According to Politico, Kurt Bardella was fired today as press secretary for Congressman Darrell Issa (Rep., Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Bardella, 27, allegedly provided a New York Times reporter with copies of email exchanges Bardella had with other reporters.
In a recent interview with Ryan Lizza, The New Yorker magazine’s Washington correspondent, Bardella expressed a scornful view of some reporters covering Congress:
“Some people in the press, I think, are just lazy as hell. There are times when I pitch a story and they do it word for word. That’s just embarrassing. They’re adjusting to a time that demands less quality and more quantity. And it works to my advantage most of the time, because I think most reporters have liked me packaging things for them. Most people will opt for what’s easier, so they can move on to the next thing. Reporters are measured by how often their stuff gets on Drudge. It’s a bad way to be, but it’s reality.”