During a conversation with POLITICO’s Mike Allen Wednesday, White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer criticized what he sees as the media’s “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.”
During POLITICO’s Playbook Breakfast, Allen asked Pfeiffer why The Drudge Report appears to “drive the conversation” when it comes to White House politics. “It’s not that it drives our conversation in our world. I’m fairly ambivalent to what Drudge puts up on a daily basis,” Pfeiffer said responded. “This is less true now than it was before, but there’s a Pavlovian response from, you know, some media outlets.” He believes that only reason why reporters ask him certain questions is because they saw something on Drudge.
Pfeiffer stressed that the stories that Drudge puts out not only “damage” the White House’s message, but also that he believes the site’s reporters try to spin the stories into something bigger. “The example being that, you know, that anyone saying anything can get caught up in the spin cycle in a way that is very damaging… you know, it hurts what we’re trying to do on a daily basis but is also very damaging to that individual person,” Pfeiffer said.
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