Washington Times On Politico

From today’s piece by Kara Rowland:

    Ever since Allbritton Communications announced in the fall it was adding a political news startup to its media empire, skeptics have wondered if Washington can support another Capitol Hill publication.

    But pose that question to the Politico’s executive editor, Jim VandeHei, and he will say it doesn’t apply.

    “I just do not see it that way at all,” said Mr. VandeHei, who left his job as national political correspondent at The Washington Post to help steer the venture. He said Politico will distinguish itself from major newspapers and those that “cover the bowels of Capitol Hill” with its staff of seasoned political reporters writing for the decision-making elite as well as everyday readers.

    “I don’t think there’s that many places that are assembling a big group of people with experience covering politics, doing original reporting and doing it for both the compulsive political consumers here and the casual political consumers throughout the rest of the country,” he said.

Read the rest here.