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Women on the Rise at Politico?

Are women on the rise at Politico? If you recall, in a recent interview with TNR, Executive Editor Jim VandeHei and Isaac Chotiner got in a verbal dust-up on the matter when Chotiner uttered the phrase “overt sexism” and suggested that Politico has a female problem. “I think women would find the premise deeply condescending,” VandeHei shot back at him, saying no one who presently works at Politico would make the charge. And the facts are what they are. Even if you argue this may just be for appearance sake, there are a lot of females in high-ranking roles.

In recent months Politico has been a steady procession of men out of leadership posts. With what looks to be a substantial overhaul of Politico management, the winners are all women. Tim Grieve, who had repeatedly been accused of treating women unfairly, is out and now at National Journal, where his new colleagues say he couldn’t be nicer; Craig Gordon, the highest ranking male outside of VandeHarris is gone as of today — he’s off to Bloomberg News, where he’ll be Deputy Managing Editor. Females in high-ranking roles at Politico include Susan Glasser, who they’ve hired to run a longform magazine project and one their newest hires, Denise Kerston Wells, who they snagged from Washingtonian, to be a senior editor for the longform project. Danielle Jones, meanwhile, is the highest ranking woman in editorial who beat out Gordon and Grieve for job, Kim Kingsley is the COO and Rachel Smolkin, who will take over for Gordon.

We asked Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris if this has been a concerted effort combat the rap and put women in top roles and will report back if he replies.

See the extremely complimentary memo from Politico on Gordon as well as Bloomberg‘s announcement… Read more

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Afternoon Reading List 07.29.13.

Who would star in the Weiner movie? — Movies are often made based on significant events throughout history. And sometimes, films are ripped from the headlines. After Edward Snowden leaked secret NSA documents, for instance, it didn’t take long for a short film called Verax (named after Snowden’s codename) to appear on YouTube. So with Anthony Weiner’s sequel of political career and sex scandals, it seems like a perfect time to make a film about the former congressman who can’t seem to stop himself from sexting women other than his wife. HuffPost’s Ross Luippold agrees and listed his picks for who should star in the movie when the story “inevitably turns into a $100 million cinematic experience.” Luippold got the ball rolling with a fitting choice for who would play Weiner’s sex-crazed alter-ego Carlos Danger: Antonio Banderas in 2002. This may be difficult considering that the 2002 version of Banderas hasn’t been seen in 11 years, but we’ll let him have it. After this pick, however, Luippold seemed to literally pull his ideas out of his pop culture ass. Some picks include Butt-Head playing Weiner, Angelina Jolie playing Huma Abedin, Vanessa Hudgens playing Sydney Leather, Christopher Meloni playing Eliot Spitzer and Rick Scott playing Weiner’s penis. Yeah, Luppold really included that last one.

Why you should read it: The idea of an Anthony Weiner movie is great, and though the cast that Luippold picks is pretty dull, it can get you thinking of your own list.

Some advice for expectant mothers — Do you have a baby on the way? If you do, keep reading, if you don’t, you might as well keep reading anyway because Roll Call’s Rebecca Gale offered some advice on her “Hill Navigator” blog for soon-to-be mothers. The words of wisdom mostly concern paid and unpaid leave and the FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act). Answering a list of questions, Gale says time off varies greatly from office to office, so the best thing you can do is talk to yours and see which options are available. Do this early so you’re not learning at the last minute that you have no paid leave and won’t be guaranteed a job after taking time off for your new bundle of joy. Gale also mentions FBDC in her last question on the list, which she admittedly made up. The question asks, “What is this about Hill Navigator going on Maternity Leave? Is that just FishbowlDC talking?” Gale makes clear that no, it’s not just FBDC talking (if we report something, it’s true) and that she is in fact expecting a baby. And yes, she’s taken her own advice about planning for maternity leave.

Why you should read it: It’s a good device for expectant couples. I also may have included it because FBDC gets a shout-out and wanted to pay a visit to the Dept. of Bragiculture, which I may pay for later.

Bob Schieffer is a grumpy old man —”Face The Nation” host Bob Schieffer doesn’t like Anthony Weiner, and he went on a long-winded rant Sunday about the NYC mayoral candidate to prove it. But TNR’s Isaac Chotiner wrote a piece in which he argues that Schieffer, and mainstream media personalities in general, shouldn’t be “allowed to get on their high horses” about certain things and not others. Schieffer, who apparently is “over 140-years-old,” ranted about how, “someone with Anthony Weiner’s problems has no business there and should leave the race.” Scheiffer had a similar tirade after the Bill Clinton scandal involving Monica Lewinsky, in which he said, “Coming from Texas, I have a natural tendency to be for politicians not from the northeast.” Chotiner argues that “a politician’s sex life and his governing abilities is non-existent.”

Why you should read it: Chotiner essentially calls Schieffer a grumpy old man who doesn’t understand sexting. How many chances will you get to read a story that says that?

Afternoon Chatter

JOURNO LOVE: “This CQ Roll CAll photo of Boehner, Reid, McConnell and Pelosi is fantastic.” — WaPo‘s Aaron Blake. The photograph was shot by CQ Roll Call‘s Douglas Graham.

Weinerlicious Convo Between Two Journos

This afternoon’s conversation is between CQ Roll Call’s Daniel Newhauser and Politico’s Jake Sherman.

SHERMAN: “I thought it was weird when Anthony Weiner used to park illegally outside my apartment near U Street.”

NEWHAUSER: “Why was he at your apartment? Got something to tell us?”

SHERMAN: “Was my neighbor.”

Important Q to Ponder: “Wondering: Has there ever been a man who managed such epic sex scandals while apparently not having any actual sex?” — TPM‘s Josh Marshall.

Weiner presser explodes with Washington reaction

“Lines you hear all the time at DC bars: ‘Specifically your health care rants were a huge turn on.’– TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer.

“What I did was wrong. This behavior is behind me, naked, bending me ovDAMMIT, it happened again.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler.

“As I told everyone once before, Wiener is a sick puppy who will never change-100% of perverts go back to their ways. Sadly, there is no cure.” — Dr. Donald Trump.

“Quick poll: would you prefer to get rick-roll’d with pics from anthony weiner or geraldo from now on? Your choice.” — Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody.

Aaaand….the voices of reason

“Anthony Weiner appears to have some serious emotional issues that are not going to be helped by becoming mayor of New York.” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

“This shit’s intense.” — Executive Editor of Business Insider Joseph Weisenthal.

“Weiner Ear Poison”: “Waiting to tape a CNN segment, I just spent 30 minutes listening to talk about The Royal Baby™, followed by Lanny Davis on Weiner #EarPoison” — Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald.

Journos Looking Out for Huma (JLOH)

“Huma. Be serious. Leave him. Now.” — Newsweek/Daily Beast columnist Michael Tomasky.

“Just curious how many times this has to happen before I am no longer required to be SO SYMPATHETIC to Huma. 5? 10? 20?” — TNR‘s Isaac Chotiner, who is not yet a member of JLOH.

“Huma you gonna believe? Me or or your lying eyes?” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson.

“Divorce this schmuck, Huma.” — Washington Examiner‘s Justin Green.

“For the women out there excusing Weiner by saying ‘all men cheat,’ it’s a shame that you surround yourself with crappy men.” — Conservative radio correspondent Dana Loesch.

“Something in me wishes wronged political wives would start asking themselves WWJD? What Would Jenny (Sanford) Do?” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.

“I think what most makes Weiner a dirtbag is blaming the sexting/cheating on “problems” in his marriage. No responsibility.” — TWT Senior Op-ed writer Emily Miller.

Journo blames Starbucks for future fatness

“When I weigh 600 lbs, the Starbucks treat receipt is going to come in for some large portion of the blame.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Baby Love: “@PeterAlexander: Absolutely overjoyed to announce the arrival of Ava Starling Alexander!!” — NBC’s Peter Alexander, husband to Allison Starling.

TNR Asks About Politico’s Sexism, Gets VandeHei’s Media Savvy Wrath

Politico’s Editor-in-Chief John Harris and Executive Editor Jim VandeHei recently sat down with The New Republic’s senior editor Isaac Chotiner for a two-hour interview. They talked about Politico’s role as an insidery conversation driver, about market corrections in politics (as in the flame outs of Sarah Palin, Herman Cain) and who on Capitol Hill is savvy when it comes to the media (not many, says VandeHei).

It seemed like a pretty ho-hum if not overly positive interview, at least until Chotiner brought up the charge that some women find Politico a difficult place to work. Harris responds rather matter of factly and tosses in a little deflection. He tells TNR that in the beginning, Politico was a startup and it was a difficult place for everyone to work, not just women. If that sounds like a PR-crafted soundbite, it just might be because VandeHei says sort of the same thing, just not so tactfully and with an obvious air of being on the defense. “Wait a second,” he says to Chotiner. “I want to add to what John said. I find this critique both offensive and wrong.”

From there, things went downhill. What was that about who has media savvy and who doesn’t?

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Lanny Davis Challenges TNR Editor to ‘Fact Chack’

Last week The New Republic‘s Senior Editor Isaac Chotiner expressed his extreme distaste about a story on Lanny Davis, a crisis counselor and former special counsel to Bill Clinton by Washingtonian‘s Editor-at-Large Carol Joynt. On Twitter Chotiner chided Joynt for writing such a puff piece on Davis.

Joynt took Chotiner’s commentary in stride and didn’t really fight back. Chotiner told FishbowlDC: “The reason I reacted to that piece is because Davis is a figure who has represented terrible dictators.”

We sought out Davis to see what he thought. Did he think Joynt went too easy on him? Would he tell us even he did?

Much to our surprise, Davis fired back against Chotiner. Only he has a funny way of writing in that he doesn’t carefully proof his copy. At one point in a long tirade against Chotiner, he uses the phrase “fact-chaecking” or “fact chacking” whichever you prefer. He also presents an interesting challenge to Chotiner — namely to admit he has his facts wrong.

Have a look.

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TNR Editor Claws at Washingtonian Writer

TNR Senior Editor Isaac Chotiner left teeth marks in Washingtonian Editor-at-Large Carol Joynt for what he perceives to be a suckup story on lawyer, crisis counselor Lanny Davis, former special counsel to President Bill Clinton. The piece isn’t sharp-edged, but it is in-depth and includes details about Davis’s clandestine dealings with reporters — mostly off the record, he says. Hard to imagine a crisis counselor would screw up his own interview with Washingtonian, not exactly known for hit pieces, despite being beaten up in the media in the past. Few, if any, publication in Washington is immune from the occasional puff piece that results in beneficial source greasing. Does Chotiner recall TNR’s recent largely squishy love note on WaPo‘s Ezra Klein? Sure, it included goofy pictures Ezzy shouldn’t have enjoyed. But that’s about all.

Joynt didn’t appear to mind the critique, but got finicky about Chotiner’s spelling error.

Not surprisingly, this yanked up the heat on their bickering.

 

Of course we enjoyed this question in Joynt’s interview… Read more

Reeve Leaves TNR

After an earlier FishbowlDC post, some folks wondered whether Elspeth Reeve, the New Republic fact-checker and wife of Scott Thomas Beauchamp, had left the magazine.

Indeed she has, FishbowlDC has learned, but not for any sinister reasons. Her year-long internship had expired and she is currently working as a research assistant for Mike Grunwald

Of the two other reporter-researchers, Isaac Chotiner left for the Huffington Post and Brad Plumer was promoted to assistant editor.