White House staffers have circulated an email responding to a Politico story -- "7 Stories Barack Obama Doesn't Want Told" -- mocking the news site for carrying allegedly shoddy and sensationalist journalism, according to a purported copy of an email published Monday.
The email was titled, "7 narratives politico is fighting in their efforts to get an interview with the President," according to a purported leaked copy. It remarked wryly, "They are more interested in readers than accuracy."
Politico's original story included such one line subject headers as "He thinks he’s playing with Monopoly money," "Too much Leonard Nimoy" and "He sees America as another pleasant country on the U.N. roll call, somewhere between Albania and Zimbabwe."
The email is reproduced at the bottom of this story.
Politico has faced criticism for repeatedly airing terror talk from former Vice President Dick Cheney. In fact, the site ran an interview with Cheney attacking Obama again today.
The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder, who posted a copy of the alleged email, noted that "many on the White House senior staff dislike Politico's brand of journalism, and they do not like the effect that Politico's metabolism has on the rest of the press corps, including this (i.e., my own) corner of it."
But, he added: "Don't read too much into this. There's been plenty of back-and-forth between the White House and the Politico, and the White House accepts the role -- which is often substantial -- that Politico plays in the newsgathering process."
7 narratives politico is fighting in their efforts to get an interview with the President
1. They are more interested in readers than accuracy
2. Its okay to be wrong everyonce in a while, if your [sic] are the first to break the news
3. More interested in gossip than news
4. A spouter of the worst sort of insider conventional wisdom
5. Their analysis about obama has been wrong more than any one
6. Click ... period
7. More obsessed with personality than policy