Drudge follow-up

There are a total of 19 links to breaking news stories on the Drudge Report today. Five of them are to stories about the Kerry “intern” scandalette:


FRIDAY: ‘I know my wife will not be voting for Mr Kerry, let’s put it that way’…

MONDAY: We ‘intend on voting for him for president of the United States’…
Alex Polier, Insta-Celebster…

Grad denies romantic link with Kerry; introduced in Switzerland, met in New York…

Don’t believe anyone who says Drudge isn’t trying to breathe life into this nonstory with everything he’s got.

The Discussion: 2 Comments

I think Sidney Blumenthal’s commentary (http://media.guardian.co.uk/presspublishing/story/0,7495,1151250,00.html) in the Guardian today puts it well.

Drudge is just one of the many mental masturbation bloggers out there, who’s fed crap from the RNC. He’s not a journalist, he’s not someone that should be trusted or respected, he’s just a bitter closet-case.

Blogging about him just lends him legitmacy.

February 20, 2004 @ 12:41 am | Comment

I don’t see Drudge as a blogger — he’s been at this since way before blogging began, and his site in no way resembles a blog, except for the fact that he offers links. More than anything he is a funnel, a clearinghouse for sensational stories. That’s usually fine; I check him daily to find links to interesting stories. It’s when he sets out to stir up trouble that he becomes dangerous. That’s because when he’s making trouble he’s proven to be irresponsible, even reckless. He’s among the world’s most visited sites, and since Monicagate he’s been watched carefully by reporters everywhere looking for a hot lead. When he talks, the world’s media listen and respond. There is no blog that comes anywhere near to this kind of power or influence.

February 20, 2004 @ 2:01 pm | Comment

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