Pruitt wants to be hyper protective of what’s going on at EPA, and curbing the access of the press is very much part of scheme. Using a press service Definers which offers clippings and of course supplies information to these very right wing outlets, and disfavors journalists like the NYT and AP, and prevented them from getting information which we’ve witnessed in the past couple of days
New Documents Show Why Scott Pruitt Wanted a “Campaign-Style” Media Operation
“The EPA had a very weak claim for awarding this contract on a no-bid basis.”
Internal records from the Environmental Protection Agency reveal the agency had hired a Republican firm last December to “directly support” Administrator Scott Pruitt and senior EPA officials with “an aggressive style of campaign-style” media monitoring. The EPA wanted the firm to focus on national outlets, a number of right-wing outlets, and media coverage in Pruitt’s home state of Oklahoma.