Free Press But Not For the Drudge Report

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During a conversation with POLITICO’s Mike Allen Wednesday, White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer labeled the Drudge Report as harmful. He said the media has a “Pavlovian response” to controversial links posted on conservative news aggregator The Drudge Report.

Pfeiffer also argued that the site actively “hurts” the White House’s efforts to convey their message “on a daily basis.

The presumption from that statement has to be that the White House expects the media to work in lockstep with his message. The Obama administration loves state media and nothing must interfere.

He also doesn’t want reporters to go to Drudge and pick up information he then has to answer questions about.

The Drudge Report is nothing more than a right-leaning news aggregator. How is that damaging? He doesn’t editorialize, he aggregates. It’s closer to a free press than the mainstream papers. Mr. Pfeiffer doesn’t want his peeps to be picked up saying something they don’t want heard and they don’t want to be questioned about anything that doesn’t convey Barack Obama’s message. Too bad!

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