We spoke to Birnbaum, who confirmed that he is ‘no longer employed’ by the Post. But the backstory, according to insiders, is dramatic. Sources say that Birnbaum got into a huge argument Monday night with Col Allan, the paper’s famously boozy and abusive editor. After the curse-filled blowup—which apparently had something to do with coverage of Obama’s tax plan—Birnbaum left the office.
While the stories of Allan being a tough person to work for are endless, Birnbaum leaving the paper after 17 years because of an argument is pretty crazy. But maybe Gawker is right, and the fight was just the final straw and rather than keep working for Allan, Birnbaum decided to take his chances elsewhere. Or maybe he just got tired of working for a paper that features the word “undies” in its headlines. We’ll have to ask our sources.