The media sales world in Washington has been a cross between Lifetime’s Project Runway and an all-day marathon of MSNBC’s Lockup. One day you’re in. The next you’re out. And sometimes it’s all a big ugly backstabbing fight.
Michael Schoenbrun, Director of Business Development for Politico, has been trying for eight weeks to get out of his contract and it has been “a big ugly fight,” sources tell FishbowlDC. Schoenbrun finally got out, or rather, was pushed out by Mark Walters, who recently fled the bloodbath of CQ Roll Call for Politico. Schoenbrun, who joined Politico in May, 2010, is going to work for Foreign Policy magazine. Before Politico he was at NJ and before that, Time Warner Inc. in Manhattan.
Foreign Policy mag is apparently the place to be, because The Daily Caller‘s Aaron Finley, who left Politico for The Daily Caller in April, 2012, has also left for Foreign Policy. Finley worked at Politico for five years before becoming VP of Sales for The DC.
The Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson remarked, “Aaron is a great guy. We are proud he worked here. He’ll succeed wherever he goes.”
We reached out to Schoenbrun for more details and also to his new boss, Susan Glasser. So far, silence.