Former Politico reporter to write tell-all novel

BuzzFeed reports that Karin Tanabe, a former Politico reporter, has landed a book deal that Publisher's Marketplace summarizes as "a 20-something journalist leaves a cushy NYC magazine job for DC's hottest (and most cut-throat) political rag, where she uncovers a juicy scandal involving a senator that could make or break her career."

The blog post, which is unbylined like all BuzzFeed posts by former Politico employee Ben Smith, says "The book seems to be clearly about POLITICO who's "cut-throat" rep — we should note — we always thought was a bit overblown." Smith's totally non-cutthroat agreement with Politico does not allow him to have his name appear on BuzzFeed posts until after the presidential primaries; his bio on Politico identifies him as editor of BuzzFeed but doesn't link to the site. (I linked earlier to a report that I understood as saying Politico wouldn't link to BuzzFeed; "They do link us," says Smith.)

Correction: This post originally misspelled Karin Tanabe's first name as Karen.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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