When I reported last month on the potential inner circle of advisers who might still be available to work on an Anthony Weiner mayoral campaign, the names of two experienced operatives came up in every conversation.
Has Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times, "lost the newsroom"?(2)
It may be too early to declare that the New York Post state editor, Fred Dicker "abandons Cuomo," but there is a more visible rift emerging between the freshman Democratic governor and the Albany reporter who largely praised his earlier efforts and is currently writing about about him.
"No wonder Republicans are livid with the early coverage of the 2012 general election campaign," Politico wrote in its much-discussed, indirectly argued story today headlined "To GOP, blatant bias in vetting."
A spokeswoman told Capital the New York hub will have both editorial and business-side staffers. The main headquarters will remain in Washington, D.C.
Dicker said that Mary Snow, a New York-based political correspondent for Wolf Blitzer's "Situation Room," had contacted him Monday "saying that CNN was going to be doing a piece on the possibilities of Andrew Cuomo running for president in 2016 and would I speak to them.
The Wall Street Journal has a new print media reporter: Politico's Keach Hagey, who will join the paper's media desk in mid-April, acccording to a memo that went out today.
Among those you'd generally expect are too busy with their faces buried in notebooks or laptops to get dolled up and camera ready: "Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg; FiveThirtyEight blogger Nate Silver; chief correspondent for The Caucus blog Michael Shear; Washington bureau chief David Leonhardt, White House correspondent Jackie Calmes, New York Times Magazine political correspondent Matt Bai; and reporters Jeremy Peters, Ashley Parker, Brian Stelter, Nick Confessore, and Michael Barbaro. Megan Liberman, deputy news editor, will host the news segments." Additionally, "Op-ed columnist Charles Blow will host the opinion segments, which will feature Gail Collins, Bill Keller, Joe Nocera, Ross Douthat and Thomas B. Edsall," the release states.
And, of course, distribution in New York is also a draw to luxury advertisers, who pay big bucks to be anywhere: Imagine the ad sales pitch where Politico can say their papers are in the lobby of the St. Regis Hotel and in the hands of Graydon Carter or Rupert Murdoch. (We don't know if they are, or really where the "controlled distribution," as it's called, is.) That sector is not presently a staple of the newspaper; maybe it could be?(2)
When the popular political blogger and reporter Ben Smith broke the news to his nearly 60,000 followers on Twitter a little after midnight on Dec. 12 that he'd be leaving Politico for a site called BuzzFeed, the reaction among New York media professionals was a combination of shock and fascination.
Mitt Romney's campaign is holding twelve conference calls this afternoon with an array of local and national surrogates in response to a Democratic National Committee ad, released this morning, that splices together clips of Romney appearing to change his position on a variety of issues.
On a conference call with two surrogates this afternoon, Mitt Romney's campaign defended its first ad of the cycle, which shows a clip of President Obama saying, “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose." The ad doesn't mention that he was quoting a John McCain aide from four years ago.
Romney's director of communications Gail Gitcho jumped in front of a question from Politico's Reid Epstein about how the Romney surrogates on the call—former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty and Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire—could stand by an ad "that's clearly taking out of context something that the president said."(3)
Who's behind Newark Politico? 'A group of Newark professionals,' as yet unidentified, gets a 'cease-and-desist' from Politico
"To date, we have made requests and have been in contact with most of Newark's political players in an effort to lend their political views and commentaries to Newark Politico," a representative for the startup website wrote to Capital. "Due to the political nature of the site we have chosen to keep confidential all communications with these individuals. We can neither confirm nor deny who has agreed to be a contributor."
UPDATE: Politico executive editor Jim VandeHei wrote to say the company has sent a cease and desist letter to the founders of Newark Politico. VandeHei confirmed that both the design of the logo and the name of the site are the targets of the letter.(3)