When writing “Politics” I do so with 30 years of experience in government contracting and consulting. In addition, I have worked with Congressional staff from different states and districts. Living in the DC Metro, I am camped out on the beat as a local “occupier”.
For me, there is much information to be gained and contacts to be leveraged from attending various think tank association meetings where various government officials are often speakers. It is there that I often see The Hill people at work alongside me.
Their experience and spin is often more academic or scholarly than mine which is based on direct experience. However, I too have some scholarly work to stand on.
All of the other sources mentioned in The Hill correspondence posted here are present on the beat as well. What makes The Hill so special is that they have staff camped at the Capitol, and they have many senior relationships that give to them “trusted” access.
Sometimes that “trust” translates to a little too much coziness for me. So, my Examiner readers get a more critical analysis than most.
Who do Members of Congress most follow on Twitter? A recent independent study of Congressional Twitter accounts concluded that The Hill is followed by the most number of Congressional lawmakers. The study was conducted by NY Magazine's Daily Intelligencer and Twiangulate. In summary, this study reinforces the continual findings that The Hill has a highly engaged opinion leader audience.
The Hill, #1 with both Democrats and Republicans!!
The Hill is the most followed news source ahead of Politico, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, AP, CNN, Huffington Post, Roll Call, Fox News - just to name a few. This is true of both Republicans and Democrats.
The Hill also beat all journalists and politicians, including the President.
More members of Congress follow The Hill than follow each other.”