Politico’s new labor reporter has rich Twitter history of bashing … Politico

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Many in the news business are congratulating labor reporter Mike Elk for joining the staff of Politico.

Excellent news that @politico is hiring @MikeElk to cover labor!

— Doug Henwood (@DougHenwood) September 26, 2014

Congrats to @MikeElk on the Politico move. If you want reporting on labor and unions, he's the guy to hire.

— Kevin Bogardus (@KevinBogardus) September 26, 2014

Delighted to welcome @mikeelk to @PoliticoPro's Labor & Employment vertical. With @politicomahoney already on board we're rarin' to go!

— Timothy Noah (@TimothyNoah1) September 26, 2014

I'm excited to join @TimothyNoah1 @politico in building the biggest labor news desk in US – I already feel an immigrants love for the place

— Mike Elk (@MikeElk) September 26, 2014

Some clever tweeters did a little digging, though, and wonder how Elk wound up at an organization he has spent so much time bashing.

Hahahah … did anyone at @politico vet this guy? RT @johntabin: LOL. Thanks for this, @BuzzFeedAndrew pic.twitter.com/TOromhu4f6

— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) September 26, 2014

Twitter user @HGTomato retweeted these Mike Elk classics.

So I heard POLITICO keeps its office in Virginia to take advantage of unemployment/ right to work laws

— Mike Elk (@MikeElk) November 28, 2011

Seriously, politico is gonna get a pay wall, I feel like u would have to pay me to read politico

— Mike Elk (@MikeElk) May 9, 2013

somewhere there is a dude who brags on OkCupid that he works for Politico….

— Mike Elk (@MikeElk) September 12, 2013

How does @dylanbyers still have a job – can someone explain that?

— Mike Elk (@MikeElk) April 24, 2013

Politico media reporter Dylan Byers retweeted that one — water under the bridge?

I think the Mike Elk story shows the wisdom of making your words as sweet as possible — just in case you have to eat them later.

— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) September 26, 2014

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