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Donald Trump: Honesty Is for Chumps

politico.com — Donald Trump may have hired a staff and commenced the building of a political organization, but Trump 2016 is best viewed not as a political campaign but as an evolving real-estate deal, with Trump playing the shifty developer and the voters representing the buyers to be wooed.

Nick Denton Wins Again

politico.com — Only Nick Denton could seize a media calamity like the one currently roiling his Gawker Media empire and turn it into a public relations triumph. Denton’s flagship site earned widespread condemnation 10 days ago for its feature about a media executive’s attempt to procure an escort for some same-sex action.
Jul 27, 2015

Finally, @jackshafer takes a break from being a political-media reporter to write a pure media commentary. politico.com/magazine/story…

Jul 27, 2015

Why I want to live in a world in which Gawker is as mean as it wants to be. politi.co/1HWtnce pic.twitter.com/G5g0DDB10r

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The Kennedy Center Honors: The awards program the Washington Post loves to slobber over.

slate.com — Twice a year, the Washington Post Style section drops all journalistic self-respect to hype a pathetic awards ceremony called "The Kennedy Center Honors." Style's first genuflection to the event, produced by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, comes each September when the center announces the five or...

Links that stink on news sites.

slate.com — When Vannevar Bush first dreamt of hyperlinks back in the 1940s, surely he envisioned something tidier than the link riots that erupt on many of today's Web pages. The extraneous links etched into most Washingtonpost.com stories, for example, make it look as though an insect rode a unicycle dipped in...

2015’s Hottest Startups: Donald Trump and His Friends

politico.com — The herd of Republicans running for president-15 announced so far, but soon to hit 16-has so daunted Fox News that the channel has established rules that will limit the number of candidates in its August 6th candidate debate. Fox isn’t the only newsroom dazed by the field’s size.
Jul 17, 2015

New @Politico: The Start-up Ethos Comes to Presidential Campaigns (URL corrected) politi.co/1e5E3dM

Jul 17, 2015

I like @JackShafer’s idea of @FoxNews doing bracketed debates for the @GOP primary: politico.com/magazine/story… Go online, let people+press score

Jul 17, 2015

Pres campaign as startup: "First, they attract seed funding (series A) from an investor as the campaign coalesces." politico.com/magazine/story…

Jul 17, 2015

super smart analysis from @jackshafer: how 2015's hottest startups are political candidates politico.com/magazine/story…

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In Praise of Negative Campaigning

politico.com — The 2016 race is about to turn rough-very rough. Now that almost every conceivable member of the human race has entered the race for the GOP presidential nomination, millions of dollars from SuperPACs are flooding into the primary elections and the GOP is beginning the process of vilifying likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, this next...

Hillary Clinton’s Front Porch Campaign

politico.com — Hillary Clinton wasn’t being evasive in her Tuesday afternoon interview with CNN’s Brianna Keilar when she evaded direct questions about Bernie Sanders, tax increases, “sanctuary cities,” the Clinton Foundation, voter trust in her, her wiped email server and even replacing Andrew Hamilton’s face on the $10 bill. By wrapping...
Jul 09, 2015

New @Politico: Hillary Clinton’s Front Porch Campaign politi.co/1RmPboI

Jul 09, 2015

"Not since Nixon in '68 have we seen a candidate grace political stagecraft w/ such discipline." politico.com/magazine/story…

The Candidates Who Can't

politico.com — Which presidential candidates have a low to non-existent chance of winning? Donald Trump, says NBC News’ Perry Bacon Jr. Bernie Sanders, states Slate’s Jamelle Bouie. The Economist calls a Mike Huckabee victory “remote.” The odds that either Ben Carson or Carly Fiorina could become president are “practically nil,”...
Jul 07, 2015

New @Politico: The Case for Covering Also-Ran Candidates politi.co/1JSIRP3

Jul 07, 2015

Everybody who covers politics should read @jackshafer on important reasons to cover under-dog candidates before Iowa: politi.co/1KLHUek

Jul 07, 2015

RT @MrWalterShapiro: Everybody who covers politics should read @jackshafer on important reasons to cover under-dog candidates before Iowa: politi.co/1KLHUek

Jul 07, 2015

“Do we really have to spend our time and budget to cover Lincoln Chafee’s sorrowful, tear-filled crusade?!” politico.com/magazine/story…

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Hillary Wins Again

politico.com — Mindful of all things Hillary Clinton as we are, shall we take the occasion of her latest email dump to recalibrate the mental instruments we use to measure fatal political damage? The nation’s newsrooms-overflowing as they do with reporters chasing newsworthy revelations that will usher politicians to their permanent reward-might...

Chris Christie’s Ego Runs for President

politico.com — When he makes his announcement Tuesday at Livingston High School, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will have reserved a spot in the soon-to-be congested graveyard for the many failed 2014 Republican presidential candidates. As one of 16 likely skirmishers for his party’s nomination, Christie can’t be too optimistic about his chances of winning-yet...
Jun 29, 2015

New @ Politico: Chris Christie’s Ego Runs for President politi.co/1IoSLZZ

Jun 29, 2015

"Christie will have reserved a spot in the soon-to-be congested graveyard for failed GOP presidential candidates" politi.co/1CFDq0N

Jun 29, 2015

Chris Christie’s Ego Runs for President - Jack Shafer - POLITICO Magazine politico.com/magazine/story…

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Jul 30, 2015

Correx: "...misstated part of the name of a television show. It is The Big Bang Theory, not The Bang Bang Theory.” nyti.ms/1M0GbSU

Jul 30, 2015

RT @HawthorneLAT: Over in the Clinton camp, even the mixed metaphors are in high dudgeon pic.twitter.com/KrgYyw8UT2

Jul 30, 2015

Only by returning from vacation to read week-old newspapers can you fully appreciate the ephemeral nature of the news.

Jul 30, 2015

"We noticed that you have an AD BLOCKER ENABLED." Damn straight.

Jul 30, 2015

RT @nickgillespie: Meet Willis Conover, the Jazz DJ who helped win the Cold War reason.com/archives/2015/… via @reason's Chuck Freund @jackshafer

Jul 30, 2015

RT @nickwingfield: Here's what 1,000 Italian Foo Fighters fans playing "Learn to Fly" sounds like youtube.com/watch?t=407&v=…

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