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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.

 

Morning Chatter

The “It’s not about me” line may not work for Weiner

“Dumbest line at debate- [Anthony] Weiner: ‘this is not about me or anyone else on this stage’ Yes it is, that’s the point of this debate!” — WOR Radio’s Mark Simone.

Reporter just wants “Hermes” pronounced correctly

“Hello @BravoAndy Could you please teach the Housewives how to pronounce Hermes when they stop by the clubhouse? Merci a vous!” — Bloomberg‘s Stephanie Green.

Confessional.

“Anytime someone says well-heeled donors I imagine a room full of feet decorated in Prada and Bruno Magli” — Pittsburgh Tribune-Review political reporter Salena Zito.

More light abortion tweeting

“Let me answer your unasked question: Am I willing to infringe on your “autonomy” to save an unborn child? Yes. Yes I am. #AllDay #prolife” — RedState‘s Ben Howe.

How MMFA’s Maloy spends his day…

“The good news is that if de Blasio’s numbers drop we can all just transition to de Blah-sio. Or de Blasé. Or de BlasiOH NO YOU DIDN’T!” — the not that funny Simon Maloy of Media Matters, who spends his days thinking up genius tweets crap like this. Don’t “journalists” like him have a certain cable news channel to destroy?

Speaking of Media Matters oddities…

“Ok, for balance’s sake i will criticize a Newsbusters headline in the next 10 days. #MyPledgeToYou” — CNN’s Jake Tapper, shortly after calling a Media Matters headline “odd.” And the exact remark: “Oddly written Media Matters headline: ‘Fox Builds Claim Of Clinton Dishonesty On Omissions And Falsehoods’”

Huh?

“If you follow me then you’re probably already following @DylanByers but you can unfollow him for a sec and then follow him back right away.” — BuzzFeed’s Dorsey Shaw. Dylan Byers is a media writer for Politico.

Razzing your colleague 101

“What I would pay to figure out why @charliespiering just ran past with the worst running form of all time” — Washington Examiner‘s Justin Green.

Politico reporter shares pet peeve

“People: ‘ATM machine’ is redundant. Yes, it bugs me more than it should, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.” — Politico defense reporter Leigh Munsil.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:32 a.m.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“That pizza was really good.” — Senior Exec. Producer for Al Jazeera America, Andrea Stone. We love your enthusiasm for pizza, Andrea. But next time could you maybe let us in on the restaurant?

Fournier Gets Parenting Book Deal

National Journal’s Ron Fournier wrote about his experiences as the parent of a son with Aspberger’s last year in this piece, which had people coming out of the woodwork to tell him what a wonderful piece he had written. Fournier even tried getting the hashtag “#lovethatboy ” up and running on Twitter. When Fournier was trying to connect with his son, he did what all fathers do: Take them to visit two former Presidents of the United States!

That piece has now led to a book deal, according to Politico’s Mike Allen, who wrote in Monday morning’s Playbook that the book will be called. “A Father’s Journey to Understanding My Son And What is Fair to Expect of Our Kids.” Allen explains that the book “grows out of Ron’s National Journal cover story about his struggle to connect with his mildly autistic son. It will use this story of father-son bonding to explore what it means to accept our kids on their own terms, rather than trying to push them to fit societal norms and expectations.”

Sorry, did anyone bother reading Fournier’s piece? To me, it reads like a what NOT to do with your children.  Read more

Daily Caller Spins Its Web Traffic

The Daily Caller sent out a breathless press release Sunday night proclaiming that it had surpassed Politico in web traffic.

Well, it has — kind of and maybe just briefly.

Yes, for the last 30 days, The Daily Caller has edged out Politico by about 240,000 unique visitors. What they don’t mention is that the ranking changes at least day-to-day. For the month ending June 30, for example, Politico beat The Daily Caller by more than 400,000 unique visitors. Just a week earlier, July 7, Politico was ahead by almost 400,000 uniques and early this morning, the rankings showed The Daily Caller had already slipped a few spots on the list to 281 (Politico slipped a few as well, to 318). An update a few hours later showed a jump for The Daily Caller of about 13 spots. The point is, these rankings fluctuate — they’re relative based on how all the other sites Quantcast measured are doing.

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Mike Allen’s Birthday Reunion

The “Politico Playbook” from Mike Allen is usually filled with insider information that Washington has grown to love. Birthdays, “Facts of Life,” behind-the-scenes political strategy and various other words of wisdom find their way into our inbox each day.

However, on Saturday, Mikey might have been dealing with a slow news day. He gave us a few legit news stories on immigration, but then it took a sharp turn into Bro-ville. He eased us into a story about an “epic” birthday party that his fraternity brothers threw him. Mike describes it this way: “25 Sigma Phil Epsilon brothers and wives converged on Sequoia, on the Georgetown waterfront, from Dallas, Columbus, Indianapolis, Birmingham, Syracuse, N.Y.C., Philly, Princeton, the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Suffolk, Newport News, Richmond, Old Town, etc. The guys spanned five class years, and most hadn’t seen each other in 25 to 30 years.”

Allen, who can seem robotic at times, really cut loose and spilled some details on the bash, including old fraternity nicknames. Oh, this is going to be really good. Read more

TNR Asks About Politico’s Sexism, Gets VandeHei’s Media Savvy Wrath

Politico’s Editor-in-Chief John Harris and Executive Editor Jim VandeHei recently sat down with The New Republic’s senior editor Isaac Chotiner for a two-hour interview. They talked about Politico’s role as an insidery conversation driver, about market corrections in politics (as in the flame outs of Sarah Palin, Herman Cain) and who on Capitol Hill is savvy when it comes to the media (not many, says VandeHei).

It seemed like a pretty ho-hum if not overly positive interview, at least until Chotiner brought up the charge that some women find Politico a difficult place to work. Harris responds rather matter of factly and tosses in a little deflection. He tells TNR that in the beginning, Politico was a startup and it was a difficult place for everyone to work, not just women. If that sounds like a PR-crafted soundbite, it just might be because VandeHei says sort of the same thing, just not so tactfully and with an obvious air of being on the defense. “Wait a second,” he says to Chotiner. “I want to add to what John said. I find this critique both offensive and wrong.”

From there, things went downhill. What was that about who has media savvy and who doesn’t?

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Why Washington D.C. Gossip Sucks

D.C. gossip is so hurting that WaPo’s Reliable Source has just completely given up and moved on to the entertainment industry.  On Wednesday afternoon, they brought us an item on a Kanye West story that appeared two days ago in the NYT about how he doesn’t regret being himself.

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How Many People Really Read Wonkette?

Things are looking way up at Wonkette, this according to Wonkette. If you’re familiar with the site, then you probably already know where this story is going.

In a recent profile of Wonkette’s publisher Rebecca Schoenkopf, Politico’s Patrick Gavin wrote that Schoenkopf told him Wonkette has “done just great” over the last year, her first as owner and publisher. “‘Things are awesome,’ said Schoenkopf, who puts her traffic based on internal metrics at around a half-million unique visitors a month,” Gavin wrote.

But in reality, you might not think things are so awesome, considering that’s a 50 percent drop from what she was telling Dame Magazine just two months earlier. “‘Since Schoenkopf took over Wonkette in March 2012, all the important numbers are up – ‘traffic’s up 65% on last year, we’re getting a million unique visitors a month, and 3.7 million page views,’” Dame’s Sanjiv Bhattacharya wrote in April, quoting Schoenkopf.

We don’t have access to Wonkette’s internal metrics, but we do have access to publicly-available real ones. Wonkette uses Quantcast, a direct audience-measurement firm for websites that advertisers sometimes rely on when they want accurate and unbiased traffic stats instead of wildly inflated ones seemingly plucked from the air by wayward publishers. Read more

The Fight Over Off The Record (and Ron Fournier’s Blooming Twitter Addiction)

The Department of Justice must really feel like they screwed up, because Eric Holder is making the apology tour and meeting with various media outlets. It’s an effort to build bridges over the Obama administration hunting of leaks in the media, which many feel is overly aggressive. Naturally, there’s one little hangup: The DOJ wants the meeting off the record. While an off the record meeting with a high-ranking government official is hardly groundbreaking in Washington, the optics are pretty shitty. Here’s the Attorney General, who led a media witch hunt, who now wants to have an open dialogue with the media, who feels slighted and no one can know what was said.

National Journal’s Ron Fournier  penned a thoughtful piece on what “off the record” really means, and gives reasons why the media should ignore Holder’s request for silence. Fournier sums up the problem with this off the record nonsense by saying that ”it puts a reporter in the position of a priest: Keeping the government’s secrets.” Fournier reminds reporters that this story isn’t about them or their rights, but it’s about the next President, who might be worse than Presidents Bush and Obama combined.

Fournier was really proud of the piece. Oh, how do we know? Read more

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