Media A Tale of Two Online Politics Sites
posted by July 2 at 16:00 PMon
Two years ago, the well-known Washington Post political writers John Harris and Jim VandeHei told their bosses that the Post should launch a separate, politics-only web site where political obsessives could click and congregate free from the clutter of car chases, lottery jackpot winner profiles, and so on.
The powers that be turned them down, and Harris and VandeHei went on to quit the Post and help launch The Politico, which now does exactly what they were suggesting—and in the process, has become an essential daily web destination for anyone interested in reading or writing about politics.
Now, two years later, the Post, chafing at the success of Politico and other politics-only web destinations, is thinking about launching a politics-only web site of its own, and doing it quite quickly, before the conventions begin in August.
One problem: They want to call the site PostPolitics, which naturally would require owning the domain name PostPolitics.com.
And which forward-thinking media outlet bought up PostPolitics.com right around the time that politics-only sites were starting to be launched? The Politico.
You can see where this story is going.
According to the Washington City Paper, the Post recently paid $20,000 to The Politico, the guys who are currently eating the Post’s online lunch, just to become an admitted “late entrant” into the online politics-only field.