Politico Claims Dems Conceded Love's Win 'Long Before Election Day'

November 6th, 2014 4:29 PM
On Tuesday, former Saratoga Springs, Utah mayor Mia Love become the first black Republican woman in Congress. Politico, overdoing its apparent grief at Tuesday's national results, is acting as if Love won in a walkaway. Alex Isenstadt's pity party post-election report on the Democrats' substantial House losses claimed that Love's was a seat "Democrats conceded long…

WashPost Blogger: Gabby Giffords Can't Possibly Run 'Mean' Campaign Ad

September 27th, 2014 5:06 PM
Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple seems to be placing himself in the Gabby Giffords Can Do No Wrong camp. One post this week carried the headline “ Politico: Gabby Giffords ‘gets mean.’ Really?” Wemple ripped into an Alex Isenstadt Politico piece on very personal, very negative campaign ads from the Giffords “gun violence prevention super PAC.” We…

Politico Pair Puzzled How GOP, 'Party of Hawks,' Has Gone 'Dovish' on

September 9th, 2013 9:45 AM
No website outdoes the Politico when it comes to looking at the world through Beltway-stereotyping glasses. A post this morning on Republican congressmen and senators' views towards attacking Syria exemplifies that outlook. Apparently, in the fevered minds of Alex Isenstadt and James Hohmann, a GOP lawmaker learning about any idea to intervene militarily automatically salivates at the…

Politico Treats Pro-Gun Controller's Win in Far-Left Congressional Dis

February 27th, 2013 10:46 PM
Knock me over with a feather. A well-known local pro-gun control official, helped by an overwhelming $2 million in funding from a Michale Bloomberg-backed group, won last night's splintered Democratic congressional primary in the Illinois district (IL-02) formerly represented by Jesse Jackson Jr., which includes much of the South Side of Chicago, with 52% of the vote. A "whopping…

In Jackson Jr. Story, Politico's Isenstadt 'Forgets' There Were Five B

November 27th, 2012 9:37 PM
In his coverage of black Chicagoland Democrats' fears that the seat that was held by just-resigned Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. until last week, Politico's Alex Isenstadt initially wrote that Chicago is home of "the nation's first black president, Barack Obama, and the first black member of Congress, Oscar De Priest." Evidence of this original wording is seen at this Google…

Politico: Blacks Fear a White Person Will Win Seat Formerly Held by Je

November 27th, 2012 7:38 PM
This is really too easy. Imagine the hue and cry in the press and elsewhere, which to be clear would be quite appropriate, if an accurate story about a special congressional election to replace a white congressperson began as follows: "White leaders are growing increasingly worried that a black candidate might seize the seat of former Rep. ____ in the upcoming special election."…

Politico's Isenstadt: 'Democrats' Drive to Retake House Falters': Tran

November 5th, 2012 7:37 AM
Though it occupies four web pages, it's hard to avoid thinking that Alex Isenstadt at Politico is hoping news consumers only look at his story's headline ("Democrats' drive to retake House falters") and not its damning yet still woefully incomplete content. The headline would make you think that Dems will gain seats, but not enough to achieve a majority. Isenstadt…

Sticking to the Meme: Politico's Isenstadt Seems Surprised GOP House C

September 25th, 2012 11:07 PM
This one requires a reality check before proceeding. First, a long list of Democratic Party candidates (per ABC on September 4, five for the Senate and eight for the House) -- including many incumbents, chose not to attend the Democratic Convention in Charlotte because (let's get real) they wanted to put distance between themselves, Barack Obama, and Obama's policies (and still do).…

African-American Former Congressman Artur Davis's Switch from Dems to

May 31st, 2012 11:48 PM
Artur who? The seems to be the question at the New York Times and the national site of the Associated Press. Searches on former Congressman Artur Davis (in quotes at the Times, not in quotes at AP) return nothing relevant and nothing, respectively, even though Davis appears to be the only African-American current or former congressman to leave the Democratic Part and become a Republican in…

Politico Erroneously Tags Retiring Rep. Dan Boren as 'Conservative Dem

June 9th, 2011 11:22 AM
Whether it's deliberate obfuscation or just plain laziness is up for debate, but the media have a penchant for misleading news consumers with the meme that Blue Dog Democrats are politically "conservative." While the Blue Dog caucus is decidedly more moderate than Democrats as a whole -- you could individual members are "conservative for a Democrat" -- they rarely if…

Politico Reports Palin's a Thud at NRSC Dinner, all Others Say She Was

June 10th, 2009 4:47 AM
Reports on Governor Sarah Palin's appearance at the National Republican Senatorial Committee dinner in D.C. on Monday nearly all mention that she was quite the center of attention with dinner attendees. Well, all agree with that characterization but Politico's Alex Isenstadt, that is. Isenstadt seems to have been the only one to report that her attendance was a dud. This spurred our friend…