The Drudge Report, a right-wing megaphone that gets the attention of America’s newsrooms, has Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s picture splashed front-and-center today with a headline TPaw must surely love.
The link connects to The Politico, whose tacit partnership with Drudge has been much commented upon and which also features a big TPaw photo up front. The Politico, run by ex-Washington Post journalists, is owned by Allbritton Communications, which has its own conversative history. The Pioneer Press has a content-sharing deal with the site.
While the governor has gotten lots of non-critical coverage of his proto-presidential candidacy, this is perhaps the clearest signal yet that conservatives and media friendlies see Pawlenty as a big-time player.