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The Atlantic Takes on Politicians’ Sex Lives

The Atlantic‘s October issue is hot on the newsstands this week. Get past the cover story — the shame of scandal-torn college sports — and you have another kind of examination of shame. This story takes a deep, historical look at “Sex and the Married Politician.”

David Greenberg writes about the changing tide of political sex scandal coverage, pointing out that in the Gilded Age, tawdry stories about politicians were naturally off limits. Not so anymore. But ought we not return to that? Among the usual suspects in the story are ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), ex-Rep. David “He’s Grrrreat!” Wu (D-Ore.), ex-Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) and more.

But there are others, pols you’ve not necessarily heard of, who have done things that would easily eat up an entire Washington summer. An excerpt: “Estes Kefauver, a Democratic presidential candidate in 1956, was known to reporters as a notorious womanizer; once, as his campaign bus pulled into an Upper Midwest town, he blurted out ‘I gotta fuck!’ within earshot of Russell Baker of The New York Times. Baker did not report the comment, or the corresponding behavior.”

The phrases and words you’ll see sprinkled throughout the story are ones that generally come up in pieces like this: Titillating, sex flaps, salacious texts, hush money, sexual assault, love child, lewd pictures, delicious, bawdy and sex-saturated culture.


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TNR Makes Changes to Web Team and Announces Brand New Class of Reporter-Researchers

Today Editor Greg Veis announces two additions to its web team: Barron YoungSmith and Seyward Darby (pictured above) have been named deputy editors. Both are former reporter-researchers at the magazine.

Chloë Schama (below right) has replaced Darby as Assistant Managing Editor. Schama is a former Assistant Literary Editor at the magazine. She has an M.Phil. in English from Cambridge and graduated from Harvard. Schama is the author of Wild Romance: A Victorian Story of a Marriage, a Trial, and a Self-Made Woman (Walker Books 2010).

Laura Bennett (below left) has been named Assistant Literary Editor. She graduated from Yale where she was editor-in-chief of the The Yale Herald and the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship.

TNR also introduced its 2010-2011 class of reporter-researchers. Find out who they are and see where they might go. We have the list as well as noteworthy alumni after the jump…

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More JournoList Leaks: Members Plot to Bury Rev. Wright Story

President Obama’s former pastor – Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ.

It’s now fairly obvious that the Daily Caller has in its possession the full archive of JournoList – Ezra Klein‘s defunct internet group for liberal members of the media. The list-serv that cost WaPo’s Dave Weigel his job is again in the headlines after the Caller published more emails from the group – this time for somewhat more troubling reasons and with a larger cast of characters. The list of players in this round includes’s Spencer Ackerman, Guardian’s Michael Tomasky, Baltimore Sun’s Thomas Schaller, Jonathan Stein of Mother Jones, Slate contributor David Greenberg, columnist Joe Conason, Grist’s David Roberts, and the Nation’s Chris Hayes, Katha Pollitt and Richard Kim.

The latest leaks showcase members plotting to kill stories about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright during the 2008 elections and in some cases, strategically turn the story against Conservatives. One such example is a suggestion made by’s Spencer Ackerman to simply call Obama’s opposition “racists”:

“If the right forces us all to either defend Wright or tear him down, no matter what we choose, we lose the game they’ve put upon us. Instead, take one of them – Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares – and call them racists. Ask: why do they have such a deep-seated problem with a black politician who unites the country? What lurks behind those problems? This makes *them* sputter with rage, which in turn leads to overreaction and self-destruction.”

Later, Chris Hayes of the Nation urged MSM members of JournoList to ignore the Rev. Wright issue all together:

“I’m not saying we should all rush en masse to defend Wright. If you don’t think he’s worthy of defense, don’t defend him! What I’m saying is that there is no earthly reason to use our various platforms to discuss what about Wright we find objectionable.”

The response to the Daily Caller’s latest in the JournoList saga has again been overwhelming from both sides of the aisle but my position is that of the Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan who said in a post, “I’m glad Journo-list is over. It should never have been begun. I know many of its members are good and decent and fair-minded writers. But socialized groupthink is not the answer to what’s wrong with the media. It’s what’s already wrong with the media.”

Daily Caller story here and Sullivan’s post here.

Tammy Haddad Hosts Toast to Dan Pfeiffer

From today’s Playbook by Mike Allen: “Tammy Haddad saluted Dan Pfeiffer, the new White House communications director, with a flash-mob buffet supper of salmon and bow-tie pasta with capers and olives. (Ask David Greenberg how many powdered-sugar brownies he hoarded downstairs.) Tammy’s toast to Dan included love for his bride, Sarah Feinberg. Tammy surprised Al Hunt, aglow from interviewing Secretary Geithner, with a birthday cupcake from Marvelous Market (chocolate/chocolate, with two candles and a candy cane). The candles almost melted down when Howard Fineman interrupted with a toast to Tammy.”

Taking Out The Trash, 03.06.07

  • Working in jammies is oh so very appealing.

  • More reporters embrace an advocacy role

  • An NBC release announced that Alexandra Wallace has been named executive producer of “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” making Wallace the first woman to lead a weeknight network evening newscast in a decade. She will continue to serve as NBC News Vice President.

  • Cousin TVNewser reports that CNN & MSNBC are covering the Walter Reed story “more than twice as much as FNC.”

  • Katie Smith, formerly the Production/Copy Editor at Roll Call, has been promoted to Copy Chief.

  • PC World has The 50 Most Important People on the Web. “Despite what Time magazine would have you believe, you are not the most powerful or influential person on the Web.”

  • TNR’s Jonathan Chait questions the placement of this Washington Post story. Front page material?

  • Modern Luxury is hiring a senior editor for DC Magazine.

  • David Greenberg has the “Trial and Error” of the Scooter Libby trial.

  • Check out the new blog, Front Lines, written by Marshall Young, who is a private security contractor based in an undisclosed location in Iraq, well outside the Green Zone.

  • Conde Nast Media Group came another step closer to launching Conde Nast Portfolio, by signing a multiplatform communications program with CIT called Behind the Business, which will deliver profiles on business luminaries in Wired, Conde Nast Portfolio, Golf Digest and The New Yorker. Webcasts featuring the live interviews will be available on CIT’s Web site, beginning April 9, 2007 and thereafter on demand.

  • Has anyone else noticed that the Politico is now using stories from the Des Moines Register, The State and the Las Vegas Sun?

  • And why have no Politico’rs appeared on “Face the Nation” since February 9? Is that relationship over?

    >UPDATE: DCRTV has a theory:

      Perhaps it’s because the Politico’s owner, Allbritton, which also owns DC’s ABC affiliate WJLA, has moved ABC’s “This Week” from 9 AM to 10 AM, to directly compete with CBS’s rival “Face” on WUSA…..

    >UPDATE: The relationship may not be as split as we thought: A reader writes in to point out that Josephine Hearn was on “Face” February 18.

  • PR Week has an interview with Editor in Chief John Harris.