The Village Times




Politico Ben Smith



We tried to resist the hive of incivility that is the Internet for a long time. But if you can't beat 'em, join 'em—and carve out your own place in the process. Enter POLITICO, the web site/newspaper formed by a couple of Washington Post expats. POLITICO brings a healthy serving of Village centrism (spiced with a pinch or two of D.C. gossip) to the Net and has proven to be a reliable home for anonymous leaks and image rehabilitation.

Launched: 2007

Key Personalities: Editor-in-chief John Harris; Executive editor Jim VandeHei; Mike Allen, former reporter Ben Smith (left); columnists Michael Kinsley and Joe Scarborough.

Achievements: Launched POLITICO Primary in 2011 with the words, “As Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg argues, it seems likely if not inevitable an atmosphere this toxic and destabilized will produce an independent presidential candidate who could shake the political system.” Proceeded to endorse Hillary Clinton. Allowed anonymous sources inside Obama White House to mock Seymour Hersh's New Yorker story casting doubt on evidence of Iranian nuclear weapons program. Compared Huffington Post to Andrew Breitbart. Served as stenographers for former vice president Dick Cheney.

Sample Sentence: “The liberal blogosphere grew in response to Bush. But it is still a movement marked by immaturity and impetuousness— unaccustomed to its own side holding power and the responsibilities and choices that come with that.”

“Why Obama Loses by Winning” Harris/VandeHei, POLITICO, 7/15/10