Mike Allen, Busted, Ctd

Politico is still acting like a politician riding out a scandal by refusing to engage it, rather than a newspaper dedicated to transparency. Allen’s fusion of advertizing clients and personal relationships and puff pieces – a veritable nest of conflicts of interest – is apparently beyond reproach because, well, er … just because. Jim Vandehei’s latest reluctant defense of Allen is elegantly summed up by Chait: “a comical stream of evasive tripe.” It is indeed.