In NYT‘s Brian Stelter’s story on Politico owner Robert Allbritton acquiring Capital NY today, he interviews the venture’s new President Jim VandeHei.
We’re not sure which is worse. Stelter asking VandeHei a truly softball question and acting like it’s anything more than that, or VandeHei reading his mind.
From the story:
Capital New York is in some ways an embryonic version of Politico: with a small staff of seven that hustles to break news on political and media beats, it has begun to establish itself as a competitor to New York’s newspapers and niche publications, at least among a core set of news fiends. But its rivals have far bigger staffs, and New York is arguably a much tougher market to break into than, say, Washington was for Politico.
“I know people will say it’s so crowded and competitive there,” Mr. VandeHei said, predicting a reporter’s question. “But I don’t think the areas we seek to own — the politics and policy of City Hall and Albany, media etc. — are as well-served as some might think. I fully anticipate we will make quite a splash with our hires and unique approach.”