Politico‘s Mike Allen has been featured on the cover of New York Times magazine, WaPo and HuffPost. Most everyone working in D.C political news media reads his “Playbook” and knows who he is. And yet, somehow his existence escaped HBO’s Bill Maher, who had no idea until Friday. And he still might not know.
Makes a person want to scream in Maher’s face: What kind of an idiot are you?
Republican strategist Michael Steele was a guest on the panel during Friday’s edition of “Real Time with Bill Maher.” While talking about the fast-changing media landscape Steele said, “You find that bloggers actually are directing the news on any given day. The first thing in the morning, someone like Mike Allen and his political profile. How we start the day…”
“Who?,” Maher interrupted. “Mike Allen, he’s a big blogger out of Washington, D.C,” Steele explained.
We see two potential problems here. First, Allen is the chief White House correspondent for Politico, not a blogger. Second, why doesn’t Maher, a pretty savvy political commentator not know who Allen is? Quick, get him on the Playbook listserve!
Allen hasn’t responded to our request for comment.