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Politico's John Harris Boasts He Assigned Story on How Republican Primary 'Voters Are Stupid'

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<p>From Politico Live, about 9:45 PM EDT on Tuesday, March 13, the night of the primaries in Alabama and Mississippi, a rant from Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris – a Washington Post veteran – justifying why he assigned a staffer to write a post which was mildly titled: “<a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/73947.html&quot; target="_blank">How much do voters know?</a>” (Details in a NewsBusters post: “<a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2012/03/14/politicos-alex-burns…; target="_blank">Politico’s Alex Burns: Voters Are ‘Forrest Gump-like’, Lack ‘Most Basic Grasp of the Details</a>’”)<br /><br /><a href="http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2012/03/alabama-mississippi-primary…; target="_blank">Politico Live</a> was carried by C-SPAN and, in the Washington, DC-area, by NewsChannel 8, the all-news cable channel owned by the same company which owns Politico. (NewsBusters: “<a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matthew-sheffield/2012/03/15/politico-edit…; target="_blank">Politico Editor Proudly Announces Story Calling Americans ‘Stupid’ Was His Idea</a>”)<br /><br />The reaction at the end is from Jim VandeHei, Politico’s Executive Editor.</p>