Top Politico Editor Resigns Abruptly Over Strategic Differences

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Politico executive editor Rick Berke announced Sunday evening that he is parting with the Beltway-centric outlet, a surprise resignation that comes less than a year after his hire.

In a memo sent to staff, and obtained by the Huffington Post, Berke said while he was leaving on amicable terms, he no longer saw eye-to-eye with Politico’s co-founders John Harris and Jim VandeHei.

“While our overarching goals are similar, Jim, John and I have agreed to disagree over the strategy for achieving those goals,” he wrote in the memo. “There is no acrimony and no drama – simply an acceptance by the three of us that the dynamics were just not there for us to function seamlessly.”

Harris and VandeHei seemed to echo that sentiment in their own memo, which can also be read at HuffPo.

“This isn’t an isolated decision. We have very big plans for expanding POLITICO here and elsewhere and need in place a leadership team that shares our vision, ambitions and full faith,” the pair, often referred to as VandeHarris, wrote to staff. “It is no secret some cool changes are coming to the newsroom, culminating with a sharper focus on owning our core areas of interest: Congress, policy, politics and the White House. You should expect some big new hires, too.”

Berke, a longtime reporter at the New York Times, joined Politico in October as a replacement to VandeHei, who had been elevated to CEO of Politico and Capital New York.

In his announcement of the hire to staff, Harris called Berke “a political junkie” and a “deep admirer of the publication.”

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  1. Avatar for mantan mantan says:

    As a news consumer I must admit to being weary of ‘big’ names terming them, for years if not decades now, ‘usual suspects’.

  2. Albritton who owns Politico is a Republican…a well hidden one…

  3. Yawn…

    Politico? Who the eff cares? I’m sick of Beltway hacks writing to please those in power so they can enrich themselves. That’s why Meet the Press sucks. The incestuous relationship between these court stenographers and those in power is revolting. That is why they’re ignored by all except the elite whom they serve. They exist in a circle jerk.

    Oh, by the way, were John McCain or Lady Lindsey on the Sunday morning news shows, for the thousandth time, mewling for more war? And how was Tim’s son Luke on MTP? Strange how the meritocracy works. That’s why no one outside of the Beltway watches these abominations.

  4. Avatar for dnl dnl says:

    Got an invitation he couldn’t refuse from Fox? Replacement for ChuckyToad? GlenBeck 's cohost on ‘DerBlase’?

  5. Avatar for joyboy joyboy says:

    "Tiger Beat on the Potomac"as Charles Pierce accurately calls it. Almost as reliable as Fox for republican uh…stuff.

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