‘Nonpartisan’ National Journal Hires Reporters from Left-Leaning Outlets




National Journal, Washington’s self-proclaimed “premier source of nonpartisan insight,” announced a slate of hirings Thursday morning, including three journalists from left-leaning outlets.

“In one fell swoop, we’ve just hired a big collection of the best young journalists in Washington,” online editor Tim Grieve wrote in a memo this morning, according to Fishbowl.

The new hires include Lucia Graves, Alex Seitz-Wald, and Marin Cogan.

Graves will join the outlet from the Huffington Post. She was formerly the press secretary for Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D., Ore.).

Seitz-Wald is a staff writer for the liberal Salon. Previously, Seitz-Wald worked for ThinkProgress, a project of the liberal Center for American Progress Action Fund, the 501(c)(4) affiliated with the Center for American Progress; during his tenure there, Seitz-Wald once said he would give up sex for a year to keep the Internet.

Cogan will be a writer-at-large at National Journal; she previously reported for Politico, GQ, and most recently, the New Republic.

New Republic owner Chris Hughes has postured that his magazine does not engage in advocacy journalism.

Hughes worked for the 2008 Obama campaign and is a member of the secretive liberal donor network known as the Democracy Alliance. His husband, Sean Eldridge, plans to run for a U.S. Congressional seat in New York. Under Hughes’ tenure, the New Republic published what was widely regarded to be a softball interview with President Obama, and reportedly engaged Democratic public relations firm SKDKnickerbocker.

Update (Aug. 10): This post has been corrected to reflect that ThinkProgress is a part of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, not the Center for American Progress.