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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.

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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

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Quotes of the Day

Words to Live By: Ever Heard of Google?

“I don’t know about you guys, but every time b4 I report an ‘exclusive’ I’m all up in Google News making sure that it actually is one.” — Capital NY’s Joe Pompeo.

Scribe unnerved by first gray hair

“Fear I have just discovered my first gray hair. Not cool.” — WaPo‘s Aaron Blake.

Text sent to us Wednesday: “Now that I know who Ezra Klein is, I see him all the time and he is soooo annoying.” Oh, Ezzy, don’t even listen. Person is just jealous! (Not really, but isn’t that what everyone says when someone’s TV personality gets knocked?)

Healthcare vote lacks drama

“The drama seems to be lacking in this health care repeal vote. Maybe they should have held off until Christmas Eve to build tension.” — NYT Deputy Washington Bureau Chief Carl Hulse.

Journo is anti-Slurpee

“Stopped by 7-11 on way @FLOC_DC. Kids being encouraged by parents to fill up slurpees over&over again (free slurpee day). Humanity, doomed.” — Catherine Andrews, Director of Digital Content at Home Front Communications and former editor of Washingtonian.com.

Dirty newsroom banter

“O/H in the newsroom, coworker asking about poker strategy: ‘what does it mean when old men nut on me?’ ‘that’s not poker.’” — Roll Call HOH writer Neda Semnani.

The Observer

“Ah Cavuto explains the weird sound in background was from a ‘generator.’ what is it with Cavuto and interviews with background noise?” — ABC News reporter Matt Negrin on FNC’s Neil Cavuto.

Left & Right Media Wars

“Oh, and if you’re wondering how this story would be covered if Jackson were a Republican? You already know how this story would be covered if Jackson were a Republican.” — The Daily Caller‘s Jim Treacher in a post about Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.‘s (D-Ill.) whereabouts. Interestingly enough, this appears to make little sense. When you search “Where in the World is Jesse Jackson Jr.”, some 19,000 hits come up. It appears all sides are covering the congressman. Relentlessly.

Fish Poll Results: Last week we asked you to choose how best to get through a hot summer slow news day. Coming in at 26.66 percent: Michelle Fields‘ TV cleavage. “Watch the heat index shoot up as Daily Caller reporter Michelle Fields’ cleavage plunges down.” Two answers received second-place status at 23.4 percent. 1. “Tally the number of times FNC’s Bret Baier tweets about his son’s summer activities.” 2. “Create a shade chart to measure how sunburned MSNBC’s Chris Matthews‘ face gets.”

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Meghan McCain is “Strictly Dickly” - It’s a bit deceiving to say that Meghan McCain posed for Playboy magazine. But, she did sit down for an interview and had some pictures taken fully clothed. Compared to some pictures that McCain has put out on Twitter, it’s quite tame. But, it’s not her gigantic rack that’s getting all the attention quite as much as her take on sexuality. In the 20 Questions portion of the magazine, McCain has this to say about bumping uglies.

“I’m not a lesbian, if that’s what you’re asking. I’d be the first person to tell the world I was gay. I’m not private about anything. I think you should live how you should live. But I’m strictly dickly. I can’t help it. I love sex and I love men.”

So, Meghan professes her love of making the beast with two backs, so long as she’s inserting Tab A into Slot B.

Buzzfeed versus Daily Caller Round 3,249Buzzfeed continues to ride the wave of controversy that it helped create by peeking in at media reaction to the catfight revolving around a Daily Caller reporter and the DNC. Buzzfeed makes the point that the “media landscape” these days is so vastly different than before, that lines are becoming blurred. They write,

There are now news outlets like ThinkProgress and the Free Beacon that are explicitly part of partisan organizations. Others, like the Caller and TPM, are independent but aligned with one of Washington’s two sides. Do press aides have the same responsibilities to reporters from partisan organizations as to those from outfits, from BuzzFeed to the Post, whose stance is more traditional, and neutral?

It’s an interesting read and sure to make reporters ask questions of not only how they work their sources, but how their sources may work them.

Anderson Gets the Middle Finger from Singer – Recording artist M.I.A. made headlines earlier this year when she gave the middle finger to a camera during her performance with Madonna. Capital New York’s Joe Pompeo reports that she called out CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Twitter. Here’s the offending tweet and Cooper’s confused comeback.

 

This all stems from a story published on a blog associated with Cooper’s show back in 2009 that profiled the singer’s father. He was a political activist with the Tamil Tigers. Cooper went on to say that he only knows her as the “lady who sung at the Super Bowl.” One thing we all know about her is that man can she hold a grudge.