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Marc Osgoode Smith

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Covering Public Policy, Political Culture

Marc Osgoode Smith
Marc Osgoode Smith has been covering – and participating in - Washington DC policy circles for more than two decades. Smith started his career as the pioneering editor of CableFAX, a daily newsletter that covered the parties and business dealings of cable and broadcast industries and their executives, where he introduced the “blogstyle” to trade journalism. He then went to the dark side, serving as senior director of communications for the National Cable and Telecommunications Industry during the industry’s accelerated consolidation and growth and then as a consultant for the Big Four broadcast networks to aid in their navigation of Washington. After trying to make the world a safer place for Big Media, he tried to make the world a safer place in general as the communications director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, helping guide its transition to a global think tank with satellite offices launched in Brussels and Beirut. Smith is now enjoying his role as a “cultural observer” of Washington DC politics and the people that engage in them.



Articles From Marc Osgoode Smith
Thursday Jan 26, 2012 00:00 AM ET
Maybe Washington is a cesspool of political sludge, worthy of the criticism made by those most responsible for creating it. But sharing a fine lager at many a Capitol Hill bar demonstrated that D.C. is doing just fine, thank you very much. It's all those people in Washington that are the problem.
Friday Dec 9, 2011 50:00 PM ET
The holiday parties are still occurring, yet they have become just as partisan as the city's noxious climate, extending the political divide between the two factions to simple acts of holiday season socializing.
Friday Nov 18, 2011 45:00 PM ET
The "system" is clearly broken. Will it be fixed? Or, at the risk of escalating social unrest, its failings rationalized by those whom receive its primary benefits?
Friday Nov 11, 2011 50:00 AM ET
The people, by an unprecedented margin, want no part of having their wireless phones inundated by robo-calls and veiled sales pitches. The "People's House," on the other hand, seek to rationalize a blatant industry grab. Be vigilant with that iPhone...
Friday Nov 4, 2011 45:00 PM ET
When you get right down to it, Washington is like Glee's William McKinley High School, only with more money and more at stake. Just look at the political class's reaction to this episode.
Thursday Oct 27, 2011 50:00 PM ET
This prostrate-driven game of chicken also introduced an unprecedented tactic: the forceful and overt advocacy on behalf of its corporate benefactor by its talent, mainly "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter.
Thursday Oct 20, 2011 10:00 PM ET
The wireless industry’s approach is in stark contrast to the banking industry, which is fighting tooth-and-nail against regulation of an industry that nearly self-imploded save for government intervention and billions in taxpayer support, while at the same time its coffers swell.
Friday Oct 14, 2011 30:00 PM ET
John Kennedy once infamously described Washington a perfect combination of “northern charm and southern efficiency.” Yet, as the last week has demonstrated, perhaps DC is more appropriately a combination of international parochialism and local sophistication….
Friday Oct 7, 2011 05:00 PM ET
The pragmatic middle thinks that Charlie Fink should be able to earn and enjoy his millions and the pinko commies should be able to earn a living and enjoy life.
Thursday Sep 29, 2011 25:00 PM ET
The U.S. would be best served by a new found appreciation to the polite Northerners.
Thursday Sep 22, 2011 55:00 PM ET
“Who was that guy?  And why the reaction?” asked DCPS administrators, Chancellor staff, and their philanthropic partners at the 2nd Annual “Standing Ovation” for DCPS’ 663 “Highly Effective” teachers held at the Kennedy Center this past week. “Mr. Mayor,...
Friday Sep 16, 2011 15:00 AM ET
If the "poor" just quit their whining, stop having babies out of wedlock and stop their "erosion of the work ethic," maybe more than the half of them could afford a cell phone.
Friday Sep 9, 2011 55:00 PM ET
One industry that should enjoy a bit of economic stimulus is ark builders. Washington D.C. and its Susquehanna Valley neighbors to the North have been absolutely pummeled by constant, heavy rain this past week to the tune of more...
Thursday Sep 1, 2011 45:00 PM ET
Those folks in Vermont isolated by the storm’s damage might have to get used to having food and water air-dropped by National Guard helicopters.
Wednesday Aug 24, 2011 25:00 PM ET
The region has experienced a constant dress-rehearsal for the potential catastrophic event we are constantly warned about since 9/11. But once again we’re reminded: if something really goes down, we’re toast.
Thursday Aug 18, 2011 20:00 PM ET
It’s the sad tale that could be found in any hamlet in North America, or Europe for that matter, of an accomplished and somewhat eccentric woman whose need for companionship overruled her good sense, and ultimately, might have led to Viola Drath's death.
Thursday Aug 11, 2011 00:00 PM ET
You'd think that with the nation, and much of the world, going straight to hell, DC would be on edge and saturated with its sense of self-importance. Not in August.
Thursday Aug 4, 2011 55:00 PM ET
Most in Congress have thankfully left Washington for their home states and districts to “engage their constituents” (read: fundraise), taking with them the hot and oppressive air of the debt ceiling fight with them.  There has to be a corollary...
Thursday Jul 28, 2011 30:00 PM ET
In its 8th consecutive effort to rebut the conventional wisdom that there are no hotties in our nation’s capital, DC political trade The Hill published its “50 Most Beautiful People” feature. It offers a bit of a glimpse on why the nation is in the state in which it finds itself.
Thursday Jul 21, 2011 20:00 PM ET
It was one of the finest and most honorable acts by the U.S. Senate in recent memory: to affirm one’s professional and legal credentials without regard to sexuality and with no drama. It also affirmed that body’s intentional mission to be the more deliberative, and less reactionary, of Congress’ two chambers.
Thursday Jul 14, 2011 40:00 PM ET
You literally can see the proverbial haze and heat lightning engulfing the U.S. Capitol as extremists play chicken over the extension of the country's debt ceiling to register their displeasure over a changing country.
Thursday Jul 7, 2011 40:00 PM ET
“Nobody goes down anymore,” said many a resident of the Capitol Hill neighborhood that has the dome as its backdrop. “It just isn’t worth the hassle.”
Thursday Jun 30, 2011 10:00 PM ET
"If it was just one candidate, we could write it off," said a senior Republican strategist committed to defeating President Barack Obama. "But this undisciplined goofiness is starting to make us look the gang that can't shoot straight."
Thursday Jun 23, 2011 10:00 PM ET
Salem Trad sees chauffeurs and Penthouse Forum sex where apparently neither exists. Congressional Republicans want local pork to fund rules they do not want to exist. Washington's a great town....
Friday Jun 17, 2011 05:00 PM ET
Michelle Rhee has solidly positioned herself as the Sarah Palin of the education reform movement.
Thursday Jun 9, 2011 55:00 PM ET
DC internships ain't what they used to be, yet it's hardly surprising that the status of the once coveted resume builder is mirroring the community that offers them.
Thursday Jun 2, 2011 15:00 PM ET
"Better WD-40 that revolving door," a House Commerce Committee staffer smiled through dollar-a-Bud Lite night at a Capitol Hill watering hole. "Cash out time."
Thursday May 26, 2011 45:00 PM ET
Washington's K Street crew has been giddy with the recent spate of sex scandals facing many of the political class' high-profile figures. Georgetown's Café Milano is abuzz with the sexual assault charges against the DC-based IMF director Dominique Strauss-Kahn;...

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