But in light of certain recent NYC events, it’s the other member of her brunch party that makes the meal 20/20 notable. To Franke-Ruta’s surprise, Weigel had also asked Olivia Nuzzi to join them. The former Weiner campaign intern who would go on to make a big splash via her NSFWCORP blog entries and this past Tuesday’s NYDN cover. Writes Franke-Ruta:
I was impressed by the way Nuzzi coupled a kind of self-conscious sexpot appearance with an unexpectedly deep knowledge of New York and New Jersey politics. She friended me on Facebook shortly thereafter…
There was no question when I met Nuzzi that she was on the make. But then so are plenty of other young journalists – the difference is that they are usually men. It’s actually rather rare to meet a young aspiring woman journalist who is as aggressively networky and career-oriented as Nuzzi. Or as willing to burn bridges.
We’re not sure about the bridges part. Franke-Ruta notes that Nuzzi, a junior at Fordham University, has contributed to other sites and says she won’t be surprised if this young woman arrives on TV somewhere a lot sooner. Read the full Atlantic essay here.