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Mark Halperin Searches for Inner Journo Children

TIME Editor-at-Large Mark Halperin is nothing if not deep. Maybe it’s his relatively new fully grown facial hair that’s making him so introspective?

Halperin’s Inner Children

We like that he included a woman on here as well as a guy who tweets like a 13-year-old girl.

Andrea Mitchell: NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent

Jonathan Martin: political reporter, NYT

Mike Allen: Politico‘s Chief White House Correspondent

Sasha Issenberg, reporter, Monocle, Slate

The Battle of the Twitterati

New York Magazine’s Daily Intelligencer blog has a compelling series of charts out today on members of Congress and their preferred Twitter followers. Heavy hitters include The Hill, Politico, C-SPAN and Roll Call, which make both Democratic and Republican lists.

But this has to burn a little over at Politico: The Hill beats Politico by nearly two percentage points in the “Most Followed Overall” category. But they come back strong in the “Most Followed Journalists/Pundits” category as Politico‘s Mike Allen sails in at number 1 with a clear lead over the second most followed journalist, NBC Political Director Chuck Todd.

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Are Politico Playbook’s Birthdays Being Outsourced?

Hey, we know it’s August. Our minds, bodies are on autopilot. But what the hell–are the birthdays in Politico Playbook being compiled in Mumbai?

Last week, Politico’s Mike Allen had an “oopsy” when he wished  Norman Schwarzkopf, who is deceased, a happy birthday. Today, Allen had another “oopsy.” Amazingly, this was also in the birthdays section.

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Morning Oopsy: The Mike Allen Edition

Isn’t Playbook great? It’s the gift that keeps on giving. The daily newsletter from Politico’s Mike Allen consistently drops news nuggets on his readers, but he’s been known to have a gaffe or 2. In today’s “Birthdays,” Allen wishes a happy 79th birthday to General “Stormin’” Norman Schwarzkopf, who, according to him, ” is 79.”

Actually, Schwarzkopf is no longer with us. He died in December of 2012, so he is NOT 79 years young. So, save yourself the postage and recycle that birthday card you were planning on sending.

 

Douthat Clarifies That He Really, Really Doesn’t Care For Politico

Yesterday, we pointed out how NYT columnist Ross Douthat feels about Politico.

He was blunt in his distaste: “I say this as someone who doesn’t particularly like the Politico style or the role it plays in our gilded capital,” he wrote in his Sunday column the New York Times, all while noting he misses the WaPo that could’ve been, if only WaPo hadn’t stopped being a good newspaper.

Just in case you had doubt though, Douthat goes a step further today and tells us how he really feels about Politico.

“…the founders of Politico created a publication that can often feel as solipsistic,  trivial, and insufferable as the cloistered world it’s writing about…”

Solipsistic, trivial and insufferable.

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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.”

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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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Afternoon Chatter

Ultimate claim to fame?

“Have not seen it yet- but I have been told that I have a quote in today’s NY Post right next to a pic of Weiner’s umm weiner.” — QGA and former Senate flack Jim Manley.

Sign of the times

“Just emailed a WH aide a question about sequestration; got an auto reply saying he’s on furlough due to sequestration.” — TPM‘s Sahil Kapur.

Flack doesn’t suck at strength training after all

“I am now headed to the gym for strength training with my trainer. I barely feel like I could lift a pencil, let alone a weight. Didn’t suck as bad as I thought I was going to! (@ Vida Fitness w/ 4 others)” — Marta, a Capitol Hill communicator.

WTF With The Week’s Matt Lewis

“Let’s be honest: If it weren’t for sex, a lot of successful men would have little incentive to show up at work, invent something, run for office — you name it. (Please don’t be mad at me for saying this. I didn’t create this truth. But it’s true nonetheless.)” — an excerpt from a new column in The Week by writer Matt Lewis, who also writers for The Daily Caller. He says that a desire to be desired in perfectly natural. Riiiight. Weiner is a perfectly natural piece of meat found in most deli departments. We couldn’t agree more (eye roll). Read the column here.

Advice from E!’s Joan Rivers: “It’s time Anthony Weiner used the talents that he’s known for, and pull himself out of the race.”

For any of you “Bachelorette” fans out there…

This is is the blog for you. It’s called Think It and it’s written by @someguyinaustin, who happens to be a funny writer whose writeups we wait for each week as does TWT‘s Emily Miller, who cracks the whip and acts like his editor if he gets lazy and forgets to write. An excerpt: “We finally introduce the guys. What’s always surprising to me is how many of these guys I literally can’t remember even though they’ve been annoying me for weeks at a time. Brandon? He apparently stole Drew’s haircut (and hair gel) and Zak looked so orange I thought he might have jaundice. ”

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Uncle Mikey in Disney World

Politico‘s Playbook takes a particularly zen outlook today as Mike Allen takes us to Lake Buena Vista. “We’re feeding the mouse,” he jokes. Which is actually kind of funny since the building his home office in Rosslyn has a mice problem that they haven’t seemed to be able to get a handle on since last year. Anyhow, nephew Evan is doing wonderfully — Mike says he played his best game ever yesterday in some championship lacrosse tourney. “…Maybe it’s because we’ve spent the week in the cotton-candy capital of the world that we’re more appreciative than ever of meaty journalism that hits pause on the dizzying news merry-go-round: If you run the country or the world, what should you be reading?” He goes on to list a bunch of things that have nothing to do with Anthony Weiner, sexting, Huma or Sydney Elaine Leathers naked butt. In fact, “Today’s Tabloids” don’t come until much further down the page near the Birthday Section, which comes last but certainly not least in This Town.

Bipartisan Policy Center Solicits Birthday Wishes for Bob Dole (Yes, We’re Serious)

You’d think a mention in the number three slot of  the famed birthday section of Politico Mike Allen‘s Playbook would be a sufficient birthday wish for former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kansas). But no, today the Bipartisan Policy Center, which Dole co-founded, has gotten ambitious with its birthday desires, and wants political bystanders to send in their birthday wishes to the Center’s Facebook page, Twitter account or email address. (For prime sucking up, we’ll provide all that later.) What they really want is for you to tweet a picture of yourself drinking Dole’s favorite drink – a chocolate milkshake. Well? What are you waiting for?

They write in a release, “Join us in wishing Senator Bob Dole a Happy Birthday by enjoying his favorite dessert, the classic chocolate milkshake. All are invited to submit a photo with you and your flavor of choice to participate in the birthday festivities. Post to the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Facebook Page tweet @BPC_Bipartisan (hashtag #Dole90), email press@bipartisanpolicy.org. Select milkshake photos will be chosen and included in Bob Dole’s birthday card for his 90th Birthday.”

Could you even imagine landing on Dole’s 90th birthday card sipping a chocolate milkshake? (Quick memo to NYT‘s Mark Leibovich: You thinking about a sequel?)

ABC “GMA” co-host George Stephanopoulos, NBC’s Chuck Todd and FNC’s Bret Baier all wanted in on the Dole birthday action but didn’t sip milkshakes for the cause. Instead they tweeted at him.

 

Afternoon Reading List 07.22.13.

Washington goes nuts over Nate Silver’s switch to ESPN — After the news broke that NYT’s Nate Silver was leaving the NYT for ESPN and ABC News, TPM editor Josh Marshall wrote a short blog post Saturday about it for TPM’s editor’s blog, calling it a “massive blow for the Times.” Other than that, it was a pretty standard post about what he’ll be doing at his new workplace and what will happen to FiveThirtyEight, his blog that has essentially been leased to the Times since 2010. Apparently Marshall had more to say. On Sunday afternoon, he published another post that was mostly an excerpt from Sunday’s Playbook, pulled from Politico’s Mike Allen. Surrounding the lengthy excerpt were some of Marshall’s feelings on matter, including that he, “as a news consumer,” finds Silver’s new focus on weather, economics, and education more fascinating. He also confirms suspicions that Silver was getting bored of politics as an exclusive realm.

Why you should read it: Marshall provides some insight into Silver’s move, but honestly most of the information comes from the Playbook excerpt, which has a lot of information in it and is worth a read itself.

How realistic is “The Newsroom?” — Aaron Sorkin’s widely popular HBO show “The Newsroom”, set two years in the past, follows the fictional ACN News Night team as it covers events that grabbed real headlines, such as Occupy, Troy Davis’ execution and Anwar Al-Awlaki‘s death by drone strike. The Atlantic’s Ashley Fetters compares the depiction of events in the second episode of the second season to real news coverage of the events. Fetters notes the similarity of the quick rise of coverage of the Occupy Wall Street rally in Zuccotti Park and ACN’s coverage of Occupy on the show. Down to the day, Sorkin portrayed the coverage of the rally with accuracy. Fetters continues through more examples, including a scene where two control room operators watch decade-old footage of anchor Will McAvoy’s first shift as anchor on September 11, 2001, which lasted 16 hours. Fetter compares this with Peter Jennings’ roughly 17-hour shift that day.

Why you should read it: Let’s be honest, you probably anxiously awaited season two and watched the second episode as soon as it came it out. And for those of you who don’t regularly watch it (or more accurately, just don’t admit to it), this may convince you to start.

 

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