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Is Politico Ripping Off Buzzfeed?

On Tuesday night, Buzzfeed held its second installment of “Buzzfeed Brews” in Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief John Stanton sat down with Sen. Kirsten Gilibrand (D-NY) and crushed some whiskey and beers to talk politics. Last month, Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith talked to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in a similar format. It’s been a popular event with more being planned, but Politico is making moves to shark some of the attention away from the events. On Wednesday, Politico announced “Playbook Cocktails” with Mike Allen and Bill Gates.

While it doesn’t have the same ring as “Buzzfeed Brews,” it certainly seems like a familiar concept.  Read more

Politico Reporter Re-Elected to Executive Committee

Politico’s Manu Raju has been re-elected to serve on the Executive Committee of Periodical Correspondents. The committee is “one of four Congressional/Press Media Galleries that issue press credentials to bona fide correspondents.” Kim Kingsley, Executive Vice President and General Manager for Politico, emailed the staff on Wednesday, saying, “Gang, I’m delighted to announce that Manu Raju has been reelected to the Executive Committee of Periodical Correspondents. Manu has been representing reporters’ interests on Capitol Hill as a committee member for more than a year. He continues to prove why he is such an outstanding POLITICO — and we are very proud of his efforts. Please join me in congratulating Manu.”

 

Politico Lois Romano’s Sparse Bylines

It’s coming up on Lois Romano‘s one-year anniversary as a senior political writer at Politico. Curiously, she has a grand total of 45 bylines since her move there last February from The Daily Beast.

Anyone familiar with the culture of Politico‘s newsroom knows that their writers are expected on an average day to file multiple stories, both long and short form. A search on Politico‘s website for Romano’s byline renders just over two pages of results. By comparison, a search for reporter Ben White‘s byline offers up more than 12 pages over the same time period (February 2012 to the present). In that time, White published 241 stories.

Romano’s and White’s colleague Jake Sherman published a staggering 386 items. Glenn Thrush, another Politico reporter, filed 156. Thrush also churned out three e-books he co-bylined in that time.

Lois is a well-known and respected reporter in Washington, having spent 28 years at WaPo. After that, but before joining Politico, she spent just under a year at The Daily Beast.

Why such a low number of bylines at a publication notorious for burning out reporters with its high productivity demands? We’ve requested comment from both Romano and Politico‘s Ombudsman and Editor-at-Large Bill Nichols. We also wrote Editor-in-Chief John Harris to inquire whether Romano has perhaps been on leave, whether for medical reasons or otherwise.

On average, Lois published four stories each month, peaking at nine stories in August last year.

Update: Harris got back to us… Read more

Politico Behind On Bloomberg Scoop

The first item in Politico‘s Playbook by Mike Allen today concerns Deputy Nat. Security Adviser Denis McDonough potentially being named White House Chief of Staff. “Exclusive” doesn’t appear next to the bit, but there’s also no credit for Bloomberg News’s Hans Nichols who broke the story last week that McDonough was likely to land the job.

McDonough “is expected to be named White House chief of staff soon,” Allen’s item says. It also comes just one day after Nichols wrote a followup piece that said President Obama “has signaled to his senior advisers that Denis McDonough … is his leading candidate to succeed Jack Lew as White House chief of staff.”

We’ve reached out to Allen for comment.

A FishbowlDC reader was more than incensed about the Bloomberg reporter not getting proper credit… Read more

What’s Politico’s JMart Tweeting?

It’s been a while since we’ve checked in with Politico’s Jonathan Martin. We’ve been known to chronicle the egregious grammatical errors that sometimes litter his Twitter feed, but he has cleaned up his act in recent weeks. The fascinating thing about JMart is that he’s a good writer and a strong reporter. Maybe Twitter just isn’t his thing. Half-thoughts, confusing abbreviations and caveman-speak just make him look silly or illiterate, so we’re glad to see his improvements.

Maybe he’s seen the light and got hooked on phonics? Has he reformed? Well, not entirely. Read more

Ex-Politico Scribe Dishes In ‘The List’

If there were any doubt as to whether the stuff reported about the culture in Politico‘s newsroom were true, look no further than Karin Tanabe‘s to-be-released novel, The List.

The plot centers on a 20-something reporter who leaves a “cushy” New York magazine job for D.C.’s “hottest (and most cut-throat) political rag.” It’s well known that the fictional “political rag” is inspired by Politico, where Tanabe used to work as a “Click” gossip reporter.

FishbowlDC received an advance copy of The List, which publishes next month. Even in the first two chapters, we found relatively unflattering stories about Politico‘s newsroom. Nothing we haven’t read before, but negative, nonetheless.

Take the protagonist, Adrienne Brown, who on her first day as a style reporter at the Capitolist (a.k.a. Politico fictionalized) is treated to “awkward cake.” Last summer HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone reported about this real-life thing inside Politico, indeed referred to by staffers as “awkward cake.” In other words, the dessert presented to the newsroom to bid farewell to a staffer. (By the way, this happens in a number newsrooms around town, on birthdays as well as farewell gatherings. It’s always awkward cake.)

Another character in the book, David Bush, is clearly Mike Allen. He’s described as “a man with a safari hat stuck to his sweaty head” and “round tortoiseshell glasses.” He only removes the hat for TV appearances, which sounds more like White House scribe Glenn Thrush, until Bush is further described as “quirky” and “a genius.” His job: To write the Morning List (“It’s like the Bible, but with bullet points.”) Of course, the NYT profile of Politico in 2010 referred to Allen as “the man the White House wakes up to” and described him as “obsessively private” and “a legendary hoarder and pack rat.”

On and on it goes, making Politico sound like a wretched place to work. But there are stark differences between Tanabe, the real woman who worked for Politico, and her book’s main character, Adrienne Brown. Tanabe, who is brunette, not blonde as shown above, never previously worked for a New York magazine; rather, she was managing editor for Washington Life. She also wrote an edgy blog called NakedThanks.com, in which she sarcastically thanked people or places, such as the back seat of her boyfriend’s car.

The graph that best sums up Politico, the fake publication… Read more

Erick Erickson Confesses: I Am ‘The Media’

Politico‘s Glenn Thursh and Dylan Byers tag teamed RedState‘s Erick Erickson this morning over the attention NBC anchor David Gregory and the Sandy Hook elementary shootings are receiving.

To catch you up to speed, while anchoring Sunday’s “Meet the Press” Gregory held up a gun magazine, thus possibly breaking a D.C. gun law. Gun rights advocates pounced, calling for the prosecution of Gregory. It’s a story that’s been picked up mostly by media reporters and talked about on Twitter, but no thorough investigations outside of the conservative blogosphere have taken shape.

“Of course the media is dismissive of the David Gregory story,” Erickson tweeted today. “He broke the law to demand more laws.”

Thrush, who spent a larger portion of yesterday evening arguing with Twitter followers over the same subject, responded, “That’s because it’s a fake, joke story meant to divert attention from a serious [gun control] debate.”

“You mean like we need more laws like the one Gregory broke to prove we needed more laws? Yep, that’s funny.” Erickson said. Thrush reiterated his point that the Gregory story pales in comparison to the Sandy Hook shooting. Erickson, who wants you to know is not like the rest of the news world, returned to his theme that “the media” are covering up the Gregory story.

Thrush pointed out that Erickson is indeed part of “the media;” Erickson said he “resents the implication.”

That’s when Byers jumped in… Read more

Jonathan Challenges Jonathan On ‘A–hole’ Scoop

An “asshole” has found itself right in the thick of media things today. And no, this has nothing to do with George Will‘s prostate exams.

Yesterday evening CQ Roll Call‘s Jonathan Strong and Daniel Newhauser double bylined a story headlined “‘Obstinate’ Factor Continues to Roil GOP.” The article looks at the decision of Republican leadership in the House to recently strip four GOP congressmen from coveted committee assignments. It contains the following (emphasis ours):

“‘What I tried to explain to them was, it didn’t have anything to do with your voting record, a scorecard, your work across the street or anything else. It had to do with your ability to work within the system and to try to work. And to be, I guess, constructive in things. And I said, “I guess you could say it was an asshole factor,”‘ Westmoreland said. ‘Now I wasn’t calling any member in particular an asshole, I was just trying to describe an environment where some people that you’re trying to work with, they just don’t want to work within the system.’

“Westmoreland later expressed regret for using that language, saying, ‘Maybe I should have used ‘obstinate factor.’”

Today, 15 hours later, Politico‘s Jonathan Allen published a very similar story with very similar language… Read more

Politico Scribe’s Writing Chops Under Assault Again

David Rogers, a seasoned reporter who covers Congress at Politico, can’t catch a break from the right or left, it seems.

In late October, The Daily Caller’s Christopher Bedford wrote a piece attacking a story by Rogers, calling it “garbage.” Today, Jamison Foser‘s (formerly with Media Matters) turn to take a swing.

“Awful Politico paragraph is awful,” Foser tweeted. Accompanying the tweet was a screen shot of a graf from a story by Rogers published last night. The story is headlined “Getting past grudges to fiscal cliff deal.”

The graf in question… Read more

Politico Playbook Puts WaPo’s Ass on Blast

In Politico Playbook today, Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen took stabs at what he clearly viewed to be an aging and achingly familiar lede in WaPo‘s story regarding “fiscal cliff” negotiations.

From Playbook:

SOUND FAMILIAR? Lead sentence of lead story of today’s WashPost: “The contours of a deal to avert the year-end ‘fiscal cliff’ are becoming increasingly clear.”

–FLASHBACK – POLITICO lead story, Nov. 29: “[T]he contours of a deal – including the size of tax hikes and spending cuts it will most likely contain – are starting to take shape.”

The stories in question are this one by Allen and Executive Editor Jim VandeHei and this one by WaPo‘s Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane. Both pieces address the inner workings of Congress on a deal to avoid automatic tax increases and spending cuts. (The awkward factor here is medium high: VandeHei and Kane both previously worked at Roll Call. Notes Kane: “We are good friends as our Mike and I.”)

Asked about the similarity of language in both stories, FishbowlDC received a response from Kane that could only be described as touchy… Read more

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