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How Romney’s Big Win Played, At Politico and Everywhere Else

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From Mike Allen’s Playbook:

HOW IT PLAYED: N.Y. Times 4-col. lead, “Romney Regains Stride with Victories in 2 States: Margin Is Narrow in Tough Race in Michigan” … WSJ 4-col. lead, “Romney Regains Momentum: Holds Off Santorum In Michigan, Wins Arizona With Ease” … WashPost 5-col. lead, “Romney wins in Michigan and Arizona: TIGHT RACE IN BIRTH STATE – Santorum casts narrow loss as success” … USA Today lead, “Romney regains footing, wins 2-0: Santorum falls short of upset in Michigan” … Chicago Tribune, “Romney holds off Santorum’s surge” … Boston Globe, “Romney wins hard fight in Mich., cruises in Ariz.”

Contrast those leads with Politico’s own: “Mitt Wins Ugly,” yet another reflection of the site’s overall deep anti-Romney bias which is endemic throughout its Arena forum, in Jonathan Martin’s “reporting,” and pretty much everywhere except the always reliable Allen and young James Hohmann’s work.

Over at The Arena, where the Left goes to virtually relax, the front page header at this hour is “For Mitt Romney: No Room For Error?” Sheesh. Talk about upside down “reporting.”

No doubt John Harris and Jim VandeHei are always working to get the old launch balance back, but the addition of Jennifer Granholm as a regular isn’t going to help, nor is Joe Scarborough’s job as the conservative columnist ever going to do anything except scream MSNBC lives here! What a shame to damage a brand so casually when straight reporting of big stories could do so much to stem the growing tide of distrust of the site by the center-right.

BuzzFeed is snarkier but much more objective. The is taking over the center-right news world and,, and the conservative opinion universe. Politico appears to be simply ceding those eyeballs, or hoping that Allen’s “best in the business” status makes readers at least come even if they don’t tarry to read the latest from Christine Pelosi and Garry South.


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