“We would encourage people to continue to use Drudge. That’s a great source,” Sen. Jim Inhofe (R.-Okla.) told CNSNews.com Tuesday after his staff on the Environment and Public Works Committee received an email informing them that the Senate Sergeant at Arms believed the Drudge Report and whitepages.com had been responsible for infecting Senate computers with viruses and advising Senate personnel not to visit the Web sites.
When CNSNews.com asked Inhofe if there was any evidence that a virus had gotten into Senate computers as a result of people visiting Drudge, Inhofe said: “None, whatsoever.” Inhofe is the ranking Republican member of the Environment and Public Works Committee.
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The Drudge Report itself posted a report on Tuesday debunking the Senate Sergeant at Arms’ claim and stating that the Web site had clocked almost 30 million page views on Monday without a single reader complaining via email that the site had transmitted a virus.
The office of the Sergeant at Arms did not respond to inquiries from CNSNews.com, but backed down from its claim about the Drudge Report on late Tuesday afternoon when it sent out a follow-up email warning about viruses that made no mention of Drudge.
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