SURE GO AFTER THE GUY'S DEAD FATHER  12:13 pm April 21, 2010

NYT Magazine: Is Mike Allen Weird Because His Dad Was a Bircher?

by Ken Layne

Weird news-cycle man is weird.The “gotcha” part of the NYT “takedown” of Politico/Mike Allen is so pathetic, we feel bad for Mike Allen. Turns out his dad, who died a quarter-century ago, was a wingnut who wrote John Birch crap and was suspicious of government! Sort of like EVERY OTHER DAD IN ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA. Conversely, Mike Allen enjoys writing about Washington power structures, and knowing the people involved. Outrage? Anyway, that’s the “takedown” that explains this earlier bit (page three? page seven?) about Mike Allen being creepy/private.

Yet even Allen’s supposed confidants say that there is a part of Mikey they will never know or even ask about. He is obsessively private. He has given different dates to different friends for the date of his birthday. I asked three of Allen’s close friends if they knew what his father did. One said “teacher,” another said “football coach” and the third said “newspaper columnist.” A 2000 profile of Allen in The Columbia Journalism Review described his late father as an “investor.”

It is almost impossible to find anyone who has seen his home (a rented apartment, short walk to the office). “Never seen the apartment,” volunteered Robert L. Allbritton, Politico’s publisher, mid-interview. “No man’s land.” When sharing a cab, Allen is said to insist that the other party be dropped off first. One friend describes driving Allen home and having him get out at a corner; in the rearview mirror, the friend saw him hail a cab and set off in another direction. I’ve heard more than one instance of people who sent holiday cards to Allen’s presumed address only to have them returned unopened.

BREAKING: Obsessive reporter is kind of weird, but also nice to people, and is proud to work for douche-y D.C. publication. Meh. Congrats, NYT Magazine and friend-of-Mike-Allen reporter, for writing some 11-page dingbat personality profile instead of an actual news article about the corrosive garbage farted out by the Politico. Good use of that “long form journalistic feature writing” seminar, mysterious anecdote at the 1/3 mark, shocking revelation/sad denouement to close the article. [New York Times]

 
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K.C. April 21, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Smug. Smarmy. Schmuck. And bald!

Moonbatting_Average April 21, 2010 at 12:16 pm

“He was a nice man, a little odd, kept to himself, paid rent on time… I just can’t believe he would do those things!”

Katydid April 21, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Sorry, the NYT is not a Google blog. In this case “obsessively private” about his father = liar, and the bit about no one seeing his home = something to hide.

God, am I a bitch.

ManchuCandidate April 21, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Perhaps more about the RW funders? Or it’s concern trolling articles?

Nothing? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

Looks like the Old Grey Lady’s gone retarded.

Boojum April 21, 2010 at 12:20 pm

He is a closeted Manchurian Socialist Muslin.

Kodos April 21, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Perhaps it’s best that no one has ever been to, or knows the location of, the Politicave.

Diana Davies April 21, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Why does Wonkette keep posting pictures of men who look like penises?

imissopus April 21, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Has anyone ever seen Mike Allen and Matt Drudge in the same place at the same time?

Texan Bulldoggette April 21, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Hmmmm…add pathological liar to the list of his charming attributes. Who the fuck lies about their birthday? And the fact that he doesn’t let anyone into his apt. means he is a serial killer, a hoarder or has Asian/Russian sex slaves tied up in there.

proudgrampa April 21, 2010 at 12:25 pm

“He was a most peculiar man.”

mustardman April 21, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Perhaps the bastard spawn of Dick Cheney? Maybe he lives in Dick’s bat cave!

JMP April 21, 2010 at 12:30 pm

So Allen’s sitting in his nowhere land, making all his nowhere plans for nobody.
Mike Allen, please listen, you don’t know what you’re missin’.

doxastic April 21, 2010 at 12:34 pm

So, basically the NYT profile is what POLITICO would be like if they wrote stories that are too long rather than too short.

phildeaux April 21, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Wonkette is really driving this Mike Allen story. We might WIN THE MORNING!!1!

SayItWithWookies April 21, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Hmmm…dad was a Bircher, so I’m guessing he was crazy and into corporal punishment. Mike Allen is an intensely private workaholic — so I’m guessing self-flagellation is probably his big kink. The privacy thing is weird, but not unheard-of among functioning adults, especially those with crazy child-beating parents.

Buzz Feedback April 21, 2010 at 12:36 pm

I think his father is Jesse Helms. With the right glasses, he’s the dead-spit of the old hater.

Mr Blifil April 21, 2010 at 12:36 pm

He’s a well respected man about town doing the best things so conservatively.

mumblyjoe April 21, 2010 at 12:37 pm

FAIL the morning?

norbizness April 21, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Well, at least they’re a shoo-in for the 2010 Anticlimax Pulitzer. In any event, maybe this can be a learning experience for the Wonkette editors, like when Otto the Bus Driver gulped a smart drink at a dance club…

Otto: Hey, Mrs. Simpson! You should try one of these “Smart Drinks.” [laughs and drinks it] Ooh, wow… I’ve wasted my life!

penalcolony April 21, 2010 at 12:47 pm
Red Zeppelin April 21, 2010 at 12:53 pm

[re=561152]Moonbatting_Average[/re]: He does look a bit Amber Alertish!

Decker April 21, 2010 at 12:55 pm

NYTM – Get back to us when you crack the location of the Wincave and find the fridge full of chopped up Boy Scouts.

bitchincamaro April 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Teacher
Football coach
Newspaper columnist
Kiddie diddler

Smoke Filled Roommate April 21, 2010 at 12:58 pm

What’s with him and the constant Boy Scout references? That’s creepy.

Smoke Filled Roommate April 21, 2010 at 1:08 pm

[re=561186]penalcolony[/re]: Haha– Say “No!” to the New World Order. Good lord.

gurukalehuru April 21, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Hey, Karl Rove’s daddy had a pierced testicle, but we don’t go on and on about that.

4tehlulz April 21, 2010 at 1:22 pm

In sum, Mike Allen is lying tumor that is killing American democracy.

But I already knew that.

Lawndarts April 21, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I didn’t recognize him without the costume.

TexasSecessionist April 21, 2010 at 1:54 pm

I met Mike Allen a few months ago, at the Politico offices. You should see his cubicle, an overwhelming, tumbling, cascading mess of 1000s pages of documents, reports, journalistic tomes. It would take 10 teenagers to achieve what he has accomplished. Clearly underneath it all is his origin point, the small lead box that contains the Truth of him. He buries it, piles a life’s work on top it, crowding himself into a tiny corner and a single course of action. But… when the custodian cleans it all up what will happen?

An American in Toronto April 21, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Three different birth dates?

SHOW ME THE CERTIFICATE!!1!

Ducksworthy April 21, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Father died of a liver ailment at age 50, in 1987. So either alcohol or AIDS. Neither of which suggest a wholesome childhood for your young mikey.

crapshooter102 April 21, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Today we are all Mike Allen Birthers.

McDuff April 21, 2010 at 2:09 pm

won’t talk about himself or his father, but constantily declares “my mother was a saint.”

Extemporanus April 21, 2010 at 2:11 pm

“It was always easy for me. I was born a rich Birch child. I remember the days, sittin’ on the balcony with my family’s hired help, singin’ and dancin’ down in Monarch Beach.”

Mr Blifil April 21, 2010 at 2:13 pm

[re=561186]penalcolony[/re]: He also wrote speeches for former Gov. George Wallace of Alabama during Mr. Wallace’s Presidential campaigns

He was, one might say, a wingnut’s wingnut. Had to respect Wallace a little though, he never flounced around with signs pretending it wasn’t about color.

GOPCrusher April 21, 2010 at 3:21 pm

“Quiet guy. Kind of a loner. Kept to himself.”

Signed
Jeffrey Dahmer’s neighbors

problemwithcaring April 21, 2010 at 4:14 pm

[re=561315]Ducksworthy[/re]: Seriously fucked up childhood. Why did he lie and say he never read anything his father wrote?

Katydid April 21, 2010 at 4:17 pm

[re=561329]Mr Blifil[/re]: From Wikipedia: Mr. Allen’s most popular book, ”None Dare Call It Conspiracy” published in 1971, expounded the conservative theory that international banking and politics control domestic decisions, taking them out of elected officials’ hands.

“International banking” – code for Joos, although I guess the Birchers were/are anti-Semites, hell, what aren’t they anti?

Smoke Filled Roommate April 21, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Nobody knows the exact address of Mr. Mikey’s Politicave except specially appointed Eagle Scouts and Boylovers.

WonderWomyn April 21, 2010 at 8:12 pm

I heard from a “source” that he used to work for the NYtimes –shouldn’t they have mentioned that? Maybe they wrote a nice article since he knows some people there… possibly?

zhubajie April 25, 2010 at 8:32 pm

[re=561329]Mr Blifil[/re]: And eventually Wallace realized that “n*ggers are just people too.”

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