One of the reasons I started the “Inside the White House Press Corps” series was so that people could see a different side of the people who play a large part in guiding the American political narrative. In this preview of my interview with NBC Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd, we see a more animated figure than we’re used to, discussing the “Drudge Effect” (my phrase) in journalism.
I added this question to the rotation based on this kerfuffle from a January briefing, in which Robert Gibbs claimed the press corps had accused the President of being overexposed. Chip Reid pointed out that we were merely asking about a criticism made by the pundits. Since then, most of the reporters I’ve spoken with have dismissed the bleed through as rather harmless, if it exists at all. Chuck Todd is another story, and I agree with him completely.
Says Todd: “There’s no worse crime in journalism these days than simply deciding something’s a story because Drudge links to it.”
Here’s the clip. The full interview will be online Monday.
> Update on Monday: Apparently Pat Buchanan‘s been reading. Check out what he said of Todd on Daily Rundown today:
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