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Cameoing House of Cards Reporter: ‘It Was Harder to Play Myself Than I Expected’

MattBaiTwitterProfilePicFun little item today from Joe Pompeo. He caught up with Matt Bai, the D.C.-based former New York Times Magazine reporter who has a two-scene cameo in Season Two of House of Cards.

Bai, now with Yahoo News, is friends with program showrunner Beau Willimon. He shot his scenes last August and September, and alongside an approved, dummy copy of the NYT mag, uttered slightly altered lines of dialogue:

Bai got to look over his portions of the script. He made a few tweaks, like ditching a line in which he talks about the “angle” of his piece: “I would never discuss my stories in terms of angles.”

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Jim Rutenberg Switches to New York Times Magazine

Jim Rutenberg is leaving the newspaper side of The New York Times for the magazine side. Capital New York reports that Rutenberg has been named chief political correspondent for the Times Magazine.

Rutenberg has been with the Times since 2000, most recently serving as national political correspondent. During his time at the paper, he has also served as City Hall bureau chief.

Rutenberg is succeeding Matt Bai, who left the Times in November to join Yahoo.

Matt Bai Leaves NY Times for Yahoo News

Another one bites the dust. Sort of. We just told you about Brian Stelter leaving The New York Times, and now Matt Bai is departing too. Bai is joining Yahoo! News as a national political columnist.

Bai had been with the Times since 2002, and during his tenure as chief political correspondent for the Times Magazine, he covered the last three presidential elections.

“Matt has an ideal voice for Yahoo News,” said Megan Liberman, editor-in-chief of Yahoo News, in a statement. “He has a singular ability to write about politics in a way that will connect with Yahoo News’ broad readership and bring in younger readers who aren’t always attracted to political commentary. I’m thrilled he is joining us.”

Now please, no one else leave the Times today. We can barely keep up.

Matt Taibbi Dusts Off the Hatchet

With his newfound emphasis on the financial industry, we haven’t seen much good old-fashioned media savagery out of Matt Taibbi lately. Brutally hilarious hatchet jobs of media creatures like David Brooks and Thomas Friedman are the reason we started reading Taibbi to begin with. Well, with his book Griftopia sitting solidly in the middle of the New York Times political best-seller list, Taibbi decided to celebrate by going old school.
New York Times writer Matt Bai is the recipient:
Bai is one of those guys — there are hundreds of them in this business — who poses as a wonky, Democrat-leaning “centrist” pundit and then makes a career out of drubbing “unrealistic” liberals and progressives with cartoonish Jane Fonda and Hugo Chavez caricatures. This career path is so well-worn in our business, it’s like a Great Silk Road of pseudoleft punditry. First step: graduate Harvard or Columbia, buy some clothes at Urban Outfitters, shore up your socially liberal cred by marching in a gay rights rally or something, then get a job at some place like the American Prospect. Then once you’re in, spend a few years writing wonky editorials gently chiding Jane Fonda liberals for failing to grasp the obvious wisdom of the WTC or whatever Bob Rubin/Pete Peterson Foundation deficit-reduction horseshit the Democratic Party chiefs happen to be pimping at the time. Once you’ve got that down, you just sit tight and wait for the New York Times or the Washington Post to call. It won’t be long.

Bai is the poster child of those guys.

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