IF YOU don’t know the name Susan Glasser, she’s the woman who revolutionized Foreign Policy into what it is today. She’s a powerhouse when it comes to foreign policy and a tremendously important hire for Politico whose foreign policy coverage is non-existent.
Susan Glasser did a seriously smart article on Secretary Clinton last summer for Foreign Policy titled “Head of State,” which is worth a read still and will give you an idea of the prowess and prestige that possibly could come to Politico with this move, depending on how much power Martin and VandeHei are willing to give her. In the announcement article on Susan Glasser, they’re saying her presence will be formidable inside the leadership team.
Politico has begun to sag a bit recently, getting beat on stories, but also offering second-rate copy as well, especially op-eds, which recently included nothing less than a Clinton smear piece by a right wing crank, and before that citing Jeff Gerth, a Whitewater yarn spinner. Susan Glasser is the type of talent that could help turn this around.
Susan Glasser would likely have saved Politico from writing that then Secretary Clinton was “his most logical successor” to SecDef Gates. When I asked someone close to Clinton at the time, which I mention in my book The Hillary Effect, when do I start calling her SecDef?, the short reply was, “Um, never?” Bob Woodward missed that, too, so Politico wasn’t the only one hawking nonsense for attention.
From a story announcing the big news, which will also include “glossy special edition” print versions of Politico that Susan Glasser will oversee.
“This next stage of POLITICO’s growth has two main components. The first is to add magazine-style journalism to our newsroom — the kind Susan has produced masterfully throughout her career,” editor-in-chief John Harris and executive editor Jim VandeHei wrote in a memo to staff Sunday night. “Like all our journalism, these stories will aim to take full advantage of our digital platform and the enormous audiences available to us there. Susan will also oversee special glossy editions of this new POLITICO magazine, stocked with profiles, investigative reporting and provocative analysis.”
“The second major component of this new enterprise — and Susan’s mission here — is to add vitality and impact to POLITICO’s daily report by marshaling the best outside contributors to produce analysis, argument and first-person perspectives on the news of the day. We imagine this content as melding the best of several traditional platforms — newspaper op-ed pages, for instances, or Sunday Outlook and Week in Review sections — and revitalizing them for contemporary times. The key to doing this successfully is to have a relentless editorial mind setting the agenda, with a creative sensibility for driving the conversation in Washington and beyond.”
Glasser, who Harris and VandeHei credited with “transforming Foreign Policy magazine into a fascinating and indispensable publication,” has previously served as an editor at Roll Call and The Washington Post. She will join POLITICO in July and will serve as “a core member of our leadership team, editing and managing a new POLITICO magazine online and in print. She will direct a stable of reporters, editors and support staff in producing daily, conversation-driving opinion and analytical pieces, making our website all the more indispensable to readers.” She will also continue to write on foreign policy and national security.