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Weekend Show Preview 1.10 – 1.12

SundayShows12Who’s on the weekend shows this week? Glad you asked:

–CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), John Harris from Politico, Rana Foroohar of  TIME, WSJ’s Gerald Seib, Michael Gerson of WaPo

-”Fox News Sunday”: John Roberts as guest host, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), George Will, WaPo‘s Bob Woodward, Karl Rove, Juan Williams

–NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Rick Santorum, Maria Shriver, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews

–ABC’s “This Week“: Martha Raddatz as guest host, Judy Smith, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), CNN’s Donna Brazile, Matthew Dowd and David Plouffe

–CNN’s “State of the Union“: Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sean Spicer, Karen Tumulty of WaPo

–CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: TBA

–Univision’s “Al Punto”: Frmr. Sec. of HUD Henry Cisneros, Eliseo Medina of SEIU, Juan José Gutiérrez, Sergio García, Carlota Sosa, Leonardo Padrón

–PBS’s “McLaughlin Group”: TBA

–PBS’s “Washington Week“: John Dickerson of SlatePeter Baker of NYTMaggie Haberman of Politico, and WaPo‘s Ed O’Keefe

–BTV’s “Political Capital: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

We’ll update ‘em as we get ‘em.  

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

Politico’s Harris Introduces Berke to Staff

imagesIn an internal memo, Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris introduces his new right hand man, Rick Berke, to staff.

Shall we call them Rarris or Herke? We’ll mull it over.

In the meantime, see the lengthy memo in which Harris says they internally discussed needing a “Rick Berke-type.” Hey, why not the real thing? “This is a big deal,” he writes.

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John Harris to Staff: ‘Politico Leaves Entire City in Awe’

imagesIn a memo late last night, Politico‘s Editor-in-Chief John Harris dropped a love bomb of compliments and extreme praise on the staff.

Among many superb graphs in the memo was this: “POLITICO’s congressional reporters and editors have left not just their colleagues but the entire city in awe…of their sourcing, of their expertise on the personalities and process playing out on Capitol Hill, of their keen judgment during the most intense and competitive deadline situations, and of their indefatigable commitment to stay on top of the story.  Very often it was as if we had hidden microphones in the private meetings as lawmakers plotted strategy and argued over options.”

Wow. That is intense.

See Harris’ full love note to staff… Read more

Politico Loses National Ad Director to NYT

Oh, the fight between Politico and the NYT just got a little bit nastier. Read more

Meet Mark Leibovich’s Monster

image004As the clock struck 5:16 p.m. Wednesday, the email blast arrived. Or rather, Kurt Bardella, one of the star monsters in NYT‘s Mark Leibovich‘s summer blockbuster, This Town, had risen from the ashes or the lava (Hollywood will figure out the proper visual). Meet Washington’s latest entrepreneur. Meet the town’s former Washington insider, the headline blared. Bardella is starting his own strategic communications firm, strategic being the key word, in that he gets to chose his own “adventure.”

Within mere moments, Politico‘s Jake Sherman, whose own emails may have leaked their way to Leibovich’s inbox for the book via Bardella’s untrustworthy fingertips, tweeted the news. And there Bardella was: out there in the aftermath of a book that would make him both famous for Washington and as infamous as one of the book’s other main characters, Tammy Haddad.

Back in April, I was in the grips of yet another White House Correspondents Dinner pre-party, not Tammy’s to which I’d been pointedly not invited. This one, an unusual warehouse party in Georgetown thrown by National Journal. I didn’t notice a whole lot of White House correspondents outside of ABC’s Ann Compton. One of the more interesting details about the party was that the toilets on the main floor were malfunctioning, so attendants stood outside the restrooms telling guests that they’d have to wait. Or better yet, they’d have to fight their way upstairs to the V.I.P. floor to use the commode. Upstairs, the smell of urine wafted into the hallway.

image002Back downstairs, I ran into Bardella who had flopped into an easy chair on the far side of the room. I’d known Kurt since his days in Rep. Brian Bilbray‘s (R-Calif.) office and had always enjoyed our interactions and found him helpful. By this point, it was well known that Bardella would figure into Leibovich’s book. So I asked him about it. Was he nervous, worried? Would he be embarrassed? While he wouldn’t comment at all on the record, he indicated that he might at a later point and went into a myriad of thoughts I can’t repeat because of our off the record agreement. But one thing I was instantly struck by was Bardella’s ultra-relaxed manner about the whole thing. He knew this was coming. Everybody knew this was coming. And his body language screamed that he didn’t have a care in the world about it.

Fast forward seven months, here we are at Bardella 2.0. Or is it 3.0.? The “2″ might’ve been when his former boss, House Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), temporarily fired him in February, 2011, and he went to work for The Daily Caller while simultaneously writing op-eds for Politico, the publication that got him fired in the first place for leaking those emails to Leibovich for his book. It was Editor-in-Chief John Harris who spoke with Issa and pushed him on whether his own reporters’ emails or phone calls had been improperly shared.

At the time, in a Sunday letter to Issa, Harris wrote, “The practice of sharing reporter e-mails with another journalist on a clandestine basis would be egregiously unprofessional under any circumstances,” Harris wrote. “As the editor-in-chief of POLITICO, my concern is heightened by information suggesting that POLITICO journalists may have had their reporting compromised by this activity.”

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Bad Blood Between Politico and BuzzFeed?

Is the galaxy really big enough for everyone?

As BuzzFeed‘s Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith monopolized the set of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today – Politico‘s favorite home away from home – BuzzFeed‘s publicist Ashley McCollum was firing off an inflamed tweet about Politico‘s Mike Allen.

When asked for comment on if there was any truth to Playbook ignoring BuzzFeed, Allen told FishbowlDC, “Earlier this summer, the top of Playbook linked to a BuzzFeed piece as ‘Juicy Read Du Jour.’ Also awarded BuzzFeed a “Headline of the Week,” and gave prominent coverage to McKay Coppins’s book deal. I’d be grateful to hear from Ashley any time: mallen@politico.com. Please don’t post it, but my cellphone is BLANK. I always try to be helpful and accessible.” (Ashley, if you’d like Mike’s cell for Playbook requests, prank calls or texting, we’re happy to share offline.)

A sour taste has been lingering between the two outlets for several months now. In March 0f this year, Politico started doing their own version of “BuzzFeed Brews,” calling it “Playbook Cocktails, causing some media observers to start throwing around accusations and get their feathers rumpled. And when BuzzFeed Brews first began, BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins described it as essentially the same thing as Politico‘s Playbook Breakfast, “minus the stale bagels, plus the beer.”

What makes this subtle griping particularly awkward… Read more

NYT’s Douthat Imagines the WaPo That Could’ve Been

How was WaPo “lost” to Jeff Bezos?

The NYT‘s Ross Douthat wrote in his column this weekend that it was because the paper missed its opportunity to seize the internet by the throat. What’s fascinating is Douthat knows exactly when this happened. The moment was “in 2006 when John Harris and Jim VendeHei left … to found Politico.”

He argues that Politico created the political-journalism juggernaut WaPo should’ve and could’ve been, a daily must-read that dominates “the D.C. conversation … that matches the metabolism of the Internet.” There can be only one, and according to Douthat, it’s Politico.

It still gets better. Despite the ass kissing you might think this is at first glance, Douthat doesn’t think so highly of Politico.

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Politico Says Uptick of Women in Top Roles Was Not a ‘Concerted Effort’

Earlier today we published a story highlighting the marked increase of women in leadership roles at Politico. The publication, clearly founded by two males, has been dogged since it began in 2006 over the heavy presence of males in top roles. Insiders have said repeatedly that the reports were overblown. But that didn’t stop WaPo‘s Erik Wemple from highlighting the startling numbers of women who have left over the years. Or TNR from recently questioning VandeHarris over the reputation of “overt sexism” at the news outlet.

As we reported earlier today, as some top male editors are leaving the publication, they’re being replaced by women. Before this, women had already assumed top roles. We asked if this, as well as a number of other females in high-ranking roles, is a concerted effort to beat the bad rap.

Editor-in-Chief John Harris told FishbowlDC, “To be clear, I don’t  believe in our many years as editors and reporters either Jim or I were ever ‘accused of being anti-women.’ It is true that due to the circumstances of our launch we were for a time kind of top-heavy with men in ways that did not reflect our vision for POLITICO. By no means are any recent moves a reflection of some sort of ‘concerted effort’ on gender grounds. Instead, they flow naturally from our determination to get the most talented and ambitious people in jobs where they can have the most impact on our newsroom, on our business, and for our readers.”
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Politico Hires New York Mag Contributing Editor and Puts Glenn Thrush in New Role

Politico is slowly but surely putting together its magazine team. Run by Susan Glasser and Blake Hounshell, both of whom recently arrived from Foreign Policy magazine, they’ve hired on Jason Zengerle from New York Magazine and GQ. Zengerle previously wrote for The New Republic.

In addition, Glenn Thrush, the White House reporter known for his feisty arguing on Twitter, is moving over to the magazine beat. If Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris gushed any more about him, his head even in his infamous fedora, might not fit through the door. He calls him “one of our most brilliant reporters and writers” and says the “move is a natural for Glenn, whose greatest strength may be his ability to understand the ways that human character animates Washington and its large political and policy debates. Glenn is as gifted as any writer I have known at bringing this to life in vivid ways, and we are extremely enthusiastic about his new assignment.”

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