After living in Washington for five and a half years, a few months ago Washington Free Beacon‘s Managing Editor David Rutz moved to Roswell, Ga. with his family. Despite the geography, his job with the right-leaning publication remains the same. He’s clearly dedicated to the operation. He started out as a part-timer in 2012. They apparently liked him enough to keep him around full-time.
Rutz got his start in the profession as a sports reporter for a weekly paper called the Northside Neighbor and occasionally wrote for the Marietta Daily Journal before a friend told him about the Free Beacon opening.
He says he moved to Washington for “a fresh start.”
Asked about NYT‘s Maggie Haberman recent whopper of a decision to leave the engagement side of Twitter, Rutz threw her a bone.
“I’m glad Haberman didn’t write a column about it and then promptly keep using Twitter, because I’ve seen several people pull that one,” Rutz said with a detective’s tone. “Seriously, though, I think she was smart to do it. Her stories can speak for themselves. I don’t see generally what mainstream reporters get out of Twitter; it’s not in any way a snapshot of real American life.”
That said, you can find Rutz tweeting away at @DavidRutz.
Person: David Rutz
Job: Managing Editor, Washington Free Beacon.
Location: Roswell, GA. (WFB’s central office is in Rosslyn, Va.)
The last restaurant on my credit card: Kona Grill.
Name one Washington figure or journalist you’d vote off the island: D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton; her position is pointless.
Tap, still or sparkling: tap.
Beauty product I refuse to live without: Err, shampoo? Soap?
Where you’ll find me at least once a week: A park with my wife and daughter.
Trump kids ranked: Worst to Best…Tiffany, Ivanka, Don Jr, Eric, Barron.
What I’m complaining about… People treating every piece of news like a Category-5 emergency. And the Braves’ situational hitting.
What I’m hate watching… Deadline White House. An insufferable hour of giggling self-importance.
Your go-to swear word: Bullsh-t. What else?
One thing about me that might surprise you…I have a legitimate fear of heights but absolutely love roller coasters.
When asked to expound on his fear of heights, Rutz replied, “Nope, no childhood trauma, I just have a major lurching feeling in my stomach and get dizzy near heights. I’ve never fallen or anything. But if I’m strapped in on a roller coaster, it doesn’t bother me (lol).”
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