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Matt Drudge Gets Religion

Transquesta 2013/09/06 02:49:23
Matt Drudge sounds off on Republicans over Syria, NSA
Published September 05, 2013

Internet pioneer Matt Drudge may have had enough of the Republican Party.

Though known to needle the GOP and its leaders from time to time, the founder of Drudge Report let loose over the party's direction on Twitter this week.

Asking why anyone would vote Republican, Drudge listed his grievances: "Raised taxes; marching us off to war again; approved more NSA snooping. WHO ARE THEY?!"

His tweets referred to Republican leaders, like House Speaker John Boehner, getting behind the president's military-strike push in Syria and other positions. But Drudge's comments also touched on the broader internal fight in the party.

Or as Drudge put it: "It's now Authoritarian vs. Libertarian. Since Democrats vs. Republicans have been obliterated, no real differences between parties."

But Drudge's recent tweets are hardly the first time he's gotten in the middle of Republican Party infighting.

In January 2012, conservative Republicans accused him of catering to the GOP establishment and said he used his influential site as a virtual soap box for presidential candidate Mitt Romney. They were upset that he had taken repeated swipes at candidate Newt Gingrich.

Some fans openly questioned whether Drudge, once the darling of the conservative right, had become an enemy to the "cause" and accused him of using his digital real estate to push a more mainstream message. Politico wrote at the time, "Newt Gingrich better hope voters who lapped up his delicious hits on the 'elite media' and liberals don't read the Drudge Report this morning ... If they do, Gingrich comes off looking like a dangerous, anti-Reagan, Clintonian fraud."

Known for its never-changed spartan look, Drudge Report has become one of the most powerful drivers of political news in the country. The headlines trend toward news that interests conservative readers the most, but news outlets of all stripes relish a link on the heavily trafficked site -- and check it regularly.

According to a May 2011 Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism study, Drudge is an "extremely important traffic driver."

"In other words, the Drudge Report's influence cuts across both traditional organizations such as ABC News to more tabloid style outlets such as the New York Post," the study found. "What's more, Drudge Report drove more links than Facebook or Twitter on all the sites to which it drove traffic."

Drudge Report started off as an online news group in the '90s. Its break-out moment came in 1998, when it out-scooped Newsweek on its own story. Drudge reported that the national magazine had information on the inappropriate relationship between then-President Clinton and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky but was sitting on it. Newsweek published the story after Drudge's report came out.

Not known for his tact, Drudge has been repeatedly slammed by the left for sensationalizing news.

Yet earlier this year, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange hailed Drudge as a "news media innovator" who should be applauded.

Assange claimed that Drudge made his name by "publishing information that the establishment media would not. It is as a result of the self-censorship of the establishment press in the United States that gave Matt Drudge such a platform and so of course he should be applauded for breaking a lot of that censorship."

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  • Cn2012 2013/09/08 19:35:38
    Cn2012
    +1
    Been reading it for years, It's still my "go to" Internet site for news that is definitely ignored by the MSM. They all probably scan the stories on his site as well, Those MSM lazy bastards.
  • RezcrashGB 2013/09/07 14:53:43
    RezcrashGB
    +1
    This bloke Drudge sounds ok ...
    if he keeps truth/facts coming , and they are what he says .
  • Mark DeBarbieri 2013/09/06 14:12:54
    Mark DeBarbieri
    +1
    It is our legislatures that are the problem, but only because there are those above them that are the real threat and are virtually unknown by the general public, because of the suppression of one book, "Pawns in the Game", by William Guy Carr, 1958. This book exposes all those responsible for all our problems, which has caused our government and all governments around the world to lie, steal and murder. One might think, "That was then and all of those people are dead." True enough, but their agenda has been in the works since before 1700. They are but few men that are based in Brussels and have control over all the world's currencies, through the greatest fraud to ever be perpetuated on mankind, "The Federal Reserve", which is "Federal" in name only. They are simply a loan institution that is foreign owned, along with the Rockefellers and the Instant Rip-off Service (IRS) is their collection agency and do not operate under United States law, but under 60,000 IRS codes, which upon closer examination only applies to Federal employees, the military and those that work on Federal property. The 1040 form is a commercial contract and the proof thereof is that a signature is required, in order to make the contract valid. This is also true for ObamaCare. Although it is law, i...
    It is our legislatures that are the problem, but only because there are those above them that are the real threat and are virtually unknown by the general public, because of the suppression of one book, "Pawns in the Game", by William Guy Carr, 1958. This book exposes all those responsible for all our problems, which has caused our government and all governments around the world to lie, steal and murder. One might think, "That was then and all of those people are dead." True enough, but their agenda has been in the works since before 1700. They are but few men that are based in Brussels and have control over all the world's currencies, through the greatest fraud to ever be perpetuated on mankind, "The Federal Reserve", which is "Federal" in name only. They are simply a loan institution that is foreign owned, along with the Rockefellers and the Instant Rip-off Service (IRS) is their collection agency and do not operate under United States law, but under 60,000 IRS codes, which upon closer examination only applies to Federal employees, the military and those that work on Federal property. The 1040 form is a commercial contract and the proof thereof is that a signature is required, in order to make the contract valid. This is also true for ObamaCare. Although it is law, it is voluntary and requires your signature to make the contract valid, which is why they are paying big bucks to advertising it. It is a well-known axiom that anything that needs to be advertised is not really needed. It is simply an adhesion contract, which means they can stick anything they want to it at anytime and is retroactive to anyone that has signed it prior to the extras they "stick" to it at a later time. Your driver's license is an adhesion contract and they stick things to it from time to time, like the seat belt law, but that law only applies to those that signed that commercial contract. If we have the "Right to travel", why do we need a driver's license? Because it is the law? Well ObamaCare is law, but in order to make that law valid for individuals requires a signature. Why? Because once you sign it you abrogate your Constitutional Rights; the same is true with the 1040. Are any of you getting this?
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  • Violet blue 2013/09/06 10:18:45
    Violet blue
    +1
    Nice to know
  • Wake The Sheeple 2013/09/06 03:36:35
    Wake The Sheeple
    +2
    The Republican party has slit it's wrists with awful candidates too many times. I personally witnessed fraud in favor of Romney at the AZ state convention by the state party leaders, ballots that were all alphabetical except for one at the top of the list with an asterisk next to it that read "Romney for President approved delegate. " I think the American people are finally getting tired or being eaten alive and screwed by the two headed authoritarian party.
  • BestPolitics 2013/09/06 03:31:37
    BestPolitics
    +1
    Heard of him, never read his reports.
    Don't know why he is on the rights butt, but if he means, WHY IS EVERYONE cowtowing to obamas will, that I see. No republican want's to be on his death list.
    What did I miss about , 'religion'?
  • les_gvt BestPol... 2013/09/06 03:37:50
    les_gvt
    +2
    try reading it sometimes- you might learn something
    http://drudgereport.com/
  • BestPol... les_gvt 2013/09/06 04:26:20
    BestPolitics
    +1
    I have slow computer , and have trouble getting links. I am sure, he is very good. I am a conservative/ right. You are preaching to the choir! lol
    A LEFT,, would not answer you this way.
  • Transqu... BestPol... 2013/09/06 05:18:12
    Transquesta
    +2
    If you can spare the bandwidth for Sodahead, you'll breeze through the Drudge Report. It's one of the least bandwidth intensive sites on the Internet. Very few graphics and other burdensome scripts. Just click the link.

    http://www.drudgereport.com
  • Jackie 2013/09/06 03:29:11
    Jackie
    +4
    Drudge just keeps harping on the truth. Hope he never quits. Doesn't make him enemies of lberals or conservatives, just the dishonest. Wherever they may reside.
  • CKarliner 2013/09/06 03:11:00
    CKarliner
    +5
    Drudge report is cool, and informative.
  • Walt 2013/09/06 03:10:01
    Walt
    +4
    Essentially, from what I can observe, Drudge is a Conservative.

    It's no wonder Drudge is having a problem with the GOP. It has become the party of RINO's, not Conservatives.

    (If you need examples, just look at John McCain, Marco Rubio, Lindsey "Sissy" Graham, John "I Wanna Cry For You" Boehner, Mitch McConnell, etc.)
  • Transqu... Walt 2013/09/06 03:18:53
    Transquesta
    +4
    There's a lot of truth in this observation. The Republican Party has been steadily abandoning its own voter base ever since the first term of Dubya. It's not so much that conservatives are changing as that the party itself is being coopted and yanked out from under them. The closest most conservatives can get now to a party that represents them IS the Libertarian Party. You can think of the LP as a kind of lifeboat in this respect.
  • les_gvt Walt 2013/09/06 03:39:13
    les_gvt
    +2
    to be a conservative- he sure did push Romney- he had almost as many hit pieces on Gingrich and Santorum as MSNBC and CNN combined
  • Walt les_gvt 2013/09/06 03:42:45
    Walt
    +3
    There were some who actually believed in Romney. (Not me, but some.)
  • BestPol... Walt 2013/09/06 04:31:35
    BestPolitics
    +1
    I believed in Mr. Romney. I know his real self. Ask me anything. He has two doctorates, one in law one in economics. The upper 5% in his harvard class. He is bound by his religion to FOLLOW THE CONSTITUTION. Article 11
    The ONLY thing,,I kept saying was, he is a little TOO LIBERAL for me.
    Every ad by OBAMA was a lie about Mr. Romney and actually true about BO, himself.
    What were you afraid of, if he got the presidency. I will not call you names, I am a conservative. Just curious. You have a right to your opinion. wondering what turned you off? He is a good man, but not a good 'speaker',,,USA , likes their CON ARTIST.
  • Walt BestPol... 2013/09/06 05:38:22
    Walt
    +2
    Most of us who are active on the political section of this site have been all through this numerous times back and forth and sideways, fought heated SH battles over it for at least a year, had the candidate(s) we supported attacked, been personally attacked, and lost online friends who were unable to be civil.

    If you want to e-mail me about this issue, feel free.
  • Transqu... les_gvt 2013/09/06 05:19:32 (edited)
    Transquesta
    +1
    In actuality, Drudge posts very little of his own content. Ninety percent of his site is links to other people, outlets, etc.
  • les_gvt Transqu... 2013/09/07 13:21:10
    les_gvt
    +1
    but he DOES write his own headlines- and those were all definitely pro-Romney- he also cherry picks the articles he wants to post- and they were all pro-Romney.

    You don't have to be the actual author to show your bias- headlines and content do it for you
  • Transqu... les_gvt 2013/09/07 14:08:00
    Transquesta
    Indeed not. :-D
  • roxie 2013/09/06 03:02:13
    roxie
    Meh!
    We All know that like comes FREE with every lobotomy
  • Leslie Goudy 2013/09/06 03:00:46
    Leslie Goudy
    +2
    I don't know. I also am on the question and answer Yahoo Answers Forum and the difference I see is the meddling the Democrats have to do. As long as they feel they have a cause in helping humanity around the world in a "We are the World" format, they are in it. That is how John Bonehead jumped in with his audacious statement about how we have to show our enemies we will not condone atrocities like the chemical warfare Assad let loose on his own people in Syria

    Let's get out the loud Violin and the proof that Kerry, Boehner, McCain and Obama all have of this. The UN can't find proof of who did it. No one know's who did it. I think it's down that Zionist Damascus road myself, but, who am I.

    But that's off the subject of Drudge. I think he should be applauded as well as Assange.
  • BestPol... Leslie ... 2013/09/06 03:39:50
    BestPolitics
    +2
    You got it, the 'MEDDLING DEMOCRATS,,they are the great enablers of sickness. Addicts just love the ENABLERS. Republicans,,NOT the RINO'S,,,say,",I'll show you how to fish." The dems say,",I will feed you fish as long as you need it,,,don't worry, don't ever try to do better or take care of yourself. "
  • Leslie ... BestPol... 2013/09/06 05:12:32
    Leslie Goudy
    +1
    It's an addiction
  • ✿✿✿RoseD1st✿✿✿ 2013/09/06 02:57:53
    ✿✿✿RoseD1st✿✿✿
    +5
    I agree with him,that's why I'm a conservative libertarian !
  • DoxieDad 2013/09/06 02:53:54
    DoxieDad
    +3
    It is time for a little Libertarianism in America. The old go with the flow isn't working for many anymore.
  • BestPol... DoxieDad 2013/09/06 03:43:12
    BestPolitics
    +1
    Then you agree with the TEA PARTY. Liberal doxie. lol
    .
    America's Heritage
    Libertarians believe in the American heritage of liberty, enterprise, and *****personal responsibility. ****Libertarians recognize the responsibility we all share to preserve this precious heritage for our children and grandchildren.

    Free and Independent
    Libertarians believe that being free and independent is a great way to live. We want a system which encourages all people to choose what they want from life; that lets them live, love, work, play, and dream their own way.

    Caring For People
    The Libertarian way is a caring, people-centered approach to politics. We believe each individual is unique. We want a system which respects the individual and encourages us to discover the best within ourselves and develop our full potential.

    Principled; Consistent
    The Libertarian way is a logically consistent approach to politics based on the moral principle of self-ownership. Each individual has the right to control his or her own body, action, speech, and property. *******Government's only role***** is to help individuals defend themselves from force and fraud.

    Tolerant
    The Libertarian Party is for all who don't want to *****push other people around***** and don't want to be pushed around****** themselves. Live and let live is the Libertarian way.
  • BestPol... BestPol... 2013/09/06 03:44:43
    BestPolitics
    +2
    Libertarians support maximum liberty in both personal and economic matters. They advocate a much ****smaller government*****; one that is limited to protecting individuals from coercion and violence. Libertarians tend to embrace**** individual responsibility****, oppose government bureaucracy and taxes, promote private charity, tolerate diverse lifestyles, support the free market, and defend civil liberties.
  • DoxieDad BestPol... 2013/09/06 12:40:27
    DoxieDad
    +1
    God I hate labels. Why "Liberal doxie. lol" Is it because I do not spend my time exhibiting uncontrolled fits of ODS? (Obama Dysfunctional Syndrome)

    Exactly!

    "Libertarians support maximum liberty in both personal and economic matters. They advocate a much smaller government; one that is limited to protecting individuals from coercion and violence. Libertarians tend to embrace individual responsibility, oppose government bureaucracy and taxes, promote private charity, tolerate diverse lifestyles, support the free market, and defend civil liberties."

    Thank You!
  • BestPol... DoxieDad 2013/09/06 03:46:22
    BestPolitics
    +2
    Left (Liberal)
    Liberals usually embrace freedom of choice in personal matters, but tend to support significant government control of the economy. They generally support a government-funded "safety net" to help the disadvantaged, and advocate strict regulation of business. Liberals tend to favor environmental regulations, defend civil liberties and free expression, support government action to promote equality, and tolerate diverse lifestyles.
    /

    Libertarians support maximum liberty in both personal and economic matters. They advocate a much smaller government; one that is limited to protecting individuals from coercion and violence. Libertarians tend to embrace individual responsibility, oppose government bureaucracy and taxes, promote private charity, tolerate diverse lifestyles, support the free market, and defend civil liberties.

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