When it comes to left-wingers disguising themselves as objective journalists, Politico is the worst. When the publication first came online, we all liked them. The coverage was fair and the editors and staff seemed to understand that the online world is different from legacy media. On these here Internets, we’re trying to do media differently. But what Politico was doing can only be described as a hustle, a con, a ruse — but one that was undeniably successful, at least in the short term.
In order to gain online traction and influence, Politico pretended to be objective — at least, until they had gained influence, in no small part through their conning of the right. We gave them links and praise and spread the word until…
In 2008, Politico struck.
In 2008, no one did more to undermine Republicans and aid Obama more than Politico. Bias doesn’t even begin to cover it.
With a vengeance, Politico protected Obama. Private citizens weren’t safe; they joined the infamous Journolist (even as they wrote untrue stories protecting Journolist); they created nonsense-narratives about tanning beds; and they spun Obama’s ties to domestic terrorists into a single meeting with “’60s radicals.”
And as we’ve seen during the 2012 campaign season, Politico is now a full-blown character assassination machine joined at the hip with the left in the taking down our candidates one by one. Sexual harassment allegations from 15 years ago and racist Texas rocks from 25 years ago get infinitely more play than Obama’s current scandals (Fast and Furious, Solyndra) and the President’s long list of failures. Politico’s attacked Sarah Palin’s family, Journolisted away inconvenient whistleblowers, and arrogantly refused to correct provably incorrect stories.
And now Politico’s climbed naked into bed to nuzzle the ear of MSNBC.
Politico is a menace to truth and the ideal of what journalism should be, especially on the Web where everyone from Breitbart to Huffington to Kos to Tucker Carlson have had the decency to state their biases up front.
The good news is that, at least according to the Daily Caller, Politico’s trend-lines look eerily similar to those in Old Media.
Just like the rest of the decrepit leftist media arrogantly hiding behind that hilariously phony shield of objectivity, Politico is shedding readers at an alarming rate:
Internet traffic and Web search measurement tools from several sources indicate that despite massive promotion efforts on MSNBC and in other venues, Politico.com is rapidly losing readers, especially outside of Washington, D.C.
Measurements of U.S. Web traffic provided to The Daily Caller by Compete, Inc. indicate that the number of total monthly visits to Politico.com dropped by 31.8 percent during the 18-month period that ended on October 31.
Couldn’t happen to a more corrupt bunch.
And you’ll want to read the full Daily Caller story. The part about how Politico’s “internal numbers” fail to match every other objective measurement is a howler.