Politico isn't afraid of being known as the most sensationalistic, horse-race-oriented, controversy-focused news outlet. That's their business model, or at least the business model of the front page (the stuff inside Politico is a lot better, presumably because it's aimed at lobbyists and Hill staffers). What Politico -- and other campaign-obsessed outlets -- fear are the narratives that expose much of their work as simple distractions. What they fear, I think, is political science.
The reasons why are given at the link. At first this made me feel good, but then I realized that if Politico's biggest fear is political science then they must sleep very well indeed.
(ht: Monkey Cage)