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Why Ezra Klein Left the Washington Post, in One GIF

Why Ezra Klein Left the Washington Post, in One Blingee

Ezra Klein is on his way out of the Washington Post, as Poynter's Andrew Beaujon reported this morning. The Post's editors referred to Klein twice as a "wunderkind" in announcing his departure. His colleague Dylan Matthews only merited one wunderkind reference in that memo, but the Post, which reportedly turned down Klein's pitch for a $10 million-plus site-within-a-site devoted to explanatory journalism, may find it misses Matthews' KnowMore blog as much as Klein. Why? An October memo from Post publisher Katharine Weymouth explains:

For the third week of October — the third week of its existence — KnowMore was the No.1 most-read blog on all of washingtonpost.com. It is consistently in the top five. Single KnowMore items can do enormous traffic; one on the pope drew more than a million page views in two days.

Also departing for the new venture is the Post's director of platforms, Melissa Bell, who apparently isn't a wunderkind in the eyes of the Post's editors, but who's been running the paper's blog strategy and helped get it running on WordPress.

The new site won't be called Wonkblog, a name the Post owns.

Blingee by Jonathan L. Fischer

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