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December 15, 2008

PolitckerMD is gone

Our inbox was a little lighter this morning without the wake-up call synopsis from PolitckerMD, an ambitious online project of the New York Observer that has been vastly curtailed in the wake of the economic crisis facing all of us.

The plan was to have a local politics site in every state, and Politicker got up to about 17 or 18 before cutting back to all but a handful last week. We can't find a formal announcement, but the demise was reported by Gawker and FishbowlDC, as well as some of Politicker's sources in Maryland.

The Maryland site is one of the casualties.

Republican lobbyist and political adviser Don Murphy is hosting a farewell luncheon today for Politicker's Maryland reporter, the omnipresent Danny Reiter, at Paul's Restaurant in Arbutus. As best we can tell, Reiter never had an office. But with a cell phone and a laptop, he covered a lot of terrain. We don't like seing any journalist lose their job, and especially those with an organization thought to be at the vanguard just a few months ago.

Posted by David Nitkin at 12:36 PM | | Comments (1)


Danny and the PolitickerMD will be sorely missed. That was one of my links on my Examiner page.

However as talented as Mr. Reiter is I'm sure he'll be writing for someone else the Examiner??? Maybe? Or the Sun?? lol...

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