Kate Glassman Bennett promises her new Politico column, The KGB File, will be “fun, coy, insightful, a tad biting — and smart.” The editor’s memo.
From: Susan Glasser
Date: February 9, 2015 at 6:32:17 AM EST
Subject: a new addition
It’s been a while, but Washington is about to get a great gossip column. Kate Glassman Bennett, a fourth-generation Washingtonian who cut her teeth on gossip in the competitive world of Las Vegas before returning home to DC, will soon launch The KGB File for us at POLITICO. Kate promises a column very much in the spirit of the legendary late Diana McClellan, whose Ear in the Washington Star was the original must read in a company town where the backstage happenings of its congresspeople and Cabinet officers, columnists and chefs have always helped chart the ebbs and flow of power. Kate is a former gossip columnist for the Las Vegas Sun and editor in chief of Vegas Magazine (not to mention classics graduate of St. John’s College); most recently here in DC she has edited Capitol File magazine, Washingtonian Bride & Groom and Washingtonian Mom. For Politico, she promises a great read multiple times a week: “fun, coy, insightful, a tad biting — and smart.”
Stay tuned for more on the launch: Kate starts work with us on Feb. 23.
“This place isn’t for everyone,” Politico CEO Jim VandeHei tells his employees in a memo about the expanding news organization’s culture. “People who thrive here are highly talented, self-motivated doers who are brimming with passion and a desire to win.” He adds that “there is no tolerance for office drama and problem ducking. Litigate differences in person, bluntly but respectfully.”
From: Jim VandeHei
Sent: Monday, October 28, 2013 8:32 AM
Subject: The POLITICO Culture
I wanted to share my thoughts on the culture we are building here at POLITICO.
A lot of us – especially reporters – roll our eyes at long missives about corporate culture or expectations. But, I believe it is essential to think about what made POLITICO great – and what can make it even better – and to put it in writing so everyone can digest and understand it.
Thankfully, we have a healthy culture already. We no doubt hit some rough patches in getting here but I feel companywide the daily ride is smoother, more thrilling and more satisfying than ever./CONTINUES Read More
PolitiFact was blasted yesterday for choosing “Republicans voted to kill Medicare” as the “Lie of the Year.” Dan Froomkin says he wrote to PolitiFact founder Bill Adair and urged him to “take it back quickly and explain the (probably self-inflicted) pressures you were under” when selecting the lie.
“I haven’t heard back,” writes Froomkin.
He’s drafted a letter to PolitiFact readers that he says Adair is free to edit and use. An excerpt:
When it came time to choose the winner, we convinced ourselves that it would be a statement of our independence to pick it over the one the readers chose: The repeated GOP insistence that the economic stimulus created “zero jobs.” (We should have listened to you.)
What we lost sight of, in this process of deciding what would reflect best on us, was that the Democratic claim wasn’t really a lie in the first place. Succumbing to our self-inflicted pressure to win credibility from both sides, we forgot that our mission is not to be perceived as credible, but to actually stand for the truth.
READ FROOMKIN’S POST and the Milwaukee alt-weekly’s THE PROBLEM WITH POLITIFACT WISCONSIN