On Friday night, the Washington Post's executive editor will be throwing a post-election party at his house for staffers involved in the paper's political coverage. Some wonder, though, if the event could also be an early going-away party.
Marcus Brauchli with President Barack Obama at the Washington Post building on January 15, 2009, in Washington, D.C. (Bill O'Leary-Pool/Getty Images)
Marcus Brauchli has signaled to some people that he expects to be out by the end of the year, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Inside the Post's newsroom, there has been speculation for months that Brauchli will not be executive editor much longer, with rumors swirling that Boston Globe editor Marty Baron is most likely to replace him.
The Post's -- and specifically, publisher Katharine Weymouth's -- unwillingness to categorically deny ongoing rumors has only helped create the perception that Brauchli has become a lame duck editor atop the masthead. Or, as one Post source, put it: "Dead man walking."
It's not only in Washington that Brauchli's future is a topic of conversation among journalists. When recently taking aim at a Boston Globe story, Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr dismissively wrote that he hopes it "doesn't affect [Baron's] chances to become editor of the Washington Post."
This week, Post staffers and their counterparts at the Boston Globe have been putting their reportorial skills to use, calling each other trying to find out whether Baron is, indeed, replacing Brauchli. (Baron has not responded to several requests for comment from The Huffington Post in recent months.)
The Post newsroom speculation, which reached a fever pitch Friday morning, has filtered outside the newsroom since last spring.
Jim Romenesko reported in March that the Post approached New York Times assistant managing editor Rick Berke for its managing editor position, with sources telling Politico that the Timesman would've become "executive editor-in-waiting" and is taking over for Brauchli when he leaves "within the next year." (A senior Post source told HuffPost at the time that while there were talks with Berke, both sides mutually agreed not to proceed.)
Source: Huffington Post | Michael Calderone