Ben Smith

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Mayor Corey Booker's Senate Run Basically Falls On Lautenberg's Retirement

    All eyes are on Corey Booker. Three weeks ago, we reported on the Mayor's announcement that he would consider running for the New Jersey Senate in 2014. And, following suit, BuzzFeed's Ben Smith argued that the Mayor and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick were destined to battle it out for Barack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Rightbloggers Declare Democratic Convention a Failure -- Which May Be Why It Succeeded

    A week after the party of Kang had their national convention, the party of Kodoshad theirs in Charlotte, NC. It was a lively affair, with a floor fight strong-armed by party bosses, and big speeches by Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama, Sandra Fluke, and some guy running a crap economy who nonetheless no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Is Andrew Cuomo's Office's "File" On Critical Reporter As Insignificant As Gov's Office Says It Is?

    Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo's Press Secretary Josh Vlasto interrupted his vacation so he could appear on the radio show of Cuomo apologist/New York Post state capitol bureau chief Fred Dicker to explain that a "file" kept by Cuomo's flack on a reporter who's often critical of the governor wasn' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Andrew Cuomo's PR Flack Kept "File" On "Generally Snarky" Reporter

    Andrew Cuomo cheerleader/New York Post state capitol bureau chief Fred Dicker may have the right idea with his incessant butt-smooching of his main-man Cuomo -- if you don't want the gov's office to keep a "file" on you, that is. An aide to the governor reportedly kept a "file" on a reporter who he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2012

    Rightbloggers Hail Ann Romney, Declare Victory in the War on Women

    In the past month, because they endorsed multiple (and sometimes bizarre) anti-abortion laws and denounced efforts to have contraception included in health insurance plans, conservatives found themselves advertised as making a "war on women." But last week they were able to turn the tables, because ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Matt Drudge, David Axelrod, and Tina Brown All Still Use AOL Email Addresses

    ~*xoMattDrudgexo*​You know who still uses an antique AOL email account, apart from your mom? A lot of really famous and important people. Politico's Ben Smith argues today that the outdated email service has actually gone from uncool and dated all the way back around to being a "status sy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    A Brooklyn State of Mind as Borough Exceeds Same-Sex Marriage Goal (Video)

    Brides Stacey Minondo and Barbara Tremblay waiting outside Brooklyn Borough Hall​Brooklyn was number two when it came to the number of weddings it planned to perform yesterday. With 109 lottery winning couples registered in the morning, it was a distant second to Manhattan's planned 459 weddin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Anthony Weiner's Last Words (For Now)

    ​Anthony Weiner, delivering his second apology, this one followed by a stump-speech-like paean to the city's middle class, seems to have intended for his resignation today to serve as interlude, not obit. Otherwise he could have just issued a statement stepping down, rather than conjuring up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Anthony Weiner: Grilled, But Not Done Yet

    Anthony Weiner, in a PG-13 photo from his Facebook page​Clearly, Anthony Weiner's belated and Breitbart-crashed take-his-medicine press conference this afternoon was aimed at putting the lid on a story that's dominating the headlines. And with a week's worth of covering-up apparently done, it's a ... More >>

  • Art

    March 16, 2011
  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    Richard Johnson is Out at Page Six, Emily Smith to Take Over

    ​As pointed out by Ben Smith at Politico, Richard Johnson -- who has been working the New York Post's gossip beat for over 20 years -- just abdicated his throne for a gig in L.A.

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2010

    Ann Coulter Welcomes Gays to GOP at "Homocon"

    ​On Tuesday in New York City, Ann Coulter explained to a room full of homosexuals, gathered for GOProud's "Homocon," why they cannot get married: marriage "is not a civil right - you're not black," she said, according a report this weekend from Politico. "Blacks must be looking at the gays say ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Eric Schneiderman's Numbers Don't Look So Hot, Victory and All

    ​If you've never heard of Jay Townsend, guess what? He runs a small marketing firm and lives in Cornwall on the Hudson and last night he got at least 10,000 more votes than Eric Schneiderman ( Townsend is now the Republican cand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2010

    Vanity Fair Reporter's Palin Misstep is Minor, Not "Yellow Journalism"

    Never went to J-school​ In the middle of the week, Vanity Fair made the massive profile, "Sarah Palin: The Sound and the Fury," available online. Like anything related to the ex-governor and former vice presidential candidate, the article proved to be a lightning rod for for supporters and det ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Was the Muslim Cab Driver Slashing the First "Ground Zero Mosque" Hate Crime? (Updated)

    ​A cab driver picked up a 21-year-old fare yesterday in Murray Hill on 24th and Second around 6 p.m. The fare -- "visibly drunk" -- gets in the cab, and reportedly asks the driver: "Are you a Muslim?" The driver answers that he is. And what happens next? The fare, as we've now heard, stabs the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    The Sad, Bullshit Story of Washington Post Blogger Dave Weigel's Resignation

    Via Wonkette.​This is a story you should familiarize yourself with, for two reasons: (1) You may hear more about it over the weekend. And (2) It's a story about the state of dialogue and opinion, of ethical gray lines and competing reporters, and the way a fast news cycle -- like a strong tide ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    Eliot Spitzer: Kagan Ain't Gay..gan.

    ​Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer recently spoke at the 92nd Street Y, and we were there to hear him talk about things! At one point he discussed potential Supreme Court nominees. And one of these nominees' names was Elena Kagan.

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Adolfo Carrion Comes Back to NYC, but Maybe Not the Way He Wanted To

    ​Former Bronx borough president Adolfo Carrion, who left city politics to become the first director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs, is coming home via another federal gig. Carrion will be leaving his current job to become the regional director of New York and New Jersey for HUD. W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2010

    David Paterson Had State Workers Work on His Aide's Accuser: Times

    Life gets no easier for Governor Paterson. The Times finds sources who say that, even as the paper was preparing its story on Paterson aide David Johnson -- whose aggressive break-up tactics appear to have been the last straw for Paterson 2010 -- the Governor had his press secretary Marissa Shorenst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    CPAC Conservative "Woodstock" Kicks Off With Jokes About Ugly Liberal Women, Etc.

    ​"Tea Partiers could crash CPAC's party," said UPI this morning (sourcing RedState's Eric Erickson, who demanded "a purging of the movement" -- he's big on purges), but there doesn't seem much at the Conservative Political Action Conference, which kicked off today in D.C., that TP people would ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    WashPost's Milbank Raps Obama Show

    One of the many pitfalls for Barack Obama and his handlers is the tendency to be too cute by half -- think of that cotton candy Greek temple erected on Invesco Field in Denver for the winning candidate's acceptance speech last summer. The Washington Post's Dana Milbank makes a good case today that t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2008

    Obama's New York Days Recalled in Plenty

    Plenty magazine has a long article about Barack Obama's environmentalist history, including his stint at NYPIRG, when the future Presidential candidate made $200 a week and worked out of a sketchy trailer at City College. Colleagues recall him as driven but diffused: "I don't think he really saw the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2008

    First Reax Palin-Biden (Still Drunk!)

    At NBC it's conventional wisdom without a Convention or wisdom. Chuck Todd says Biden talked as if "he were the candidate," which is bullshit, and "You're not going to see this debate have much effect --" which would be just, but who can count on justice? Tom "Swallowed My Tongue Again" Brokaw: " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2008

    Bronx GOP Chair: Blog Subpoena Was Related to Death-Threat Probe

    “you are a dirty dirty bitch that commited many offenses you will pay. aent a security gard in thois world that can stop us from killing your kids. you deserve it for beoin being disloyal to Guy. no one goes agenst guy and gets awau with it.” —quote from an anonymous letter received by Bro ... More >>

  • News

    November 20, 2007

    Rudy's Ties to a Terror Sheikh

    Giuliani's business contracts tie him to the man who let 9/11's mastermind escape the FBI

  • News

    May 30, 2006

    Dem Party Animals

    As New York's Democrats prepare to take charge, reform vows take a backseat

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2005

    The Curious Case of CXB

    In the September 13th Democratic primary, Christopher X. Brodeur won 16,561 votes. Today he was in Criminal Court—with Ron Kuby at his side—after 12 days in Rikers on charges of resisting arrest and harassment, the latter referring to his alleged threat to physically harm New York Observer ... More >>