I noted about a year ago that I had moved away from Politico as a prime source of news because of it’s anti-Palin, anti-Tea Party bias. That bias has been confirmed by the shoddy reporting of the accusations against Herman Cain, and its current obsession with Newt.
I still link to Politico because it is a source of reporting, but it’s not a source I look to first. I still like reading Ben Smith and I contribute from time to time to The Arena, including voicing criticism of Politico’s handling of Cain. But I have a problem with Politico’s news operation.
So I can’t say this is a surprise, via The Daily Caller, Under assault for liberal bias, Politico’s traffic dives:
Internet traffic and Web search measurement tools from several sources indicate that despite massive promotion efforts on MSNBC and in other venues, Politico.com is rapidly losing readers, especially outside of Washington, D.C.
Measurements of U.S. Web traffic provided to The Daily Caller by Compete, Inc. indicate that the number of total monthly visits to Politico.com dropped by 31.8 percent during the 18-month period that ended on October 31.
During that same period, and perhaps not coincidentally, Politico has come under sustained criticism from many observers, including Fox News Channel anchors and several prominent radio hosts, for exhibiting liberal bias in its news stories.
Other third-party traffic measurements also indicate a recent traffic decline for Politico.
I’m sure Politico does not agree with assessments of bias. Any more so than do the executives at MSNBC.