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Morning Joe Razzes Politico’s VandeHei

Unknown-2images-2It’s a real cozy relationship between MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and Politico. This morning, the show’s co-hosts Mika Brzezinksi and Joe Scarborough continued to needle Politico President and CEO Jim VandeHei about his new title.

“I can feel the power sitting one seat away from him and I’m melting,” cooed Brzezinski.

Meanwhile, Scarborough promo-ed the segment saying they didn’t want to go to VandeHei but “Mike Allen wasn’t available.”

Ouch!

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The Mysteriously Misspelled Word: ‘Eidtor’

Unknown-6It’s one thing to ignore a gnat buzzing around in your ear. It might even be reasonable to smack yourself in the head to rid yourself of such an irritation. But when our resident phone enthusiast, reporter Evan Gahr, took to Twitter on Friday to inform Politico‘s media duo Dylan Byers and Hadas Gold that there was a typo in the word “editor” on the blog, his peskiness was met with silence.

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This is how the error looked well after Gahr’s bender about it.

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Not one to be ignored…Gahr proceeded down another avenue. Read more

Politico’s VandeHei Memo: ‘Celebrate failure, Don’t Overlook Boneheaded Moves’

images-1I’m starting to get a real kick out of these Politico internal memos.

For three years I’ve been reading these things. The first 25 were revelatory. The next 25 made me cry. And recently Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris told staff that the entire city of Washington, D.C. was in awe of them on account of their exemplary government shutdown coverage.

This morning’s 8:32 a.m. memo is from President and CEO Jim VandeHei.

Subject line: “The POLITICO Culture” (And yeah, it’s good.)

The mission statement (or whatever one calls this) is complete with bold promises to staff, encouragement for managers to praise reporters quickly and only when deserved and take them on “retreat” if necessary. One thing is abundantly clear: VandeHei detests drama. We’ll bold the important (and comical) lines to make digestion easier. Read more

Big Get: NYT’s Berke To Politico

berke100This just in…

NYT‘s Rick Berke joins Politico as Executive Editor, which was Jim VandeHei‘s old position before he got the fancier title of President and CEO.

See the sentimental memo NYT‘s Jill Abramson via Politico‘s Dylan Byers here.

Politico’s VandeHei Razzed For Big New Title

chocolate-and-blue-swirl-vase_8-beautiful-vases-for-your-homeEven though Jim VandeHei, the new President and CEO of Politico, isn’t on the journalism wing of things anymore, it didn’t stop him from appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today and discussing politics and the shutdown.

This was his first encounter with the Mika Brzezinksi, Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist since the Sunday evening announcement of his new title. His former position at Politico was Executive Editor.

After Geist made the big announcement, Mika cooed, “So powerful, fancy.” Geist asked, “Do you have, like, expensive rugs in your office now and vases?”

VandeHei took the heat in stride, saying, “My office, it reeks of rich mahogany, yes. I’m going to start speaking in a deep voice [he said, faux deepening his voice]. Clean up my language a little bit.”

Politico’s New Prez and CEO: Jim VandeHei

images-5When you read through the lengthy internal memos and formal press release on Jim VandeHei‘s ascendance to President and CEO of Politico and Capital New York, you quickly see they’ve got something for everyone: romance (he and Publisher Robert Allbritton are “of one mind” with each other; gumption (he is part of the best journalistic “dream team” in America, says Allbritton) and a menacing quality with a religious twist (VandeHei writes, “The days of untouchable incumbents in media are over – this is the era of abrupt change. We have no choice but to keep delivering the goods, better, faster and more efficiently. Or someone will do unto us what we have done unto others.”)

So no more double bylines with Mike Allen (a.k.a. Mikey)? Say it isn’t so.

But it is. VandeHei’s going corporate and will work alongside COO Kim Kingsley and Chief Revenue Officer Roy Schwartz to run the business side of both publications. He’s replacing Fred Ryan, who stepped down last month. Not to worry, there are the expected effusive thank you’s to Ryan as well as the nod from Ryan that VandeHei is absolutely the right man, the only man for the job.

See the memos. Politico‘s Hadas Gold released the announcement last night on the publication’s media blog. The news is still leading the blog today.

You’ve gotta hand it to Politico in that their memos are hilarious in their bravado and  unrivaled prowess to douse one another in praise. They never hesitate to express an explosive self-confidence and desire to take over the media world on this planet and every other. We’ve cataloged our Top 10 Favorite Lines after the jump… Read more

NYT Smacks Politico: Jill’s Revenge?

It’s tricky to write a story about a new competitor and not come off as a tad defensive and afraid.

The NYT, which has “obsessively” covered every “twitch and shiver” of Politico‘s existence, has a piece out by Leslie Kaufman that appears to be some sort of preemptive strike against the new Robert Allbritton publication – CapitalNY – that claims to be taking aim at the powerful and complex New York media machine that includes the NYT.

To be sure, the story, which published Sunday, adopts a snide tone against Politico. Kaufman describes Allbritton Communications as “the cash-rich media company that owns Politico, which obsessively covers every twitch and shiver of Washington.”

Every inch of the story oozes with the notion that Allbritton – like the failure spinoff pub TBD – may have bitten off more than he can chew. “Is this Jill’s revenge?” asks a Washington media insider on condition of anonymity and referring to NYT Executive Editor Jill Abramson. “She was clearly outraged at that Politico piece on her controversial management style. What better way to hit back than to order up a condescending piece about their new pet project. What’s weird is the purpose seems so transparent.” That story, published in April, can be found here.

The downside of the piece: the NYT‘s smacks the newly owned operation down before they’ve even had a chance to find their sea legs. The upside: People like an underdog, they may want a scrappy pub like CapitalNY to show up the NYT.

On an amusing note, they spelled Politico Dylan Byers‘ surname like this: “Byars.” The mistake was corrected by 8:45 a.m.

And something else: The writer explains that Byers jumped in to help CapitalNY “post news” but never explains that he and CapitalNY writer Joe Pompeo beat the NYT on the story of Rick Stengel leaving TIME for the State Department. This story, like the one they published last week, fails to credit Politico/CapitalNY for that story, although sources tell us that the NYT astonishingly explained to them why they wouldn’t be crediting them. Byers and Pompeo contacted NYT Media Desk Editor Bruce Headlam on the matter. Bruce replied to Pompeo’s emails and took Byers’ call.

See our catalog of insults after the jump… Read more

All in the Family: ‘A Politico CapitalNY Joint’

On Thursday afternoon Politico and CapitalNY, both Allbritton-owned publications, officially consummated their relationship by blending the reporting talents of Dylan Byers and Joe Pompeo to break the news that TIME‘s Managing Editor Rick Stengel was leaving the magazine to work for the State Department. They called it “A Politico-CapitalNY joint.” At least in Politico, anyway (as pictured at right). Technically the duo reports to different editors. But their big boss is one and the same: Jim VandeHei, who is both Executive Editor of Politico and President of CapitalNY.

“It was an expected bonus of the deal – Dylan and Joe were able to help each other nail down a tip and pop it at same time,” VandeHei told FishbowlDC. “We have no plans for this to be routine but neither organization would ever pass up the chance ‎to break news.”

The consummation had a bumpy start. Perhaps jitters. Wedding night and all.

For starters, the New York Times wrote the story without crediting Politico or CapitalNY. They may be the Goliath of newspapers, but they’re expected to be honest about story credit like the rest of the press corps and not swipe stories just because they may be able to get away with it. The lede on a story by Christine Haughney reads: “Richard Stengel, the managing editor of Time magazine, is leaving to become under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs at the State Department, according to people with knowledge of the appointment.”

Oh really, people with knowledge?

Then, there were byline issues. While CapitalNY immediately gave Byers and Pompeo a double byline at 4:12 p.m., even generously giving Byers a picture by the story, Pompeo was left off Politico‘s identical story published at 4:20 p.m., setting off a brief Twitter firestorm.

Did Pompeo get stiffed? Read more

Do Jim VandeHei and Brian Stelter Have Mental Telepathy?

How cringeworthy.

In NYT‘s Brian Stelter‘s story on Politico owner Robert Allbritton acquiring Capital NY today, he interviews the venture’s new President Jim VandeHei.

We’re not sure which is worse. Stelter asking VandeHei a truly softball question and acting like it’s anything more than that, or VandeHei reading his mindRead more

Allbritton Buys Capital NY, VandeHei Named President

Watch out New York. Politico owner Robert Allbritton just took a bite out of the journalism industry there by purchasing Capital New York, an online news site created by  Josh Benson and Tom McGeveran.

Politico‘s Executive Editor Jim VandeHei has been named President of the new venture. He will remain in his role at Politico in Washington and still spend the majority of his time there. Benson and McGeveran will remain as co-editors. Katherine Lehr will be VandeHei’s number 2 and will be moving to Manhattan. In the next month they will hire on two dozen new reporters, with more to follow. Cally Stolbach, central on Politico‘s business team, will split her time between Washington and New York as Capital‘s new Director of Business Development.

Things could turn into a bloodsport. Word on the street is that they’ll be poaching the “best and brightest” from New York publications. Inside sources explain to FishbowlDC that it’s clear they see weakness in the New York Times as they saw in WaPo in 2007. They think they can go into their core areas – city and state politics, media – and beat them at their own game by instituting a new one. “It’s game-on with the Post and Bezos,” said one source. “We all have different approaches and audiences, but the fight for dominance was just taken to a whole new level.”

See Allbritton’s lengthy memo. It was dispatched to staff last night just after midnight. Read more

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