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Politico Hires New Editor, Perhaps New Publicist As Well

Late Sunday evening, Politico publicist media reporter Dylan Byers published an internal memo broke the news that Susan Glasser, editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy, will be joining Politico as its long-form journalism editor.

Glasser has also been tasked with adding “vitality and impact to Politico’s daily report by marshaling the best outside contributors to produce analysis, argument and first-person perspectives on the news of the day,” according to the memo, dutifully posted by Byers, who called the announcement from his employer “truly game-changing.”

NYT‘s Leslie Kaufman may have unconsciously taken a dig at Publicist Byers in her Monday report on the new hire. Kaufman wrote that Glasser is “perhaps best known for her years at [WaPo], where she was on the fast track for the top post before being removed as assistant managing editor of national news because of complaints about her management style.”

In April, Byers wrote a memorably negative piece on NYT Executive Editor Jill Abramson using anonymous NYT newsroom sources who were unhappy with Abramson’s management style. Will they turn the tables and do one on Glasser using anonymous Politico sourcing and declare that just a year in, Glasser, described as “polarizing” in the NYT piece is “on the verge of losing the support of the newsroom?” Hey, it’s an idea, especially since the end result of Byers’ hit piece, according to NYT insiders, was that it didn’t damage Abramson’s rep, but, in fact, favorably enhanced it.

Glasser has a strong tie to the NYT. She’s married to NYT political reporter Peter Baker.

See the full Politico memo…By the way, we heard about the prospect of Glasser going to work for Politico a few weeks back but were led to believe it was a ludicrous possibility. Read more

Politico‘s Smashing Party

A hush fell over the crowd at Politico‘s Sunday brunch at Robert and Elena Allbritton‘s home as a display of food came crashing to the ground outside under a tent. No one was standing near enough to be responsible, so it doesn’t look like they’ll be adding any guidelines about idiot party tricks at the boss’s house to the next iteration of their office handbook.

Party sources tell us the fallen food was a display of various Asian cuisine — dumplings, etc, that crashed to the floor. “Nobody laughed, it was more like a collective gasp because it was so loud and shattery-sounding in such genteel surroundings,” a party witness told us.

After the display fell, a small phalanx of capable young women with earpieces swarmed and had it taken care of immediately.

Brunch was saved!

Speaking of which, the food is always a highlight: sliders, different kinds of eggs benedict made to order, cones of tuna tartare, an assortment dumplings, lobster tails, crab legs — all kinds of seafood, and an open bar.

Guests spilled out onto the lawn.

According to our party sources, brunch at the Allbrittons was definitely more crowded this year.

All the big Politicos were there… Read more

Politico Twitter Story ‘Terrific’ and Obvious

A story by Politico‘s media reporter Dylan Byers has divided his readers almost right down the middle in terms of praise and dismissals.

“Former White House communicators enjoy communicating; use newfangled social medias,” Greg Greene, a Democratic operative, tweeted sarcastically with a link to Byers’ piece and a “stop the presses” hashtag. On the other hand, Rick Wilson, a Republican media strategist, called the story “terrific.”

The thing with Byers’ piece — a look at the Twitter activity of former Obama administration officials and aides — is that it doesn’t contain any news. It doesn’t even draw any conclusions. The selling point seems to be that the headline labels the gang of Democrats as “trash-talkers.” And that this trash talking takes place in public via Twitter.

The story notes former Obama adviser David Plouffe who “frequently attacks Karl Rove” on Twitter. Attacking Rove isn’t exactly new. Even Fox News has done that.

And who doesn’t air out criticism on Twitter? And in what way is partisan trash-talking new? It’s not. President Obama‘s team has always talked this way, even before they left the White House or the campaign trail. And they didn’t need Twitter to do it. It’s otherwise known as “campaign politics,” which takes place on TV, radio and at rallies. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney‘s surrogates did it as well (Republican New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu is unforgettable).

The story seems to observe this supposedly new phenomenon where the campaign never ends. Read more

In Defense of Himself: Daily Caller’s Neil Munro

On Thursday National Journal‘s George Condon took issue with our writeup of Bloomberg‘s Hans Nichols shouting out a question out of turn at the end of the White House presser with President Obama earlier in the week. We said Hans pulled a “Neil Munro,” as in the heckler who interrupted Obama in the Rose Garden in June, knowing full well he was asking a question out of the realm of Wednesday’s protocol. Condon, among others such as NYT‘s Peter Baker, argued Hans was well within his grounds to shout-out a question at the close of the presser. They asserted that it’s tradition for reporters to push and try to extend a press conference longer than the President and his aides may allow.

Fair enough. But Munro, who was largely shunned and criticized by colleagues after his incident, had another take on the matter… Read more

Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols Pulls a Neil Munro

President Obama went into today’s press conference with a list of reporters who were permitted to question him. AP. NBC. CNN. Fox News. Telemundo. If your name wasn’t on the list, forget it. You were SOL.

So Bloomberg‘s Hans Nichols opted for the next best thing: A Daily Caller Neil Munro-style shouted question out of turn. As Nichols posed his question, you could see reporters like FNC’s Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry and others snickering in the row ahead. Nichols clearly had no regrets:  “I asked POTUS if he is open to short term extension on the SPENDING side of fiscal cliff, Jan 1 deadline. #deathstare,” he wrote on Twitter. NYT’s Michael Shear seemed impressed: “In the ongoing battle for more access to the president, Hans Nichols is my new hero. Way to go.” And NYT‘s Peter Baker added, “Hear Hear.”

(Funny, this wasn’t the White House media reaction to Munro back in June.) In response to that, some online referred to Nichols as a “friendlier” Munro.

Death stare may be a little strong… Read more

Spotted: NYT Peter Baker in Nantucket

NYT reporter Peter Baker was spotted late last week on his laptop at The Westmoor Club in Nantucket. It’s an upscale members-only tennis and pool club known as the “premier private club of Nantucket.” Special attractions include yachting, a state-of-the-art spa and croquet. The website says the club has “handsome dining rooms.”

Lucky dog!

“Yes, up in Nantucket, blissfully free of heat, humidity and political campaigns,” Baker wrote FBDC when we asked him about it. “A great place to get away before the conventions and the final sprint to election day.”

Psst… another journalist in Nantucket over the weekend was HuffPost-AOL Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington, who announced over Twitter on Saturday that she was lunching there. Her table is pictured above.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day


Um, we’re not even going to try to figure this sultry scene out: Sassy stylist Paul Wharton writes, “With my sweet, naughty kitten @Lena_Chase. I could stare at her all day long.”

“You, my dear, should be a politician because that is the biggest load of $#!& I’ve ever heard.” — ABC Bachelorette Emily Maynard on “The Men Tell All” episode last night in which a contestant who called her daughter “baggage” attempts to apologize after taking to Twitter to say he’s not sorry.

Kiss Cam

“Not to be cynical, but press pool was in motorcade to leave then brought back for successful kiss-cam redo.” — NYT‘s Peter Baker.

Will Smith on Capitol Hill

“Actor Will Smith in Russell Rotunda this AM. Haven’t seen him erase any lawmakers’ memories…. yet.” — Peter Cook, Chief Washington Correspondent for Bloomberg Television.

Important Question to Ponder: “Is @DRUDGE_REPORT a satirical site, like a rw version of @TheOnion? Just asking. #amazingheadlines” — Author Amy Alexander, ex-wife to Politico‘s Joe Williams.

Convo Among Three Scribes

This morning’s conversation is among The Nation’s caustic Ben Adler, GQ’s Marin Cogan and Slate’s Matt Yglesias. Adler, your ambitions to be a Boybander have significantly diminished.

Adler: Someone invented it a black and white cookie that is all just the white half and made me very happy just now.

Cogan: That’s racist!

Yglesias: Racist.

A Journo and a Gentleman

“Reprimanded some buddies of mine who catcalled a random women on the street – they were not happy about it, but glad I did it.” — Inthesetimes.com labor journo Mike Elk.

Stupid pothole or stupid scribe?

“I crashed my bike on @DDOTDC‘s stupid pothole in January. Went to ER. Just getting bill now. $2,100. Jeez.” — DCist‘s Ben Freed. Read about his January accident here. We hear he hasn’t been quite the same since.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Uh oh.

“If you receive an Edible Arrangement & 4 mylar Happy Birthday balloons in DC today, your bike messenger just got in a fight w my cabdriver.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

More ragging on Washington

“There is too much wrong with Washington to say ‘So and so represents everything that’s wrong with Washington.’ But it’s Lanny Davis.” — Former Obama speechwriter and The Atlantic‘s Jon Lovett. Davis is former special counsel to President Clinton. He’s a lawyer and TV commentator.

Bumpy ride followed by brisket

“AF1 was wheels up in Denver at 5:09 p.m. local time (7:09 p.m. DC time). The first 15 minutes or so were unusually bumpy, throwing folks around before settling down in time for the beef brisket on Texas toast.” — NYT‘s Peter Baker in a late-night White House Pool Report.

Headline that should make you squirm: “Woman charged with putting menstrual blood in boss’s coffee.” If you must read the story see here. The lede is wonderfully appropriate: “This is not the best part of waking up.” In a strange twist, the story reports that in certain cultures this is a ritual that promotes sexual connection. Yikes.

TV reporter gets cheeks question

“Working in TV gets you questions. stranger asked if I had cheek implants. said no moved on. now wonder… which cheeks we talking about?” — ABC7′s always dramatic reporter Stephen Tschida.

Alec Baldwin wonders about Breitbart’s death

“I asked what killed Breitbart. And all your RW zombies say I ‘mock his death.’ I’m glad these people are a fringe few. Sad.” — Alec Baldwin. To one detractor he replied, “Will, you fool. No one is mocking anyone’s death. What killed Breitbart is the question.”

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Party Tonight for a Bunch of Washington Bigwigs, Some Bigger than Others

Tonight the Bipartisan Policy Center hosts a cocktail reception for their new class of senior fellows at the center on Eye Street. The BPC was recently hailed by NJ as “one of Washington’s most attractive destinations for former lawmakers, Cabinet officials and others.” Now we know why…honored tonight will be Sens. Bob Bennett, Byron Dorgan, Bill Frist and Trent Lott, in addition to General Jim Jones (ret.). Remarks are expected from BPC-co-founder and former Sen. Tom Daschle.

Also on the RSVP list are media bigwigs (some bigger than others and some not so big at all, you decide): John Roberts, FOX, Ed Henry, FNC, Peter Baker, NYT, David Jackson, USA Today, Ron Brownstein, NJ, Aaron Lobel, American Abroad Media, Charlie Cook, NJ, Emily Pierce, Roll Call and former CNNer Kathleen Koch.  The BPC recently attracted former MPAA head Dan Glickman, now a BPC Fellow and head of a nutrition & physical activity initiative and former first lady Michelle Obama‘s, Robin Schepper, former executive director of Let’s Move! to join the nutrition project.

D.C. Reporters Feel No Post-Election Snooze

U.S. News & World Report‘s Washington Whispers columnist Paul Bedard brings us a report today on D.C. reporters and how they’re feeling post Midterms. Have things finally slowed down or are they inevitably speeding up? He asks such journalists as C-SPAN’s Steve Scully, CNN’s John King, NJ‘s Major Garrett and NYT‘s Peter Baker.

Consider this a warning as opposed to a self-pimp alert. Bedard’s piece includes a response from yours truly. He advises that this item would only get over the top if I superimposed my face onto the Palins. I won’t.

Read the story here.

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