The New York Times' breathlessly awaited cover story on Politico's Mike Allen, who's breathlessly called the most important journalist in Washington, to the chagrin of the Times and other major news organizations, is online today—all 8,100 words of it. But the much quicker and more amusing take on the story is Mike Allen's own, here, where he grabs, in his signature staccato manner, all the most flattering bits about himself.
Like the fact that Allen's early morning Playbook post has "become the cheat sheet of record for a time-starved city in which the power-and-information hierarchy has been upended." And David Axelrod saying he reads it on the way to the White House. Even the writer, Mark Liebovich, confesses: "I read Playbook every morning on my BlackBerry, usually while my copies of the New York Times and the Washington Post are in plastic bags." For an antidote to this panegyric, see Wonkette's effort to keep Allen's head from swelling any more here.