The Early Bird’s staff grabbed military and politics stories from around the country and compiled them into a single email that was blasted to the brass on a daily basis.
The email also went to bureaucrats, reporters and denizens of Capitol Hill.
Staffers at the Pentagon Press Desk scanned the media every morning and pasted what they deemed worthy into the Early Bird.
It wasn’t without controversy, with reporters frequently grousing that the Bird’s editors went after shiny stories that reflected positively on the military rather than stories that exposed problems and wrong-doing.
The same reporters often preened when their work wound up atop the Bird.
In the end, the bird got shot down by budget issues. It quit arriving at The Gazette Oct. 1 — the day of the federal shutdown.