Though there are some good staff at Politico now, it is a site which I purposefully avoid and which I have commonly recommended that others avoid too. As I’ve written earlier, its business model is not “dig in and report on Washington for the sake of citizens’ increased knowledge and understanding” but rather a model that can be more correctly stated as “let’s make money”. Josh Marshall at TPM notes:
You may have seen that there’s a new meme afoot in the news world which has it that the mainstream media either ignores or is insufficiently ‘in touch’ with the right wing noise machine of Fox, Drudge, Glenn Beck, etc. What’s notable however is that the idea seems to be emanating from the folks at Politicowhose founders’ theory of the media is that its narratives are largely defined by Matt Drudge and who used Drudge as the key vector to build their national audience. I’m not sure how these two facts compute.