Joe Williams—the senior White House reporter who was suspended from and later left Politico—is having a rough couple of weeks.
Mr. Williams, a former D.C. deputy bureau chief for The Boston Globe, had his impartiality called into question when, during an appearance on MSNBC, he said that Governor Mitt Romney appeared on Fox and Friends so often because he was most comfortable around other white people. (Apparently, being cognizant of race now constitutes a liberal bias.) The Washington Free Beacon flagged the video, and soon Breitbart.com and The Daily Caller unleashed their liberal media bias-sniffing hounds, scouring Mr. Williams’s Twitter and uncovering one retweet of a lewd joke about Ann Romney and the following critique of Politico: “what’s most irritating is the overlay of blatant racism. that’s the secret sauce in the Politico shitburger.”
"We have no doubt that traffic will dip—how much, we don’t know—following the election," wrote Politico editors Jim VandeHei and John Harris in a memo to staff today.
In part, the memo is an explanation of how Politico will try to make the transition from 2008 to 2009, a year when news Read More
Politico editor-in-chief John Harris was on CNN’s Reliable Sources over the weekend and discussed the press’ love affair with Barack Obama:
Almost a couple years ago, you would send a reporter out with Obama, and it was like they needed to go through detox when they came back– ‘Oh, he’s so impressive, he’s Read More
Here’s something a little more coherent than “Hillary moves right.”
Bill biographer John Harris, in the Washington Post, writes that “the recent record makes it clear that Hillary Clinton has staked her future on precisely the same brand of centrist political strategy that her husband fashioned a decade ago — using Read More
The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House, by John F. Harris. Random House, 504 pages, $29.95.
Presidents move in the polls long after they leave office, and armchair historians can hold endless conversations about who belongs with the great, the near great and the mass of lesser mortals. Harry Truman departed the White House Read More
I always knew that someday, someone in the Washington press
corps would notice the right-wing conspiracy. After all, it has been operating
under their upturned noses for these many, many years. On May 6, my faith was
finally vindicated with the appearance of a startling article by one of The Washington Post ‘s most able Read More