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Speaking Flattery to Power

Dec 07, 2015

Last week, CNN global affairs correspondent Elise Labott—who according to her Twitter bio is also a self-appraised “truth seeker”—was suspended from the network for two weeks for editorializing on social media. The offending tweet was this: “House passes bill that could limit Syrian refugees. Statue of Liberty bows head in anguish.” At first glance, this punishment appeared grossly unfair.

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Fact Checking Politico's Federal Reserve Fact Check

1:02 PM, Nov 11, 2015

One of the big problems with media "fact checkers" is the presumption of expertise that the reporter doesn't actually have. Sitting around googling whenever a politician opens his or her mouth often means a rush to judgment, and the results can be embarassing. Last night, Politico Pro sent out the following story:

Fact check: The president can’t fire Yellen
By Jon Prior

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Politico's Shoddy Hit on Ben Carson 'Fabricating West Point Scholarship'

2:06 PM, Nov 06, 2015

In Ben Carson's bestselling book, Gifted Hands, he recounts a tale about how as a top ROTC student in Detroit growing up he had an opportunity to meet General William Westmoreland. Apparently, the meeting went well. According to Carson, "Later I was offered a full scholarship to West Point."

Politico followed up and is now reporting that this anecdote is 'fabricat[ed]":

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Feds Paid Politico $432K in 2014

Nearly a million taxpayer dollars to Politico since 2011.
10:28 AM, Mar 25, 2015

Since Politico, a politics-focused website and newspaper, launched its subscription-based news service Politico Pro in 2011, government agencies have increasingly turned to the service to keep abreast of the latest developments in their spheres of policy. Government records show fiscal year 2011 contracts with the owner of Politico, Capitol News Company, totaling $41,900.

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Hillary Campaign Signs at Politico Reporter's Wedding

1:00 PM, Feb 16, 2015

A number of guests at a Politico reporter's wedding this weekend held up campaign signs for Hillary Clinton during one of the party's "wild dances." According to Politico's Mike Allen, there were several "Hillary for President" signs present at the Sunday wedding of reporter Jake Sherman and former Democratic congressional aide Irene Jefferson.

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Feds Paid Politico $432K in 2014

7:01 AM, Feb 11, 2015

Since Politico, a politics-focused website and newspaper, launched its subscription-based news service Politico Pro in 2011, government agencies have increasingly turned to the service to keep abreast of the latest developments in their spheres of policy. Government records show fiscal year 2011 contracts with the owner of Politico, Capitol News Company, totaling $41,900.

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The Samuel Gompers of Our Day

Feb 09, 2015

Last October, The Scrapbook took note of Politico’s curious decision to hire Mike Elk as one of the publication’s labor reporters. Aside from the fact that Elk has a long history of questionable labor activism that makes impartiality impossible, he also has a history of erratic behavior and has on a number of occasions publicly said he has mental health issues. At the same time, Elk is not without ability as a reporter and his pro-labor sympathies mean he has excellent union sources.

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The Elk Club

Oct 13, 2014

Politico recently hired Timothy Noah to be the publication’s labor and employment editor. Noah is a former Slate and New Republic columnist known for being liberal. Of course, most reporters on the labor beat are pro-union, so you’re probably wondering what the news is here. Well, that would be Noah’s hiring, in turn, of Mike Elk, formerly of Huffington Post and In These Times, to help him cover the beat.

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A Word About Politico's New Hire...

9:49 AM, Sep 30, 2014

Politico recently hired Timothy Noah to be the publication's Labor & Employment editor. Now Noah is a former Slate and New Republic columnist who's known for being stridently liberal, so if you are an employer or someone who generally just likes reading coverage of labor issues that isn't slanted toward a pro-union bias, this was a problematic hire.

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'My Battle With the Clintons'

8:39 AM, Jul 23, 2014

Daniel Halper, THE WEEKLY STANDARD's online editor and author of Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine, writes for Politico magazine:

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Politico: 'Will the Real Hillary Clinton Please Stop Talking?'

9:23 AM, Jun 17, 2014

In the print edition of Politico, columnist Roger Simon asks, "Will the Real Hillary Clinton Please Stop Talking?"

It's a provocative title for a piece on someone who might be the first female president of the United States. So provocative, in fact, that Politico changed the title for the online edition of the column. "Can Hillary Clinton be herself and still win?" the title now reads.

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Hey, What About Value Drain at the Post?

10:19 AM, Nov 14, 2013

Politico argues that, with the recent departure of some high-profile reporters and editors, "The New York Times is suffering a brain drain."

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Politico: Obama Shows 'Resolve and Strength' By Shutting Government

11:31 AM, Oct 01, 2013

Virginia-based trade publication Politico says that President Obama is winning by shutting down the government.

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Preach It, Brother Cotton

2:02 PM, Aug 07, 2013

Declaring his candidacy for the U.S. Senate Tuesday evening, Republican Tom Cotton of Arkansas took on the charge that he isn't experienced enough and went for the jugular.

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'Obsessively Promoted'

8:31 AM, Apr 30, 2013

According to Virginia-based trade publication Politico: "The Weekly Standard, the flagship publication for national security conservatives, has obsessively promoted [Congressman Tom] Cotton’s speeches and campaign activities." (Which might only be considered obsessive if one didn't compare our coverage of Cotton to Politico's coverage of the White House Correspondents Dinner.) Nevertheless, we don't want to disappoint our friends at Politico, so here's a link to their profile of Cotton:

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Layoffs at Politico

3:11 PM, Jan 07, 2013

The Huffington Post reports that Politico has fired several employees:


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Liberal Media Takes Aim at Conservative Media

10:45 AM, Nov 12, 2012

With the election over, members of the mainstream media are now claiming victory over the conservative media. Jonathan Martin of Politico writes about how insular Republicans were blindsided by the Democrats' success last week and chalks it up to "Kaelism"--recalling the movie critic Pauline Kael's claim in the 1972 landslide election that she only knew one Nixon voter. Here's an excerpt:

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Reporter: 'A 40% Chance [Romney] Says Something Stupid'

10:55 AM, Oct 30, 2012

A Huffington Post writer caught political reporters talking on Politico's livestream, predicting that there's "a 40% chance that [Mitt Romney] says something stupid." Via Twitter:

Reporters overheard on politico live stream speculating before Romney event that there is "a 40% chance that he says something stupid."

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Weak Responses to Romney's Foreign Policy Address

4:37 PM, Oct 08, 2012

The weakest response to Mitt Romney's foreign policy address, which he delivered earlier today at the Virginia Military Institute, comes from Virginia-based trade publication Politico.

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Politico Investigates: 'Joe Biden: Sex Symbol?'

12:42 PM, Oct 02, 2012

Virginia-based trade publication Politico investigates whether Vice President Joe Biden is a sex symbol:

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Politico: Romney a 'Man of Constant Sorrow'

12:39 PM, Sep 19, 2012

Virginia-based outlet Politico declares Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney a "man of constant sorrow." Alexander Burns writes:

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8:05 AM, Aug 16, 2012

Can you find the "MOST INTRIGUING SENTENCE" in today's Playbook from Politico? It's from these paragraphs:

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Politico: 'Paul Ryan Is Hot!'

6:59 AM, Aug 13, 2012

Politico's Patrick Gavin reports


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Politico Still Promoting Ex-Reporter

12:28 PM, Jul 05, 2012

Politico is still promoting ex-reporter Joe Williams, who is no longer working at the publication after saying that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is uncomfortable around people who are not white.

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Media Circles the Wagons Amid Accusations of Bias Against Romney

Politico may have ulterior motives for accusing the Washington Post and New York Times of bias against Romney. But they also have a point.
4:30 PM, May 31, 2012

This morning Politico made the worst mistake a mainstream media outlet can make—acknowledging the blindingly obvious truth there is a pronounced media bias against Republicans, specifically Mitt Romney. Predictably, there has been some circling of the wagons. Woe be unto us if the the defenseless Washington Post and New York Times credibility erodes to the point where the center-left has less of an information stranglehold.

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Politico: The Media Sure Are Biased Toward Obama, Aren't They?

7:40 AM, May 31, 2012

Politico's Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen have a story this morning that looks at media coverage of the candidates in the election thus far, "To GOP, blatant bias in vetting":

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Politico Hypes ‘Cain Drain’

2:01 PM, Nov 14, 2011

Politico has a new report on a poll the paper conducted with George Washington University: "Post-allegations, the Cain drain."

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Rick Perry's Actionable Intelligence

Spurious questions about Rick Perry's intelligence only serve as a distraction from discussing concrete political achievements.
12:51 PM, Aug 29, 2011

Jonah Goldberg wrote a column about the recent attacks on Rick Perry, arguing that identity politics on the right are "intensely wearying" and "conservatism needs to spend less time defending candidates for who they are, and more time supporting candidates for what they intend to do." Of course, this is very difficult to do so long as the media is "equat[ing] funny accents with stupidity, and they automatically assume someone who went to Texas A&M must be dumber than someone who went to Yale."

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Happy Hour: Obama Can't Keep a Secret

6:00 PM, Mar 30, 2011

"President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. government support for rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, government officials told Reuters on Wednesday."

Guess who's making out like a bandit from Obamacare?

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