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Politico’s Mike Allen

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The New York Times Magazine has an interesting profile of Politico’s Mike Allen, though I am surprised it left out Allen’s support of Cornerstone Schools in D.C. (which has its golf tourney coming up May 17 –does Allen have time to golf?) Sometimes the most revealing aspects of an individual lie far outside what they do for a living no matter how well they do it, and some paragraphs on Allen’s advocacy for Cornerstone would have added a key dimension to the profile, which seems puzzled by Allen’s robust good will towards all and anger towards none.

The article’s author, Mark Leibovich, also seems to be unaware that the business model of Politico is to destroy completely the need for all other political reporters from all other brands while becoming the AP of national politics for all remaining media that don’t want the expense of a D.C. bureau. For an old media reporter to profile Allen and Politico is like listening to the head of a record company opine on Steve Jobs. Politico gets some recognition in the piece for the change it has unleashed, but the commentary on the comings and goings of staff underscores that Leibovich doesn’t quite understand the revolution that is nearly over.

Take a look at the article in the post below, for example, and ask yourself if any other source in journalism has figured out that these new media wizards will drive much of the news in 2011 as the GOP hopefuls line up their strategies for Iowa. Not only has Politico profiled them all in brisk fashion, the connections with each have been strengthened in advance of a thousand news cycles in which they will matter.

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