SURPRISE!  1:43 pm December 7, 2009

Person Responsible For The POLITICO Will Decide The Best Writing And Reporting, Now

by Juli Weiner

Oh ho ho ho, big victory for banal reactionary Mad Lib The POLITICO, as executive editor Jim VandeHei was just elected to serve on the Pulitzer Board. He is the first person from the Internet to ever do such a thing! Reports… the POLITICO, cynically: “‘In many ways, the Pulitzer Board is on the same mission as POLITICO: to embrace new media while fighting to protect the highest standards for writing, reporting and accuracy. I am honored to be a part of this effort,’ VandeHei said.” Ten Pulitzers in the category of fiction for Jim VandeHei. [The POLITICO]

 
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Come here a minute December 7, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Cum rag.

Someone had to say it.

LittlePig December 7, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Now Jonah can get that Pulitzer he always wanted.

V572625694 December 7, 2009 at 1:50 pm

“Politico” is to journalism what “Dog the Bounty Hunter” is to drama.

Mr Blifil December 7, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Does the Viper Mug have anything to do with Max Baucus’ penis?

snideinplainsight December 7, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Choose your own adventure:
In many ways, the Green Bay Packers are on the same mission as POLITICO: …
In many ways, Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs are on the same mission as POLITICO: …
In many ways, rodent pinworms are on the same mission as POLITICO: …

Extemporanus December 7, 2009 at 1:53 pm

The board requests that—going forward—we refer to it only as “PULITZCO”.

JMP December 7, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Well, it’s an award named for a man who was a famous pioneer in sensationalistic, inaccurate yellow journalism; one who notably lied about an alleged terrorist attack to drive the nation into war. Politico is perfect for that.

Extemporanus December 7, 2009 at 1:56 pm

[re=473064]Mr Blifil[/re]: Whatever you do, DON’T drink out of Vitter’s Diaper Mug.

Suds McKenzie December 7, 2009 at 2:01 pm

In a related story, Mike Allen is now a member of the Egg Advisory Board.

freakishlystrong December 7, 2009 at 2:05 pm

[re=473056]Come here a minute[/re]: Worse. Dick Cheeeeney’s cum rag…

Judas Peckerwood December 7, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Meh. I’ll take my Peabody over a Puliitzer any day. My Polk, I mean.

V572625694 December 7, 2009 at 2:10 pm

They had to pick somebody from the one publication certain never to win a Pulitzer.

WadISay December 7, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Shouldn’t the headline read: “GOP Sees Vindication in Pulitzer Gig; Dems in Disarray”?

Extemporanus December 7, 2009 at 2:15 pm

[re=473065]snideinplainsight[/re]: “Your mission, if you should choose to inflate it…”

Larry McAwful December 7, 2009 at 2:17 pm

I’m glad the Pulitzer committee has qualified judges on it. They balance out maRk VandEhaI.

Katydid December 7, 2009 at 2:17 pm

It’s a fight they’re losing.

But, really, since MoDo sucked one up in 1999 for her Lewinsky porn and then Thomas Friedman scarfed one down in 2002 for war porn, how much more corrupt can it get?

BTW, if you want funny, Google Matt Taibbi classic criticsm about Friedman’s writing.

the problem child December 7, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Isn’t this kind of like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse? No print edition and all…

JesusButter December 7, 2009 at 2:20 pm

[re=473064]Mr Blifil[/re]: What is all the hoo-haw about Max Baucus’ penis? Did I miss something?
I can’t imagine that it’s anything special…small and flacid, just like his brain…

JesusButter December 7, 2009 at 2:28 pm

[re=473093]JesusButter[/re]: I believe I meant “flaccid”. When maligning someone for stupidity, one really should check one’s spelling.

Hooray For Anything December 7, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Seriously, if they wanted to put somebody on the board who was a groundbreaker in showing the potential of the internet and shows the very best of online reporting, they should have gone with somebody from TMZ

And Wonkette, of course.

Buzz Feedback December 7, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Is it April 1st?

Mr Blifil December 7, 2009 at 2:33 pm

[re=473093]JesusButter[/re]: I don’t normally do this but here is an hyperlink.

mcc December 7, 2009 at 2:34 pm

After searching long and hard to find something, anything that is actually worse than the decrepit, corrupt status quo of the “mainstream media”, the pulitzer board finally located Politico. Ladies and gentlemen, the future of journalism.

Mahousu December 7, 2009 at 2:37 pm

[re=473091]the problem child[/re]: There’s a print version of Politico, distributed on days Congress is in session. I believe – and this is not a joke – that it’s for the benefit of Congressmen who haven’t quite got the hang of this Internet thing yet.

bitchincamaro December 7, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Will not click the link. Can, but won’t.

JesusButter December 7, 2009 at 2:45 pm

[re=473114]Mr Blifil[/re]: I thought that would be more fun than it was. Baucus can’t even be interesting when caught with his pants down.

JMP December 7, 2009 at 2:49 pm

[re=473117]Mahousu[/re]: I thought is was so that the olds who run the Times and the Post would accept them as real journalists.

I_KILL_ZOMBIES_ALSO December 7, 2009 at 3:06 pm

God, this is like selecting Jeffrey Dalmer to be a judge at a chili cookoff. Both are concerned with people eating things, but all similarities end there. Politico has people writing stuff, sure, but calling it “journalism” hey, let’s not get crazy, okay?

S.Luggo December 7, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Next to be added to the Pulitzer Committee will Meghan McCain because her extensive Tweet experience.

http://www.tnr.com/article/the-scoop-factory?page=0,3 :

“… Harris and VandeHei told staffers that no Politico stories should run longer than 1,500 words. “There are no R.W. Apples anymore, and, if R.W. Apple wrote at Politico, all his stuff would be cut in half,” one Politico reporter told me in July.”

Humpback December 7, 2009 at 3:43 pm

I, for one, am pleased, because the rules of the prize forbid the award to any person or organization affiliated with a judge. POLITICO is banned forever! Bwaahaahaa!

I_KILL_ZOMBIES_ALSO December 7, 2009 at 3:57 pm

[re=473237]Humpback[/re]: VICTORY!

Of course, you discount the possibility that Vandewhatever might try to change the rules.

PoetryMan December 7, 2009 at 4:24 pm

What the hey? VandeHei!

rottenart December 7, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Newspapers? No, I’m in latex. Name’s Vandehei.

TubeCity December 7, 2009 at 8:20 pm

And the Pulitzer goes to, “Will Any of These Twenty Republican Gambits Catch On to Destroy Obama This Morning?” – An article credited with winning the morning!!!

DangerousLiberal December 7, 2009 at 11:44 pm

Whose desk is it? (Hint: look at the Assclown nameplate.)

magistra January 5, 2010 at 3:58 pm

[re=473068]Extemporanus[/re]: PUTZICO?

GodOfBiscuits January 5, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Was this the reward for being Cheney’s buttboy…sorry, stenographer…..these last few months?

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