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Posts Tagged ‘Mackenzie Weinger’

Politico’s Media Blog Reaches for Gold

Politico‘s Dylan Byers is beside himself with joy this morning.

“Some big blog news coming down the pipeline in minutes,” he wrote us this morning at 7:59 a.m.

Holy s#!&! What could it possibly be? Is he having dinner with Nate Silver? Have VandeHarris commissioned him to dress up in a chicken costume? Read more

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Politico Stuffs Foot in Mouth

While criticizing Cox Media Group’s new conservative media outlet Rare for click bait over the weekend, including the occasional kitten post, look what Politico has directly under the story about Rare. Gee, would that be click-bait pics of Victoria’s Secret underwear models, bare-chested beefcake and — yes — a story about a musical cat?

“Rare’s Twitter feed shows a news outlet focused on aggregation — and not every link makes sense in the context of a social media and content hub with a conservative bent,” writes media writer Mackenzie Weinger in paragraph 5. “Sometimes, it just looks like click bait. Take last Friday afternoon’s tweets, for example: In between links to items about President Barack Obama’s approval rating and the White House’s take on his Africa trip, Rare also directed readers to a story with the headline, “Miami woman, young mother dies after botched butt injections.”

Way to go Politico! We like your sense of irony.

See the picture proof after the jump…we reached out to the Politico writer for comment.  Read more

FNC’s Bill O. Ignores PR Dept., Reaches Out to Politico

Cover your eyes. This is just getting embarrassing.

For the second time in one day, Fox News talent has either praised Politico or saw fit to break news on the site. This comes in spite of the fact that Sox News PR gurus declared Politico reporters unfit for their airwaves in a story in The Daily Caller this morning.

Defying apparent orders from FNC PR, Bill O’Reilly broke news in Politico this afternoon by reaching out to the publication to defend his book, Killing Lincoln. His purpose was to attack Ford’s Theatre bookstore for not selling his book because of alleged historical inaccuracies. He told reporter Mackenzie Weinger that this is “a concerted effort by people who don’t like me to diminish the book.”

O’Reilly gave the reporter a full preview of what he will say on “The O’Reilly Factor” tonight. Adding further insult to FNC PR injury, Politico even obtained a script of tonight’s program. It reads in part: “By the way, there are now more than one million copies of ‘Killing Lincoln’ in print, and the book continues to sell briskly. We well understand our enemies are full of rage at our success. We also know the media lies at will these days with little accountability. ‘Killing Lincoln’ is an honest book that you will enjoy and that every American student should read. And all the gutter sniping in the world will not change that.”

Congratulations Fox News PR. Only the crappiest of Washington reporters get such gifts.

Read the full story here.

Politico’s Epstein Joins White House Beat

Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein gets to – gasp! – set her alarm clock slightly later since she’s joining the White House team. We hope this means she gets to sleep in until 5 a.m.  Replacing her on the Breaking News desk is Mackenzie Weinger, a Politico summer intern who also completed internships at NJ and Roll Call.

Congratulations to all.

See the internal memo from Managing Editor Bill Nichols.

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