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Cyrano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-11-09 11:42 AM
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Is Politico.com left leaning, right leaning, or centrist?
Edited on Tue Aug-11-09 11:44 AM by Cyrano
I've read their articles on occasion, seen one of their editors on MSNBC, and I really can't figure out where they are on the ideological spectrum.

Perhaps it's just that I haven't read it often enough. I've seen some semi-wingnut articles there, and I've seen some reasonable Politico editors on the tube.

Does anyone know who owns Politico, what their editorial policy/bias is (if any), or if they're just one more site peddling right wing propaganda in a subtle way? As I said, I just haven't read it enough to figure it out.

This topic may have been covered previously on DU, but if so, I missed it since I only drop in occasionally.
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-11-09 11:44 AM
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1. there is an agenda, and it isn't left-leaning
I'm sure if you google politico and media matters, you'll get the whole scoop.
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-11-09 11:47 AM
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2. They try to be neutral, but they are right-leaning ...
here's a recent writeup on them: Politico announces again: GOP is resurgent!
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Cyrano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-11-09 11:57 AM
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7. Thanks for the link, meegbear
I know it's only one article, but their editors sure seem to be pimping for the Rethugs.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-11-09 11:47 AM
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3. Corporate leaning mainly, from what I have seen. nt
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Kittycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-11-09 11:54 AM
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5. Yes though I would say they're better than most orgs these days
It really depends on who you're reading though.
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Cant trust em Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-11-09 11:54 AM
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4. Check out this article from Vanity Fair
http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2009/08/wol...

It doesn't talk much about their bias, but it does talk about where they come from.
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Cyrano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-11-09 12:26 PM
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13. Thanks, Can't trust em. The Vanity Fair article makes Politico sound like
Edited on Tue Aug-11-09 12:42 PM by Cyrano
a mixture of The Washington Post and The National Enquirer that have been put into a super charged blender set to "liquefy."

I find it worrisome that they have more reporters in the West Wing of the White House than any other news source.

Further, their compulsion for speed -- getting "news" out there before anyone else -- does not inspire confidence. Accurate news requires research, confirmation and fact checking and that takes time. When speed overrides accuracy, the result is often misinformation, or worse, the repetition of ginned up propaganda.
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Cant trust em Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-11-09 01:19 PM
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19. I have a theory that the amount of news that exists now actually inhibits learning
I think that with so much out there we are inundated with information have less of the details stick. There can be a tendency to want to read everything, and doing so wind up seeing things in less detail, just skimming the surface (ie quantity over quality).
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Echo In Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-11-09 11:56 AM
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6. Manu was on CSPIN's WJ last weekend - VERY rightward in the moderate cover
In other words, always in deference to the Right, and the pro-corporate sensibility.

He repeatedly downplayed the idea that there was any organized right-wing efforts behind the TH disruptions.
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-11-09 12:07 PM
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8. Politico is owned by Allbritton Communications.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allbritton_Communications

Here's a piece Glenn Greenwald did on Politico:

Friday May 4, 2007 13:08 EDT
Who funds and runs the Politico?

(Updated below - Update II - Update III - Update IV)

In the middle of an article by The Politico's Mike Allen regarding last night's GOP presidential debate, one finds this paragraph:

She was escorted out of the hall by Frederick J. Ryan Jr., chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation, and president and CEO of The Politico.


So the President and CEO of The Politico, Frederick Ryan, is also the Board Chairman for the Reagan Library. And that makes sense, because Ryan is a long-time, hard-core Reaganite. From a November 1987 Press Release:

Appointment of Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., as Assistant to the President

November 4, 1987

The President today announced the appointment of Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., to be Assistant to the President.

Since February 1985 Mr. Ryan has been responsible for the White House Office of Private Sector Initiatives as well as serving as Director of Presidential Appointments and Scheduling. Mr. Ryan began serving at the White House in February 1982 as Deputy Director of Presidential Appointments and Scheduling. In February 1983 he was appointed Special Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Appointments and Scheduling. Mr. Ryan was previously an attorney with the Los Angeles law firm of Hill, Farrer and Burrill. While engaged in his practice, he published several articles on various aspects of the law.

Mr. Ryan graduated from the University of Southern California (B.A., 1977) and the University of Southern California Law Center (J.D., 1980). He was born April 12, 1955, in Tampa, FL. Mr. Ryan is married and resides in Washington, DC.


So the President and CEO of The Politico worked in multiple positions in the Reagan White House, and was continuously promoted until he rose to the level of Assistant to the President. And his close connection to the Reagan family and the Reagan presidency continues through today.

Are we supposed to treat this fact as irrelevant or something when assessing what The Politico is and what type of political coverage it churns out? There is nothing wrong per se with hard-core political operatives running a news organization. Long-time Republican strategist Roger Ailes oversees Fox News, of course. But it seems rather self-evident that a news organization run by someone with such clear-cut political biases ought to have a hard time holding itself out as some sort of politically unbiased source of news.

Read the rest at Salon.
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Echo In Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-11-09 12:08 PM
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9. Thanks for that.
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-11-09 12:11 PM
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10. You're welcome.
:-)
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Jennicut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-11-09 12:12 PM
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11. Total right wing crap trying to pass its self off as neutral.
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Echo In Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-11-09 12:15 PM
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12. It's that 'moderate' approach of strategically suggesting the Left & Right have equal footing in U.S
... when that's clearly not the case at all.
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Cyrano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-11-09 12:37 PM
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14. Good info, City Lights. Thanks.
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-11-09 12:49 PM
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16. My pleasure.
:-)
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ellenfl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-11-09 12:45 PM
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15. i have been paying close attention every time one of the
politico 'journalists' is on the tube. imo, they lean right.

ellen fl
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-11-09 12:51 PM
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17. right leaning
with 8th grade level news reports.
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Uzybone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-11-09 12:51 PM
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18. right wing, its pretty clear
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