The Politico Names New White House Editor, Reveals Everything Wrong With Modern Journalism in the Process

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Politico named a new White House news editor this week and in the process accidentally revealed everything wrong with modern political journalism.

On Monday, two of the online media outlet’s top editors – Blake Hounshell and Carrie Budoff Brown – announced that reporter Sam Stein will be the lead guy in their White House news division effective January 4th. Their excitement was palpable:

While to some this news might sound like mostly inside-baseball stuff, it actually becomes a lot more interesting and revealing once you find out Stein’s journalistic background:

He’ll need little introduction to most of you, having made his mark at not one but two innovative digital startups that came of age along with POLITICO, while being a longtime MSNBC contributor and a general force of nature in Washington journalism.


Sam joins us after three-and-a-half years as politics editor at The Daily Beast and 10 years prior to that as a White House correspondent and politics editor at HuffPost.

So … an MSNBC contributor, an editor for the left-wing Daily Beast and a reporter for the far-left online political tabloid the Huffington Post. His Everipedia bio states that Stein “makes regular appearances on Morning Joe and Hardball with Chris Matthews” (obviously that last part needs a bit of updating).

Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand Stein’s obvious political leanings. Considering the news outlets he used to work for and the fact that he’s been a frequent critic of President Trump’s over the last four years, it’s not hard to guess where he stands on the issues. And that’s the problem. He’s going to work for a supposedly “objective” news outlet in a senior role while carrying leftist creds that would earn the seal of approval from Media Matters and CNN if they gave such things.

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There’s also the little matter of Stein’s wife Jessica Leinwand and her close ties to the Obama-Biden administration. She now works for Facebook – in a key position:

But Stein’s proximity to President-elect Biden runs even deeper. Stein’s wife, Jessica Leinwand, previously served in President Barack Obama’s administration as Deputy Associate Counsel at the White House and as a trial attorney for the Department of Justice.

Federal Election Commission records also show that Leinwand had contributed nearly $10,000 dollars to Democrats and progressive organizations – including more than $5,700 to Biden’s presidential campaign.

Leinwand now works for Facebook as a public policy manager – something Stein alluded to in October when he admitted to having “conflicting opinions” on social media companies’ censoring of a New York Post expose on Hunter Biden.

GOP rapid response director Steve Guest got to the heart of the matter in his reaction to the news:

I wrote last week on how the incestuous relationship between Big Tech, the media, and Democrats was only going to get worse in a Biden-Harris administration. I wish I could say that I’d been wrong.


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