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Wondering what happened to LL? Don't worry—it'll be back soon.

This column from Washington City Paper's April 26 issue was Alan Suderman's final one as LL (the issue also featured his cover profile of Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser, who's running for mayor). Suderman has a new job at the Center for Public Integrity, writing about money in state politics.

But City Paper is looking for a new LL now, and we hope to have this blog back up and running full time shortly. In the meantime, keep up with local D.C. news on our City Desk and Housing Complex blogs (and also check Arts Desk and Young & Hungry for arts, entertainment, culture, food, and drink), and follow us on Twitter for updates on District politics here and there. We'll announce our new LL here as soon as we can.

  • Asuka

    I find it more than a little unsettling that the reporters who write this column always end up taking jobs at progressive think tanks and NGOs (Silverman to the Fiscal Policy Institute, and now Suderman to CPI). I know no one within a 50 mile radius of DC cares about that, and one would be hard pressed to find someone inside said radius that wouldn't applaud those two organizations, but anyone who is intellectually honest and cares about journalistic integrity (*cough* City Paper Editorial Board *cough*) should question the trend. Are we to believe that the personal politics of this column's reporters haven't played a role in their reporting?

  • TheHermit


    I don't know if you know, but both Silverman and DeBonis went on to work for WaPo. Barras freelanced for WaPo and is now a columnist for The Examiner. So, it's not just NGOs and think tanks former LLs go to work for...

  • Mahdi Leroy J. Thorpe, Jr.



  • Mike Madden

    @ Asuka:

    The Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit, but it's a nonprofit that exists to support investigative reporting into campaign finances, which many news organizations no longer have the budget to pay for. Former CPI staffers have gone on to jobs at Reuters, Bloomberg, and various newspapers from there. Suderman went to a reporting job, not an activism job.

    Also, as TheHermit has pointed out, when Elissa Silverman left City Paper, it was to go work for the Post, not the D.C. FPI. I don't see what City Paper could or should have done about that, as she didn't go directly from here to a nonprofit.

  • Asuka


    CPI is widely regarded as a progressive organization. Silverman indeed did move on to the WaPo before moving to FPI, but I think it would be more than a little disingenuous to suggest that she developed her current political ideology while at the Post and not before her move. I'm surprised that you would even attempt to rebut the observation, given that you certainly know it to be true. Apparently modern journalism is not only bereft of intellectual tolerance, but intellectual honesty as well.

  • Mike Madden

    @ Asuka:

    I have no idea what Silverman's political ideology was when she was at City Paper (or before she was at City Paper), as I only met her two and a half years ago. But the point remains that she's the only recent past Loose Lips writer who went into advocacy, and she did that after leaving a different journalism job.

    You're welcome to critique our politics, of course, but I don't think the examples you're citing really make the point you want them to.

  • FormerBrownSupporter

    I Miss LL! Please find a replacement soon. I need my DC political tea :)