By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers
Newsmax is the latest of the new media to play the contrarian. While mainstream media are shrinking, Newsmax plans to open a five-person Washington bureau, joining growing outlets like Huffington Post. For Newsmax, "it's an Obama expansion," says boss Chris Ruddy. While not well-known in D.C., the site racks up Drudge Report-like Internet traffic, operates a TV channel on the site that's popular with conservative lawmakers, and prints Newsmax magazine. Says Ruddy: "Washington is our place."
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