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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Revolving Door of Media and Politics

In chapter 12, we discuss a "revolving door" between politics and the news media. Some political figures, such as Clinton White House aide George Stephanopoulos, have moved into journalism. In recent years, media cutbacks have encouraged some journalists to move into political staff jobs, mostly on the Democratic side. The latest example is Jonathan Allen, formerly of CQ and more recently The Politico. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) has tapped him to run her growing leadership political action committee.

In an interview, Allen said: "I'm very excited that I can openly laugh when [Rep.] Barney Frank [D-Mass.] says something funny. I am a very big fan of his humor. When you're a reporter you're trying not to show favoritism and now I can laugh." He added: "I'm hopeful I can advance the Democratic Party's goals and obviously, the congresswoman's goals."