Monday is the first day for Kate Bennett, Politico’s new gossip columnist. When Politico editor Susan Glasser announced Bennett’s hire earlier this month, she promised “a great read multiple times a week” in the mold of Diana McLellan, whose column “The Ear” was called a “must-read” in her New York Times obituary.
But how to make a gossip column stand out in a city where juicy scooplets suffuse the news reports of many outlets, from the pages of The Washington Post to the insider-focused coverage of Fishbowl DC?
For Glasser, it’s simple: The column must contain original reporting, eschewing phony grip-and-grins and cocktail parties put on primarily so journalists can record them. Rather, it should be a chronicler of Washington’s “tribal rituals,” pulling back the curtain on the ways the capital’s power brokers interact. Read more