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FP Takes Swipe at Just-Departed Josh Rogin

The claws are out.

In a display of what smells like grudge-holding for leaving the publication, Foreign Policy is taking a swing at Josh Rogin, who left just weeks ago for The Daily Beast. They don’t name him in the story, but they rip at a piece he wrote like it’s a mouse they’ve been tracking all day long.

As we’ve reported, Kevin Baron, a top reporter for FP just left for Atlantic‘s Defense One. And earlier this week FP lost its Editor-in-Chief Susan Glasser, who formally announced that she, too, was leaving. She fled to Politico.  The publication expects to name a new editor soon.

In the meantime, it’s Operation Attack Josh Rogin Full Speed Ahead.

Written by FP‘s Micah Zenko, here’s a taste of it. Read more

Fishbowl5 With FP CEO David Rothkopf

This week Susan Glasser, Editor-in-Chief of Foreign Policy Magazine for the past three years, dropped a bombshell on her staff and announced that she was leaving the publication for Politico, where she will head up a longform magazine-style writing department that will reportedly cost Publisher Robert Allbritton a good chunk of change. In recent weeks, FP has lost top writers like Josh Rogin to The Daily Beast and Kevin Baron to Atlantic‘s new Defense One. What’s more, the mag recently parted ways (amicably, we’re told) with Ed Diller, the publisher, as did the sales rep he brought over from the WSJ.

An FP source explained to FishbowlDC, “Ed was based on the West Coast, the other rep in NYC, and they were both extremely talented and good at their jobs. It just made sense for FP to redouble its efforts at its headquarters here in DC, and so that’s what happened. It certainly isn’t a reflection on their abilities and they both left the company on good terms.”

Sources tell us Rogin and Baron also left on good terms. “Baron is an excellent reporter – he was well-liked by his colleagues, he broke stories, worked his ass off, and did everything he was supposed to do. He may be able to provide more context regarding his departure. Rogin left to take the job at The Daily Beast. It was just a really good opportunity for him, and he’d done a lot here at FP.”

So how does FP CEO David Rothkopf feel about all the changes? Well, we asked him. And it turns out he had a hell of a lot to say.

It can be tough when an Editor-in-Chief leaves or it can be a bright spot, a sense of relief. What was your gut reaction when Susan Glasser told you she was leaving FP for Politico? I have a lot of respect for Susan and all she has accomplished not only at FP but also at the Washington Post. Her contributions to Foreign Policy—bringing it into the Internet Age, if you will—were enormous. But there are also creative cycles within organizations. Sometimes it can be helpful to hit the reset button, reevaluate and embark on the next period of change. This is a 44-year-old company that has gone through a number of such cycles and emerged stronger from each. That is what our intention is now. We have some big changes on the horizon—expanding coverage, new products, deepening the relationship with our readers in important ways—and so this can certainly be seen as a win-win moment. Good for Susan. And the beginning of new, great things for the FP community.

At least some of the staff appeared to be surprised by the news. Were they not given warning about it? This was handled just as it would be in any organization. Susan and I discussed for a couple of weeks. When we decided on what was going to happen we developed a plan to coordinate the messages from FP and Politico to ensure that this was seen as what it was, an amicable change that would begin important new eras at both publications. We then told top staff and made sure everyone in the organization was informed before the news broke publicly. We had a team meeting on Monday and the mood was just what you would hope for—appreciation for Susan and enthusiasm about the great opportunities that lie ahead.

Who will replace Glasser? Does Rothkopf know yet?

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AnonymASS Tipster of the Day

We’re making this one “Tipster of the Day” since there could be more as the week moves along. Seems premature to give this one the prize for the entire week. Anyhow, this tipster is referring to the news broken by Politico Publicist Dylan Byers late last night that FP‘s Susan Glasser will go to work for Politico next month.

AnonymASS writes in: “Tip: When you get beat on a story with a ‘weeks’ head start, you look worse, and not better, if you disclose the bad judgement of failing to check it out because it was ‘ludicrous.’”

Dear ASS: Thank you for your note. Always a pleasure. But I wonder if you took 20 seconds to think about the fact that yeah, we did go to a bunch of sources on the matter — all of whom dissuaded us from thinking there was any hint of reality to it. There was no failure to check it out, just a failure to be clairvoyant when sources weren’t ready to reveal what was happening. Somehow I don’t think they would be amenable to taking lie detector tests just yet. We’ll work on it though and applaud Politico for giving the scoop to their own reporter.

 

Politico Hires New Editor, Perhaps New Publicist As Well

Late Sunday evening, Politico publicist media reporter Dylan Byers published an internal memo broke the news that Susan Glasser, editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy, will be joining Politico as its long-form journalism editor.

Glasser has also been tasked with adding “vitality and impact to Politico’s daily report by marshaling the best outside contributors to produce analysis, argument and first-person perspectives on the news of the day,” according to the memo, dutifully posted by Byers, who called the announcement from his employer “truly game-changing.”

NYT‘s Leslie Kaufman may have unconsciously taken a dig at Publicist Byers in her Monday report on the new hire. Kaufman wrote that Glasser is “perhaps best known for her years at [WaPo], where she was on the fast track for the top post before being removed as assistant managing editor of national news because of complaints about her management style.”

In April, Byers wrote a memorably negative piece on NYT Executive Editor Jill Abramson using anonymous NYT newsroom sources who were unhappy with Abramson’s management style. Will they turn the tables and do one on Glasser using anonymous Politico sourcing and declare that just a year in, Glasser, described as “polarizing” in the NYT piece is “on the verge of losing the support of the newsroom?” Hey, it’s an idea, especially since the end result of Byers’ hit piece, according to NYT insiders, was that it didn’t damage Abramson’s rep, but, in fact, favorably enhanced it.

Glasser has a strong tie to the NYT. She’s married to NYT political reporter Peter Baker.

See the full Politico memo…By the way, we heard about the prospect of Glasser going to work for Politico a few weeks back but were led to believe it was a ludicrous possibility. Read more

Foreign Policy Replaces Josh Rogin

As of Monday, John Hudson will replace Josh Rogin in manning Foreign Policy magazine’s “The Cable” blog, according to a newsroom memo by Editor-in-Chief Susan Glasser.

No doubt he has big shoes to fill.

“[W]e’re sure he’ll have a terrific impact on it, as he has helped boost Passport over the last few months since he joined Foreign Policy after a great run at the Atlantic Wire and the Daily,” assures a memo from Editor-in-Chief Susan Glasser.

It was announced earlier that Rogin would be leaving FP for The Daily Beast to work as a senior correspondent covering politics and national security.

Read the full memo… Read more

Politico‘s Smashing Party

A hush fell over the crowd at Politico‘s Sunday brunch at Robert and Elena Allbritton‘s home as a display of food came crashing to the ground outside under a tent. No one was standing near enough to be responsible, so it doesn’t look like they’ll be adding any guidelines about idiot party tricks at the boss’s house to the next iteration of their office handbook.

Party sources tell us the fallen food was a display of various Asian cuisine — dumplings, etc, that crashed to the floor. “Nobody laughed, it was more like a collective gasp because it was so loud and shattery-sounding in such genteel surroundings,” a party witness told us.

After the display fell, a small phalanx of capable young women with earpieces swarmed and had it taken care of immediately.

Brunch was saved!

Speaking of which, the food is always a highlight: sliders, different kinds of eggs benedict made to order, cones of tuna tartare, an assortment dumplings, lobster tails, crab legs — all kinds of seafood, and an open bar.

Guests spilled out onto the lawn.

According to our party sources, brunch at the Allbrittons was definitely more crowded this year.

All the big Politicos were there… Read more

Foreign Policy Channels Inner It Girl

The media sales world in Washington has been a cross between Lifetime’s Project Runway and an all-day marathon of MSNBC’s Lockup. One day you’re in. The next you’re out. And sometimes it’s all a big ugly backstabbing fight.

Michael Schoenbrun, Director of Business Development for Politico, has been trying for eight weeks to get out of his contract and it has been “a big ugly fight,” sources tell FishbowlDC. Schoenbrun finally got out, or rather, was pushed out by Mark Walters, who recently fled the bloodbath of CQ Roll Call for Politico. Schoenbrun, who joined Politico in May, 2010, is going to work for Foreign Policy magazine. Before Politico he was at NJ and before that, Time Warner Inc. in Manhattan.

Foreign Policy mag is apparently the place to be, because The Daily Caller‘s Aaron Finley, who left Politico for The Daily Caller in April, 2012, has also left for Foreign Policy. Finley worked at Politico for five years before becoming VP of Sales for The DC

The Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson remarked, “Aaron is a great guy. We are proud he worked here. He’ll succeed wherever he goes.”

We reached out to Schoenbrun for more details and also to his new boss, Susan Glasser. So far, silence.

Get Acquainted With Foreign Policy’s New eBook

What’s good for Politico‘s Mike Allen is good for everyone, right?

In a recent internal memo, Foreign Policy Editor-in-Chief Susan Glasser announces their new eBook. Written by Anna Badkhen, the book recounts her year-long voyage to northern Afghanistan. Glasser calls it “haunting” and “beautifully written.” Price tag: $4.99.

Badkhen decided not to embed with the troops but with the Afghan people. More description from a release…”Throughout the year, she returns again and again to the country, traveling by foot, by taxi — and even by donkey — to the remote villages and hamlets of the Afghan North, reporting as the Taliban take over large swaths of territory and also on the unimaginable daily hardships of life in a place where even such basics as water, electricity, a doctor, and a working school are impossible luxuries.”

Noteworthy: The preface is by bestselling author Peter Bergen. The book also includes two photo portfolios.

See the memo…

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Susan Glasser Showers Kisses on Employees

Every once in a while journalists need pats on the back. If for nothing else, to cut down on the seething resentment toward superiors that exists in some newsrooms. This week Foreign Policy Editor Susan Glasser sends out a positive-minded memo about their “record-breaking” month of March.

The gist: 3.4 million unique visitors, up by 1 million from 2.4. million last month.

See the memo…

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Doggone Good Month for FP!

Photo courtesy of ForeignPolicy.com

ForeignPolicy.com is celebrating yet another record-breaking month, thanks to a little help from some canine contributors.  We told you last month how Rebecca Frankel‘s “War Dogs” photo blog went viral after it was discovered that some of the heroic military mutts she featured helped to bring down Osama bin Laden. According to a memo from Susan Glasser, Editor of Foreign Policy, the war dogs raked in an astonishing 8.2 million pageviews for May -  more views on its own than everything published on the site for the same month last year.

The outcome?  A whopping 21.4 million total pageviews and 2.9 million unique visitors to ForeignPolicy.com last month.   Congrats to FP, Frankel and your furry friends!

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