental Racist’

“In fairness to #AccidentalRacist there seems to be no satisfactory way to talk about race in pop culture. earnestness invites mockery.” — NPR’s Audie Cornish reacting to Brad Paisely’s new country song with LL Cool J’s “Accidental Racist.”

NYT reporter wants to kick UK to the curb: It wasn’t all that!

“I lived in Thatcher’s UK during the ’80s. Hate to say it but it wasn’t all that — & Red Cross still won’t take my blood for fear of Mad Cow.” — NYT‘s Jonathan Weisman.

Real HuffPost Headline: “Grandmother allegedly hired grandson to kill her husband”

Journo bitches about booking his own plane ticket, another complains of getting a pitch for someone else and, still another just hangs out and enjoys a beerRead more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Short, sweet and to the point

“I became a newspaperman because of Roger. It’s a debt I can never repay. It’s a cliché I am sure he would never use, but now he has passed on to his everlasting seat in the balcony.” — Politico Columnist Roger Simon in a beautifully brief account of how film critic Roger Ebert poignantly touched his life. Ebert died Thursday. See Simon’s must-read story here.

Ouch!

“Ron Fournier overheard Sen. Paul call Rep. Rigell about guns – and still POLITICO scooped him.” — Politico‘s Dan Berman, who linked to this story. His trash talking victim: National Journal‘s Ron Fournier.

What comes around goes around

TIME‘s Andrew Katz: “Chris Hughes: Politico ‘prefers speed over accuracy,’ after question about TNR wanting to be DC’s New Yorker. Zing?” (TNR Publisher Chris Hughes spoke at Columbia University Thursday.)

Politico‘s Ben White plays defense: “Chris Hughes is partially correct. We prefer speed. But only over slowness.”

What could possibly go wrong?

“Time to double my medication and hope for the best. I probably shouldn’t have been drinking. But who pays attention to the warnings?” — MetroWeekly Editor-in-Chief Randy Shulman in his best imitation of Valley of the Dolls. We think he also might be watching too much Conrad Murray on CNN’s AC360.

Reporter could “die” over shitty panel

“Ugh this Newseum panel on journalism is so sanctimonious I could die.” — HuffPost‘s Lucia Graves.

Ex-Roll Callers react to changes

On Thursday we reported a variety of changes at CQ Roll Call, namely that six Roll Call reporters would now be working primarily for CQ.com and reporting to new bosses.

USA Today‘s Paul Singer: “I hate what is happening to Roll Call.”

Politico‘s John Bresnahan: “It’s terrible, a crying shame.”

Reporter explains what it’s like having her name, and HuffPost’s Social Media Editor expected a lot more from Oprah… Read more

God’s Politico Blog Ends

After less than a year, Charlie Mahtesian‘s own blog at Politico has closed down shop and headed into that great Internet afterlife in the sky.

As of Monday, both Mahtesian’s blog and the “On Congress” blog have disappeared from Politico‘s homepage and its blogs vertical. “Don’t worry – we’re still as committed as ever to covering every twist and turn in campaigns and elections,” reads a final Friday post by Mahtesian on his former blog. The post notes that Mahtesian will continue his work at Politico but it will appear on the front page.

Dan Berman also wrote one final post on the On Congress blog in the form of a poem: “We broke news on this page we hosted, but now on the homepage all stories will be posted,” it says.

When Mahtesian’s blog launched in April last year, it was done so with the type of holiness and fanfare generally reserved for the pope and and sometimes Dennis RodmanRead more

Politico’s VandeHarris: ‘Some Exciting Editor Moves…’

What passes for “exciting” in Washington would be a real snoozer in most other cities. But let’s proceed. Today Politico‘s VandeHarris (a human fusion of Editor-in-Chief John Harris and Executive Editor Jim VandeHei) sent a memo to reporters on new editors in their midst.

The memo announces major promotions:

Marty Kady: For the past two years, he has been the congressional editor. He will now be Deputy Managing Editor for Politico and Editor of Politico Pro (a position formerly held by the temper-filled Tim Grieve, who will no longer be working that closely with humans). Kady will be dealing with Grieve on managing the more than 60 employees who work for that section.

Rachel Smolkin: She has been deputy editor and then editor of White House coverage. She will now be Deputy Managing Editor for Politico.

See the other moves… Read more

Morning Chatter

QUOTES of the DAY

BOSOM BUDDIES: If they do nothing else, conventions bond people together in unfathomable ways. The Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson poses with FishbowlDC’s Peter Ogburn, also producer of The Bill Press Show. This makes up for all the times Carlson told Ogburn to go f&%k himself.

A follower to Howard Stern: “Thank you for not tweeting about politics!!!” Howard Stern: “I’ll stick to fart jokes.”

A question to end all questions: ‘How are you?’

“I then headed down the hall for a brief separate interview with [Stephanie] Cutter, whom I’ve known for years, going back to when she was John Kerry’s spokeswoman. ‘How are you?’ I asked. ‘Are we on the record?’ she replied. — NYT Magazine’s Mark Leibovich in a first person account of covering presidential campaigns and the joylessness of the current campaign season. Read the full story and see the frighteningly ugly graphics of the candidates here.

STOP THE PRESSES! Weigel gets rubdown in HuffPost Oasis

“OH outside HuffPost Oasis: ‘Somebody spilled coconut water all over my shoe!’” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel, who quickly added, “Not to mock the HuffPost Oasis. I partook of a free massage there.” Not surprisingly, an obviously mature follower asked, “Geez dude, right there in the open? Was there a happy ending?”

Cheap motels here we come! Is David Corn here?

“A cheap motel in Charlotte…just how I want to spend my holiday weekend. Welcome to the DNC!” — Co-founder and Exec. Director of GOProud Jimmy LaSalvia. (Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn stayed at what he dubbed Motel Hell — a.k.a. Days in Busch Gardens, Fla. — until he could stand it no more and shacked up in a downtown condo belonging to a fellow writer who offered him better accommodations on Twitter during the GOP Convention in Tampa. Pictured here: Corn with Victoria White in her living room.

Points for effort? “Dead 460-word lede that took me five hours to write just cut down to 100 words that I could have written in 30 mins. Much better, but geez.” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles.

Exploding pens! The epidemic continues…

“Anyone know what makes pens decide to leak? I’ve had three go rogue on the inside of my purse in the last two days. Ink everywhere.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty. Last week PBS’s Gwen Ifill dealt with an exploding pen just before going on air.

AMAZING FEATS: Harwood’s garage door opener works

“Frontiers of technology: turns out that garage door opener, even after having been slathered w/cheese grits (don’t ask) still gets job done” — CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood.

WTF? Breitbart.com reporter prematurely accuses media of racism

“MSM did absurd strip club stories at RNC. So if they don’t do same at DNC…why?!? Racist MSM have smthng against ethnic DNC strippers?” — In an act of absolute stellar reporting, Breitbart.com‘s Tony Lee, formerly of Human Events, accuses “MSM” of racist reporting at the Democratic National Convention before it even begins. WWBD? Not this.

Cab complaint in Charlotte

“Advice to all in #Charlotte: Avoid the Orange Cab company. An hour late for pickup. Told four times cab was ‘five minutes’ away.” — The Weekly Standard Senior Writer Stephen Hayes.

Journo laments latest fashion trends

“So glad to see that this year’s dominant style will be high waists and short skirts, two things which look just darling on a 6’2 woman.” — The Atlantic‘s Megan McArdle.

Old School Baier Vomit

“Heading to see my wife and kids- hopping a plane back to dc and then coming back sunday-haven’t see the boys in 10 days-need a day w the fam.” — FNC’s Bret Baier. He adds, “I am loving life this morning – these guys woke me up at 630a.” And there you have his adorable sons — both with trademark Bret Baier wavy chestnut hair — in perfectly matched outfits.

Cool guy talk

“Guys, it’s Twitter. It’s happening. It’s not going to change. Ride the wave, brah.” — Politico‘s Dylan Byers getting his Twitter on.

And speaking of cool, a reporter goes Eastwooding at the vet

“Keeping myself occupied waiting at the vet on a rainy Sunday night #eastwooding”Politico‘s Dan Berman.

Boingo hot spot anyone?

“The two most evil, rancid, hateful words in the English language for work travelers: Boingo Hotspot” — Politico‘s Ben White. And from the Dept. of Bragiculture, White (a FishbowlDC fave but we have to rip on him for this) retweets a follower complimenting him: “Your tweets have been so… compelling & educative for me.” He replies, “So kind! My pleasure.”

Modern Dating: Journo accidentally asks out flight attendant

“Flight attendant just moved to DC,doesn’t know anyone. Wanted to say we could go out as friends; may have accidentally asked her out. Awkward.” — Mother JonesNick Baumann.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

 

 

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