Howard Kurtz dubita che sia davvero Mike Allen.
But is even a master aggregator a Washington power broker? (Allen breaks some stories, too, but that's not the reason he became a cover boy.) Or is he a symbol of the clout of Politico, whose fast-paced metabolism has upended the established journalistic order headed by, yes, the New York Times? There's another possibility: that the story was written from deep within the Beltway bubble, by and for Washington insiders. Not that there's anything wrong with that. But it means Allen's influence may be contained to a limited sphere, like the ruler of a tiny island kingdom. I always had the sense that the most important journalists were the investigative types, or those who covered the hell out of the White House or Justice Department or the oft-ignored regulatory agencies, and could dig out news we'd never otherwise learn -- before the next Toyota crash or mine collapse.