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How Matt Drudge Rules the (Political) World

There's little debate that Matt Drudge and his eponymous website sit at the junction of politics and journalism in the modern media age.

This observation is not new. John F. Harris, editor-in-chief of Politico, and Mark Halperin, author of "The Page" at time.com, dedicated a significant segment of their book "The Way to Win" to the unique influence Drudge wields over American politics. New York magazine's Phillip Weiss wrote a lengthy but well worth reading profile of Drudge last year. And Ben Smith and Jonathan Martin -- both of Politico -- offered their own examination of Drudge's reach during the Democratic primary in a piece last month.

And yet, for anyone who follows the day in, day out nitty-gritty of campaign politics (as we do) it is well worth reminding yourself of how much power Drudge has to push a particular storyline or a broader narrative in the race.

Witness the maelstrom set off by a Drudge headline posted last evening that blared: "CHICAGO SLAPDOWN: REV. JESSE JACKSON SAYS OBAMA TALKING DOWN TO BLACKS."

The item, which featured a hint at the comments made about Barack Obama by Jackson in front of an active Fox News Channel mic and later reported on "The O'Reilly Factor", immediately shot around the newsrooms of the country and reporters sprung into action.

The Post's Jonathan Weisman posted a piece entitled: "It's Jackson vs Jackson on 'Ugly' and 'Demeaning' Obama Remarks"; The New York Times "Caucus" blog wrote an item of their own -- "Jackson Apologizes for Remarks on Obama" -- as did the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal among many, many other news outlets. Every cable network covered the story extensively and the CBS and NBC evening news both fit the story into their ever-shrinking news hole.

While the story would almost certainly have gotten attention due to its salacious nature, make no mistake: Matt Drudge made that story and ensured that it dominated the world of political journalism for at least 24 hours.

"Drudge has become center court at Wimbledon," said Alex Castellanos, a Republican media consultant and adviser to former governor Mitt Romney's presidential bid. "If it doesn't happen there, it doesn't happen."

What explains Drudge's reach?

In interviews with more than a dozen operatives -- many of whom are rightly classified "Drudge-ologists" for their intimate study of the likes and dislikes of the man and the site -- two major reasons are offered.

First and foremost, is the depth -- and the quality -- of Drudge's readership. Drudge's number of unique visitors is regularly touted but what is more important, in terms of his ability to drives news cycles, is that every reporter and editor who covers politics is checking the site multiple times a day.

Phil Singer, former deputy communications director for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign and now a Democratic consultant, called Drudge's "elite readership" a key to his influence. Singer added that a walk through any press filing center at a debate reveals every other laptop, at least, has Drudge's website up on its screen.

The second major reason for Drudge's influence, according to the Fix's informal poll of Drudge-ologists is his ability to sniff out a potentially big story when others -- including reporters -- miss it at first glance.

"He can identify what's a big deal even when the reporters who actually cover and report on an event don't realize what they have," said one GOP strategist granted anonymity to speak candidly. "He scoops reporters' scoops."

Kevin Madden, a Republican operative now with the Glover Park Group, said that Drudge's site serves as a "national political assignment editor of sorts for those covering the campaign trail."

Katie Levinson, former communications director for former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, echoed Madden's sentiment: "The Drudge Report has become the must-read for TV anchors and radio personalities before they go on air, for bookers sorting out what's 'newsy' in a non-stop news cycle, and for political candidates looking to avoid getting blindsided by the press."

Regardless of the reason given for Drudge's power, to a person, everyone The Fix spoke to agreed that there is no single tool more powerful in the modern media for breaking a story or turning up the volume on a little-noticed comment.

Hate him or love him -- and there are plenty of people who do both, often simultaneously -- you can't ignore him.

As Mike Murphy, Republican media consultant extraordinaire (and new employee of NBC!) puts it: "Drudge has the biggest store window on the news side of the Internet, whether the traditional media likes it or not."

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 10, 2008; 7:00 AM ET
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It seems to me that if all those reporters out there getting scooped by someone not even attending the event would do a little genuine reporting, we might not need Matt Drudge. Seriously, shouldn't reporters be reporting on the events and not reporting second-hand news? I wish you had added some "pathetics" and "disgracefuls" to your article. At least SOMEONE is reporting and thinking about the news, though, right?

Posted by: B Haferkamp | July 17, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Because Drudge is fast and first with info and because he doesn't hide his bias behind some bullcrap centrism or on-the-hand-6mm-Jews-were-killed-by-the-Nazis-on-the-other-hand-Hitler-was-a-peach-we-don't-have-a-point-of-view-WaPo.

You know exactly where Drudge stands, which is with Republicans unless the gossip about the Republican is juicy enough. But he provides plenty of links to writers across the spectrum.

He's kind of like -- oh I don't know -- maybe A JOURNALIST or something?

Posted by: DexterManley | July 14, 2008 5:41 AM | Report abuse

Today it is Drudge who will it be tomorrow ?

That is the wonder of the Internet, anybody and I mean anybody can be the "Next Drudge"

VJ Machiavelli
ps Iran-Have Missiles Will Fire, see video
http://www.vjmachiavelli.blogspot.com

Posted by: VJ Machiavelli | July 11, 2008 1:57 AM | Report abuse

Funny. I find nothing more amusing than irony and juxtaposition. Here we are on a Washington Post blog that the feature is a balanced critic of the Drudge Report. The comments are dominated by anti-Obama posts.
As I posted earlier I don't find Drudge to be an ideology. While it is true he posts a lot of pages that cast the Dems. in an unfavorable light many of these pages come from The Post, Times, Times and other Dem papers. It only proves that you are not required to go to Move On and other looney outlets to find stupid ideas by Dems., you could read The Congressional Report.
I warn you all though don't assume that Drudge is some kind of Republican operative, from the times that I have listened to him I think he has a libertarian outlook.
He took full advantage of any outlet that would let him publicize himself after the Monica thing and it happened to be Fox News and some talk hosts.
As for the Drudge Report it is one of the few sites that I return to after I leave it.
After posting this I hit my return button to Drudge..

Posted by: Iben_Hadd | July 11, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

The Jesse Jackson story is a COMPLETE PLOY PREPLANNED AND CREATED AT OBAMA HEADQUARTERS.

It is pathetic.

The purpose of this pathetic exercise is to attempt to convince people that Jesse Jackson is a radical black leader and somehow Obama is a moderate black person and therefor OK, when actually that is a complete lie.

If anything, Jesse Jackson is the more moderate of the two by far.

This is unbelievable. Throw Jesse Jackson under the bus why don't you. Obama is a pathetic little liar who will do anything and say anything to lie to people and deceive them into voting for him.


Is this a post-racial candidate?

What bothers me about Obama is not that he is black but that he reminds me of Bill Clinton. Some guy skating by, lying his way through women, wine and politics. Seriously folks, if Obama came to you for a job interview, wouldn't you cut it short and thank him for his time? Obama is a worthless pathetic lying flip-flopping Empty Suit Slimy Fish. It is amazing how bad the people coming out of affirmative actions programs are - however if one draws conclusions from Obama, affirmative action is a complete failure - having produced the weakest set of people since the 1962 Mets. Obama and his team are so bad, it is difficult to find a proper analogy.

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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | July 10, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

The Jesse Jackson story is a COMPLETE PLOY PREPLANNED AND CREATED AT OBAMA HEADQUARTERS.

It is pathetic.

The purpose of this pathetic exercise is to attempt to convince people that Jesse Jackson is a radical black leader and somehow Obama is a moderate black person and therefor OK, when actually that is a complete lie.

If anything, Jesse Jackson is the more moderate of the two by far.

This is unbelievable. Throw Jesse Jackson under the bus why don't you. Obama is a pathetic little liar who will do anything and say anything to lie to people and deceive them into voting for him.


Is this a post-racial candidate?

What bothers me about Obama is not that he is black but that he reminds me of Bill Clinton. Some guy skating by, lying his way through women, wine and politics. Seriously folks, if Obama came to you for a job interview, wouldn't you cut it short and thank him for his time? Obama is a worthless pathetic lying flip-flopping Empty Suit Slimy Fish. It is amazing how bad the people coming out of affirmative actions programs are - however if one draws conclusions from Obama, affirmative action is a complete failure - having produced the weakest set of people since the 1962 Mets. Obama and his team are so bad, it is difficult to find a proper analogy.

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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | July 10, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

What I'm taking from all the comments from the left is that they are opposed to Drudge because he is a threat to the Socialists who run the MSM. The left doesn't want competition in the media just as they don't want free markets and Capitalism. Drudge seems to have very good sources. Those sources are probably media people who know what is going on and are afraid to say publicly, for obvious reasons, like getting fired, or worse! Polosi and all the other leftists would love to see him out of business, as they would Rush and others. I noticed that most of the people that were quieted, were people on the left that were too talkative, like Brown and Foster. They weren't shut up by the right, they were shut up by the left. Think about it!
Keep up the good work, Matt. Just watch your back!

Posted by: Stealth | July 10, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I usually check Drudge several times a day - but, am loosing interest seeing how slanted for Obama he's become - at times I think I'm reading the CNN web page (the Obama network)...

Sam

Posted by: Samuel K. | July 10, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I forgot to mention earlier that one of the things I really do like about the Drudge site is his "FLASH BACK..." process where something said/done today rings bells that go back days, weeks, sometimes years to supporting or contradicting stories that help paint a vivid picture. I believe the political sphere relies on the people conveniently forgetting what is inconvenient for political agendas, and the FLASH BACK approach really helps the people remember.

Posted by: keenskelly | July 10, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

My hometown newspaper is The Miami Herald and it is dying on the vine like your town paper because I get my news from Matt Drudge, local hometown (Miami, Fla.) reporter.
Who needs the Miami Herald?

Posted by: deskboy | July 10, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Drudgereport is my news source. Where else can I be free from the liberal slants of news stories - surely not any of the so-called "majors" like CNN, NBC, ABC, etc... Fox is close, but only because the others have such a blatant twist. I am thankful for someone like Matt Drudge.

Posted by: Adam | July 10, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Drudge is my home page, has been for quite a while, and will be for the foreseeable future. I get the news at least a day ahead of most people who rely on the MMM. He's my hero!

Posted by: Jackie | July 10, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Drudge made his bones with the BJ story and as a result became a darling to Reps. and a demon to Libs. In ensuing years Repub's fed him more little bits than Dems, over the past year both try to get their bits on the site but preachers, castration threats, wives 1040s haven't come close to the Oval Orifice escapde.
In Dec. Matt ended his couple of years as a talk show host I beleive not because of a lack of intrest in him but because of a lack of intrest by him. Drudge has ALWAYS been about PERSONALITIES much more than content. Madonna outrates Condi every time.
Barack dazzels with drivel, McCain bores with nothing but let either have a conflict with a PERSONALITY and Drudge is on it and the MSP is on it, eventually.

Posted by: Iben_hadd | July 10, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

I am an Independant.

www.splitnation.com

Posted by: The Dragon | July 10, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Newsies:
Here's a couple thoughts . . .
Drudge has the largest audience of similar internet sites;
Rush Limbaugh has the highest ratings on talk radio;
Fox News is the highest rated television network;
Now think. Reeeaal hard. What do they have in common?
Why would so many people pay attention to them instead of old standbys like CNN, MSNBC, CBS etc., Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, every other AP outlet, NPR, and hey, why not, Air America? What do these sites all have in common? And why are intelligent listener/viewers/readers leaving them in droves?
This really shouldn't be too hard to figure out...

Posted by: Marcy | July 10, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Newsies:
Here's a couple thoughts . . .
Drudge has the largest audience of similar internet sites;
Rush Limbaugh has the highest ratings on talk radio;
Fox News is the highest rated television network;
Now think. Reeeaal hard. What do they have in common?
Why would so many people pay attention to them instead of old standbys like CNN, MSNBC, CBS etc., Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, every other AP outlet, NPR, and hey, why not, Air America? What do these sites all have in common? And why are intelligent listener/viewers/readers leaving them in droves?
This really shouldn't be too hard to figure out...

Posted by: Marcy | July 10, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Wow... way to go Chris, when you want numbers drop a Drudge bomb.

Quite the feedback out there.
M

Posted by: M | July 10, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Newsies:
Here's a couple thoughts . . .
Drudge has the largest audience of similar internet sites;
Rush Limbaugh has the highest ratings on talk radio;
Fox News is the highest rated television network;
Now think. Reeeaal hard. What do they have in common?
Why would so many people pay attention to them instead of old standbys like CNN, MSNBC, CBS etc., Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, every other AP outlet, NPR, and hey, why not, Air America? What do these sites all have in common? And why are intelligent listener/viewers/readers leaving them in droves?
This really shouldn't be too hard to figure out...

Posted by: Marcy | July 10, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Convient place for lazy ass Wasington journalist types to get a story. Put down your scotch and get out there and journal....

Posted by: Davim | July 10, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Drudge is good.For a site with more links than Drudge go to Newsalert.
http://nalert.blogspot.com/

Posted by: John | July 10, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

If it is not discussed on the Drudge Report page, IT DIDN'T HAPPEN. I read it religously to get the true scoop on the elections, politics, and world happenings.

Posted by: E.A. "Slim" Manthey | July 10, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

All the Drudge haters can just go suck it. Your petty jealousy is annoying as it is juvenile. Drudge is a good resource for anybody who consumes news because virtually all media outlets are linked on one page.

Take all the bizarro conspiracy theories about him having some partisan agenda to your NA meetings. Or just go back to your moron.org meetup and fret over it with the other basketcases.

Posted by: bpjam | July 10, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Attn: Morons of left.
Drudge doesn't write news stories!!

He simply POINTS to them. And many of them just happen to LIBERAL HACK OUTLETS that write them.

You are just mad because he brings attention on a LARGE SCALE to the ridiculousness that IS the liberal left rags.

Posted by: Laff | July 10, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Mega Ditto's to Matt Drudge. The Liberals can't stand it that they do not have such an authoratative reliable source of knowledge. And, let's not forget, Matt is in the Sights of The Freak Fairness Doctrine Crowd.

Posted by: C. A. Stubbs - Tex. Tax Watchdog | July 10, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

For a much better site than Drudge, go to marchreport.com

Much better, more thorough, comprehensive & graphicly good as well. Gives video and audio stories as well as text.

I go there at LEAST twice a day.

Posted by: csr1 | July 10, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

I did my own little survey, I have access to 284 individuals as the CP of a big US company, ages 25 to 55, in 23 states, four years ago I searched their saved 'home page' on their personal PC, and I was stunned by the results; 167 more than 50%!!!! had Drudge as the home page, few weeks ago, after the article in Politico on the man, I checked again; and listen to this; 211 over 70% were hooked to the Drudge Report...
let me tell you, this person RUELS, whether we like it or not, personally, some days I like that fact, and sometimes I hate it,
I'm currently working to find out and learn, again from the above people I have access to, why? what's his tool?
As for my reason ? It's simple, clean, easy, and why more updated & interesting then the old age Big Media

M.M

Posted by: Mandy | July 10, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Like it or not, Drudge is, what CNN was way back when, something everyone on the inside watched and payed attention to.

Posted by: JK | July 10, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Drudge is a douche.

Posted by: Yeah | July 10, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Heh Scott, if neocons are so "polarizing", then why is Hussein tilting right?

Posted by: KansasGirl | July 10, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

DRUDGE INFLUENCE FADING, GOP TALKING HEADS KEEPS HIS FALSE MEDIA DOMINANCE ALIVE. Drudge is old news, he doesn't give people a chance to talk back like other websites. Plus, I don't see the stats anymore on his website. Drudge has a part, not a big part anymore. I think it's hype now. The website is predictable, means nothing to the GOP getting in the White House and should mean nothing to conservatives who are clinging to anything portray them being in "1st". I look at Drudge LAST in my list of sites. I want more than news, I want to see, hear and read reactions from others. Not a Drudge hater, he's just not that impact-ful anymore and people know this. I'm an trying to juggle why these type of articles pop up every six months? is Drudge feeling the heat? Why does he need to be continually "confirmed" by third party sources. Very interesting.

Posted by: BruntLIVE | July 10, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

for the post to have a balanced story on drudge is a surprise-i don't subscribe to the post when I'm in the beltway-
drudge earned his unique power and place by his abilities
that the traditional journalists
ignored and belittled him for years reflects on them not him
drudge has been my home page for years...
no matter what country i'm living in...

Posted by: chris mahoney | July 10, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

DRUDGE INFLUENCE FADING, GOP TALKING HEADS KEEPS HIS FALSE MEDIA DOMINANCE ALIVE. Drudge is old news, he doesn't give people a change to talk back like other websites. Plus, I don't see the stats anymore on his website. Drudge has a part, not a big part anymore. I think it's hype now. The website is predictable, means nothing to the GOP getting in the White House and should mean nothing to conservatives who are clinging to anything portray them being in "1st". I look at Drudge LAST in my list of sites. I want more than news, I want to see, hear and read reactions from others. Not a Drudge hater, he's just not that impact-ful anymore and people know this.

Posted by: BruntLIVE | July 10, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

This story is leaving out the "biggest" reason he's powerful. Joe Six-pack.

Posted by: KansasGirl | July 10, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Unlike the other news sources, Matt Drudge will have hyperlinks to authors of various political stripes,and to multiple competing news sources.

The antiquated media (Old York Times, LA Times, CBS, NBC...etc.) and the Lewinsky like political hacks who support them, like ZWrite, and the ignorant cab91, have, for their lifetimes, been condescending, left wing fascists.

They have shown their worth by the phony CBS pickup truck side saddle gas tank charade. Where they attached remote rocket motors, so the truck's fuel tank would explode.

Dan Rather and Marla Mapes phoney Bush documents. Only 4 years of investigation...followed by release of the fake info days before the election.

Old York Times informing everyone, that we were tracking Bin Laden and Al Queda through cell phone transmitions, which ended thanks to these traitor millionaires who run the Times.

Now the Times lets all know that Pakistan is allowing us Predator overflight privileges....We needed to know that NYT, I'm sure Bin Laden is praising Allah for your patriotism!

Remember Peter Arnett's phony CNN report, stating we were using poison gas in Viet Nam?

Can anyone name for me the news outlet that editorialized that the thugs at Florance and Normandy (Rodney King Riots), should be prosecuted under the Federal Racial Hate Crimes Statutes?

The antique media selectively reports that which strengthens the leftist demagogic millionaires that run them,and the Demokkkrat Party they are beholden to.

Posted by: James X | July 10, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse


Automatically go to Drudge first thing.

He's never missed a top or breaking story. That's all.

And neither the Post nor the NYT can or will do a straight story on Israel or AIPAC, but you'll find something like the truth somewhere on Drudge.

And boys and girls, he is nota right winger.

Posted by: Reagan alum | July 10, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Drudge has a definite agenda and sadly, I fear most of the masses actually don't see it. He continuously posts to sub-par articles and blogs with very polarizing views (usually showing neo-con leaning).

I check the site for news, but take everything with a grain of salt.

Posted by: Scott | July 10, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the comment that Drudge exists primarily because the MSM does not do it's job very well.

I check Drudge many times a day. Usually I just leave it open on the desktop and click refresh whenever I come up for air while I'm working on other projects on the computer.

Here's what I like about Drudge:

#1: Drudge has a knack for finding and placing stories adjacent to each other that are ironically at odds with each other despite their similar subject matter.

#2: It's also facinating that the site basically looks exactly the same (in format) as it did back when Lewinsky broke. It's an old-school web page designed to load quickly in a (now virtually non-existent) dial-up AOL world. Yet, it does not need to be updated. It is utterly usable in it's simplicity - and still incredibly relevant.

#3: Has anyone else noticed that the Drudge Report is the home page and only the home page? That is, there is no "About Drudge", no "site map", no signing up for accounts. Anything you click on is a link that takes you to another site. I cannot think of any other significant webpage in our modern internet world that consists of only one page.

While everyone else is trying to beat each other to the punch to embrace new technology, and adding new doo-dads to their site to make it more visually appealing and more "interactive", Drudge just ignores it, and keeps plugging away doing the same way he always has. He's truly one of the great stories in the history of the internet.

Posted by: Wayne Sanman | July 10, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Drudge is no mystery. He's Walter Winchell without the charm...but with the fedora.

Posted by: casual observer | July 10, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Drudge ROCKS for this 65 year old grandmother. His is the first website I go to in the morning and the last I go to at night before retiring.

Posted by: Emily Diane | July 10, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

'You are my orgy' - shock at Bruni's new album tribute to Sarkozy...

The French are so so sexy! Now Drudge has me checking out French Singers!

Posted by: John | July 10, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Best Links in the Business! Center! Right! Left! When you go to the Drudge it doesn't look like a bill board. When you go to the media they put so much stuff on their front page trying to sell you something! Overload really! Drudge doesn't do this! If I don't like a story on Drudge I don't go there! Even if its in Big Bold Headlines!

Posted by: Maggie | July 10, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I love Drudge! He is almost always first with breaking news posts, there is one thing the majority of his posts are - interesting. I find the mainstream media sanitizes the news so much it bores me out of my skull to watch it, but I can always find something on Drudge. Keep up the good work, Matt.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

So reporters miss something that happened, they see it on Drudge, and then they rush to talk about it because Drudge is? And there's nothing they can d about it because Drudge is Drudge?

Chris, isn't this an incredibly embarrassing admission about the nature of the political reporting profession?

I can't believe that a professional political reporter, who makes a nice living ostensibly using his own judgement and doing his own reporting would forthrightly admit to getting hustled in this way-and not seem to see why what he's saying is outrageous.

I mean, "you can't ignore him?" Chris, you're a grownup. You can decide whether whatever gaffe he's pumping today is worth you and your readers' time, whether it genuinely informs the electorate and illuminates the way that a candidate would set policy and govern. If you can't decide that, you're in the wrong job, and I speak as somebody who generally likes your work.

Posted by: SDM | July 10, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

OPEC WARNS AGAINST MILITARY CONFLICT WITH IRAN - ON DRUDGE NOW!

I hope our world leaders can stop a possible war! Even Countries around the world know as the UK media once said Matt Drudge is the most Powerful Reporter in the World!

Posted by: Johnson | July 10, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Drudge definitely drives the news! In addition, it's a great collection of links to articles on the left, right and center.

Posted by: Sonya B. | July 10, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Shannon your comment is the dumbest post on this blog! LOL!
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"elite readership?" LOL! Drudge readers are the second dumbest people on the internet (Sorry, ebaumsworld has got you beat). Just take a look at the comments section on these news reports. They're filled with racism!
Posted by: Shannon | July 10, 2008 4:55 PM

Posted by: Skip J | July 10, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Matt does have a fairly diverse news link site, but it is no way an unbiased collection of articles. Much of what is reported comes from Breitbart.com, which is no way unbiased either. What Matt does and does well is group articles that twist a story to give it a right wing political agenda.

Sure, he links a left wing article here and there to give the impression of impartiality, but there is far more deliberately planted articles that offer no liberal rebuttal, then there are the other way around. Matt, just like Fox news is just another soap rag for the hate mongers, sensationalists and crime story addicts who have taken over this country. That's why it is such a huge attraction for the political junkies in Washington. The beef's on Drudge, no matter how rotten it may be.

Posted by: Pete | July 10, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

The comments by "regular people" are usually more interesting then the "news" story. I love the internet!
It is the democratization of the news. The elites no longer control the news.

Posted by: Ray | July 10, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Drudge would NOT of had the story had it not been for Fox News technician finding and reporting the comment to upper management and then Fox news ;leaking it to Drudge. Fox News should get the bulk of the credit, like it or not!

Posted by: DABORAJE | July 10, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I find his site usually very usefull. It's my job to provide balance in what I read, not a newpaper, tv, or drudge's job. I do however have on major complaint about the site. There is usually an important headline (or four) that when I click it, it just goes back to the home page. That upsets me a great deal. Is he inflating hits? Is he gauging interest? If the story is important enough to get on the site, show it already. If it takes that long to upload it, write the headline after it's there. I boycotted the site for a month or two at a time in the past because of this type of action. If a major paper put a huge headline out and left it for a day with no actual story, everyone would complain. For drudge, it's fine.

Posted by: PM | July 10, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

SHANNON AT 4:55 SAID THE COMMENTS ON THE DRUDGE SITE ARE 'RACIST'. NO MORE SO THAN ANY OTHER SITE (AND PROBABLY LESS). COMMENTS LIKE SHANNON'S ARE NOTHING MORE THAN A SMOKESCREEN TO TRY AND HIDE THE FACT THAT IN THE MARKETPLACE OF IDEAS HE/SHE HAS NOTHING MORE TO OFFER THAN AD HOMINEMS AND INVECTIVES. IF A LIBERAL CAN'T DISCUSS THE MESSAGE THEY TRY TO DISPARAGE THE MESSENGER.

Posted by: FOX | July 10, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Drudge is good. However if it has anything negative about a Republican, including the current White House resident, then it does not make copy on his pages.

Posted by: busybody | July 10, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Contempt from the far left...I luv it! Drudge keeps the press honest! What a country!

Posted by: StarFlx | July 10, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Matt must be feeling the love today! Even from this Democrat from the Center! Lets just let Matt be Matt!

Posted by: Johnny Boy | July 10, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, given the rantings posted here, the obamessiah's acolyte's are foaming at the mouth that a non-disciple has so much influence. It is galling to them that so many people (including the media folks) have www.drudgereport as their home page rather than the poisonous kos or moveon sites.

Drudge's headlines and links (even to liberal sites) make him the go-to guy.

Posted by: PJ | July 10, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Drudge is like Google in a way! Its has a clean simple design without the clutter of many of the media outlets.

Posted by: Annie | July 10, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

To the naysayers - he has broken many, many stories. The Monica story is because of him, and him alone, not to mention other leaks - the NYT magazine article on Rush this Sunday leaked last Tuesday on Drudge.

He has his sources, and he is good. He is much more than a "news aggregator".

Posted by: Nathan Moore | July 10, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

I linked to this article from Drudge's site, so that says enough about me. I would agree it has become a popular place to go, especially on a seemingly slow news day. I'm by no means a "drudge-ologist", but I think I understand where the appeal comes from.

1) It looks cheap. Like store clothes being carelessly thrown in a pile to give the illusion of a bargain, it gives the air of something hidden. Obviously someone who has a hit website would make an effort to have it look better. Not with Drudge, who would probably rather every reader assumes they are first to know.

2) He does some decent research. There's news sites I've never even heard of foreign and domestic that he picks up, sometimes even local city websites.

3) He doesn't blather on with his opinions on the site. He may on his radio show, I've never heard it. I've heard him called a neocon and he may be, but I don't consider linking news from all over the world punditry or propaganda. It could be biased or persuasive if you only read the top story, but in a world where every single news site has an opinion section it is refreshing to see one that doesn't.

Posted by: Grueschenka | July 10, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

sDrudge cover the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from the Right, Left and Center! Drudge in reality belongs to everyone! Of Course the good with a little humor always wins the day!

Posted by: Winnie | July 10, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

The NY Times and WAPO once wielded such power to drive the story. Now, they have capitulated their need to deliver a full array of honest news for their desire to drive a liberal agenda. Too bad really, I believe people still want unbiased news.

Posted by: Joe M. | July 10, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Lets face it folks! Everyone bookmarks Drudge! Left, Right, Center! Drudge is a American Icon! Those Bruno Stories were so funny!!!

Posted by: Alex | July 10, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama's butt monkeys like Chris Cillizza and the rest of the WAPO hide the cracks in the liberal facade. Drudge finds one and says, Have a sniff!
You hate Drudge because no one believes your "news" anymore.

Posted by: james johnson | July 10, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Drudgeeee fan and have been for at least 10 years. I can know whats going on in the world in 10-15 minutes and don't have to read the local paper or even watch the national news.

He's feeds us the information with other sites - links - and I've found - he's telling it like it is !

Long Live Drudge !

Take that liberal media.

Posted by: KC | July 10, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Obama's butt monkeys like Chris Cillizza and the rest of the WAPO hide the cracks in the liberal facade. Drudge finds one and says, Have a sniff!
You hate Drudge because no one believes your "news" anymore.

Posted by: james johnson | July 10, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

By the way, for all of you libs out there who think that Drudge Report is a raging conservative website (without having spent any time on it, apparently), an objective study at one of your liberal California institutions of higher learning found Drudge Report to be the most centrist new outlet of all of them studied. (Of course, it also confirmed the vast left-wing bias of the rest of the media.)
Read it and weep:

http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/polisci/faculty/groseclose/pdfs/MediaBias.pdf

Posted by: ent | July 10, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I how no one minds but Space Tourism is a passion of mine.

SpaceShipTwo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBlifr6EQNU

Space tourism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_tourism

Matt a lot of us can't afford Space Travel. You can go up for us!

Posted by: Cooday | July 10, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Matt Drudge ... reporting the news that American journalists don't want to report.

Posted by: ent | July 10, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

OK so I'm a democrat, but I have an idea for Matt - Space Tourism! Matt what do you think?

I can see Matt being one of the first to travel into space and covering it! This would give all Americans confidence that Space Travel is safe. This is going to be the future and its happening in our lifetime! This will be happening in anther year!

http://www.wired.com/science/space/magazine/15-06/ff_space_virgin

Posted by: Yeil nas’gadooshú | July 10, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Liberals love to bash Drudge, but they go to his site every chance, I'll bet. These same bashers of Fox must be tuning in "on the low" or FoxNews wouldn't have such high ratings.

Posted by: Sigmond | July 10, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

"elite readership?" LOL! Drudge readers are the second dumbest people on the internet (Sorry, ebaumsworld has got you beat). Just take a look at the comments section on these news reports. They're filled with racism!

Posted by: Shannon | July 10, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse


Drudge has a big headline (and empty gas hose) about OPEC waring against an attack on Iran.

If he's that popular should shut up the Jews who screamed all day on every post i every paper for bombing Iran. What a coordinated, ugly campaign. Don't care about what Americans want, or need.

Posted by: Harold. | July 10, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

The internet equivalent of the National Enquirer. Did he break all the stories about the Bush Crime Family and it's fleecing of America?

Posted by: thebob.bob | July 10, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Apparently it has not occurred to Apolcalypto that if it weren't for Matt Drudge, Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic nominee.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Drudge Report - He does not make news, he reports is - all of it. The other media reports it only if it meets their version or their perspective. They decide the twist on story and that is poor judgment on their part
Drudge lets you decide what is important or not and if it needs a twist, or not.

Simple marketing strategy.

Posted by: Richard | July 10, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse


The liberal Washington Post and the rest of the liberal media HATE Drudge because he doesn't go along with the left-wing agenda.

Drudge is popular specifically because the public is sick of the liberal media.

For example, the liberal media mindlessly adores Barack Obama. Therefore, gullible voters that cannot think for themselves, soak up the liberal media's message and follow Obama (a man with no resume) like robots -- Obama-bots.

But not Drudge, he thinks for himself and reports the real stories. That's why the Washington Post slanders Drudge every chance they get.

GO DRUDGE!!!!!!

Posted by: JP Vanderbilt | July 10, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I read the Drudge Report because it's quicker than reading a whole newspaper or going out and looking for these stories myself. Let's face it, unless you are a reporter or in politics, who has the time to sift through the plethora 'articles' that clog up the internet. Perhaps it is biased, but you run that risk with pretty much anything.

Posted by: College Student | July 10, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I have been a daily Drudge Report reader since his Report started up. I don't think newspapers have in excess of 19 million subscribers every day. The numbers are
unprecedented in journalism.
Newspapers do not always report the lily white truth and love to have their own political slants in order to lead the public
in one way or another. A case of the pot calling the kettle black.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Matt Drudge is the veritable anti-Christ, the key Satanic player on the Internet, the global consciousness doing battle with God's children. Soon Matt Drudge will let loose with his fury and establish his satanic kingdom for a thousand years.


Obama '08!

Posted by: Apolcalypto | July 10, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I love stories like

- Marine sees birth, thanks to 6,000-mile Web hookup.

- "Bruno" Fools Former Mossad Agent. Then Matt followed up with "Bruno" fools rednecks! I was laughing all day! Way to go Matt.

I hope Matt can keep these type of stories coming. I know the Political types what Matt to cover just politics from their angle, but their is more to life then just Politics!

Yes the links to other media outlets help. I'm also a fan of Cindy Adams!

Posted by: Kim | July 10, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't label myself democrat or republican, liberal or conservative - more middle of the road, I go with what makes sense. I review Drudgereport daily because it provides an insight into the current thinking of right-wingers. His sensationalist headline re-writing is pretty agitating.

I do NOT however see him as the center pin of some incredible paradigm shift in media - he reposts links from other editorial sites, that's it. That doesn't take a visionary or prophet. Once a week or so, there is original writing on some hot topic. Often he includes relative stats on media approval ratings as if anyone in the public gives a crap.

I think he should activate reader comments for every headline he posts because I think we would see quite a bit of heated debate over the material. And when I read about how happy it makes right-wingers to piss off left-wingers or vice versa... well, that's just a disgusting attitude. Anyone who gets pleasure from angering others very clearly does not come from a place of reason - lack of reason will be the undoing of us all.

Posted by: keenskelly | July 10, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Drudge is a news aggregator who links to the major news outlets and commentators throughout the media world. That's why many folks visit his site frequently, including journalists of all stripes . . . it's an easy initial navigation point for people in the business, as well as everyone else.

He has a section where he links to individual articles that he finds important or otherwise interesting.

Drudge will never be forgiven by some for deciding that a certain blue dress was one of those important and interesting pieces of news.

What else is there to be said?

Posted by: njm | July 10, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or does anyone else see this story as a pathetic attempt for a noname author to get his name linked on drudge? Every once in a while one of these guys does this.

Posted by: Kevin | July 10, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

The great thing about Matt Drudge is his enduring homage to Maxwell Q. Klinger. Like dear old Max from Toledo, Matt wears a fedora, like Max did in the episode where Max starts his own newspaper.
Good job Matt! You started your own news site and took over the world!
Long live Maxwell Q. Klinger!!!

Posted by: MASH update | July 10, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

The media has been dissing Drudge (and the Internet) for a decade. They didn't get it, they still don't get it. That is why the media is laying off thousands. The MSM might try actually reporting what happens in the world instead of what the US government and its corporations want the people to think.

Posted by: lemur | July 10, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Drudge just links up to sites that reports news stories (liberal and conservative). Reports the news...mmmmm...WaPo should try that sometimes.

Posted by: LT | July 10, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Correction: Drudge rules the lazy pundit/political reporter world who want an easy source to plagiarize from. The problem is, most the country tunes out those pundits and reporters Drudge has so much influence over.

Posted by: Brian | July 10, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

When Drudge quit his Sunday show, I (Obama all the way) wrote an article and noted the following, which still applies today:

"What made Drudge on Sunday night work so well is also what makes The Drudge Report on the Internet so valuable. Matt Drudge is in no one's pocket. A droll Keith Olbermann refers to Drudge as an "idiot with a modem." But therein lies Drudge's appeal. He is the epitome of a slacker geek whose brains outdistanced the boredom of traditional education. Squeaking through high school at the bottom of his class, Drudge was/is a child of modern age of TV, radio, MTV and computers. While many mainstream media outlets were still operating under bloated bureaucracy and corporate compromise, Drudge began sending out stories in 1995 before most of the baby boomers had even heard of email.

Eschewing the establishment, Drudge characterizes himself as an independent populist who is blessedly free from the constraints of corporations, advertisers and editors. In today's age of timid journalism where "mainstream" reporters quiver at the thought of losing access to the mighty, Matt Drudge delighted in thumbing his nose at the conventions of the credentialed press."

Go Matt - you are to the new media what Kleenex is to those wannabe nose tissues.

Posted by: stormy malone | July 10, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Democrat who bookmarked Drudge. He has all the major media links like the Huffington Report, New York Times and also some of my favorite columnists like Eleanor Clift. With Drudge you have a choice you don't have to go to say Bob Brooks colum if you don't want to. This makes it easier to just go to Drudge and access everything. I do love his off beat stories,it show anther side of him that he does have a sense of humor, also Matt cover's Celebrities, Sports and Culture. I think a lot of us are looking forward to how he covers the Olympics. If Matt just covered Politics he would not have as many fans.

Posted by: Harry | July 10, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Its also interesting that Drudge never comments on his own sexuality, and yet many observers tout him as being gay.

Posted by: Phil6 | July 10, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

MATT DRUDGE = MARKET NICHE - DUH, you'd think the failing news orgs would understand his success and their demise by now.

Posted by: Andy Jacksonville | July 10, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

The angrier Drudge makes the leftist elites, the more I love him.

Some say he is the anti-Pelosi foretold in the secret moonbat tomes.

Posted by: Truthy | July 10, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

CBS missed the story. This morning a different network mentioned it was STILL causing problems. Nope. No bias to be found.

Posted by: whatnow | July 10, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I disagree with Chris's analysis. Drudge did not cause what happened. By chris's own words, Drudge fired a shot, and the news media cattle stampeded with the story. They could have ignored it, or they could have written a different report.

All to often, thats what the media does. Run with a story. And sometimes the stampede goes on and on and on and on ....

Posted by: Chuck | July 10, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Drudge is popular because he focuses on stories that no one else will touch. The mainstream media is so biased that people go to Drudge to get a balanced viewpoint. It's a very simple formula.

Posted by: Billie | July 10, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I check Drudge 1st in the AM before any other site, and I check his site several times through the day. I have for years.

What is it with the Liberals on here spouting he is gay? Do you guys have a problem with it? O, that right - you're playing "The Game". Trying to point out what you see as a flaw to try to "tarnish" him because you can't do jack about his ability.

Go read your ABC news, I will stick with Drudge tyvm.

Posted by: alexx | July 10, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Drudge is an editor. Nothing more; nothing less. He has his biases - just like any editor of any paper, website or any news other news medium. I don't like the biases of the editors of the WP. I don't read WP much. I like the bias of NRO; I read NRO often. I like the bias of Drudge. I read him often. I do wish he'd stay off the sensationalistic links ("Man bites dog").

Posted by: DS | July 10, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

All one has to know about Drudge is:

1. He exists because the MSM was spiking stories (withholding news from the public for their own political reasons).

2. He is NOT a journalist. He publishes LINKS to news MANY news stories... liberal and conservative alike.

3. Drudge is the FIRST place you go if you want UNFILTERED news sources.

4. Q. Why do you think the news media reads Drudge? A. To see what's going on outside their own biased newsroom!

5. Viva la Drudge!

Posted by: TexGEOas | July 10, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Democrats are courting Matt Drudge to vote Democrat this Year.

We enjoy reading his links to stories that also cover art and sports. Its not all Politics! Matt Drudge also has a life!

Courting Matt Drudge with a video from our Happiness Factory.

Matt Harding dancing all over the World.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY

Matt Drudge if this posting made you smile then it was a success! If you decide to vote Democrat this year please contact Howard Dean at the Democratic National Committee! Us bloggers will cover your back on the blogs. You would rock this world and become bigger then ever! Join us and make history!
Vote Barack Obama '08

Posted by: Cooday | July 10, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Drudge is popular precisely because he links to other news articles and keeps his own scoops brief and to the point. MSM is tanking because people are growing tired of all the fluff, and I'm not just talking about media bias. Having to sift through half a page of asinine celebrity antics, boring local non-issues and blatant self-promotion to find the stuff that matters to me gets old fast. Oh yeah, and it doesn't take three years to load due to all the ads and script-candy.

Posted by: CppThis | July 10, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Is like the Economy Stupid...
Drudge presents the simple truth, imo....hard as that is for the soon to be unemployed folks in the MSM with their bias & the Liberal-agenda of some, and he's certainly not part of some 'Vast Right Wing Conspiracy'
People Like Drudge for the 'bottom line' without taking sides, imo.
Who knows maybe someday, via Drudge, American Taxpayers will find the Truth of alot of issues & things the MSM chooses to avoid reporting?

Posted by: Steve | July 10, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Drudge is right wing. Anybody who has kept up with the site can see that. Just like O'reilly or Limbaugh but without all the pompous in your face opinion.

Posted by: Jerry Sowder | July 10, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Never heard of Drudge till Rush mentioned in the 90's that he was reporting all the news the MSM were holding back on or spinning. Well I went there and now I'm there 10x a day...two weeks after discovering Drudge I canceled my hometown newspaper that had the local concession on certain columnists ...but didn't print them all the time.

You liberal lying trash that run the newspapers have cut your own throats, F you, your families and all your loved ones...your lies and neglectful reporting don't mean jack anymore.

Ha Ha we don't need you anymore.

Posted by: savageactor7 | July 10, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

A lot of comments indicate lack of understanding when they say he just links. People who want stories out contact him directly. I listened one night as someone called to tell him a movie star had died and he typed it up as he talked to the tipster. That's what the operatives in the story want from him.

Posted by: Claire Solt | July 10, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Matt Drudge is far more pervasive and influential than either Rush Limbaugh or Oprah. Matt has the power to decide what is news whereas Rush and Oprah can only push their very obvious agendas.

*****
I am a Scientology critic online at xenu.net. On those rare days that stories critical of Scientology make it onto Mr. Drudge's website, we of the global critics movement, both Anonymous and Old Guard, rejoice because that means the story will be read by a vast audience.

*****
I check in on Drudge Report several times a day to scan the content. I know that I can count on Matt Drudge to report on what matters. The Drudge Report is culturally gigantic because it is an uncanny indicator of the modern collective psyche.

/////


Posted by: J. Swift | July 10, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

As a reporter, the best way to get noticed is to write an article on Drudge.

Posted by: Devin | July 10, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I find it SAD reading the WINGNUT'S and EGGHEAD'S attacks on each other. Drudge is a good place to do a quick check on news. I am sure he taints what he posts with a part of himself but being a freethinker in a world of EGGHEADS and WINGNUTS he is a help in making up my own mind.

Just reading today's posts really highlights the terrible state of our nation.


If you are a FREETHINKER try "acreport.us"
acreport.us

Posted by: Allen Charles | July 10, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

good for Drudge--- keep piling on... let the wailing liberals whine and make 'em whine even higher....

Posted by: fred | July 10, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Obiewan got it and most reporters don't. THAT is why DRUDGE is DRUDGE. He fills a void created by the MSM. Don't be a hater. Tell the truth about the situation and you would have the story yourselves.

Example: DRUDGE nailed the issue with the headline about Jesse Jackson. MSM tiptoe around what that whole thing is about because they are biased for Democrats at all costs.

Don't you get it? DRUDGE is a market product that many people want - the REAL issues. MSM is fake and people are sick of it.

Posted by: Mike | July 10, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I am so sick of reading about the "influence of Drudge".

Let's finally be real about this. He posts links to the work of others. He does NOT write his own articles. He is NOT a journalist.

What he often DOES do is rewrite headlines to those linked articles; inaccurately, and with a right-wing bent.

Posted by: Chuck Lane | July 10, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Liberals are the most unhappy, whining, self destructive bunch of hoo-hoo's that were ever hatched from a chicken egg.
Drudge, Rush, Oreilly kicks major liberal butt every single day and its friggen HILARIOUS...MUAHAHAHAHAHA!

Posted by: JanMan | July 10, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

The only reason why I visit the site is because its concise, proving less is more. I really can't see how he was trying to make Hillary the next president like people say. Every day he would put up a pic of her with some goofy look on her face, obviously taken out of context. Maybe thats why she didn't get the nod!

Posted by: Josh | July 10, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Most people would say Drudge is bias. If he got a story that Bush or McCain had said the same vulgar remarks about Obama there would be a flashing light with the same exact story. He loves to scoop the main stream media regardless of the slant.

Posted by: mike | July 10, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Drudge is the best; been visiting him since before Monica. I appreciate him so much that I use his site to visit all my other news sources. If it helps him stay on-line then good. I truly miss his Sunday evening show. If you are a regular visitor to the Drudge Report, listen to any talk radio, or watch any TV news you know who follows his lead.

Posted by: ragnarb | July 10, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

It's not like Drudge is a reporter. He has has links to articles from the mainstream media.

Posted by: KC | July 10, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Everyone loves a good gossip and tattletale. He craves the attention and the power of a web-based Walter Winchell... Good Evening, Mr. and Mrs. America, and all the ships at sea.

Most political junkies check him out 2 or 3 times a day. He is the old fashioned newsboy hawking papers on the street corner - yelling out the headline to passersby. In other words he has become an American institution, both loved and feared.

The cold fear of someone seeing Mike Wallace coming up with a cameraman has been replaced with the fear of seeing your name on top of the Drudge Report.

Posted by: alance | July 10, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

It's funny how the lefties degrade judge. Huffington and Kos only wish they could get the same amount of hits. They just don't get it. People are sick and tired of hate, hate, hate. As an independent, I can't seem to get a straight story anywhere else.

Posted by: bigdoglv | July 10, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I read the Drudge Report every day, just before I read the Drudge Retort. Why? Because I'm looking for the truth. Do I find it? How can I tell? After all, they only report what they deem newsworthy. Incidentally, I read Yahoo, AOL, TimeWarner, BBC, MarketOracle, Economy, and many others everyday. Why? Because I'm looking for the truth. Do I find it? How in the world can I tell?

Posted by: Get Real | July 10, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Matt Drudge is so popular because he brings to light what the main stream media hopes to sweep under the rug because they can't separate their personal political leaning from their duty to be an unbiased journalist. Drudge brings it all out into the open whether it hurts, or helps, conservatives, moderates or liberals. People appreciate his unbiased approach to reporting the news.

Posted by: obiewan | July 10, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Liberals will always find something to complain about. These fools,that on one hand cry about Bush destroying Constitutional freedoms...are the very same ones that will rise up and champion any move the Dems make towards bringing back the Fairness Doctrine in the media. These bigots are not worth a fistful of charmin, to escort them down the toilet drain after flushing.

Posted by: MaryJoKopechne | July 10, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

The best part of all these comments is no matter what anyone says.....I'm willing to bet they all came to this article from Drudge's website!

LOL! "I hate Drudge and his 'slant' on the website links he has. Heaven help me though I can't stop going to his website!"

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Any regular user of Drudges site must have come across some crazy headline where the link either doesn't work or just refreshes the drudge report.
Been visiting that site regularly for years and I wonder why he's never been taken to task on that. Most times when that has happened the headline had a crazy right wing slant where you would think "that can't be true" sure enough it wasn't

Posted by: MarkD | July 10, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

To AK--- YES!!!!!!!! I hate hate hate that siren but it always makes my day if I see one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Too funny!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm a leftie but I always check Drudge and several other more right oriented blogs. It is my responsibility to try to keep up with all sides of an issue. I don't have total respect for someone who doesn't understand both sides of an issue before they choose their own position. Parroting the left or right is lazy thinking in my opinion.

Posted by: rain39 | July 10, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Sid wrote: I'm glad that he has come to the left and is realy pushing Obama. After many years, Mr Drudge has realized that our survival depends on us becoming a socialist conTry. More power to him,,and OBAMA

I think Sid is one who actualy sees it. Drudge is becoming more and more LIberal every day. Welcome aboard Matt, it's about time.

Posted by: Jeff Heineman | July 10, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

As at least one other commenter mentioned, there is seldom original content on the Drudge Report web site. The reason Drudge is so powerful in effect is because journalists in general are so bad. Journalists and particularly the news media as a whole do not honestly or objectively report events or facts. Instead they report what they want people to know, or want people to think. Journalists and the news media in general are dishonest, biased, lazy, and incompentent. They almost always get the facts wrong in the early stages of a breaking story and they seldom admit their mistakes.

The Drudge Report turns a spotlight on the news media and allows people to see them clearly. The Drudge Report represents the new internet based media that will no longer allow the old media to control what information they want people to see and hear.

Posted by: Randall Morgan | July 10, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Drudge has also provided fodder for the latenight TV shows. I have noticed how often the topic's of Leno's monologue jokes are straight for the Drudge Report.

Posted by: Gary Owens | July 10, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Instead of lazily reporting on what appeared on Drudge and how people were reacting, the drive-by-media should provide first hand accoutns of the news of the day. If they did, perhaps there wouldn't be an "ever shrinking news hole".

One time "reporters" have degenerated into "journalists" so devoid of original thought they have to resort to conveying how the story relates to them, interviewing and quoting other "journalists" and to relying on Drudge (i.e. other journalists) for leads and story ideas.

I dont know which big media is losing faster, credibility, readers/viewers, or revenue.

Posted by: Conservative | July 10, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

It's real simple; Drudge is an Internet-based freelance editor. It is his choice on what to focus on that maintains his popularity.

People complain; "He doesn't even write anything.", or "I could set up a site that just links to other people's articles." These people don't get it, and ultimately who cares if the slow-witted amongst us don't understand the sucess of Drudge? This limited veiw of reality is reassuring to those of us who oppose the collectivist world-veiw.

Posted by: Joe Hurley | July 10, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I don't have time to read this entire article, and I think that is precisely why the Drudgereport is successful.

IMO, most people don't have time to read through a bunch of lame headlines. Drudge has a unique format in which he mixes in the absurd with the important.

If you reporters want to compete, figure out how to get all of your information on one very legible page w/o a glut of distracting advertising messages.

Gotta love competition. Good luck with getting a bigger piece of the pie.

Posted by: Banker | July 10, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

What a joke. So where do all the wingnuts go to escape the left wing slant of the "Drive by media (Rush)" or the MSM? They go to a highly slanted right wing site SLUDGE REPORT to get their "news". Why not just go to NEWSMAX or Free Republic to get the same thing?

I can see the cheesy blue and red siren graphic and 20 pt. font headline now...

Wingnuts who watch Fox or read Drudge actually think they are well informed.....Developing

Posted by: Happy | July 10, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Nothing is funnier than listening to the Democraps (oooooo, aren't I just as clever responding to "Rethugs", dolts) wallowing in perverse pride by acting as elitists, while at the same time spewing nonsensical drivel. Being stupid is bad enough. Being stupid and actually believing that you're intelligent is pathetic

Posted by: The Truth | July 10, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Bwaaaahhh! In the preceding posts, Drudge has been accused of bad reporting, propagandizing and being a nazi! These posters, the "smartest people in the room" don't even realize that his page is no different than MSN or Google News... unless, that is, if you count the slant of the story. Who are the real nazis? Maybe the ones who want to suppress an opposing point of view?

Posted by: BluestateCon | July 10, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Most of you overlook the main reason Drudge is so powerful. Scroll down his page to the lower right side and its there...plain as day for all to see. He gets anywhere from 15 to 20 million hits a day! THAT is the reason....

Posted by: L. Jackson | July 10, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

"Hey DDAWD, can you say "Jayson Blair"?"

He was fired. Let's see if that happens to Doocy.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 10, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing how people who shout out, ad nauseum, their blind vitrol that they can't see that they are no different than those they accuse. Look how you can change a few words and how it perfectly sound like the 'other guy'.
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For all you lock-step, little [commie 'liberals']

Because you're too stupid & too ideologically blinded to figure this out on your own, here's how it works:

There [is such a thing] as a 'liberal media.' You people are so addled with [Hollywood and Moveon.org's] propaganda you don't know your *ss from a hole in the ground and you wouldn't recognize a fact if it bit you.

Pathetic morons who are destroying this country with your sheer staggering ignorance and stupidiity.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

"I lean to left but read Drudge daily. Why? Headlines on one page without all the BS graphics, ads and pop-ups. It's just that simple."

It's also healthy to read things that run counter to your own ideologies.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 10, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

You mooks that thing Ron Paul was the answer are dumber than the Obama supporters...and that takes some work. Ron Paul didn't have practical answers. What he had were tremendously over-simplified ideas that were so dumbed down that some of you actually thought that equated to brilliance. Most of us don't need the Dr Seuss version of things to understand them..

Posted by: JK | July 10, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

(1) Drudge is widely read because he has the ability to move news cycles.
(2) Drudge has the ability to move news cycles because he's widely read.

So which came first? Moving the news cycle. His obscure site broke the Lewinsky story, and then he became widely read, giving him the ability to move further news cycles.

Admit it everyone who visits the Drudge Report: you're always hoping to see the flashing light!

Posted by: AK | July 10, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Drudge offers up a much fuller and MUCH LESS biased spectrum of the NEWS than any of the MSM outlets practicing their craft today. Americans know when a news outlet's offerings are slanted towards a paricular outcome or position and thus can persue information from the source they choose. The Drudge Report is where the potential of the Internet shines brightly in its application. I especially beleive that, like myself, most choose Mr. Drudge's offerings as they do not want their news mixed in with thinly veiled attempts at political indoctrination.

Posted by: Md Dem | July 10, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

    Oh wow, thanks SWV, I didn't know we were called "DRUDGIES" how quaint!I love how the leftists label everyone: "A place for everyone, and everyone in their place' right? As a "BUSHIE DEADENDER" it tickles me to see how the stupidity of the left allowed Bush to do the classic "ROPE-A-DOPE" on them, but, it is rope-a-DOPE!Unlike the Black pretender from Chi-town, who has NOTHING to offer but ears and a steady line of BS. As a lifer(career) in the Army, I saw many,many Black dudes pulling the "Shuck&jive" in its many veriations, that they used to get over or get out of something!Obami has nothing to offer except SHUCK AND JIVE! NOTHING! He offers us

Posted by: ron moore | July 10, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I don't live in the USA so I need to look at one website per day to see what's "being reported" back home. If I do not look at Technorati.com (which reports on what most people are looking at today), I look at Drudge because I know he is linking to what WILL be reported tomorrow. So with Drudge I am one day ahead (kind of like reading tomorrow's newspaper).

Who's fault is that? Lazy hippie editors at the big "news" outlets whom he is destroying. He is rounding up all their best news (mostly garbage anyway) making it so I have never bought a real paper newspaper in 10 years (in any country).

But this is not to say that Drudge, as a populist, is someone I admire. He is a gay neocon populist who does not understand heterosexual males (or their rights). He will not link to any story on the fight against the IMBRA and VAWA laws. He will not use the word "feminist" or "feminism" in the sense that conservatives traditionally have used them and the story he linked to today about Christie Brinkley implies that the model's husband had sex with a "young girl" who happened to be 18.

Matt apparently has a huge problem with heterosexual males dating adult women more than 10 years younger than they are. Thus the Monica scandal 10 years ago. This concept might be politically correct populism, but it is completely ignorant of how heterosexual males think about whom they really want as a partner.

Drudge did practically NOTHING to help Ron Paul who managed to do well enough without him. Now Drudge is doing little to help Bob Barr who is a phenomenon without him as well.

No major Drudge headline today about the FISA vote saying "traitors". Jesse Jackson provided a convenient excuse for Drudge to ignore the pulse of the American people on that.

Drudge reports on what he, as a neocon, thinks is the "pulse" of the American people where others, such as at Freedom's Phoenix (which I also read once per day), do a much better job of finding news that might effect our daily lives more. I would also check www.mensnewsdaily.com once per day as well.

Posted by: Jack Sanderson | July 10, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

You just don't, and won't ever, get it.

There are a great number of a 'barely silent' majority that is tired of the dreck supplied via newspapers, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and Fox.

Drudge gives us quick access to what we need (and lots of it!) and enables us put together a 'worldview' for ourselves without your 'help'.

You are not 'obsolete'; you are simply superceded.

Posted by: oildog1@gmail.com | July 10, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

LOL!!!LOL!!!

G*dd*mn you're good Chris. Hook line and sinker. ZZZZZzzzzz (That the sound of the fishing line being pulled from the reel.).

I bow before the god of well-developed-dry-sense of humor. I aspire to that, but can now see how lacking I am.

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To explain: the headline could have read something more boring accurate. "Drudges Collection of Links Popular." or "Drudge: Blogger or Editor?" or "Drudge Surfer Extraordinaire." That won't do. Not when talking about the king of the vacuous sensational.

--"Drudge has the biggest store window on the news side of the Internet, whether the traditional media likes it or not."--

Yea well the traditional media actually _produces_ information, and/or _adds value_ to it. It's only with traditional media that Matt Drudge exists. Bloggers - when not presenting any new information - usually try to add value by offering their own opinions.

So how to deal with Matt Drudge - the Paris Hilton of web sites? Famous for being Famous. Bombastically. HE RULES THE WORLD.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . i'm not worthy.

Posted by: NoOneImportant | July 10, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

For all you lock-step, goose-stepping, little Nazi 'conservatives'

Because you're too stupid & too ideologically blinded to figure this out on your own, here's how it works:

There's no such thing as a 'liberal media.' You people are so addled with Limbaugh and Drudge's propaganda you don't know your *ss from a hole in the ground and you wouldn't recognize a fact if it bit you.

Pathetic morons who are destroying this country with your sheer staggering ignorance and stupidiity.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand the Drudge issue. He rarely write anything. He just links to existing reports. Without those other sources there would be no Drudge.

On the other hand, MSM is not happy with Drudge, so something is there. That, I think, is without Drudge as a hub for all those other sources, fewer people would be informed and at the mercy of their local slanted news.

Posted by: Jim | July 10, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Agree with Lorry1.


So, I will copy parts of Lorry1's comment below that I strongly agree with, leaving some parts out. Just as a good MSM reporter might do. Wink.


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The main stream media does have its own agenda (or world view), and quite likely, if such a comment doesn't fit that agenda (or how they perceive what is right/wrong about the world), then it will be ignored, or buried in back pages.


Matt Drudge reports news (or "snafu"s or "little noticed comment") from both political sides. Something that the main stream media rarely does.


Drudge's popularity would be much less if the main stream media were doing a fair and equitable job.


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Poster's/Editor's comment: I didn't disagree with the parts that I left out of Lorry1's post. I just wanted to mimic what the MSM does. Smile. That is, only include parts that fit my world view, modify and change those parts that I do include, but rephrase so that it looks like there is consensus among several other people, and completely ignore parts that I didn't have time to research, or that I didn't even notice were there because ... it didn't fit my world view (agenda). Laughing and smiling.

Posted by: bob in raleigh NC agrees with Lorry1 | July 10, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse


For all you lock-step, goose-stepping liberals,

Because you're too stupid & too ideologically blinded to figure this out on your own, here's how it works:

The left-wing papers & TV outlets (NY Times & MSNBC) have been burying embarrassing stories about libbies for years, while promoting anti-conservative stories.

Ever hear about Diane Feinstein funneling military contracts to her husband's firm? I thought so. Abu Gharaib on the front page of the NY Times over 50 times? It really wasn't a bigger story than the assassination of JFK.

Now that the right (like drudge or talk radio) is doing the same thing, you tools are up in arms, whining like rich little white girls who just got their cell phones taken away. Unfair!! Unfair!!

Maybe you can ban it?!?

The brown shirts have been replaced by pink & green shirts. Even Obama is rejecting you now.

Posted by: TedKennedysCancer | July 10, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I believe the reason Drudge has such an impact is because when he finds a story he puts it out - he doesn't hold it back like the NY Times did the Lewinsky story for 3 weeks before Drudge got it. The willingness to post stories, and not protect favorites has made him popular. This is perceived as bias by some because historically the MSM has engaged in the practice of protecting some and skewering those it doesn't like - so when a reporter doesn't protect those favorites he is accused of being bias. Just the opposite is true and that is why Drudge has been successful.
PTVR.NET

Posted by: Bill Sandry | July 10, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad that he has come to the left and is realy pushing Obama. After many years, Mr Drudge has realized that our survival depends on us becoming a socialist conyry. More power to him,,and OBAMA

Posted by: sid feinberg | July 10, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

LOL
FYI,
LittleGreenFootballs that someone mentioned should be called Little Green Neocons. All the pants-on-fire, war mongering neocons that have singlehandedly weakened this glorious country have ducked for cover since their errand boy GWB imploded and now find solace at LGF. A serious snooze-fest for any unbiased news.

Posted by: Joe Fitzy | July 10, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

What about the dozens of patently false stories that Drudge tries to peddle to the mainstream media? Remember his exclusive "Kerry Mistress" story during the 2004 election? He is wrong more than he is right.

Posted by: Kid C | July 10, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

One critic claims Drudge is a misogynist. Yet he prevented the Clinton attack machine from destroying Monica Lewinsky. Before Drudge, the mainstream media did nothing to protect Paula Jones and other victims of Bill Clinton's "Bimbo Eruptions."

Posted by: docjay | July 10, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

and I really miss Drudges' Sunday night Radio show. Thank God we have Drudge. With obabyh comments today about winning a war, obabyh is a prime example of the "Peter Principle"

Posted by: Jake | July 10, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Matt Drudge and his website are an inevitable result of the power of the internet.

Posted by: Michael | July 10, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

This is no different than where the "New York Times" was twenty years ago. The NYT front page dictated 90% of the stories on Tom Brokaw's NBC nightly news, *and* 90% of the stories on Peter Jennings's ABC nightly news, *and* 90% of Dan Rather's CBS nightly news. I doubt there was a *single* editor that controlled what went on all three of the network broadcasts, but the people who ran the three network broadcasts took their guidance from the New York Times. That is the way it was 20 years ago, and I suspect to some degree, the mindset of the NYT also helps set the stories for the three major broadcast networks, and several of the cable TV news outlets. That is just the way it is; it appears that for a reporter / news editor , it is easier to look to someone *else* to determine what is newsworthy, rather than decide on your own. And, now, it appears that someone *else* besides the NYT has that power. The reporters will talk about the rise of Drudge's influence, but won't talk about the fall of the NYT influence because, generally speaking, the NYT leans left, and Drudge leans right.

Posted by: bob in raleigh NC | July 10, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Note the bias for established press in the following two paragraphs:

The second major reason for Drudge's influence, according to the Fix's informal poll of Drudge-ologists is his ability to sniff out a potentially big story when others -- including reporters -- miss it at first glance.

"He can identify what's a big deal even when the reporters who actually cover and report on an event don't realize what they have," said one GOP strategist granted anonymity to speak candidly. "He scoops reporters' scoops."

The implication is that Drudge isn't a reporter. Why? Because he doesn't work for an establishment news generator, e.g., the WashingtonPost or CBS?

If Drudge recognized the relevance and import of a news lead, and a Post reporter misses it, who is the better reporter.

The Drudge site is as least as balanced the Washington Post - left wingers just aren't used to seeing both sides of issues.

For my tastes, he could drop the celebrity fluff.

BTW, I found this story on the Drudge site.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I first heard of Drudge on 60 minutes. Matt does what every news paper has been doing for 200 years. He just does it better.

Posted by: Juan Oskar | July 10, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm a lefty and I love Drudge. Probably refresh the screen 10 times a day. It's hard to explain the appeal Drudge and Bill O have with many liberals, but it's there...

Posted by: BH | July 10, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Why did you disrespect Time (.com) by not capitalizing or providing a link to it like you did for Politico and even 'The Page'?

Posted by: Diverse News | July 10, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I have a man-crush on Drudge. I've been a reader since his Lewinsky-story-breaking days

Posted by: Rizzotees.com | July 10, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Part of Drudge's 'power' IS the fact that he can bring to everyone's attention what you call a "little noticed comment". The reason being that the main stream media has its own agenda, and quite likely, if such a comment doesn't fit that agenda, it will be ignored, or buried in back pages.

Drudge's 'reach' is at least partially explained by the fact that he reports news from BOTH political sides. Again, something the MSM rarely does. Singer, a Democrat consultant is wrong when he calls Drudge readers 'elitist' because of the interest in press areas. Journalism ranks near the bottom these days due to their unrelenting partisanship affecting all the MSM news.

Drudge is able to 'sniff out' a potentially big story. So does the MSM, but the problem there, is again, biased reporting. Jackson's comments would probably have been dismissed entirely if not for Drudge. Indeed, the MSM rallied to Jackson's side when the news was exposed by Drudge. Drudge popularity would be much less if the main stream media were doing a fair and equitable job.

Posted by: Lorry1 | July 10, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Matt Drudge does have some kind of preternatural ability to identify stories around hot themes, many of which he helps to shape. Most of his stories are from elsewhere, but HE picks them, HE spins them with his placement and HE provides the headlines. He drives coverage. It is incredible how derivative cable TV news is from his site.

Posted by: Donatella | July 10, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I was an "early adopter" to Drudge who at the time was scorned by traditional journalists. Scorn is too light a word. But Rush Limbaugh was probably one of the earliest and surly the earliest big name. My guess is that his attention "made" Drudge. This to the chagrin of the NYT, Wash Post, et al. They just can't get over the loss of power.

Posted by: Jim Benson | July 10, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

TrentonTed, gotta love Jersey posters. You hit the nail on the head with your remark that John Kerry asked McCain to be his VP, essentially telling the world he felt McCain should lead America if anything happened to him. That should be a McCain ad. John Kerry wanted John McCain to lead America if anything happened to him. How's that for an endorsement? Of course, Kerry now is saying he was for McCain before he was against him. Can that man ever stick to one stance on anything?

Good thing Kerry's a sailboarder because he adjusts more to the political winds more than anyone I know. Although Obama's changing positions on things like Iraq, FISA, and faith-based initiatives is moving up the waffle meter pretty fast. He hasn't caught Kerry yet, but he's giving it his best shot.

Posted by: JerseyBoy | July 10, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

The suggestion by some that the MSM bases its reporting on what Drudge "has to say" misses the point that Drudge doesn't "say" anything. He is, as many have pointed out, a news aggregator. He does no reporting. The only thing that Drudge does that gets him noticed is to write NY Post type headlines that are typically inflammatory and misleading (ALWAYS in a far right spin pattern) and his choice of highlighting stories that put progressives in a bad light for that special "Drudge Treatment" (while conveniently ignoring the MANY stories that would be revealing and damaging about his right wing cronies, a la FOX News). Anyone who claims that Drudge is somehow truly influential on the political world indicts the MSM as the lazy and increasingly right wing dupes that they are. Read Drudge if you want, MSM, but do your own independent fact checking and reporting before simply buying the stuff he reprints as the truth.

Posted by: sturgis54 | July 10, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

isn't it odd how the Lefties are crying while their party is in power...??? or can't these ding-dong read... YOU'VE GOT THE MAJORITY in the HOUESE you jerks..... HELLOOOOOOOOO................ GOD ALL MITEY..... will they ever stop crying....????

Posted by: dan easley, sc | July 10, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I read Drudge and other news sights daily. Many times I will first see a story on Drudge, that becomes news later on the other sights. Drudge is a must read for the news, this is a sorry commentary on our traditional media that their stories have to come from one person running a conservative sight. The problem with the traditional media is that most of the reporters are from the left and their bias ends up missing stories that someone with a conservative perspective would pick up. It would be nice if we had a media outlet where it was neither liberal or conservative, but actually fair and balanced, (Sorry Fox news, you are not fair and balanced, but you give us us the needed conservative slant to offset the libral slant of traditional media).

Posted by: cbk16 | July 10, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

This analysis gets it right: Drudge picks up on buried ledes missed by the authors themselves.

Drudge is also not afraid to tell the truth. Most Jackson comment stories on the web and TV tried to protect Jackson by not repeating his vulgar threat to "cut out [Obama's] nuts." Most stories left it up to the read to assume it was much ado about nothing, and not the true insight into the down-and-dirty world of populist politics it really is.

Reporters who claim to report the news need to include all pertinent facts to give their readers, listeners or viewers the whole picture. When Muslims protest over images of Mohammed, we need to see the images so we can judge for ourselves whether they are offensive. When Jackson makes disgusting comments, we need to know exactly what he said so we can judge for ourselves.

There are any number of additional examples of the people who are supposed to be bringing us the news pretending to protect us from the truth. This is a direct result of echo-chamber unconcious bias in newsrooms, and killing stories to maintain access to high profile subjects.

Posted by: LeBain | July 10, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

The ignorance in this thread is astounding. It reads like a bunch of Dittoheads who never talk to people other than Dittoheads. This stuff about liberals being leftists is bizarre. Do you people even know the difference between liberals and leftists? What you right-wingers don't want to admit is that there isn't much difference between liberals and conservatives these days. That's why a majority of Americans don't vote, they can see the two main parties are the same side of the same coin. Of course, this doesn't sit well with Dittoheads, whose have to inflate small differences into significant differences between the two parties.

I read DrudgeReport several times a day. It's a good source to find out the most current news, but that's what it basically is, a one man news agreggator. That was more useful 10 years ago, but these days there are lots of quality news aggregating sites. Drudge also has a clear rightwing bias, so it's not so surprised that the sheltered Dittoheads love him so much.

Posted by: NotLiberalorRepub | July 10, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse


Drudge's popularity (as well as right-wing radio) is simply a response to the bias in the left-wing mainstream media (MSNBC, NY Times, 60 Minutes, etc).

If the mainstream press was more balanced, there would be no need for Drudge.

Instead, the left-wingers in the newspapers & TV use their power to push their pro-illegal immigration, pro-gay marriage, anti-white, & anti-christian bigoted agenda.

To that we say: down with the pigs! Power to the people!

Posted by: TedKennedysCancer | July 10, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Drudge is the premier outlet. I dont even watch TV news anymore.


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Posted by: Ben | July 10, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I think the reaon for Matt Drudge's success is that he will ALWAYS report the TOP news story of the day, unlike tne regular media. Case in point, I became hooked on Drudge when he scooped Michael I. at Newsweek on the Clinton/Lewinsky story. The regular media (and Newsweek) refused to report this story and Drudge did it. Michael I. loss his pulitzer award b/c of whatever reason. THIS IS THE MAIN REASON THAT THE MEDIA IS LOSING VIEWERS AND READERS. We are losing faith in the media and gaining faith in journalist like Drudge...

Posted by: Mack Daddy Andre | July 10, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"No one has told him he's full of crap or that his "reporting" sucks.Posted by: cab91 | July 10, 2008 7:44 AM "

I sincerely doubt no one has told him he is full of crap. His "reporting" is mostly links to MSM reporting. Scoops are backed up with MSM reporting that happens when he publishes the scoop and the MSM rushes to print articles they were withholding until Drudge outed the details.

Drudge embarasses the MSM into publishing

Drudge is the finest news editor on the net. He choses the best story on any subject. He will link to a story that opens up a web site otherwise not known to the public.

The web is a morass and some search engines are rigged to suppress politically 'difficult' web sites. Drudge accepts tips on discoveries in the web and unlike the MSM he shares his info

Drudge will link to stories that contain gems of information not obvious in the title he uses, thus surprising the readers over and over. This is the best teaching techinique. Trying to force people to believe something creates resistance; for instance the rants above warning people not to read Drudge will not result in less readers.

He is diabolically clever. For instance a page title about Cindy McCain Unleashed led readers to an MSM article that made Cindy look darn good. Again, brilliant teaching technique, as a reader expecting negative data, instead finds positive data about Cindy which imprints better than any rant, pro or con

Kudos to Drudge. He is a freedom fighter and a brilliant editor

Posted by: ewem taylor michigan | July 10, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha

I love how all Liberals constantly complain about media outlets that are not Liberal. This isn't the 70's or 80's. You don't control all media outlets like you once did. Get over it!! You still have the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and all major TV networks. There is plenty of media bias to go around for every political view. Enjoy!

Posted by: Rob | July 10, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

The pure simple fact is that Drudge REPORTS on things that are happening - He doesn't have his hearing blocked by all the axe-grinding done by the media - be it print or broadcast. So essentially he can hear what is going on and report on it.

If the truth be known, a large majority of the broadcast media base their program content on what Drudge has to say for the day. No wonder revenue is down and cuts are being made.

What is it about journalism school that conveys on its graduates such an eliteist way of doing things.

NBC and the New York Times are getting exsactly what they deserve.

Posted by: Carl L | July 10, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Love Matt Drudge for all the world wide sites available on his page.My Web Page is the one run by his father: REFDESK.com...the best on the web

Posted by: Lise laHaye | July 10, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I read Drudge daily purely out of habit. Ten years ago he was "groundbreaking". For the first few months after Sept 11, 2001 his web site was essential to any Western civilization/America-loving citizen.

Today, Matt's old news. As a concerned Westerner (not just an American), I find Charles Johnson (littlegreenfootball's brains and soul), to be highest on the hill of the battle against Islam seeping into the daily life of Europeans and its inevitable march into American lives. If you want to know the up-to-the-minute, non-filtered news of what's "really" happening in the Middle East or the perfidy of the entrenched liberal establishments on college campuses, you go first to littlegreenfootballs.com, not to the Drudge Report. Matt copies more stories from linked on lgf and from its daily posters from Israel, Turkey, Europe, Canada, etc than he would ever admit.

The libs who slam Drudge are probably the ones who have read him a handful of times. The daily reader knows that there is almost a 50-50 split of damaging articles on Republicans/Red Staters vs Dems/Blue Staters.

Matt Drudge almost brought down a president. LGF did bring down a supposed lion of journalism - Dan Rather.

Posted by: Julie | July 10, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Ricardo Maxwell,
Great comment!

Posted by: ThisIsTooFunny | July 10, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who claims the Drudge Report is RW biased is buying into the LW hate. Check out the cite, it doesn't paint a great picture of Bush or McCain. The story on Phil Gramm is a great example today.

Posted by: Scott | July 10, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Have any of you whiney, hateful, knee-jerk Demophiles even checked Drudge lately? The guy is PUMPING OBAMA and not doing McCain any favors at all. Hell, even Murdoch has pitched his hat into the Donkey circle this last time around. I guess you're all so ignorant you don't bother checking ANY news source before you shoot your mouths off.

Posted by: laderoono | July 10, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

You forgot one more reason why Drudge seems to be first with the story. He is reporting stories about democrats the bias mainstream media doesn't want Americans, or the world, to know.

Posted by: Ed | July 10, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I tend to agree with the critics - The Drudge site has been overly harsh on Hillary and now on Obama too. Drudge has been a total misogynist and he's proud of it. That's why I put little value on his site - and that's why I can't stand it. If he was more fair on women's concerns, I'd read more to see what the other side if saying, but because of his anti-women stance, I can't say anything good about it.

Posted by: Allen | July 10, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

This story is the journalistic equivalent of the Washington Post having "Penis Envy".

Posted by: FunnyDude | July 10, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

It not that other reports dont get the story at first glance, its that they dont want to report it in the first place. It would be bais against their left wing agenda

Posted by: Rich | July 10, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

It not that other reports dont get the story at first glance, its that they dont want to report it in the first place. It would be bais against their left wing agenda

Posted by: Rich | July 10, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

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You rock!

Posted by: ThisIsTooFunny | July 10, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I go to Drudge not to see what is on it but what is missing. For example today where is the Rove story? Clearly a lead story of the day, but what do we get? The same old right wingnut crap.

Posted by: Happy | July 10, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

DRUDGE WILL ALSO REPORT THE IMPORTANT NEWS/SCOOPS THAT THE MAINSTREAM BIASED MEDIA WON'T OR CAN'T. LIKE EXPOSING BILL CLINTON FOR WHAT HE IS.

Posted by: kevin | July 10, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Ahh, I see how this works. Chris strokes Drudge, Drudge puts a link on his site to this article, and all the idiot Drudgies come over here to praise the article.

That's one way to drive up internet hits and look relevant, Chris.

Has Drudge actually had anything that he broke of any importance since 1997? A one trick pony with the Bushie deadenders as a client base. Grooooan....

Posted by: SWV | July 10, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Enders Game's "nets" coming to life. Watch Drudge run for President... or Hegemon!

Posted by: Ralf | July 10, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

OK, let me see if I have this down...

All Republicans are mindless redneck fascists. All Democrats are terrorist-loving, America-hating enemies of our country.

Chris Cilizza is a Republican shill -- no, wait, he's a Democratic operative!

Drudge is way better than the MSM, but his whole gig is easily linking to the MSM.

Drudge is the Second Coming of Walter Winchell...and he ought to be elected President.

The MSM is a bunch of liberal wackos and socialist posers...who bought Bush's rationale for Iraq, and vigorously helped him sell his lies to the American people.

McCain is a reactionary swine. Obama is a Commie Muslim.

America is a land of freedom...but anyone who actually exercises their freedom is an enemy of America.

Got it. Thanks everybody!

Posted by: These People Vote? | July 10, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Well, interesting to know that I'm in the company of "quality people", ie, editors and reporters. I started using Drudge as my home page when I first found it, which was some time during Clinton's admin. I liked it because he had linked to EVERYONE (including Hillary's joke of a column)- news sources that were new to me and greatly appreciated. Good, bad and ugly, it's all there.

Posted by: Sara | July 10, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

cab91, you make me laugh. That Drudge's success is a result of his not being told to, "...go to hell..." or that he is, "...full of crap..." or that his "..."reporting" sucks..." is silly.

cab91, the depth of a dry creek bed?

Gosh, if that's all it takes, cab91 you tell him those nasty things and we can then be done with him. HE HE HE

The real reason Drudge is so successful is that he provides the market with that which it desires. The market is something you MSM, lefties, freedom hating, crazies should look into. For denying the market is going against human nature and that's the real reason the MSM, lefties, freedom hating, crazies are losing.

Posted by: ThisIsTooFunny | July 10, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Its because Drudge adds some legitimate news articles to his site to lend his site's list of articles some obvious legitimacy, while daily sprinkling it with obscene republican based, loads of fecal matter and insultive, anti-democratic write ups.
I go there now and then just to see what smear tactics the repubs are using next.

Posted by: FormerRepub | July 10, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

The vast majority of those complaining about the biased reporting Matt does are either completely ignorant of what his site is or just simply hate the site because of things they have read trashing Matt.

Simply put : For the most part Matt links to stories Matt finds interesting. Fortunately for the bulk of the people that read the site, what interests him, interests them.

With few exceptions, he is not writing the stories, so why all the hatred directed at him? Oh yea, that whole Monica thing, he exposed an illicit affair the President of the United States had with a clerk. And the lefties get mad at Matt, not the transgressor.

It's like the television, if you don't like the show, change the channel. Further, it's absolutely pointless to trash the show you don't watch, and it makes you look like an idiot. So just move on and buy a carbon credit or something equally pointless.

Posted by: Garpin Blorp | July 10, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I check Drudge at least once a day. It's a great site for news -- one of several that I check daily.

Posted by: JSmithCSA | July 10, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Drudge is fantastic!! Everyone else is doing good to come in second place. Live with it.

He has his fingers on more news stories than anybody. And, the great thing is that he has multiple Networks working for him, whether they like it or not.

Drudge is indeed a force, and we are the benefactors.

Posted by: fox_goku | July 10, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Matt Drudge. Drudge Report is my home page.

Posted by: Winny from the South | July 10, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Drudge is a daily read for me, trying to stray away form the politically dominated cable media.

Fox News 2nd choice.


http://bsods.com

Posted by: BsoD's | July 10, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Actually, I am curious about how the left sees the right's political views as a failure since Congress is managed by the left? Further, Jaxes' post reinforces Joe's perspective that the left tends to focus on name calling rather than pointing out fact to support their perspective. As I am unaffiliated politically and tend to be a neutral observer, I see more sense in the right's argument about how congress has been the political failure in this administration.

Posted by: mynx | July 10, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I am a combat vet (Vietnam '67-'68). I served 11.5 months in I Corps. with the 198th Lt. Infantry Brigade. I was there for Tet, I was at Kham Duc when it was overrun (May 68). I was an infantry platoon leader and executive officer. McCain flew 20 hrs. of actual combat missions and then got shot down. He was a POW for 5 years. He hasn't a clue as to leading men in combat or what combat is. Flying a jet and blowing the crap out of things is warfare twice removed. His time as a POW doesn't qualify him for anything except some taxpayer money and a bit of respect for surviving (he did sign confessions after being tortured - as many of us might -think torture works? He now does).

I would not vote for the pandering John McCain if you put a gun to my head or waterboarded me. He is a coward, an elitist disconnected with America and its principles of which his seem to be "make me and my buddies richer and screw you".

He is a pitiful example of everything wrong with American politics. Unfortunately, Obama seems ready to pander his way to the middle of nowhere too.

We're screwed.

Posted by: Pete Everts | July 10, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

seems reporters are lazy, it's definitely a profession that does NOT attract the best and the brightest. Hats off to Drudge and his Republican colleagues for capitalizing on it.

Posted by: Ben Stone | July 10, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I am amused by the lefties that brag about their Democrat controlled Congress. I guess failure is a success to Democrats. Lowest approval rating in history.....congrats.

Posted by: Stuart | July 10, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Its true that Drudge is the most Powerful Reporter in the World. I also love his other stories that don't deal with Politics. Which got me thinking if Drudge voted Democrat this year he would shock the World! Hear me out! Don't laugh at this earth shattering idea! I also like George Will. Bob Brooks is hopeless! But if we can get both Drudge and George Will to vote Democrat this year they can help save America! I rest my case!

Posted by: Franklin | July 10, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, but this article is a tad late. Drudge may have carried the kind of clout described above a few years ago, but now crowd-sourcing rules. Reddit regularly has more important, more relevant news stories days, sometimes WEEKS, before other news outlets, including Drudge.

One example: Drudge still hasn't reported on the passing of the FISA bill from yesterday nor the fact that even though Obama pledged to filibuster the bill, he actually voted FOR it.

Posted by: ANON | July 10, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Most of Sludge's hits come from people coming back from his links. He's a neocon jerk who spent time in a mental hospital. The media would do themselves (and us) a favor by outing partisan hacks like Sludge and Faux News.

Posted by: Walt Cronkite | July 10, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Three comments.

1. I look at Drudge a half dozen times daily because it helps me get to the "meat" stories.

2. To all you folks who look down your noses at Jaxas: I do also. Sadly, Jaxas has to live with himself 24-7. We only have to put up with him during the time it takes to pass his name on postings.

3. In the interest of political correctness, in case Jaxas is female, I rephrase comment 2 to read: To all you folks who look down your noses at Jaxas: I do also. Sadly, Jaxas has to live with herself 24-7. We only have to put up with her during the time it takes to pass her name on postings.

Posted by: Larry Croft | July 10, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse


MATT YOU ARE THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS.THOSE
LEFTY ,LIBBIE, SOCIALIST,MARXIST,HUSEIN
WHINERS,ARE EXACTLY THAT, AND VERY JEALOUS
ON TOP OF THAT. THEY CALL US CONSERVERS
THE UGLIEST,FOULIST NAMES IN THE BOOK,AND WE VERY SELDOM USE FOUL WORDS TO DESCRIBE THEM.
I THINK I'M GOING TO CRY.
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS TO THESE LIBBIES WHEN THEY GET TO THE VOTING MACHINE AND HAVE TO DECIDE WHICH WAY TO GO,,,REMEMBER 9/11 ...

Posted by: D-27 | July 10, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

With the choice between McCain and Obama....I see now why we are going into a depression. If only the DUMB American people could have woken up in time to elect RON PAUL. THE ONLY TRUE PATRIOT!

FIND 1 THING RP HAS NEGATIVE ABOUT HIM, FIND 1!!!! He served militarily, is still married to the same woman, no baggage, delivered 4000 babies, represented his constituency perfectly. No Ron=End of USA

Posted by: jdubb | July 10, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

HEY... why aren't all the Lefty's speaking Spanish....??? you should all have your nuts cut off....
dan easley, sc

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Matt Drudge does us all a great service. Basically, he dilutes the power of the media "elite". Gone are the days when a few hard-left, liberal editors at major media outlets can pick and choose the pablum they spoon-feed to the public to further their own misguided political and social philosophies. The Drudge Report is so popular because Matt Drudge digs the 1% of the real news out of the 99% of low-brow garbage emanating from the mainstream news and corrals it into a one page, easy-access web "index" for his readers. This saves his readers countless hours of perusing page after ad-laden page of the mass media excrement offered up the folks who went into journalism to "change the world" rather than "report the news". We can now consider those folks to be news-gatherers and Matt Drudge to be the wizened Editor in Chief. I love The Drudge Report! Good job, Matt. Please keep up the good work.

Posted by: Mark - Chicago | July 10, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

WindyCity, thanks alot. I laughed so hard I spit coffee on my computer screen and sloshed some on my keyboard. It still works! That was the best and funniest post I've seen in weeks. Jesse's true feelings about Obama are very revealing. What are the true feelings of the Democrats? At least we know how Jesse feels in private or should I say about private parts.

John Kerry asked McCain to be his VP, essentially telling the world he felt McCain should lead America if anything happened to him. Now he slams McCain because it is the politically wise thing to do. If only more Democrats were caught telling how they really feel about Barack Obama. At least Hillary said in public she didn't think he was qualified to be president. I'll give her props for that. But now she'll change her tune, too. How sad a reflection is that on politicians.

Posted by: TrentonTed | July 10, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Is that your stand for victory edge mushashi? That your partisan pundits are more successful than the left's more partisan pundits. That a gossip oriented scold like Matt Drudge is more successful than the journalists in the media, many of who have been killed doing their jobs covering the wars you right wingers love to start? How many right wing talk show hosts have been killed or injured in Iraq?

Oh well. As long as your blabbermouth pundits are more successful than our blabbermouth pundits. That a pretty lame standard don't you think?

No. My standard is, does your philosophy of government actually work? Or does it fail? According to the latest polls, your ideology is a complete failure. So much so that the GOP lost both houses of Congress and are now likely to lose even more inaddition to the Presidency.

Posted by: Jaxas | July 10, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I still am waiting to read an intelligent comment from the liberal left concerning Drudge (or anything else). If the truth hurts, you far left socialists are in a lot of pain. Misery likes company. Do any of you have an original thought, or are you going to do what you always do when you are faced with any challenge - denigrate and castigate? The problem with your party and your views is that you have no morals, no ethics, no religion, no discipline, no self-respect, no values, no hope, no brains and no future!

Posted by: Joe | July 10, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

looks like jaxass was expelled from bible school for having a potty mouth. They must have an unsupervised internet connection at the shelter.

Posted by: ricardo maxwell | July 10, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Also note that Drudge solicits anonymous new tips from his readers. I wonder how much staff he has to wade through the stuff. I don't see a lot of cash flow generated by Drudge.

But he covers the water front from A to Z. The latest: phony Iranian missile photo a good example.

Posted by: Quintus Arius | July 10, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Barak is a Black panther loving, LIAR!

Posted by: Tomato | July 10, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I AM A VET AND I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR MCCAIN.

Posted by: | July 10, 2008 9:56 AM

Veterans OVERWHELMINGLY support McCain over Obama. If you are not lying and are indeed a Vet and don't support McCain, you're an anomaly.

Posted by: Liars | July 10, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Hey!

I cannot understand why everyone is so excited about BO winning the election. WHOEVER wins is going to be the Captain Hazelwood of this country's history!

The US is heading for the rocks and there is NOTHING any president can do about it.

We have to pay the piper, there is no avoiding it and the bill is WAAAAY PAST DUE!

Why do you want to doom BO to be at the helm when the sh*t hits the fan?

Ron Paul was our only hope and the media made sure he was marginalized in spite of his wide-spread support and his rational approach to solving our HUGE problems.

I am sorry to admit that America deserves what is in store for us in the VERY near future.

Hang on tight my countrymen, the ride is about to get rough!

Posted by: escaped to Mexico | July 10, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Their are no more Liberals left in the Democratic party. They are all leftists. Disagree with them and they call you all kinds of names, because they can not discuss actual policies. No one wants your socialist crap. Liberals believe in Free Speech. Leftists want to shut down all the "evil" people that disagree with them.
When did the Democratic party become the party of hate?

Posted by: Ray | July 10, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I AM A VET AND I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR MCCAIN.

Posted by: | July 10, 2008 9:56 AM

It's pitifully obvious statements like these are NOT made by actual veterans.

Posted by: Liars | July 10, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Seth, "...during the many weeks that that story unfolded"? How about 13 days since that link appeared (June 27)? There have been several links to stories about Zimbabwe. I suppose you can pick any country and any story and say that Drudge didn't cover it. After all, he can't cover everything can he?
And anyone that reads the Huffington Post can't be too intelligent or discriminatory in their thinking. Like the Daily Kooks, moveout.org, and obscenity, there is no redeeming social value there.
I wasn't simply dismissing an opinion I didn't like but was pointing out the lie that you posted. Please tell us what motive you had for posting that lie if you love Matt Drudge's site so much. As you can see by all the drooling and foaming at the mouth by lib posters, Matt Drudge is not one of their favorite people. Again, he exposes liberal anti-Americans by linking to stories about their hypocritical and anti-American socialist behaviour.
I get a good cross section of news myself but I don't need to search out any additional left wing propaganda. There's enough on my TV every night and in any AP story I read.
As for the link to the rigged election in Zimbabwe (I have friends who have been there and some that still live there), how can you call it "small"? What is the difference between a big link and a small link? Are you the judge of that? LMFAO!!!
Is it because I called you out and you were wrong about it?

Posted by: Ricardo Maxwell | July 10, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I find this all very amusing. Look. The Jesse Jackson dustup will only serve to contrast Obama's more centrist message on black men taking personal responsibility--something you goons on the right have been deceptively hyping for years. Now, we have a black candidate who echoes that refrain and you're complaining? That tells us all we need to know about how phony the right is.

Posted by: Jaxas | July 10, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Nazi Germany also had an anti-smoking campaign that was eerily similar to the current leftist campaign here.

The state owns your body so you better keep it healthy. After all, the state doesn't want to spend "their" money on your diseases.

Posted by: Ray | July 10, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Th trouble with Drudge and Drudge wannabees is that that first headline is so important, whether or not it is actually true or not, and their never is any acknowledgement that they got the story wrong or more often that it is half baked. The world is hooked to gossip = political, entertainment, sports, that has little to do with the actual way the world works. Everyone can traffic in trash and they do.

Posted by: nclwtk | July 10, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

"I AM SICK OF ALL THE RIGHTWING WHINING. STFU."

Actually we are gloating. You know, the thing you do whenever anything bad happens to The United States. Sorry little fella.

Posted by: Truthy | July 10, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

The power of Drudge is a testament to the impotence of the Washington press corps. Jesse couldn't cut your n_ts off, they're already gone.

Posted by: Robert | July 10, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Quote: "That's what losers always resort to when they are being defeated."


Judging from the plummeting subscriptions to the lefty news papers nation wide, (The WSJ is not hemmoridging subscribers like the old grey lady), the floundering mess that was Air America, and the rateings for Television News, which keep sinking like a cinderblock in quicksand, I'd have to argue that the reverse is true :D

So how about that last round of staff lay-offs at the NYT?

/grins

Posted by: Edge Mushashi | July 10, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Bring it on Rod miller. you pathetic Limbaugh a$$wipe. Look. You miserable, embittered, Limbaugh buttsmelling, poodles have been dishing this sort of thing out at liberals for years. You're just getting a ;lateful of the feces you've been hurling for years and you don't like it. Bon Appetit"!

Posted by: Jaxas | July 10, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I AM SICK OF ALL THE RIGHTWING WHINING. STFU.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

...and here we have the bad, evil mainstream media (WaPo) giving all of us the unfettered opportunity to contribute our own points of view for all to read. Just like Drudge.

Let freedom of the press ring!

Posted by: aussieaussieaussie | July 10, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Drudge provides a welcome alternative to the mainstream media. After years of undeserved dominance, the MSM is being ignored into eventual oblivion by readers who have grown weary of leftist bias. Journalists are being laid off not because there is no news to report. They are being laid off because the American People have become a lot more savvy about the garbage being purveyed as news by liberal media. In ten years, liberal journalists will be found only in the Smithsonian.

Posted by: Patrick C. | July 10, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Humanism claims to be the contrast to religion- and humanists call Christians bigots and they are intolerent of any of their beliefs. A good anology is say... New York Times and Matt Drudge. Interesting how humanists react to those who seek and expose truth.

Posted by: James | July 10, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse


Hmmmm. This really won't do much to allay John McCain's big disadvantage among voters who cite the economy as a leading concern.

Check out what Phil Gramm, the top economic adviser to McCain, had to say in a new interview:

"You've heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession," he said, noting that growth has held up at about 1 percent despite all the publicity over losing jobs to India, China, illegal immigration, housing and credit problems and record oil prices. "We may have a recession; we haven't had one yet."

"We have sort of become a nation of whiners," he said. "You just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness, America in decline," he said.

Out of touch much? McCain's top economic adviser thinks we are in a "mental recession" and thinks America is a "nation of whiners."

Good campaign tactic McCain. Have your very rich pal Phil Gramm call people who are suffeirng from economic problems they himself helped create 'whiners.'

God, what a loser this man is. What a total jack*ss.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

So Where does Matt Drudge get his news?

Maybe something like...

http://ASSIGNMENTEDITOR.com/ ?

maybe we should be going there first.

and yeah NEWSER.com is good too

Posted by: Reggie from DC | July 10, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

If Obama is elected, he will probably close down all the alternative media, ala Hugo Chavez. That is probably why the MSM is cheering him on so strongly.

It is so much easier to control the people with your propaganda if you do not have an opposition media.

Imagine a leftist president with a leftist controlled senate and congress.

Didn't we spend the last 100 years fighting these Socialist/Marxist/Communist/Fascist/Leninist/Stalinist bastards?

Posted by: Ray | July 10, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Jaxas = FAIL! Sorry leftie. Better luck next time.

Posted by: Truthy | July 10, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

What if Jesse Jackson kept his word really does cut Barack's nuts off? I believe Barack would make a miraculous recovery and then as a eunuch he could appeal to all people as he would essentially be asexual. He would then be the perfect world leader, no longer in lust with Scarlett Johansen, and able to concentrate on the greater good.

So maybe Jesse would be doing him and the world a favor. Leave it to Jesse to help Barack by planning radical actions that will expand his voting base. I hope Barack appreciates Jesse's offer to help his campaign with a few well-placed surgical strokes -- of that Jackson genius.

Posted by: WindyCity | July 10, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

It is crazy to think that the limbaughs and the Drudges of the world have so much power until you realize our politcal system's problems have opened the door for the like of these pimps... http://www.enewsreference.com

Posted by: eNews Reference | July 10, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

newser.com

Posted by: there is another option | July 10, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Ray, are you mental or what? Lat week the NYT did a big puff piece on Limbaugh that never asked one single question about how he evaded the draft during the Vietnam era. This week, we have Chris Cilliza sing a hymnal to Matt Drudge.

Look. You bumpkins on the right have been sniveling that old canard for years about the big liberal conspiracy in the press. That's what losers always resort to when they are being defeated. If anything, the media is overcompensating by pandering to the right in this silly effort to prove they are not liberal.

Frankly, like most Americans, I have simply had a bellyful of all of this right wing whining. You bet on a losing horse in 2000 and 2004. You all wanted to win so badly that you were willing to put into office an incompetent moron who was not up to the job. And not just a moron. A moron who did precisely everything you losers wanted him to do and it failed, big time.

Posted by: Jaxas | July 10, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

"BTW, lets concede Foxnews is conservative programming, its still "fair and balance" because the other 90% of the media is left leaning communists. Whats the complaint?"

It might help if FOX would stop doctoring photos of NYT employees.

Hey DDAWD, can you say "Jayson Blair"?

Posted by: Rush | July 10, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

The best aspect of the Drudge website, in my opinion, is the convenience of having a single saved favorite that links to so many other sites that I routinely use.

Posted by: maxfli | July 10, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I just abhor the continuing refernces to the old Nazi Germany that many of you bloggers and posters are using. Do you realize that in Nazi Germany, opposition to such govenment-controlled news would get you thrown into an oven...or masticated and branded before you were put into boiling water to seer the skin? You readers need to grasp actual events versus "perceived" atrocities...just because you don't like something should not mean you can link it to past horrors. At least your family is not going to disappear because of some political issue. Thank God (a shot at athiests) for good men and women who died to defend us.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I have been a huge fan of Drudge's since he first began. I remember when we could get his page sent to our email daily and I remember when he broke the story of the stained dress. I'm glad to see that he has had the success he's had. I read because I know he will have the most up=to=date information, it will be interesting and it will be diverse. I'm just a regular person. I'm a teacher and a single mom. I like to be informed so I have read Drudge several times daily for more than 10 years.

Posted by: Shelley Stevenson - OKC | July 10, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Must really frost your cookies when a well read site posts a bit of news that the liberal media would love to bury by not reporting. Once it hits Drudge, they are forced to at least put it on page 42 right behind the obits but still in the paper or other sites on the interent.

Wonder if the Libs want to turn Drudge and other media sites into pablem with their fairness doctrine?

Posted by: joe | July 10, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Get a life Jaxas ... or is that jackass? Even your spelling is suspect.

Your hate-filled blogs wear thin. Does Obama pay you for the garbage you post?

Posted by: Rod Miller | July 10, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the Kos Kiddies are getting a bit ruffled that their Old media sources are dying left and right. ;)

Fact is, the old moonbat news outlets, be it TV, Radio, or newspapers, are being abandoned at a delicius rate by the public.

In the court of public opinion, they have been rejected, meanwhile people with objective points of view - Like Drudge - are scooping mass hits, mass appeal, and the rewards of doing good, non-biased journalism.

:)

Posted by: Edge Mushashi | July 10, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

The success of Matt Drudge and Fox News is proof that the right doesn't really care about "balanced" news, they just want news to reflect their beliefs.

Posted by: JasonS | July 10, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

But Drudge has changed over the past 2-3 years. It used to be that he was sitting over his computer 10-14 hours a day and the headline could change every 10-15 minutes. Nowadays, the headline may stay the SAME for 36 hours, as it almost inevitably does over the week-end. Drudge's heart isn't into his website the way it was in the early days. Now I find myself logging on to his political opposite's site -- the HuffingtonPost -- to see what their headline is, as it changes more frequently.

Posted by: Tony | July 10, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

As usual with liberal idiots, Jaxas (very appropriate name) starts screaming about right wing Nazis and Hitler. I have one question for you Jaxas. I know you will only want to call names, but I really only want the answer to this question. If you can't answer it, shutup. The Nazi government was The National Socialist Party. It not only wanted government to control businesses, it used class envy to turn people against the Jewish population who owned and operated many of the businesses at the time. Now, Mr. Genius, will you please explain to us with your vast intelligence what government control and nationalization of business, government takeover of land and property, and socialism has to do with anything "right-wing" or Republican?

Posted by: MinniePearlJam | July 10, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, CC, Drudge rules your idiot world. Which is why we've had an utter moron for a 'president' for 8 years and our country is going down the toilet.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Hey MSM! Complain about Drudge all you want. He is still kicking your PC little asses to the curb. That has got to hurt.

Doesn't it hurt BAD? Hahahahahahahaha

Posted by: Truthy | July 10, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Drudge just links to stories which because of main stream media bias, do not get the coverage they deserve. What's wrong with that? I am glad we live in a society where this sort of dissemination of information is still allowed - aren't you?

Posted by: Mike | July 10, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Note to Ronnie and other Drudgies: You folks rail about the MSM -- main stream media -- but fail to note that 99.9% of the news stories on Drudge link directly to the dreaded MSM.

I check Drudge several times a day -- not because he, personally, is doing anything of note, as he isn't; simply because it's a convenient link to what's happening. All of it provided free of charge to Drudge, of course, by the dreaded MSM.

Drudge simply gets well-deserved credit for thinking of that service first. For that I tip my snap-brim hat to him.

Posted by: Deifendorfer | July 10, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I am glad we have Drudge to give us news that other agencies would not focus on. Except, there are reports of him keeping the lid on communist ties to Obama and not reporting this huge information. I will continue to check Drudge everyday and hope he exposes the critical news of the democratic presidential candidate.

Posted by: CParks | July 10, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I agree with scrivener. Drudge is pretty much a glorified news aggregator BUT it doesn't stop this Dem from checking it often. I honestly don't know why there's so much hate. If you don't like his site, don't visit it.

Seriously, if any of you ran a super successful site, regardless of content, you'd be touting articles written about you as well. I know I would.

@RedondoGolfer, LOL @ Republicans being "adults". Sir, I've found out that BOTH Repubs & Dems are over run with each's fair share of idiots & child-like behaviors.

@Tom From DC, I respect you for your service, but disagree with you on who was the disaster. Regardless of what you think about Bill, the country was prosperous with a huge surplus thanks to technology not being stiffled.

Posted by: Cannon | July 10, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Drudge is fudge to us. Cannot get enough of him. Thanks for just keepin us informed.

Posted by: Sniffy | July 10, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Tee hee hee like a garantuan light of truth, Matt Drudge lifts up the proverbial rock to exhibit the squirming, slithering liberals and their conniving schemes to mold this country into their sick & twisted image.

"Go away and leave us to our sordid ways, oh distructive light" say they as they gnash their teeth & wring their hands at the sky.

Posted by: Alex in DC | July 10, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Seems like there are a lot of jealous bloggers on this site today...

Posted by: TheDudesBlog | July 10, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Libs got their panties in a twist over Jesse's Obamaslam, a story that will play 3 days tops. George Allen was stalked by the WaPo for weeks after his "macaca" ism, til the MSM were sure we got it. Why? Because of the AGENDA people.

Posted by: sbyte | July 10, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Drudge is the perfect solution to armchair journalists like those at WaPo who would rather bottomfeed on faux scandals rather than leaving their air conditioned offices and do some actual reporting.

Newspapers aren't dying because of technology. They are dying because they no longer investigate and report news, but are instead little more than a couple interns surfing the net to identify ratings grabbers. GET OFF YOUR BUTTS WAPO AND DO SOME REPORTING!

Posted by: SWB | July 10, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Note how Drudge has scarcely touched on the duplicity of Conservatives like Larry Craig, David Vitter, Mark Foley and inimitable John "Silver Spoon" McCain who trashes GLBT folks at every turn while having one run his Senate office.

Posted by: Drudge the Rep shill | July 10, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

The people are just looking for our own Spider Jerusalem!

Posted by: newsfeed hag | July 10, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Is Phil Singer, former deputy communications director for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign, a Republican?

Posted by: Hey Dummmy | July 10, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I lean to left but read Drudge daily. Why? Headlines on one page without all the BS graphics, ads and pop-ups. It's just that simple.

Posted by: steve | July 10, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Look. Everything you are seeing, hearing--or in Drudge's case, smelling--is wrong. You cannot trust any of this, including the mainstream media who are in a frothy panic right now because the battleground state polls are showing strong indications that this election is going to be a blowout, a snore.

Obama is going to win big. This scares the bejeezus out of Drudge and the rest of the right wing media who are showing all of the signs of a snarling, yelping onset of rabies. But it really has the MSM in a panic because they count on a close race for ratings and profits. That is why the cable news channels are ignoring polls showing Obama with the huge lead he really has and hyping these media polls which skew in favor of McCain voters.

Here is the dirty little secret folks: This race is over. It was over the minute that miserable old fart McCain--who secretly dreams of being the next George W. Bush--was nominated. He has never broken above 45% in any poll, anywhere, anytime.

Posted by: Jaxas | July 10, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

"If you fight with your husband, your marriage might end, tune in at five to see if your marriage is at risk of divorce"
"A new study suggests that children who take certain vitamins may develop brain tumors"
"According to the latest poll, 49% of Americans want universal health care"
"Can a diary help you lose weight? Find out how it might"
This is news to the MSM, created and agenda driven by using stuff that might happen or polls. Actual events are secondary. They wonder why they have to downsize while Limbaugh is earning more in 8 years than anyone could ever see in 100 life times.

Posted by: Sara | July 10, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

No, Matt Drudge didn't "make the story".
All the millions of people who go to Drudge made the story.

"What explains Drudge's reach?"

All the millions of people who go to Drudge made the story. All the millions of people who do not trust the mainstream media anymore, like the Washington Post and the NY Slimes.

The mainstream media now seems like an echo chamber for the far left kooks.
Eight years of demonizing "Bush, Cheney, Halliburton..." has worn thin. And you don't even mention that the Democratic Congress has ratings that are half of Bush's.

Now the media seems to have chosen BOTH presidential canidates, but Drudge has all the power... right...

Get a clue.

Posted by: Ray | July 10, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the post should fire Chris Cillizza and just put a Matt Drudge feed. How about doing your job and stop relying on Matt to tell you what is and what is not news? BTW, where did you go to journalism school? Obviously, you should ask for your money back. Idiot.

Posted by: Playa | July 10, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

are you crazy? he rules and we know it...

check out http://www.roadkilltshirts.com

there is nothing like it

Posted by: Bill stone | July 10, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

I agree with everything posted above, except that Drudge has used his influence a few times to implicitly guide the polis toward conservative ideology--a move he seems to have regretted more recently with his favorable assessments of Obama. But man, Drudge is majorly responsible for many of the darkest days of our media's shortcomings during our 'dark' years of 2002-2006. He's getting more responsible, but outside of his massive readability and enormous visitor numbers, he's a real canker sore in recent history for his willingness to make up or spin stories as much as he's willing to pay attention to lesser-appreciated headlines.

Posted by: Timmy | July 10, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Golleee Aaron Burr! I wonder where you picked up that word "Messiah" in referring to Barak Obama? God you stupid right wing morons are so transparent. It is beyond obvious that you just extricated your head from Rush Limbaugh's reeking, bloated a$$ just long enough to stink up the pages of this blog. What are you barking hyenas going to do when old Rush pops his aorta. It's gonna happen pretty soon. He sounds as though his eyeballs are going to explode any minute.

Posted by: Jaxas | July 10, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

This left-wing/right-wing verbal slugfest is becoming a bit of a drudge.

Posted by: aussieaussieaussie | July 10, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Minnepearljam, who in the hell do you think you are kidding? For the past 30 years we have been subjected to some of the stupidiest, lamest, dumbass bumperstickers from the rabid right that one can possibly imagine. And you have the pussyjuice to accuse the left of resorting to bumpersticker campaigning?

Like Drudge, like Limbaugh, like O'Reilly and the rest of the slobbering, fulminating, right wing dingos who f#*Ked this country up royally, all you have is this squad of goons just like in Nazi Germany who ran around scooping up Hitler's leavings and hurling them at the objects of their bile, which is just about everything and everybody who isn't fat, white, wealthy and dog dumb right wing just like you.

Posted by: Jaxas | July 10, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

"I just went to Drudge and counted 30 headlines. Twenty one of those stories come from The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post, CBS, ABC, The Financial Times, The London Times, or Yahoo. As we all know, these are all bastions of conservatism.

Just look at the list of links he provides to the hateful Right Wing Conspiracy:

Eleanor Clift
The Nation
Helen Thomas
The New York Times
Anna Quindlen
The Boston Globe
Al Kamen
The Village Voice"

Interpretation #2: These publications aren't as ideologically slanted as Bill O Reilly would like us to believe.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 10, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

The left wingers of the world are just angry Drudge doesnt throw them a bone and link to their favorite types of news articles such as 1-Bush bashing 2-Iraq war Bashing 3-Global warming we are all going to die!4-America sucks 5-Obama is a super duper rock star yay.

Posted by: ty | July 10, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Robert Marley, you sir are an idiot. You're ignorant if you think any of your post holds true in the majority of democratic Americans.

I don't align myself with either party, so I am pretty unbiased when I can say ultra conservatives like yourself, make the rest of the Republican party look like idiots.

Please don't reproduce.

Posted by: Drew | July 10, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Wow, as an independent it sure seems that many of these anti Drudge crowd would be happier getting their news from truly
unbiassed sources like the KOS, Huffington Post and Move-on.

If you don't want the truth, stay in your own element. It the elitist thing to do.

Posted by: who cares | July 10, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

And they read Variety in Hollywood. Isn't that more for ego than anything else? Why should I care what the beltway navel gazers read?

Posted by: Optimyst | July 10, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Matt Drudge your an Internet God, I thank you everyday for giving us the News before the Left Wing Socialists have time to spin it their way.
The mainstream news media would have hidden the good Reverend Wright until after the election but Drudge keeps them on their toes.

Posted by: Ronnie | July 10, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

INFORMATION IS 'POWER' -- THE MORE INFORMED ONE IS THE BETTER DECISION ONE WILL MAKE ABOUT SELF AND COUNTRY -- IGNORANCE AIN'T BLESS!!!!! KNOWLEDGE IS KING!!

Posted by: dj | July 10, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Don't be upset with the ultra-leftists who post nasty things below about Matt Drudge. They are just upset because their Messiah continues to sell them down the river every day of the campaign. Obama stands for nothing. For example, how do you nut bags explain his vote for the Bush FISA bill yesterday? Your Messiah is nothing more than an overly ambitious empty suit who will say (and do) anything to get elected.

OBAMA IS A SHAM!

Posted by: Aaron Burr | July 10, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Sorry but, to coin a phrase, this is "Inside the Blogway" stuff.
I'm a political junkie and have never seen Drudge's site and have heard him as a main source on maybe 4 stories in 5 years. 98% of Americans would have no idea of who he is.

Posted by: Pragmatist | July 10, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

You people in the political media kill me. Mike Murphy waxes admiringly aout Matt Drudge when he says like it or not he is one of the most powerful forces in the media. It is rather like saying: "Like it or not, Charlie Manson is one of the most efficient serial killers in history.

The thing that disturbs me most about this piece Chris, is its cavalier acceptance of an immoral proposition with this unseemly "like it or not. love him or hate him" line of thinking. One could well have said the same thing about Josef Goebbels. Where the media is concerned, there are no moral judgements against such right wing gossipmongers; yet, can you tell me with a straight face Chris, that when Moveon.org uses precisely the same tactics as Drudge, that you and all of the other media Drudge-Limbaugh-Coulter-Hannity sycophants do not go after them hammer-and-tong instead of marveling admiringly at their influence?

It is little wonder that the media rank as one of America's most despised institutions. This piece depresses me to no end. It tells me that no matter how squalid and low the right will go in their neverending quest to slander anyone who isn't a conservative who aspires to the Presidency, they will always find a friend in this sycophantic, admiring liberal media. This is really a disgusting piece of journalism Chris.

Posted by: Jaxas | July 10, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Good Good, what a bunch of pantywaist crybabies.

I just went to Drudge and counted 30 headlines. Twenty one of those stories come from The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post, CBS, ABC, The Financial Times, The London Times, or Yahoo. As we all know, these are all bastions of conservatism.

Just look at the list of links he provides to the hateful Right Wing Conspiracy:

Eleanor Clift
The Nation
Helen Thomas
The New York Times
Anna Quindlen
The Boston Globe
Al Kamen
The Village Voice

Does it really surprise you liberals that no one listens to their nonsense? Do you wonder why you are left with plastering your vehicles with bumper stickers to get attention? If you want to know why the American public rejects you and the people you support, it's because you people don't live in the real world. So calm down, take another drink of KoolAid and cover that one last spot on your bumper.

Posted by: MinniePearlJam | July 10, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I love to go to stories Drudge links to to see the comments posted. Invariably, they are many, and invariably, the comments seem to have been posted by those with the most superficial understanding of issues, but an encyclopedic knowledge of mythical character flaws. Congrats for diving into the sludge, Chris.

Posted by: John Dillinger | July 10, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I always love it when right-wingers talk about how "liberal" the traditional media is. "It's in the Washington Post so you KNOW it must be liberal!!!" It has been SO long since the MSM (and quite noteably, the Washington Post) have been "liberal." Drudge's influence is the best testament to that -- today's media is all about the tabloid "gotcha" moment that the esteemed Mr. Drudge wallows in. Actually reporting on things like McCain's serial flip flops and wacky positions against historically vital programs like Social Security takes HARD WORK. They actually have to leave their desks and computers, burn some shoe leather, and do some fact finding. It's so much easier to just grab the gossipy tripe that Drudge serves up to the drooling masses and report it as fact than it is to do reporting (the kind the media used to specialize in). Jesse Jackson's feelings about the state of Senator Obama's nuts means absolutely NOTHING to the future of America and the world. But, thanks to the complete cave-in by the traditional media, Drudge gets everyone's attention distracted enough from real issues to keep complete zeroes like Bush and (if there is a God in Heaven, right Matt?) McCain in charge of our sinking ship. Good luck, America.

Posted by: sturgis54 | July 10, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

"BTW, lets concede Foxnews is conservative programming, its still "fair and balance" because the other 90% of the media is left leaning communists. Whats the complaint?"

It might help if FOX would stop doctoring photos of NYT employees.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 10, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

The Drudge Report is a compilation of all the news media including AP, Television,i.e,(CBS, ABC, MSNBC, BBC, --newspapers,ie.,(NYTIMES, WASHINGTON POST, WASHINGTON TIMES,NYPOST,LATIMES,and others including many columnists, i.e.,Arranna Huffington,Rush Limbaugh, Walter Williams,Dick Morris, and many others ALL FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE IN ONE PLACE -- THE DRUDGEREPORT!!--BRILLANT WASN'T IT!!

Posted by: dj | July 10, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Drudge's links lead to the righteous conclusion that both sides of the aisles are equally contemptible.

Posted by: Joseph | July 10, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

drudge is the man! all he does is post UNBIASED crap from the left (and even sometimes from the right). He is an editor that pics stories without slant.

Posted by: zap | July 10, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I don't get it. All the people here...whether they are liberals, republicans, or two headed baboons, seem to either worship Drudge or condemn judge based no his bias. But you don't seem to understand what bias is. Bias is simply an indivisual way of seeing the truth. There are many an ignorant people in this world, and they will say that there is only one truth, and that truth is usually there own. In reality everyone has their own bias, and no matter where you are getting your news from, whatever bias it may already be tainted with, as soon as it reaches your eyes, it becomes tainted with your own version of the truth.

But that is ok. That's great! This country was founded by people who saw truth differently. Our consitution was written only after one of the greatest compromises in the history of man kind. Go read about it if you like. You'll judge it with your own bias and then you will decide whether my statement above was correct or incorrect in your eyes.

I will be honest. I'm a liberal who listens to conservative talk because I seak to understand my world. I get tired of looking at everything with my own bias which I know is there. I believe to understand my world, to really understand it, every bias and truth must be considered. By closing one eye you are half blind, but you'll still see something. What that is...nobody can really say, and it's doubtful whether it is real.

Posted by: Bob | July 10, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

The left-wing nut jobs complaining about Matt Drudge probably got confused on their way to read Dan Froomkin's pathetic I HATE PRESIDENT BUSH column of the day.

Just remember people, the same people slobbering all over Obama are the same people trashing our troops and our President, lavishing praise on Hugo Chavez, railing against our fundamental right to keep and bear arms, protecting child rapists and pedophiles, arguing for increased taxes, supporting gay marriage, hating Israel (and Jews generally), undermining our free speech rights, etc.

Democrats hate America and hate freedom. That is why they love OBAMA. They want socialism.

WAKE UP AMERICA!

Posted by: Robert Marley | July 10, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Comments mean page views, and page views mean revenue. Comments have been down lately. What's CC's solution? He could make intelligent posts which will lead to intelligent comments. He could re-enable registration or moderate the comments to promote actual discussion instead of anonymous name-calling.

Or he could talk about Drudge, guaranteeing that this post will get linked from Drudge. So the comments will be flooded by Drudge fans, all competing to say the same thing in the most offensive language possible. Sure, it sends the blog further into the sewer, but at least it gets page views!

Posted by: Blarg | July 10, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

It amazing so many people attack Drudge. Do you liberals really think if Drudge didnt exist, we would just say, you know what, your right! We're not taxed enough - heres my paycheck. We're not regulated enough, fine me more.

Posted by: Bob | July 10, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

The problem is that the driveby media professionals let their biased views direct thier professional work (both lib and con.)

Start reporting the facts instead of opinions. Opinions are like body orifaces, everyone has several.

Posted by: Kasson | July 10, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

MATT DRUDGE for PRESIDENT, 2008

Posted by: dan, easley, sc | July 10, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Having worked in various newsrooms for more than a decade, I can say that Drudge succeeds byt doing what the liberal press has failed to do: cover ALL news stories... even if they cast a bad light on liberals, Democrats, the pro-gay/pro-abortion/anti-family crowd, Marxists, military-haters, and the anti-American crowd in general.

Drudge is simply doing the same thing that enables FoxNews to destroy CNN and MSNBC and is GROWING the Wall Street Journal while the NYTimes shrinks and loses money: he covers ALL news and leaves any political bias out of it. The libs want The Fairness Doctrine because in the marketplace of ideas, NO ONE is buying what they're selling... while Rush signs a deal for close to half-a-billion dollars!

Without Drudge (and Rush and Sean and Glen and FoxNews and the WSJ), the overwhelmingly liberal press would do what any good Marxist would do: turn the press into a state-run propoganda machine. Thank God someone's out there to stop them!

Posted by: otherrandomstuff | July 10, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

"Not a McCain fan but you idiots who come up with this "he voted for this he voted against" this crap know that just about every bill in congress is a set-up bill for some group to praise and some group to hate. There is always a little for her and a lot for there. That's why it is a wasteful system but a good system. So get real. People like Obama haven't been around enough to have voted on a lot of crap to get some good or a lot of good that gets some crap so these lame arguments against McCain or, as mentioned, limited against Obama are STUPID."

One of the reasons that Senators rarely get elected president and one of the reasons Obama was encouraged to run after only two years in the Senate.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 10, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Soledad O'Brien hyped the site back in 2001 when she was at MSNBC with that creepy animated character. She's hot. Enough said.

Posted by: Steve | July 10, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

"Attention Hippies and Left-Wing Pinkos:
Stop reading Drudge and posting on Drudge if it drives you nuts. What makes America so great, the greatest nation in the history of the world is that we all have the unalienable right ignore people we don't like."

Also, we can bash them

Posted by: DDAWD | July 10, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Not a McCain fan but you idiots who come up with this "he voted for this he voted against" this crap know that just about every bill in congress is a set-up bill for some group to praise and some group to hate. There is always a little for her and a lot for there. That's why it is a wasteful system but a good system. So get real. People like Obama haven't been around enough to have voted on a lot of crap to get some good or a lot of good that gets some crap so these lame arguments against McCain or, as mentioned, limited against Obama are STUPID.

Posted by: Ed S | July 10, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

BOK, i'm ashamed of you... Juan McCain is a "sleeper democrat"... why would anyone, vet or not, who is a Republican want to vote for a "closet dem"...? McCain is not part of us, HE'S ONE OF THEM... vote for Bob Barr... let's get a 3rd Party going... however, Obama may just be what this country needs, a good enema to wake us all up, so we clean out Congress of all the ka-ka in DC...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Ricardo - you're right, Drudge DID run one (but just one) small link about Mugabe during the many weeks that that story unfolded.
But you're also wrong - I'm not left-wing, liberal or a Drudge-hater. It's too easy to dimiss opinions you don't like with that sort of simplistic name-calling.
In fact I check out Drudge's site several times each day, along with Huffington's Post, Lucianne and several other post sites. That way I get a good cross-section of news and opinion from all sides of the political spectrum.

Posted by: Seth | July 10, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

SLOTH AND FORMAT EXPLAIN DRUDGE'S SUCCESS

Format and the laziness of the mainstream media, not substance, explain the Drudge Report phenomenon.

The simple, plain vanilla layout and absence of fancy graphics allows the site to load instantly. Reader commands get an instantaneous response -- no momentary waiting for the graphics and the animated advertising.

Drudge's links are changed only infrequently, lending a sense of familiarity to the site.

Drudge's headline writing skill makes the site titillating and appealing to news freaks who celebrate cleverness over depth.

Drudge's right-leaning slant allows media writers and editors to believe they are getting "the other side" when they log on to Drudge.

But the big reason why Drudge is a success is that he actually sits there in front of the screen and takes the time to scan the web for his brand of what's news. Reporters and editors are busy doing their tasks of the moment and just don't have the time to sift through all the flotsam and jetsom. So they let Drudge do it.

But neither Drudge nor mainstream writers spend much time talking in person, face to face, with either official sources or members of the public. Mainstream media gladly allow Drudge to set their agenda, and neither pays much attention to what's really going on at the grassroots, out where the real people live.

So the media fascination with Drudge seems to be a narcissistic self-affirmation of their own elitism, and a sorry reflection of their professional detachment from the true voice of the people.

And he wears that Walter Winchell/
stop-the-presses hat. He worships media stereotypes and media types eat it up.

All that said, I check Drudge at least twice a day. It's like junk food; not especially good for you, but irresistible nonetheless.

Posted by: scrivener | July 10, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

to Tom from DC; those coward will understand the minute they are being held down on the ground and they feel that knife start cutting through their neck... no sooner...

Posted by: dan, easley, sc | July 10, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

During an interview with the editorial board of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) contradicted himself in a matter of minutes regarding Social Security. When asked how he would "fix Social Security," McCain first said, "You've got to say look, everything is on the table." But then, minutes later, when asked if he favored "raising the cap," McCain said, "No." He then criticized Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) for previously saying that raising the payroll cap is "one possible option."

McCain's Social Security contradiction isn't surprising considering he regularly denies his own record of support for privatization. In fact, just yesterday, McCain called the basic structure of Social Security "an absolute disgrace."

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Nonsense.

Nobody designated Matt Drudge as the nation's arbiter of relevance/news value. Lazy reporters and editors who defer to his NewsPorn judgment are to blame. This is why we're given a Fix post about Jesse Jackson, via Drudge, instead of anything about John McCain's screaming misstatement on Social Security.

Sorry, Chris, but this time you're flat wrong. It's easy to ignore Drudge - all you have to do is ignore Drudge. Decide for yourself what matters to readers, as opposed to what titillates them, and report the former.

Posted by: FlownOver | July 10, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

The truth hurts and for that Drudge hurts more than anyone else. News readers like Dan Rather and the like are all about personalities and nothing about the news and when a news reader offers an opinion that is slanting the news. Drudge is great because he just passes the news on and doesn't give his opinion. The irony is that truth hurts the Democrates far more than it hurts the Republicans; therefore, it appears that Drudge is biased to Democrates who fear the truth.

Posted by: Ed S | July 10, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Drudge is one great news budget at anytime you want it. When I was a news editor in Connecticut, we used AP to make up the budget for our p.m. meeting. Now editors can go to Drudge. It's the same as local radio looking to local papers for the news, or TV guys and gals looking at the NYT or the WSJ. Gotta come from somewhere. Drudge just replaced AP budgets and that's not a bad thing.

Posted by: Cristo52 | July 10, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Yea... goes to show the intolerant people are really the liberals. They don't believe in choice of freedom of speech. Liberal thinking is prevalent in (probably) like 90% of the media, while conservative media is only about 10%. Funny how libs cry foul, are up in arms, and feel threaten with Foxnews, talk radio, and the internet. BTW, lets concede Foxnews is conservative programming, its still "fair and balance" because the other 90% of the media is left leaning communists. Whats the complaint?

Posted by: Cat | July 10, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I am ashamed of you.

Posted by: BOK | July 10, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I AM A VET AND I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR MCCAIN.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Let's see the last time I bought a paper 1998 I think.

Drudge is yellow pot stirring at it's best.
Since all media now has an agenda *yawn* we might as well read the garbage in real time. Drudge does that best.

Journalism is dead. Pandering to the advertisers and following the company line
along with forwarding the goverments propaganda PR releases is all that major media does now.

Drudge is the symptom not the disease.

Posted by: XxSATANxX | July 10, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse


Earlier this week, one of Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) top advisers, Carly Fiorina, argued for McCain's free-market approach to health care by noting that "there are many health insurance plans that will cover V*agra but won't cover b*rth-control medication" and that many "women would like a choice." But, as ThinkProgress noted, Fiorina's argument was undermined by McCain's 2003 vote against legislation that would have required insurance coverage of prescription b*rth control. When asked about the disconnect on his campaign bus today, McCain nervously replied, "I certainly do not want to discuss that issue":

Q: Earlier this week Carly Fiorina was meeting with a bunch of reporters and talked about it being unfair that insurance companies cover V*agra but not b*rth control. And -

McCain: I certainly do not want to discuss that issue. (uneasy laughter)

Q: But apparently you've voted against (McCain laughter continues)

McCain: I don't know what I voted -

Q: Voted against coverage of b*rth control, forcing health insurance companies to cover b*rth control in the past. Is that still your position?

McCain: I'll look at my voting record on it, but I have, uh, (5 second pause) , I don't recall the vote right now. But I'll be glad to look at it and get back to you as to why, I don't -

Q: I guess her statement was that it was unfair that health insurance companies cover V*agra but not b*rth control. Do you have an opinion on that?

McCain: (after 8 second pause) I don't know enough about it to give you an informed answer because I don't recall the vote, I've cast thousands of votes in the Senate. I will respond to - it's a, it's a (nervous)

McCain's stumbling answer is reminiscent of when he was asked in March 2007 about public funding for *ontraceptives and he could only reply, "whether I support government funding for them or not, I don't know."

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

i just simply like drudge for the last 9 years. thank you matt!!!

dan from texas

Posted by: daniel | July 10, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

aph:

Jesse Jackson THREATENING THE LIFE of the next President of the United States ain't "a big deal" to most Americans?! Haven't you been reading Obama's campaign blog?

Posted by: JakeD | July 10, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Tom, that was brilliant:

"Check out the coward who attacks Republicans for everything that's wrong with the world! As a soldier who's been to Iraq, I can tell you that Muslim extremeists and their quest to take us all back to living in the 12th century are the reason some of my fellow soldiers are dying in Iraq. And if you want to blame someone who's "ruled our country" for something..you might want to look back further than the past 8 years. While The current occupant of the White House has made some mistakes, his predecessor WAS A DISASTER!! Much like the empty suit you people are trying to install in there now. People like you unfortunately won't wake up until we are attacked a few more times on our own soil. And when that happens, you'd better be ready to take the blame you coward!

Posted by: Tom In DC |"

Posted by: RC in FLorida | July 10, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS: http://www.healingdaily.com/beliefs.htm NOW YOU'LL KNOW WHY THE 3 MAJOR NEWS NETWORKS AREN'T KEEPING UP WITH THE DRUDGE REPORT OF FOX NEWS... WE'VE FOUND OUT YOUR SECRET AND HAVE MOVED ONWARD....

Posted by: dan | July 10, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Matt has influence because he has earned it. His site quickly posts more news people find relevant.
So people vote with their mice. In a democracy, how can you complain? This is also how markets work.
Most of the whiners spin their news more heavily and slower. This works fine until someone competes with you.
As for "bias", to some extent it is inevitable. Certainly there are no unbiased sources of news, least of all the whiners.

Posted by: Robert in Houston | July 10, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Why is Drudge popular? Silly question.

WH*RES ARE ALWAYS POPULAR IN DC.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Matt Drudge did what every other journalist or media organization could have done: Set up a webpage and fill the index page with ads, images, and links (often freely available) to news items. It's like selling cheese in a store. Why blame him for choosing to sell just what he likes? Don't go there, or set up valid competition, there's a lot of real estate on Main Street!

Posted by: Androth | July 10, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Well, then you guys are pretty sad if you are waiting for a blogger in his basement to tell you what's newsworthy. At least you admit it.

Posted by: VF | July 10, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

When was the last time Drudge actually wrote a story?

Posted by: If there's no news, it must be America | July 10, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

How ironic that a guy who merely posts links to other people's work gets dubbed the "national assignments editor of sorts".

He's had maybe two original stories that grew roots over the past 10 years. Everything else is junk any newsbot can find.

As for "conservative media", how is it a guy who's in the tank for O'Bamma in any way a conservative? He's just a guy with a great site for finding headlines. Then again, so are the people who own Google and YAHOO!

Posted by: Quiverdaddy | July 10, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

So let me get this straight...Drudge (an avowed conservative who wants other avowed conservatives to be elected) posts things on his website, elite journalists read the website and figure it must be an important story for most Americans...why? Do journalists go over to Atrios or Crooks and Liars, two liberal sites that do a pretty good job of highlighting issues that are important to progressive Americans? Drudge rules the world because many traditional media types encourage him to influence their focus. The Jesse Jackson deal isn't a big deal to most Americans, but in MSM land, it's the biggest deal ever because it was on Drudge. Way to go, MSM. Another four years of the same old thing courtesy of Drudge and hardworking journalist types.

Posted by: aph | July 10, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

"Hahaha! Matt who? If you read that garbage you´re missing the news," or so the Singer says. Hmmm. Matt Who's site is largely a collection of links to news stories (from places like AP, MSNBC, NYT, CBS, Washington Post, et al.) But that's garbage. So if we don't follow links to news stories, then we're not missing the news! Yeah. Nice logic. And to think, at least one out of every two people in this country are Singers. Wow.

Posted by: Liberty or Room Temperature | July 10, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah. One more thing . . .

You people in the big media organizations haven't yet figured out that we average Americans totally understand now how your business works.

So what you do is no great mystery to us

And because we can see how properly the news could potentially work vs. how you force it to work - we have decided to make you irrelevant by voting with our wallets. THAT'S why your circ and ratings are falling.

Its not the Internet destroying your circ as much as your own arrogant decision to run your con while forgetting the informational rights of the average citizen who needs you to do your job correctly so we can have a vibrant democracy. Not the sclerotic mess we now have as you tilt the news to whichever source you are trying to court over lunch in Georgetown.

We see how stories are manufactured to fill available time/page space and we see the glaring political bias that dictates which stories get covered (and which get buried), and we believe, given your resources, you give us a lousy product.

It bears repeating - we see exactly how your assignment editors and other managers in the news process ARE KILLING CERTAIN STORIES. And we really, really don't like that, Sugie.

And we are more than annoyed about how you want all the privileges associated with the First Amendment, but don't seem to feel terribly compelled to fulfill your responsibilities to truly inform the public in an unbiased fashion.

Do you cheat when you play Monopoly with your kids too ? ;-)

Like Wall Street (where your news assignment marching orders now really originate), you cheat us.

Like the Congress, you cheat us and ignore our interests.

Like the looting interest groups who pay off the Congress, you cheat us.

You has-been 60d hacks in the big media love to position yourselves as the underdoggie good guys digging out the news for the average Joe. Uh-huh . . . .

Stop breathing your own exhaust.

Get the investment bankers who really run your news organization to throw you a few sheckles so you can do some focus groups with average citizens.

Then actually LISTEN to what they say and re-build your organizations withOUT the old 60s has-beens.

Your circ will go up and you will feel better about yourselves. Because instead of pretending to be in tune with the country's news needs, you will actually be serving them.

Then you might have a shot at giving Drudge a run for his money.

No, we're just sayin' . . .


Posted by: citizen x | July 10, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Steve Rhodes has a valid point about the auto-refresh feature.

Posted by: JakeD | July 10, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

I think this article is unusually fair for an article about Drudge, but I do think it misses the central reason Drudge succeeds. Drudge got where he is by exposing a white-hot story that was clearly news, that deep and systematic political bias was preventing any outlet from running. If Clinton had been a Republican, especially with the naked, raging bias we've seen for the last five years, can anyone credibly say the major outlets wouldn't have run the story if Clinton had been a Republican? Some might not admit it but I can't believe anyone doesn't know it's true.

He's still capitalizing on the same bias. Outlets don't want to run things that hurt the candidate they favor, and since journalism is 90% card-carrying Democrats (journalism is an easy major after all) that provides lots of opportunity for Drudge to scoop the hippies over and over. And he simultaneously ends up acting like a conscience on the entire industry, that keeps remind them of the weight of their sin of bias. They can't ignore him.

Let's remember that the Journal, the only major paper that isn't loaded with fervent disciples of the egalitarian religion, is the only one expanding it's readership, even now. They succeed because they "go there," too. But almost every outlet chooses to fail and lose money rather than fire the hippies. They get what they deserve.

Posted by: Gerard | July 10, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

When was the last time Drudge mentioned the number of war dead?

Posted by: If there's no news, it must be America | July 10, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

The DrudgeReport has been slacking the past week or so, missing big news events by several hours. Kinda disappointing.

Posted by: Wake | July 10, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

According to American military and intelligence officials, "there has been an increase in recent months in the number of foreign fighters who have traveled to Pakistan's tribal areas to join with militants there." The officials said "the flow may reflect a change that is making Pakistan, not Iraq, the preferred destination for some Sunni extremists" and "shows a further strengthening of the position of the forces of Al Qaeda."

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Drudge is gay and had an affair with a male ABC reporter last year who Drudge then subsequently outed

Posted by: Michael Jackson | July 10, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Funny, I never saw drudge as "conservative media." All the stories are here, not his opinions.

Posted by: Tony | July 10, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Tom in DC.... from me to you, thank you brother for your work overseas!!! and I couldn't have said it better myself!

Posted by: Joe | July 10, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

'What explains Drudge's reach?'

The lazy herd mentality of the rightwing 'journalists' like yourself, Mr. Cilizza and the hordes of mentally dysfunctional dittoheads and druge addicts like the ones peopling your comment section today.

Ugly, ugly creatures.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

WHY>>>? because he's HONEST and BELIEVEABLE... simple, isn't it.

dan p

easley, sc

Posted by: dan p | July 10, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who doesn't like the Drudgereport doesn't like the truth.

It's as simple as that.

Posted by: anon | July 10, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Gia, you clearly don't read Drudge or you'd realize that what you've said is a mistake--a silly little "but did you know...!" that liberals use when trying to discredit Drudge. No, he gets plenty of his own scoops, and he posts huge stories before they blow up anywhere else. Drudge always has the scoop, and he's always got it earliest.

And he's a Republican? You must know him better than I do because I always thought he was simply a populist, due to the fact that he's said so in interviews.

We think before we speak, Miss.

Posted by: John Keats | July 10, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Look. It's perfectly OK for Drudge to run a political gossip site, perfectly OK for it to be baised ot the right, and perfectly OK for media movers to enjoy reading it.

What is NOT OK is when their love of right-wing gossip infects actual NEWS. Why, in god's name, is Jesse Jackson's overheard diss of Barak Obama getting bigger play in the media than John McCain calling Social Security a "disgrace"? Why is a persidential candidate's position on the single most important government program in existance taking second chair to something that means, in the final analysis, nothing?

Posted by: howlless | July 10, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Sorry to see so many liberals demonstrate their inability to read - yes, there were liberals questioned and quoted. RTFA! (Read the Freaking Article). This is after all the Washington Post. The same people that look down their noses at working men and women and call themselves educated can't read all of the words. Step away form the double half-caf, double decaf with a lime twist and put the reading glasses back on!

Posted by: AirborneBubblehead | July 10, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Check out the coward who attacks Republicans for everything that's wrong with the world! As a soldier who's been to Iraq, I can tell you that Muslim extremeists and their quest to take us all back to living in the 12th century are the reason some of my fellow soldiers are dying in Iraq. And if you want to blame someone who's "ruled our country" for something..you might want to look back further than the past 8 years. While The current occupant of the White House has made some mistakes, his predecessor WAS A DISASTER!! Much like the empty suit you people are trying to install in there now. People like you unfortunately won't wake up until we are attacked a few more times on our own soil. And when that happens, you'd better be ready to take the blame you coward!

Posted by: Tom In DC | July 10, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Anybody interested in a much better way to read the news than drudge should check out this Newsmap site that this designer made. Brighter colored items are newer, larger items are getting more hits, and it can be filtered by topic at the bottom and country at the top. Excellent piece of e-engineering.

http://marumushi.com/apps/newsmap/newsmap.cfm

Posted by: dksp | July 10, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

The first place I go for news is the Drudge report. He is almost always ahead of the pack, and he tells what happened, with no spin, and no distortions. He just tells the truth. I guess that's what drives the left crazy.

Posted by: Barry | July 10, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Drudge reaches a different audience because the left wing in our country (and their proponents) has gotten a free pass from the newsrooms and tv stations for years.

And they've gotten this free pass because newspaper reporters and anchors push a left wing agenda.

FOX doesn't reach more people because they're right or wrong, they reach more people because they're the only outlet that conservatives watch. Create two or three more "right wing" stations and all their numbers will even out.

To the gentleperson who lamented the loss of American life in Iraq, you do realize that we've lost fewer soldiers in 5 + years of combat than we did on June 6, 1944 alone - right?

Posted by: Truth Merchant | July 10, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

>What explains Drudge's reach?
Thanks to the internet and talk radio people like myself can CHOOSE where we get our news. You folks in the liberal mainstream media lost our trust because of your defacto alliance with the democrat party. Mat Drudge and rush Limbaugh do the job you are supposed to do. Thats why they have the reach they do.

Posted by: Chas | July 10, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Attack Dogs? Attack Ads? Republicans?? I'm nonplussed! I haven't lately seen a Republican with the (place Jesse Jackson's latest BonHomme for NOBAMA here) to attack anything.

You libs forget that the worst living offender is your own lib-tard god... Bill (the Mook) Moyers. He's the one who dreamed up the "daisy-ad" forty-four years ago.

Posted by: Nie Weider | July 10, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Wow, you Dem's are hilarious! One nice article about Drudge and you go crazy. What about that hate-monger Huffungton? You like reading the vile, disgusting hate-filled rhetoric on her post? She is probably one of the most awful people who has ever lived....

Posted by: TheSpinDoctor | July 10, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

The Drudge Report has been successful, in my view, because Drudge has the uncanny ability to pull together the news stories that are the most likely to stir watercooler conversation for that day. Everything else is merely incidental; the fact is whether he's driving the media that day or not, if you don't read Drudge, then you won't know what everyone is talking about (from the latest political faux pax to what the heck was Paris Hilton thinking).

Posted by: Nathan | July 10, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Matt Drudge is not a real reporter. He reports what others report. What kind of crap is that?? If I had a site with "links" to credible reporting sites, I'd be popular too. People are just too stupid to remember the site names and merely type them in. And he's a Republican. Not for me.

Posted by: Gia | July 10, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Fix - you second major items is the only reason he succeeds. He will post EVERYTHING and not only what is deemed as a nothing story.

He posts his stuff and the (clickers) decide what is news worthy. The MSM, and you for that matter - decipher what YOU think is what the people want or call a major item - and are very often wrong in your interpretation.

Drudge offers no interpretation or opinion on items, just the story itself....and the fire spreads on its on - but a bunch of morons crerating their own take on it. And drudge sits back and says look at these loons with no real skill in reporting, just repeaters of others comments.

Posted by: Huh | July 10, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I'll be the first to admit, I hated news and overall world current affairs until I stumbled onto Drudge about 4 years ago. I am definitely a news geek and am continuously reading drudge to see what is happening in the world. This site is a definite must have for us Gen X'rs and younger.

Posted by: Joe | July 10, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

That's the problem! "Journalists" follow this sleazy little right-winger rather than do what real journalists are supposed to do, which is do your own research and original reporting. Today's American media is just gawd awful and Cillizza is typical of today's media. Based on the comments above, Drudge's sleazy pals have taken Cillizza's story to heart.

Posted by: Docbox88 | July 10, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Drudge is the go-to guy for news for the same reason eBay is the place everyone uses for online auctions. It starts out with some perceived advantage over similar sites, but soon the momentum takes over. Everyone goes there because everyone else goes there. Once a site has that, how do you tempt people away to another site, even if it is better in some way? Yahoo couldn't get people to use their (better) auction site even for free.

Posted by: Apocalypse Later | July 10, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Only republicans? Perhaps you were the victim of a public education system run by liberals who are more concerned that kids feel good about their failures than actually read. Maybe you would like to reread the paragraph that starts, "Phil Singer, former deputy communications director for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign and now a Democratic consultant...."

Talk about Drudge getting his facts wrong. Oh, and Drudge made his name by breaking the Monica Lewinski story that was being spiked at NYT and NBC. True he usually just has links to stories, but there are times when people will contact him with story info and he will run it.

I'm not making excuses for Drudge, but the Blumenthal story wasn't any worse than the major media outlets did with the Atlanta Olympic bombings or the Anthrax case.

Posted by: I can read | July 10, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Reading all the comments I have to think most of them are from people who, confronted by news that a woman has been promoted to some powerful position, instantly attribute her advancement to her having slept with the boss.

Simply put, Drudge is successful beyond your wildest dreams, known and read regularly worldwide.

Why aren't you?

Posted by: Saltine5 | July 10, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

MATT DRUDGE RULES THE WORLD and all you pretenders need a new job. DRUDGE REPORTS THE NEWS, YOU REPORT WHAT YOU THINK IS NEWS...GET IT

Posted by: Netboy123 | July 10, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Drudge Report is like the tabloid covers at the check-out line. Can't help but look. Most headlines are misleading & written in a way to incite Americans against Americans. But I do look, because I like to know what "they" are thinking & believing. I got turned onto Drudge on 9/11, they had the most up to date info on the web that day.

Posted by: hd | July 10, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

I'm there about two three times a day and it has inspired me to start a website as well.

http://whatsonnews.com.

This site is quite better cos it links to many major breaking stories.

Posted by: Greg | July 10, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

People love the Drudge Report because it provides information other than the usual leftist propaganda we see in the old main stream media that is dominated by the American Left. The Washington Post needs to understand that 50% of the US middle class are not leftists.

I lived 25 years in the DC area and know the (inside the beltway) way of thinking.

Sincerely,

Walter F. Billings
Missoula, Mt

Posted by: walter billings | July 10, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Good for Drudge. And good for us...

USA: the demographic winter is coming.

Aging workforce.
geocities(dot)com/demographic_crash

P.S. Also new website prowomanprolife(dot)org

Posted by: SM | July 10, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Drudge is a gossip columnist--nothing more. He titilates and waches us beg for more of his tidbits. WE GIVE HIM THE POWER-like fools. He's laughing all the way to the bank at our STUPIDITY. Every time you click on to his website he gets more money. STOP THE ADDICTION.

Posted by: Mike | July 10, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Attention Hippies and Left-Wing Pinkos:
Stop reading Drudge and posting on Drudge if it drives you nuts. What makes America so great, the greatest nation in the history of the world is that we all have the unalienable right ignore people we don't like.
Yes, I realize the paradox of addressing a bunch of whiners and blowhards that I particularly don't like in order to get this message across. But you will not find this post at CNN.com or moveon.org or any other Marxist / Leninist site because I don't give them the time of day.
So come on, everyone: gun-toting hillbillies, race-baiting hucksters, opportunistic suits, "enlightened" burnouts, selfish baby-boomers, even more selfish senior citizens, tenured America-bashing college profs, lazy union workers, attention-seeking pundits - exercise your rights as an American and ignore people you don't like. Otherwise, the terrorists win. Unless, of course, you want them to win...

Posted by: LeBron Mexico | July 10, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Seth, You are incorrect. More proof that left wing liberal Drudge haters are either liars or lazy.

US slams 'sham' election in Zimbabwe... ^
From the June 27, 2008 19:39:00 GMT edition of the Drudge Report

Posted by: ricardo maxwell | July 10, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

I love the hate-filled posts spewed by the super lefties and the other morons who are still in denial that Matt Drudge has made a significant impact on the world.

I think the guy is an inspiration because he has shown that with a little imagination, hard work, luck, and a laptop, almost anyone can mimic the neophyte reporting done by most main-steam media outlets. Additionally, Matt Drudge is helping to destroy liberal domination of the print media and ushered in a whole new era of internet reporters, bloggers, etc. who care more about getting the truth out there (no matter how sordid it may be) rather than spinning it to advantage the Democrat party.

GOD BLESS MATT DRUDGE!

Posted by: Aaron Burr | July 10, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

I am now looking at Drudge's Web site.

Does anyone want to guess THE top story under "Drudge Report?" Anyone?

Yes, the TOP story is none other than the above story. Drudge's top story is about HIMSELF. His No. 2 story is about Madonna. The story below that is about swastikas.

This is the site that "rules the world?"

Besides the alarming lack of news judgment, the Web site is completely disorganized. It looks like the equivalent of a newspaper printing as its top story the first story it received, the second story the second one it received, etc.

The Web site looks like it could have been organized by a fifth-grader.

Shame on the media and politicians for consulting this utter piece of GARBAGE.

Thank you,
ZWrite

Posted by: ZWrite | July 10, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

The Drudge Report has been a must-visit site for me dating back more than a decade. When I worked in TV news as a producer, I found Drudge to be a great place to check to see if there were any stories that had slipped by our radar and/or to find links to provide additional information on a story.

Posted by: Draft King | July 10, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Drudgereport is the first tab to load when firefox lights up each morning and the last to close when firefox is shut down.

The rest of the news media is at least hours behind Drudge.

Posted by: G | July 10, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Put in other terms. . . Drudge is doing what "mainstream," corporatized media SHOULD be doing.

Digging out relevant news items and giving them play. And to be truthful, as your commenteors above point out - he isn't even writing stories to any degree. He is aggregating available coverage of the day in one place (which if you think about it is pretty smart, but not all that creative...)

But Drudge does what the corporate media refuses to do because:

1) Assignment editor and newsroom bias forbids it. God forbid a given news reporter wants to step away from the 60s political slant of the average-age assignment editor's bias. Not happening;

2) The entertainment execs who now run the News Divisions wouldn't know a news story of relevance if it bit them on the nose;

3) The imbecilic race for news ratings disallows relevant news any significant coverage - can't spend valuable advertiser-paid time covering the deepest (and yes, often complicated), issues of our time properly. "The American public doesn't want that..."

Do your JOB, Big Media, and maybe your circ and ratings won't tube so badly.

You big media guys have lost any edge you might ever have had, and you're lazy, and your reporters aren't knowledgeable enough on the issues they cover, and your assignment editors are deeply biased.

Other than that, you're doing fine Oklahoma.

No. We're just sayin' . . .

Posted by: citizen x | July 10, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

The reason Drudge has been so successful is people have become tired of the leftwing, socialism bias of the old marxist media. This old media is simply the press for the DNC.

Note Rush has 20-25 million listeners and the 3 nightly "news" networks reach 15 million viewers. Another examply people tuning out the old marxist media.

Drudge and Rush is the news outlets for more Americans. The maxist media including NYT, WP, LAT, etc are chosen by the 60's socialists ie obama, ayers, wright, et al.

The power of the people is speaking crystal clear and why the democ-RATS are pushing the "unFairness Doctrine" to silence the free speech of Rush and other Americans. Socialists cannot compete in marketplace of ideas - ala franken-stein's air america.

Posted by: freeperjim | July 10, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

What makes Drudge so popular is the lack of the liberal bias that MSM just can't seem to live without.

But, hey all you "reporters" have to educate us dumb 'ol readers don't you?

Soon most of you newspaper "journalists" and "commentators" will be out of a job as the leftist fellatiating newspapers pile like dead flies on a window sill.

Perhaps you guys can post at DailyKOS to at least keep your chops up while you attend community college to learn a new vocation.

You should try Information Technology, It can be quite lucrative.

Although it may impede our glorious march to socialism, the absence of your opinions from the public forum will not really be missed by the unwashed masses.

Posted by: Truthy | July 10, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Judging by all the petty, hateful, jealous, resentful posts here today, I would guess that the liberals have their panties in knot again! LMFAO!!
The don't like Drudge because many of the links and stories he posts expose hypocritical anti-American liberals, their policies, beliefs and outrageous and stupid actions.
It's great when liberals idiots are so twisted up that they have to post in ALL CAPS!! Lmfao AGAIN! And with all the left wing media crashing and burning because readers and viewers are fed up with their bias and outright lies, it is even sweeter.
Adios NYT!

Posted by: ricardo maxwell | July 10, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

It's simple what Drudge does.... he makes it harder for the liberal media to cover up a negative story about liberal Democrats. He brings balance to the news cycle and the liberals hate him because they no longer control 100% of the news. Keep up the GOOD WORK Drudge!!!

Posted by: gary | July 10, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

I enjoy the Drudge Report very much. I often find stories that the big-name media will hypocritically forego, labeling it "not newsworthy," until Drudge forces them to report on it.

I'm sure there are plenty of left-wing hacks that would love to see him shut down, since they control the media without Drudge's influence. Thank goodness for a free media . . . for now at least (ref. Pelosi's Fairness Act).

Posted by: Mel | July 10, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

If it ain't on Drudge, it ain't news.

http://www.newslampoon.com

Posted by: newslamp | July 10, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone else notice that Drudge didn't run a single story on the recent Zimbabwe 'election' and Mugabe's reign of terror? Given that it was headline news everywhere else, it made me wonder why he would choose to completely ignore such a major story as if it never happened.
The public's understanding of major issues can be influenced just as much by what the media chooses NOT to report, as by what it does.

Posted by: Seth | July 10, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

You Drudge bashers just proved the point, you can't or don't read critically or carefully bearing your whacko bias's like a shield.

Let's be honest here, Dem's are Jason Blair and Obama makes the rising sea's subside and Republican's are the adults in incredulity that we actually share this great country with you whackjobs.

Posted by: RedondoGolfer | July 10, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

most reporters are dopey followers and leftists. a normal person will make them all look bad.

Posted by: hmmmm | July 10, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

I visit many sites from AOL to USA Today, and Salon; but Drudge has the best links and by actual count (that I read) the left - right divide are equally represented.

Posted by: dan | July 10, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Matt's critics are nothing but elitist scum. I read his post and I'm glad I do.

Posted by: mike | July 10, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

What's the difference between:

"Matt Drudge made that story and ensured that it dominated the world of political journalism"

and

"He can identify what's a big deal even when the reporters who actually cover and report on an event don't realize what they have."

???

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

***called Drudge's "elite readership"***

oh man, you beltway guzzlers and your pathetic self-reverential idolatry. lazy, spoonfed puppets is a better description of those who rely on that gossip outlet.

Posted by: linda | July 10, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Matt Drudge styled himself after Walter Winchell right down to his hat style. (Winchell was the model for the evil Broadway columnist JJ Hunsacker portrayed by Burt Lancaster in The Sweet Smell of Success). Winchell wound up his career, after a series of high profile lawsuits, doing voiceovers for the TV series The Untouchables. One can only hope Drudge will soon be reduced to hosting a reality show on basic cable.

Posted by: Jack | July 10, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

What really explains Drudge's reach is how stupid, soft, lazy, arrogant and irresponsible the media have become. Instead of serious articles about the difference in plans, how so-and-so may govern, visions of the future of this country, etc. a bunch of overpaid whiners find hook stories that make great headlines and keep repeating them over and over again while whining about how no one takes them seriously. You're like the high school gym coach who's teaching math cause of budget cuts - in over your head, useless, desperate that no one notices how you've failed at your life's work.

Posted by: parrot1696 | July 10, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Hahaha! Matt who? If you read that garbage you´re missing the news.

Posted by: Singing Senator | July 10, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

OK, what does Drudge actually do?

From my perspective, he does NOTHING. He posts stories written by OTHERS. So do numerous other Web sites. I read Yahoo.com several times a day because it takes major stories and puts them into easy-to-read categories like "Business," "Technology," and "Politics." My recollection is that Excite, Lycos, and America Online do the same thing.

And the Associated Press actually writes and reports stories.

So why is Drudge important????

Is it because reporters are STUPID??? Drudge is different from the above-mentioned news sources because he takes NON-STORIES and blows them up with big headlines for IDEOLOGICAL reasons and conservative talk shows hosts decide to make NON-STORIES huge stories for IDEOLOGICAL reasons.

So why do non-conservatives spend ONE SECOND looking at his site rather than sites which have superior news judgment? Again, they are stupid and lazy!!!

And then, of course, there is a history of Drudge being FLAT-OUT WRONG in printing stories he gets from his conservative allies that turn out be LIES.

Why does this not count for anything?

Thank you,
ZWrite

Posted by: ZWrite | July 10, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

The fix just posted this so Drudge will link to him.

Posted by: GK | July 10, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Smut peddler working wholesale instead of retail.

Posted by: willandjansdad | July 10, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

MEDIOCRITY AND LAZINESS IS THE SOURCE OF DRUDGE'S 'POWER'.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 7:58 AM | Report abuse

All republicans in this story. Your colors come out, CC. You are nothing but a republican operative, A HACK, A STENOGRAPHER, as are most of your DC hack buddies. Nauseating.

"Drudge has become center court at Wimbledon," said Alex Castellanos, a Republican media consultant and adviser to former governor Mitt Romney's presidential bid. "If it doesn't happen there, it doesn't happen."

Alex Castellanos, too. Mr. Attack Ad. One of the most racist voices in politics.

YOU PEOPLE ARE THE MOST OVERPAID, DESTRUCTIVE ELEMENTS IN THIS COUNTRY. IT IS YOUR FAULT SO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE ARE DYING IN IRAQ -- THAT WAR IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

YOU ARE THE REASON POPULAR CULTURE IS IN THE SEWER. YOU ARE THE REASON OUR GREAT COUNTRY HAS BEEN RULED BY A MORON FOR 8 YEARS.

YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED, PATHETIC LOSERS.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Your post neglects a few things.

People started going to Drudge early on for two reasons. He had (and still has) a useful collection of links. And he gots so much media coverage.

And it is largely uncritical. Sure, there is a bit of tsk, tsking. But, with the exception of the Sidney Blumenthal story, there is little coverage of when he is wrong.

And he is often wrong, and he never runs corrections (except when he was forced to on the Blumenthal story). He'll just sometimes remove a link.

Most of his "scoops" are just info on newspaper articles right before they are published (and he is often slow linking to the actual story when it does go online even though a major reason stories are leaked to him is to drive traffic).

Finally, while he is always trumpeting his numbers, his traffic is inflated by an auto-refresh of the site.

And with such an elite readership, you'd think he'd be able to get better ads than the bottom of the barrel inventory which is on his site.

Posted by: Steve Rhodes | July 10, 2008 7:44 AM | Report abuse

What explains Drudge's reach?

Reporters who want to push a particular meme in a story. Lazy reporters. Reporters who are nothing more than Republican stenographers.

The only reason Drudge "rules the political world" is you let him. No one has told him to go to hell. No one has told him he's full of crap or that his "reporting" sucks.

His 15 minutes are long over but no one will treat him like the hack that he is.

That is the source of Drudge's "power."

Posted by: cab91 | July 10, 2008 7:44 AM | Report abuse

I'm there several times a day myself - and I'm not even in politics or journalism!
Mungo
http://mungobah.blogspot.com

Posted by: Mungo | July 10, 2008 7:38 AM | Report abuse

did you interview anyone who *isn't* a republican for this story?

Posted by: IMGoph | July 10, 2008 7:29 AM | Report abuse

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