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Mike Allen: Erik Wemple's Playbook Pieces 'False And Insulting'

01/14/2014 07:20 pm ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014

Politico's Mike Allen has broken his silence about a string of critical reports regarding his signature Playbook newsletter.

In an email to HuffPost's Michael Calderone, Allen finally responded to the Washington Post's Erik Wemple, who has written a detailed series of blog posts about what Wemple describes as a troubling intersection between Playbook's sponsors and the newsletter's content.

"Erik’s posts about Playbook are false and insulting," Allen wrote in his email. "I haven't responded because his obsessive, anti-Playbook agenda has been obvious for some time."

"I have based my career on honesty and trust," he continued. "Over the past seven years, there have been more than 8 million words of Playbooks, including hundreds of announcements from every group under the sun. You could cherry-pick items to make any case you wanted: that I’m a conservative hack, or a liberal tool, or a bad writer or a good guy. I write Playbook 365 days a year because I enjoy it, and greatly respect the readership it has attracted. I make my decisions based on a single consideration: whether the item would serve the audience."

In an Tuesday night email to Calderone, Wemple responded: "Good job getting a response from Mike about my story. It's more than I got through many weeks of effort and even a personal encounter. From this point forward, perhaps I'll work through you."

Wemple is set to meet with Politico editors on Wednesday to discuss his pieces about Allen.

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