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Every now and again, a story subject loses all sense of judgment and propriety and effectively backs up on himself and drops something revolting. What might have been an unflattering but otherwise unremarkable story becomes a career closing bell. That’s what happened last week when political consultant John Rodriguez, a principal at District Political, made an unseemly call to City Paper reporter Will Sommer, who was penning a piece about the firm’s dubious reputation, earned after bungling a number of recent campaigns. Just as Sommer was finishing his reporting, Rodriguez called him to effectively try to bribe the paper into snuffing publication of the piece. Naturally, the audacious plot twist—a kicker to beat all kickers—made it into the article, which led to Rodriguez’s untimely expatriation from District Political. Journalism news website Poyntertook notice, as did many others who might not otherwise have cared about a floundering political shop. Vexation and no small degree of tribulation ensued. “The end of this story (plus the update) is amazing,” Drew Courtney (@DrewCourt) tweeted. “The last few grafs of this column are such a great payoff,” wrote Jason Plautz (@Jason_Plautz). “This is hilarious and sad. City Paper at it’s best,” noted Daniel Varghese (@drvarg01). My thoughts exactly.
Meanwhile, craft beer apostles are still in a sudsy lather over Zach Rausnitz’s essay in our recent beer issue in which he cast them as elitists masquerading as commoners. “When will media elites realize that #beer lovers don’t gaf whether or not they share our passion for #craftbeer?” Brew Studs(@BrewStuds) wrote.
Finally, readers may notice we’re taking a little nostalgic license by using our old logo on the cover this week. It’s temporary.
Department of Corrections: In last week’s piece about the renovation of the East Building at the National Gallery of Art, we listed in error the year it opened and its address (though the latter is a point of deep contention, like all D.C. geography). It opened in 1978, and the institution prefers to be listed at 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW (as opposed to Constitution).