Skip to comments.Politico’s Shrinking Pains
Posted on 06/23/2012 10:36:52 PM PDT by lbryce
Politicos got problems.
Huffington., The Huffington Posts iPad-only magazine, is out with a new article today giving readers an inside look at the struggles of Politico a Northern Virginia-based newspaper and website.
Here are the top 9 juiciest tidbits from the piece (because the tenth item would have been a little too inside baseball, kind of like Politico). If you want to read the whole thing, its 99 cents on the iPad.
1.) Politicos screw loose reporters drink the Kool Aid
Vandehei, whos fond of saying that his most successful worker bees have a certain screw loose, also embraced the idea that everybody at his politics-obsessed enterprise should just keep swallowing their Kool Aid. We get flak for being a cult sometimes, Vandehei said, according to staffers present. But you know what? We are a cult!
2.) Politicos top editors, Jim Vandehei and John Harris, may not stick around much longer
The article regularly recites a rumor that Politicos top newsmen might not stick it out until the 2016 election cycle.
Having built a sizable and still-expanding newsroom of 225 editorial and business staffers, Politico has to size up new revenue streams and reshape the franchise in such a way that staffers speculate the companys co-founders may not stick around a few years from now.
Vandehei and Harris may grow restless and depart if Politico Pro [a pricey subscription-based policy news service] and a more trade-oriented news approach come to dominate and define the enterprise.
3.) Politicos traffic is down from last year, and its an election year
In a trend first noted by The Daily Caller, Politicos traffic has fallen behind its rivals in 2012, and has yet to even meet its 2011 high-water mark.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailycaller.com ...
I remember several months ago many FReepers complaining about Politico's left-leaning coverage, talk of avoiding Politico altogether here at FR began to generate interest but it soon died down.Maybe it's time for the Moderators to take another look.
And here I thought Politico still ran their site out of Nancy Pelosi’s office.
NO! You embrace their liberalism? Did you drink their kool aid or do you work for then?
also embraced the idea that everybody at his politics-obsessed enterprise should just keep swallowing their Kool Aid.
Do I have to spoon-feed posts for those with less than adequate IQ? That's actually a good idea. All of my posts will have a question posters must answer accurately or will spoon-feed my comments to avoid misunderstandings like the one in the previous post.
presently no screen name-Spoon feed question: Who's buried in Grant's Tomb? And not being able to come up with some simple screen name is also indicative of cognitive/comprehension problems. You might want to stick with Yahoo Answers to post stuff to.
Politico is still quoted by so -called conservatives on the talk show circuit.
Middle of the road pack loves Politico.
This was the most notable:
No one is asking you to do ANYTHING! Get over yourself, dweb!