This Is How Hillary Clinton Gets the Coverage She Wants

J.K. Trotter · 02/09/16 01:07PM

Hillary Clinton’s supporters often argue that mainstream political reporters are incapable of covering her positively—or even fairly. While it may be true that the political press doesn’t always write exactly what Clinton would like, emails recently obtained by Gawker offer a case study in how her prodigious and sophisticated press operation manipulates reporters into amplifying her desired message—in this case, down to the very word that The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder used to describe an important policy speech.

Emails: Top Clinton Aide Secretly Wrote Item for Mike Allen’s Politico Playbook Newsletter

J.K. Trotter · 02/05/16 04:00PM

Most people in Washington attribute the success of Politico’s marquee morning newsletter, Playbook, to the superhuman work ethic of its main author and Politico’s Chief White House correspondent, Mike Allen. According to several 2010 emails recently obtained by Gawker, however, Allen has employed one unusual productivity trick: letting someone he covers ghostwrite an item for him.

Who’s Going to Keep Paying For This Crap?

Alex Pareene · 01/29/16 06:34PM

Jim VandeHei, co-founder of The Politico, will leave the Washington-based news operation after the 2016 election. He will take with him Mike Allen, The Politico’s reporter-mascot, who says today that the two plan to start “a new venture that will change the world one more time.”

Emails: Politico’s Mike Allen Repeatedly Promised “No Surprises” Interview to Senior Democratic Lawmaker

J.K. Trotter · 12/03/15 12:16PM

Politico correspondent Mike Allen has insisted that his obsequious attempts to secure an interview with Chelsea Clinton, in which Allen promised to conduct a “no risk” exchange and to clear interview questions beforehand, did not reflect his normal practices or Politico’s editorial standards. New emails obtained by Gawker, however, indicate Allen has repeatedly offered similar terms to at least one politician on Capitol Hill.

Has Mike Allen Promised You a Softball Interview?

J.K. Trotter · 11/30/15 04:42PM

Last week, we published emails in which Mike Allen, the chief White House correspondent of Politico, promised to provide completely positive coverage of Chelsea Clinton in exchange for a sit-down interview at a brunch hosted by the political news outlet. Allen initially claimed ignorance—“I don’t remember this e-mail”—but today, in his early-morning Playbook newsletter, he acknowledged he had sent it and regretted it:

Emails Show Politico’s Mike Allen Promised Positive Coverage of Chelsea Clinton

J.K. Trotter · 11/24/15 02:15PM

Few journalists are more thoroughly connected to Washington’s power elite than Politico’s Chief White House correspondent Mike Allen. But as newly released emails between the veteran reporter and a former State Department official show, Allen’s coveted access sometimes comes at the cost of his own credibility—as well as Politico’s reputation as an adversarial news outlet.

J.K. Trotter · 09/25/13 05:10PM

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright just published, then mysteriously deleted, the following tweet: “sometimes i sleep-email and accidentally delete @politico #playbook first thing in the morning. @mikeallen deserves better.” What could it mean?

This Is a Picture of Politico Star Mike Allen's Old Office at Time

John Cook · 06/20/13 11:57AM

Mike Allen, chief White House correspondent for THE POLITICO and “'the most powerful' or 'important' journalist" in Washington, D.C., has a clutter problem. This is a photograph of his office at Time magazine, where he worked as a political reporter until 2007.

Don't Read Politico, Urge Politico Editors

John Cook · 05/31/12 01:55PM

Megalomaniacal supervillain Jim VandeHei and emotionally hobbled robo-reporter Mike Allen, both of Politico, have penned a rugged endorsement of Mitt Romney's chief grievance today, agreeing with his advisors that the press corps is busy "scaring up stories to undermine the introduction of Mitt Romney to the general election audience." We need more serious, measured, balanced, non-inflammatory reporting on both candidates, said the men responsible for Politico, a web site that catalogs what political flacks' "dietary dossiers."