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Politico co-founders John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei (The New York Times) Politico co-founders John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei (The New York Times)  

The top five reasons Politico is garbage, in their own words

Every now and then, someone pulls back the curtain, and the ol’ U.S.A. gets a good look at the folks behind the news.

In this case, our window is a Politico article on the Nebraska Senate race by David Rogers. And boy, is it a good look at what the wizards of the liberal media really think.

Some folks may have missed what we’re talking about. We mean, not a lot of people care too much about a race in Nebraska, and maybe that’s just how this nugget got by the editors. But hey – we read this crap so you don’t have to. Now, since The Daily Caller doesn’t believe in kicking a man when he’s down (and in the interest of time), we’re only going to break down the first page of this five-page manifesto.

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So without further ado, we bring you the top five reasons The Politico is garbage, in their own words.

1. The title

Titles are important. They don’t simply catch a reader’s eye — they tell the reader what that article is about and, sometimes, give them a clue as to where the author is coming from. So when we saw the title, “Bob Kerrey’s last stand to fix Washington” — pretty much a modern day “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” — we thought to ourselves, well, we do know one thing right off the bat: Reporter Mr. Rogers is coming from somewhere — and that somewhere is Mr. Kerrey’s corner.

2. The lede

The goal of a news article is to, well, tell the news. It starts with a sentence detailing exactly what the reader should care about, mentions a few important facts to back that up, then tells the story in a fair-minded fashion with the ultimate goal of giving the reader trustworthy and balanced information that they can rely on to make decisions in their day-to-day life. So, you can imagine our surprise when we read the following:

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — That sound you hear from the empty corn fields is Bob Kerrey gaining on Deb Fischer and the collision of two ideas in American politics: Is the goal to gain power in a broken Congress or to find those best for the Senate to mend it?

Republican Fischer is of the first school: a hard-edged rancher who combines grass-roots gumption and the modern money politics of the KRR machine: Koch, Ricketts and Rove. Make no bones about it, Nebraska’s Senate seat is her lever to topple Democratic leader Harry Reid and health care reform and Republicans are supremely confident she will be on her way Nov. 6.

Surely, we thought, he must be writing of Tammany Hall or some similar notorious political machine. But nope. Mr. Rogers is writing about two modern candidates for the U.S. Senate – one, a Republican whose goal is, we guess, “to gain power in a broken Congress,” the other, a Democrat who, by process of elimination, is working to “find those [ideas] best for the Senate.”

Oh — and that Republican is backed by the notorious “KRR machine” — a super team of big-government Republican Karl Rove, small-government libertarian Charles Koch, and a baseball owner most people would have to Google (a few times) to identify. But know this: They are nefarious! And they are a “machine.”

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