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The ‘Political Insiderdom’ of Politico’s Mike Allen – is it an Illusion?

image003.gif NYT’s Mark Leibovich’s magazine cover story on Politico’s Mike Allen is sure to cause a stir here in Washington.

An excerpt:
In Politico parlance, “influence” is less a verb than the root of a noun. Politico’s top editors describe “influentials” (or “compulsives”) as their target audience: elected officials, political operatives, journalists and other political-media functionaries. Since early 2007, Allen’s “data points,” as he calls the items in Playbook, have become the cheat sheet of record for a time-starved city in which the power-and-information hierarchy has been upended. It is also a daily totem for those who deride Washington as a clubby little town where Usual Suspects talk to the same Usual Suspects in a feedback loop of gamesmanship, trivia, conventional wisdom and personality cults.

Allen refers to his readership as “the Playbook community.” He appeared wounded one morning in March when I suggested to him that his esoteric chronicle may reinforce a conceit that Washington is a closed conclave. No, no, he protested. Playbook is open, intimate. No one even edits it before it goes out, he said, which adds to his “human connection” to “the community.” Political insiderdom = or the illusion thereof = has moved from Georgetown salons or cordoned-off security zones to a mass e-mail list administrated by a never-married 45-year-old grind known as Mikey.

Read the full story here.

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Matthews To Middle East, Lest We Forget His Words

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MSNBC “Hardball” Host Chris Matthews travels to the Middle East this week with V.P. Joe Biden. On Tuesday he’ll interview Biden in Jerusalem. The interviews air Tuesday and Wednesday at 5 p.m. EST.

But he might not be going without some trepidation.

Last year in NYT’s Mark Leibovich’s profile of the newsman, Matthews expressed fears that he could be ripe for kidnapping.

Leibovich wrote:”As we approached the airport gate, Matthews mentioned that he and his wife, Kathleen, have been contemplating a trip to Damascus. It’s something they have wanted to do for a long time. But he worries that he might make an inviting target for a kidnapper. “I can imagine getting some big-name media figure would be a big propaganda catch for them,” Matthews said. “You can imagine what the neocons would say if I were kidnapped. They’d be like, ‘See, Matthews, terrorism isnÂ’t so funny now, is it?’”

Despite the previously expressed worries, Matthews will anchor “Hardball” from Jerusalem on Monday and Tuesday and report from the region throughout the week. NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd will anchor Wednesday through Friday.

As Matthews travels with Biden, he’s likely to receive a level of security he wouldn’t get alone. This should minimize worries. More importantly: who will be more verbose – Matthews or Biden?

In the profile, Leibovich wrote: “There is a level of solipsism about Matthews that is oddly endearing in its self-conscious extreme, even by the standards of television vanity.”

We looked up “solipsism”. It’s the “philosophical position that nothing outside one’s own mind can or does exist.” It’s also a “postulated condition which may be faced by those living in space or another planet for extended periods of time.”

NYT: Hell, It’s Out There Already

Amazing what a little leaking can do…

After FishbowlDC brought you the excerpts from Mark Leibovich’s profile of Chris Matthews yesterday (causing quite a brouhaha, we must say…), the New York Times went ahead and posted the article online earlier than they normally do.

And what: Is Hardball EP John Reiss chopped liver? Homeboy can barely get a nose in in this picture:

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Leibovich Dishes On Matthews

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Told ya.

We’ve got an advanced copy of Mark Leibovich’s piece on Chris Matthews, entitled “Chris Matthews, Seriously. (O.K., Not That Seriously),” which will appear in this Sunday’s NYT magazine.

The juicy bits coming in a bit…