Allen provided a complete listing of all the brochure’s chapter headings and six separate Web links his readers could use to download the promotional package.
In that Playbook email, the first mention of Mitt Romney came in paragraph No. 13.
“ROMNEY and PAUL RYAN appear together today in Henderson, Nev., and (with Kid Rock) at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Golden, Colo. Look for Romney in Ohio later this week,” it read in its entirety.
TheDC has previously examined Politico’s leftward lean, including an analysis of one week in November 2011, when nine of the 16 news broadcasts on the liberal MSNBC network included at least one Politico guest. (RELATED – MSNBCPOLITICO: A commanding presence for Politico on the left’s favorite cable news channel)
Mike Allen often appears personally on a segment during MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show to promote the Playbook email. In his absence, Politico editor-in-chief Jim VandeHei and staff writer Patrick Gavin sometimes stand in.
TheDC emailed Mike Allen with a question about whether Playbook is sporting a “a decidedly pro-Obama tilt” in the run-up to Election Day.
“Have you put something new in the secret sauce in the days leading up to the election?” TheDC asked.
Allen did not respond.