LOSING THE MORNING  11:33 am April 2, 2010

by Ken Layne

Politico's biggest scoop.FIFTH REPORTER FLEES POLITICO IN SINGLE WEEK! Fishbowl DC says congressional reporter Lisa Lerer is going to Bloomberg, which also hired away her colleague Patrick O’Conner. Michael Calderone is off to the new Yahoo blog (Gawker guy John Cook too!), Pia Catton goes to the Wall Street Journal, Victoria McGrane to the Dow Jones wire service, and Mike Allen just cold flew straight into the sky, carrying Dick Cheney in one of those recalled baby slings. UPDATE: An email from an insider — subject line: “Politico bloodletting” — just told us, “It’s far from over. Prepare to yuck it up in the coming weeks.” [Fishbowl DC]

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Lascauxcaveman April 2, 2010 at 11:37 am

How did all these people, who are obviously capable of landing real jobs, end up at The Politco in the first place?

Ruhe April 2, 2010 at 11:42 am

Maybe it doesn’t take as many people on staff to win the morning as we might have thought. Or should I say, as many “good” people? I know Wonkette is a small operation but perhaps you’re just not trying hard enough.

Botswana Meat Commission FC April 2, 2010 at 11:43 am

Fun story: Back in college I worked on the school paper with a raging douchebag who I knew would later go on to be a spectacular fuck-up.

Well apparently he landed at Politico…

Mr Blifil April 2, 2010 at 11:44 am

Wouldn’t it have just been simpler to incorporate a liberal point of view every now and again?

WadISay April 2, 2010 at 11:52 am

Maybe all the political reporters are being raptured, although that would not explain SKS.

thefrontpage April 2, 2010 at 11:54 am

Will the last one out please turn out the lights?

Thank you.


FMA April 2, 2010 at 11:56 am

In the picture, is that a punishing dildo mallet?

El Pinche April 2, 2010 at 11:56 am

Aww…that’s too bad. Politico is one my favorite rightwing cesspools.

Ruhe April 2, 2010 at 11:58 am

If Politicos product is “information in progress” maybe they’re just working toward outsourcing all of their “reporting” work to a few carefully written algorithms. Human judgment is for suckers.

AnnieGetYourFun April 2, 2010 at 12:09 pm


What’s “Politico”?

donner_froh April 2, 2010 at 12:13 pm

[re=547490]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: Strange indeed. Looks like they all had the same idea–”I think I would like to work for a real publication” at the same time.

mustardman April 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Too bad so sad. We hardly knew them.

Monsieur Grumpe April 2, 2010 at 12:16 pm

They’re just jumping ship now that the economy is fixed. Probably landed a sweet gig at Chucky Cheese.

SayItWithWookies April 2, 2010 at 12:23 pm

They’re also changing their name to “Politic–oh, look, an actual job!”

weejee April 2, 2010 at 12:32 pm

[re=547530]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Maybe they’ll re-brand as Politic-ho, with linkies to the Repubtard dial-a-porn site and have live feedz from Club Voyeur.

Aflac Shrugged April 2, 2010 at 12:32 pm

I heard that Politico paid consultants to write software that would automatically create content for them, without human involvement.

The algorithm looks something like [event] + [other event, maybe related] + [Fox News/RedState/Glenn Reynolds' view of both events' significance] = [awful consequence for Democrats and especially Obama] in [given election cycle].

magic titty April 2, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Laugh now, but when they hire intrepid internet reporter Sara K. Smith, well, yeah, you’ll still be laughing.

Aflac Shrugged April 2, 2010 at 12:35 pm

[re=547513]Ruhe[/re]: I probably should read the comments before I post, huh?

Katydid April 2, 2010 at 12:48 pm

[re=547495]Botswana Meat Commission FC[/re]: /Snark off

Jack Shafer is a douche too, and part of the reason I pretty much hate Slate. “Not to let Politico and the Atlantic off lightly, but show me a journalist who has never published something he later regretted, and I’ll show you a piker or a liar.”

Sorry, but as a former journalist, “something he later regretted” does not include publishing a dicey piece without checking with the focus of the attack, which is what both Politico and The Atlantic, another douchebag pub, did.

Something a real journalist later regretted? Typos, misspellings, bad transcription, fucked-up quotes, bad headlines….not something, esp. something incendiary, lacking due diligence.

/Snark on, but I’ve got none right now.

V572625694 April 2, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Here’s how you can tell the difference:

Newspaper: owns a printing plant, delivers a daily dose of treated wood pulp to corner boxes and front lawns, pays actual salaries to “employees” who come in the building wearing fedoras with a card reading “Press” tucked in the hatband, useful when you have a new puppy or a caged bird, made so much money off classifieds over the past 80 years no one’s noticed they’re broke yet.

Blog (e.g. “Politico”): No print plant, no paper, minimal salaries, useless for cleaning up messes or wrapping fish, and broke from the day they begin.

The common factor: big egos among staff members, Ken & Jim excluded of course because I fear the banhammer.

Ren McCormack April 2, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Does anyone else think the sage scribes of Wonkette are using “cold” a little too much? Everyone’s cold doing this and cold doing that all the time. That’s my first ever comment, and it’s shitty.

Come here a minute April 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm

[re=547574]Ren McCormack[/re]: Consider yourself cold ban-hammered, like the dickens.

Katydid April 2, 2010 at 1:10 pm

[re=547574]Ren McCormack[/re]: That’s cold, man.

SayItWithWookies April 2, 2010 at 1:19 pm

[re=547574]Ren McCormack[/re]: That’s my first ever comment, and it’s shitty.

Look on the bright side — your comments will only get better. Probably.

V572625694 April 2, 2010 at 1:31 pm

[re=547559]Katydid[/re]: Shafer’s the best thing in “Slate,” except for the articles about which binky is best for your baby. Those are awesome.

magic titty April 2, 2010 at 2:06 pm

[re=547574]Ren McCormack[/re]: I’ve always noticed an overuse of the word ‘the’, as well.

bago April 2, 2010 at 4:02 pm

You can actually get paper editions of the Politico in DC. How else are old white dudes who read things on paper supposed to be informed?

ladymacbeth April 2, 2010 at 11:00 pm

this is JUST like the two fire truck unit that just showed up down my street!

Veritas78 April 3, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Clearly, they’re shedding talent in hopes that Rupert Murdoch will buy them.

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