POLITICO Editor John Harris: “POLITICO Marked the End of the Era of Institutional Media. Now We Need to Bring It Back.”

From an editor’s note on politico.com by founding editor John F. Harris headlined “POLITICO Marked the End of the Era of Institutional Media. Now We Need to Bring It Back.”:

As we approached the 15th anniversary of POLITICO, I plunged into old files expecting to find a lot that would make me cringe.

Cringe, I did, looking at some of the early stories, replete with typos, clunky writing, strained premises. More cringing: The first edition of our publication — January 23, 2007 — with its high school newspaper design and a red-black logo announcing the arrival of “THE POLITICO.” Just like in the early days of “TheFacebook,” we soon dropped the “THE.”

From the Daily Beast: “Inside a Divided Politico: Playbook Drama. Woke Police, and Union Fights”

From a story on thedailybeast.com by Zachary Petrizzo and Lachlan Cartwright headlined “Inside a Divided Politico: Playbook Drama. Woke Police, and Union Fights”:

Politico is known for its wildly popular Playbook newsletter, its vast reporting talent pool, and its success as the most widely recognized Beltway-centric publication. But behind the flashy exterior, billion-dollar sale, and massive draw of their star reporters lies a series of burgeoning newsroom conflicts.

From personnel issues, including complaints about internal “woke police,” to a divisive unionization drive, to increasing competition in the profitable D.C. newsletter space, tensions appear to be growing within Politico, which was recently bought by German-based media powerhouse Axel Springer for more than $1 billion.