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Today is Dylan Byers last day as a POLITICO employee based in Washington before moving Westward to the city of bright lights. In April, we got our paws on an internal memo announcing Byers’ move to LA with his fiancé – the same email that announced senior POLITICO writer Todd Purdum and his wife Dee Dee Myers would also relocate to Los Angeles after Myers took a job leading communications at Warner Brothers.
Byers send out an email to POLITICO and Capital New York staff at 2:55am EDT today, letting them know that moving day was upon him and encouraged them to reach out for drinks the next time they’re in LA.
See his email, after the jump. Bon voyage, Byers! Read more
Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked:
NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Mitt Romney, more guests TBA
ABC’s “This Week“: Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Col. Steve Ganyard, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), CNN’s Donna Brazile, Laura Ingraham, Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard, author Elizabeth Drew
Univision’s “Al Punto”: TBA
CNN’s “State of the Union“: Dana Bash and Gloria Borger co-host, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Fmr. Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD),
Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked:
CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Daniel Dellinger of the American Legion, Michael Bloomberg, Fmr. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Chris Christie, Jackie Calmes of NYT, Jerry Seib of WSJ, Katrina Vanden Huevel of The Nation, and CBS’s John Dickerson.
CNN’s “State of the Union“: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA), Newt Gingrich, Amy Walter from the Cook Political Report, Anita Dunn, more guests TBA…
According to an internal memo (via NYMag) from POLITICO Managing Editor Rachel Smolkin, two of the outlet’s top talent – senior writer Todd Purdum and media reporter Dylan Byers - are relocating to LA. Purdum’s wife, former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers, recently took a position with Warner Brothers leading its communications. Byers is said to be relocating with his fiancé.
Smolkin squashes any notion of an expansion to California, as it recently did in New York when its parent company Albritton Communications purchased Capital New York.
We’re not sure we believe you, Ms. Smolkin.
It appears Jonathan Topaz missed Dylan Byers‘ memo on the Hannity-Stewart (or Stewart-Hannity, depending on your school of though) feud this morning. A mere 13 minutes after Byers declared it over, Topaz claimed it had gone nuclear. We suppose both could be true -the feud could have ended because it went nuclear, a la some Cold War-style mutually-assured destruction. Does that mean the Fox News and Comedy Central studios are now deep in nuclear winter? Suppose we’ll find out tonight…
Monday was a big day for getting the heck out of Dodge. Here’s a run-down of all the journos who jumped ship yesterday:
David Ellis ditched Bloomberg for a VP gig over at CQ Roll Call. -by Patrick Tutwiler at FishbowlDC.
Sharyl Attkisson bid a not-so-fond farewell to CBS News. -by Dylan Byers at Politico.
Al-Monitor wooed Julian Pecquet away from The Hill. -by Patrick Tutwiler at FishbowlDC.
Earlier this month, Dylan Byers observed that the National Review Online newsroom was enduring a sudden exodus. Though their political reporting had been praised during the government shutdown in October of last year, by February of this year, many had left for better opportunities. Of the reporters who covered the shutdown, for example, the only one left was Betsy Woodruff.
Well now, even Betsy is saying farewell to the National Review. The Washington Examiner announced yesterday that Woodruff would be coming on board as a Political Writer, reporting on the Senate and House elections this fall. She will also help out on Capitol Hill, and write pieces on political and popular culture that will appear every week or so online and in the Examiner magazine.
National Review‘s Editor Rich Lowry told Byers that he would be hiring more staff soon. But we wonder if he’ll have any time for interviews. At this rate, before long he’ll be busy writing and editing every story on the website by himself.
“Sorry to be a wet-blanket, but Washington’s collective celebration of House of Cards seems like a dereliction of our journalistic duty to be critical. We’ve participated in marketing a show to the rest of the country – Washington can’t get enough of House of Cards! – without acknowledging that it’s jumped the shark.”
We take Dylan’s point that DC journos have been the unwitting (or perhaps witting) marketing accomplices for the show, but so what? It’s not real. Do journalists really have an obligation to be critical of fiction. And pulp fiction at that?
“The second season of Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’ was a pretty big let down.” he says. “The storylines were preposterous. The principle characters were flat and cliched. The efforts at narrative transgression, either violent or sexual, were pathetic and unconvincing.”
One could criticize “Scandal” (and definitely “Homeland”) for the same reasons. Except why would you? Call us low-brow, but while verisimilitude and believeability are certainly important aspects of a television show, they aren’t the only benchmarks worth measuring by. There’s also good writing, excitement, surprise, catharsis, emotional engagement, titillation, and provocation -all of which “House of Cards” has in spades (ha).
And we’d beg to differ that the characters are any more flat than C.J. Craig or Sam Seaborn or Jed Bartlett -all glorified archetypes of Washington do-gooders. The dialogue in “The West Wing” was patently unbelievable -as was the idea that anyone could possibly be so completely driven by altruism and patriotism and be without serious personality flaws. But those characters were still compelling. Their struggles and travails were still of interest to viewers. And the actors who portrayed them still gave masterful performances. And ultimately, “The West Wing” was entertaining -the only measure that really matters on television in the end. We saw what happens when you try to hew too closely to the truth in a fictitious show about politics and journalism. It’s called “The Newsroom,” and it’s cancelled.
And wethinks Mr. Byers doth protest too much.
“The backslapping enthusiasm that greeted Matt Bai, Julianna Goldman, Major Garrett and other guest-starring journalists on Twitter only reinforces the idea that the Beltway media is self-obsessed,” he says.
Perhaps it is not disgust he feels, but guilt. Politico has, perhaps more than any other single institution, made its name on sensationalizing the oft-boring world of Washington politics and encouraging self-indulgence among journalists (See: This Town). It strikes us as rather rich that he laments the salacious and ridiculous way a fictional Washington is portrayed by Netflix, while his own publication does the same thing in real life. One ought not throw stones in glass houses -even at houses made of cards.
Another night, another party. And of course, Hollywood on the Potomac was there. by Janet Donovan at Hollywood on the Potomac.
It seems things got rather Grimm after the SOTU last night. by Kevin Eck at TVNewser.