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Washington Journos React With Disgust to NYT Style Piece

NYT‘s Style section has dipped to a new low in Washington.

This is the deafening refrain that we’ve been hearing all day long today after Sunday’s story on the “Juicebox Mafia,” which involves a group of Boy Band liberal journalists who once belonged to the now defunct JournoList listserv. The featured “new brat pack” is comprised of four relatively short white liberal guys in their 20s: WaPo‘s Ezra Klein (pictured at left) Slate‘s Dave Weigel (pictured below), TPM‘s Brian Beutler and Center for American Progress’s Matt Yglesias. But there’s nothing “new” about them and they’re not really older or seasoned like the story suggests even if Klein does dine at Potenza, which he did recently with the story’s author and with Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson last summer. This was before Klein printed obviously private emails from Carlson on his WaPo blog because isn’t that what someone older and sophisticated does when seeking revenge? A true veteran D.C. journalist remarked, “Nice story, but I don’t think the young bloggers are going to replace [WaPo's] Dan Balz and [NYT's] Carl Hulse.” Another wondered, “Why do New York Times reporters always have to cover DC like National Geographic would cover a new species found in the depths of the ocean? Or like they are narrating the March of the Penguins?”

Sunday’s article is most noteworthy in that, well, most of our readers thought it was a joke.

Full disclosure: The story’s author, Sridhar Pappu, who is not a close friend short of a few emails and phone conversations, quoted me in his story. He wrote what I said and verified the quote with me prior to using it.

But Pappu, please. Did he or his editors ever think to fully disclose that  he used to work with some of these ultra-cool cats at the Washington Independent? Did he think to disclose that they’re in this “mafia” simply because they’re all friends? Friends who do mafioso things together like cook, tweet, retweet, drink, play video games, read comic books and occasionally knock their heads together on MSNBC. Journalists in Washington struggle with the very premise of this story, that these guys have grown up as Pappu suggests, and that they’re somehow powerful and prominent figures. No time for geek trivia these days, claims Weigel. Why? Because his ancient 26-year-old friend, Ezra, is always on TV. Weigel’s cable TV career, meanwhile, has deflated since staunch defender Keith Olbermann departed. And it’s a wonder why he was so devoted. A hush fell over the Boy Banders when Olbermann disappeared.

Also Pappu, didn’t you or your editors think to note that all those media outlets such as TPM, MSNBC, Think Progress and The American Prospect are “liberal” since you called the The Daily Caller out for being “conservative?”

Questions from a D.C. journalist: “Why aren’t there any non-white, non-male characters included? Who the fuck edits this shit and hits “publish”?”

Executive Editor of Good Magazine Ann Friedman calls bullshit on the piece…

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A Toast to Howard Yoon

Howard Yoon works the room at Local 16.


The Ross Yoon Agency: Jennifer Manguera, Gail Ross, Anna Sproul, and Howard.

About 120 local writers and journos showed up to Local 16 last night to toast editorial director Howard Yoon’s newly promoted role of partner at the Gail Ross literary agency, including Bitch is the New Black author Helena AndrewsPolitics Daily‘s Bonnie Goldstein; WCP‘s Michael Schaffer; NPR’s Miranda Kennedy, Lisa Shepard, and Madhulika Sikka; Sridhar Pappu; WaPo’s Steve Luxenberg, Rachel Weiner, Ylan Mui, and Alexandra Petri; Roll Call’s Emily Heil; HuffPost‘s Arthur Delaney, and ABC’s Robin Sproul (mother to the agency’s aforementioned Anna Sproul).

The Gail Ross Literary Agency will change names to The Ross Yoon Agency sometime next week, as soon as their new web site is complete.

Washington Independent: An Update

Yesterday, we reported that “We hear that the Center for Independent Media (including its flagship publication, the Washington Independent) is not renewing the contracts of many of its staff writers, as a cost cutting measure. Instead, writers can continue to write for the publications on a freelance basis.”

We heard from both CIM brass and staffers following that post and their feedback fell along (expected) staffers-think-things-aren’t-going-well-while-the-higher-ups-maintain-that-everything-is-rosy lines.

So, some updates…

Brass says…It’s not hard times for CIM and that they are in the process of hiring two more editors and four more reporters in DC. “We’re actually reorganizing, which means some people are going and some people are coming,” CIM CEO David Bennahum told FishbowlDC.

Staff says…It is hard times for the Washington Independent and that cuts are being made on all of the state sites. But Bennahum said that, when all is said and done, their budget will remain what it was: $4 million.

Alas, it remains a “wait and see” situation.

Spencer Ackerman will remain at the Washington Independent on a full-time basis. Staffers Mary Kane, Mike Lillis and Daphne Eviatar will likely contribute to the site on a freelance basis.

Sridhar Pappu is not expected to continue with the Washington Independent and the statuses of Suemedha Sood and Matthew Blake are unknown.

Pappu Resigns

Harry Jaffe breaks the news: Washington Post Style political reporter Sridhar Pappu has resigned, continuing the paper’s ongoing struggle to fill a coveted spot that has previously featured such talents as David VonDrehle, Mark Leibovich and Dana Milbank.

Pappu Debuts

The Post’s new Style political writer, Sridhar Pappu, (following in the footsteps of Milbank, Leibovich, von Drehle, etc., etc.) wrote his first piece for the paper today.