Journalists Support Drudge Report After WH Advisor Slams Website for 'Hurting Their Message'
Senior advisor to the President Daniel Pfeiffer recently slammed DrudgeReport.com, saying the site hurts the White House's message because of its impact on the rest of the media.
"There's a Pavlovian response from, y'know, some media outlets," Pfeiffer began. He said when he would ask a reporter why he or she was questioning him on a certain topic and they would reply that it was reported on Druge Report, he would ask them to "say that to themselves out loud again, and think about it," at which point everyone would be "pretty embarrassed" about the fact that the outlet was cited.
"The example being that anyone saying anything can get caught up in the spin cycle in a way that's very damaging to what we're trying to do, but also hurts [the] individual person," Pfeiffer said of Drudge.
Judith Miller, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, and Daily Beast writer Kirsten Powers reacted on Friday, supporting the Drudge Report and its place in the political news dialogue.
"This White House complains incessantly about [...] any conservative outlets or outlets that have conservative news, which is what the Drudge Report is. So they're basically saying ... we don't want anybody to pay attention to anybody that might be critical of us. They clearly don't understand democracy and free press and being held accountable," Powers said.
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