“And this is where things went wrong. It was (and is) fine to have a publication focused on insider politics. But it was not ideal when The Post, the New York Times and many other major mainstream news outlets drifted toward this model — and when they did so was particularly problematic.” Perry Bacon Jr with a solid take in WaPo: How the rise of Politico shifted political journalism off course. (Although, this practice of covering politics like a sport hardly started with Politico.)