This morning, Matt Drudge reported that Barack Obama’s campaign had barred critical reporters from the senator’s plane. According to Mr. Drudge, reporters from the New York Post, The Washington Times, and The Dallas Morning News (all papers whose editorial pages endorsed Senator Obama’s rivals, John McCain and Sarah Palin) were told that: Read More
As the New York Times reported today, the office of Bronx district attorney Robert Johnson subpoenaed Ben Smith and Gur Tsabar, the co-founders of Room Eight, looking for someone who wrote unflattering posts about D.A. Richard Johnson and forbidding the recipients from making public the fact that they had been subpoenaed. Read More
I’m at a Personal Democracy Forum conference about technology and politics right now at Jazz at Lincoln Center, where Ben, Ana Marie Cox and a few other folks were discussing the impact technology had on journalism and politics this year.
Ben got a hearty-ish laugh from the audience with a counter-intuitive analysis of Read More
Outside, in line, BOILING. 11:22 a.m.
"Lanny, what now?" reporters ask Lanny Davis one by one. "We’re going to take the White House" is his talking point today.
And here’s a reporter who’s been covering Hillary for the whole shebang. What’s next for him? "Gonna take a week off."
Inside. There are 10 American flags Read More
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – Reporters were mostly only half-listening moments before Hillary Clinton’s eyes welled up with tears in a coffee shop here early this afternoon.
It was another of the increasing number of hour-plus gatherings put on by her campaign, and the majority of the reporters were scrolling around on Blackberrys or reading the Read More
At this morning’s press conference, Michael Bloomberg seemed to put a damper on talk that his administration will get any more involved in the issue of Rudy Giuliani’s practice of billing obscure city agencies for out of town travel expenses.
In response to a reporter’s question, Bloomberg said, “When the comptroller, Read More
Mike Huckabee’s value to Rudy Giuliani has been well-documented. But the relationship is a two-way street—something Mr. Huckabee made clear on national television on Sunday.
Toward the end of a 20-minute interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week, Mr. Huckabee was essentially given a free shot at Mr. Giuliani, asked to assess the Rudy’s Read More
Oops! Former Observer reporter Ben Smith, who now has a blog for The Politico that’s a favorite of campaign junkies, wrote a post earlier today about this "independent pro-Hillary site," which offers to pay people $1 for every pro-Hillary comment they post online. He declared the site "the worst idea of Read More
“It is completely false that I have anything to do with the Giuliani campaign,” said Daily News chairman and publisher Mortimer Zuckerman.
On Jan 24, Politico’s Ben Smith published a PDF of Rudy Giuliani’s 127-page campaign dossier, a secret battle plan. Smith had also reported on the brief while working at the Read More
John McCain’s chief strategist says he can’t get over the publication this morning of an incredible Giuliani campaign document that was apparently lost by one of Rudy’s operatives and obtained, inconveniently enough for the former mayor, by Ben Smith of the Daily News.
“There is nothing in there that is particularly surprising to Read More