A Politico reporter who often penned stories about Sarah Palin and other Republicans has quit journalism to work with the Democratic Party in Arizona, sources tell The Daily Caller.
That reporter, Andy Barr, has covered national politics for the publication since 2008. Barr leaving to help elect Democrats will likely fan the flames of critics who say Politico has a liberal bias.
It’s not exactly clear what his new job duties are. Barr wouldn’t say, but told FishbowlDC, which first reported that Barr was leaving, that he left Politico on “very good terms.” That report said Barr, who is from Phoenix, is taking a “political job,” but didn’t say where he is going.
Seems like moving into the Democrat Party apparatus has happened before with Politico alumni.
Barr is not the first Politico reporter to leave for a Democratic gig. Congressional reporter Jonathan Allen left Politico in 2009 to work as an aide to Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, a Florida Democrat, but he returned to Politico in 2010.
Politico’s editor-in-chief, John Harris, responded to questions about Barr’s departure, writing in an email that the website’s management does not “worry about someone’s personal ideology so long as it is understood that their responsibilities at POLITICO mean leaving personal views at the door.”
“Andy did that, and had a very good reputation for professionalism with colleagues, sources, and readers,” he told TheDC.
So can John Harris explain why Barr wrote stories like this? (h/t and explanation at The Right Sphere):
Barr's anti-Palin bias was so bad he was caught manufacturing facts about the former Alaska Governor's "Don't Retreat, Reload" phrase.
How's that for Andy Barr checking his bias at the Politico door, John Harris?
But noooooooooooooo! The lib Journ-O-Listers will tell you they're "objective," and only Fox News is biased. Right!