He Rules Their World

During the Democratic primary (and counter to some pretty inaccurate conventional wisdom holding the opposite) Matt Drudge exhibited fairly heavy anti-Hillary bias.

But now, to the shock of Democrats nowhere, the Village's assignment editor has turned sharply against Obama:

The increase in positive McCain stories featured on Drudge has coincided with more skeptical coverage of Obama's candidacy. In recent weeks, Drudge has featured in his center well spot: A picture of Obama shooting at a far off basketball hoop with a subtitle asking "Will he get his groove back?"; an image of Obama sweating on stage at the Democratic National Convention during the Illinois senator's acceptance speech; and heavy coverage of the "lipstick on a pig" comments.

Chris Cillizza and others in the traditional media seem intent to defend their dependence on Drudge with any a-political means necessary:

...those who follow the news choices that Drudge makes on a day in and day out basis -- Democrats and Republicans alike -- argue that the shift in focus by Drudge is in keeping with a long time strain of his site: a healthy disdain for the mainstream media and their perceived biases.

"The Drudge Report penalizes mainstream media bias more effectively than any other venue," said one Drudge-ologist who was granted anonymity to speak candidly. "The more flags Drudge throws, the more site traffic he seems to get."
"Matt Drudge is successful because he has a nose for news: Sometimes his choice of stories and photos reflect the current news narrative, but often it reflects Drudge's understanding of where it is going," explained Tim Griffin, a GOP attorney and strategist who was U.S. Attorney in Arkansas and has held senior roles at the Republican National Committee and White House.

Yeah, that's right. Drudge speaks truth to traditional media power! He's not leading the village around by the nose, chasing unfounded rumor...he's holding their feet to the fire!

We've got a long way to go...

Update [2008-9-17 11:1:0 by Josh Orton]: A friend reminds us to consider the source: Tim Griffin, the "Drudge-is-objective" source quoted by Cillizza above, just happens to be a Karl Rove protege, a figure at the center of the U.S. Attorney scandal, and an RNC oppo researcher now tasked with going after Obama:

Griffin tends to describe his own work in fairly bellicose terms. "We think of ourselves as the creators of ammunition in a war," Griffin once said. "We make the bullets."

Would that make Drudge the gun?

Update [2008-9-17 12:4:59 by Josh Orton]: Greg Sargent at TPM makes a good point too...

Tags: Drudge, Election 08 (all tags)



Re: He Rules Their World

Is this a suprise?  Since when has Drudge ever supported a democrat or given them good coverage in the GE? Not a whole lot of mainstream voters have ever heard of him before. Put him on Ignore, and you'll be a lot happier.

by Scotch 2008-09-17 06:55AM | 0 recs
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We can ignore him all we want - the point (and the problem) is that traditional journalists still follow his lead.

by Josh Orton 2008-09-17 07:09AM | 0 recs
Because he gets site traffic

The corporate media equate site visits with newsworthiness. That's why it is our job to make as much noise as possible.

by iohs2008 2008-09-17 07:11AM | 0 recs
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I agree. I despise Chris Cillizza for this very reason.

Drudge is biased. Always has been. Why the hell is our objective media allowing this man to determine the news?

By relying solely on Drudge the villagers have just admitted how biased they really are.

by sweet potato pie 2008-09-17 07:31AM | 0 recs
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Would that make Drudge the gun?

Doesn't it make Drudge the willing tool of the Right Wing Noise Machine?

by NvDem 2008-09-17 07:41AM | 0 recs
Gee, I guess the

precautionary comments of some of us were on the mark after all. It is a shame that some bloggers insisted we were nothing but trolls when we warned that people like Drudge, applauded for his trashing of Clinton by SOME so called liberal sites, would turn on Obama the minute he was done with using up all his CDS energy to trash a good woman who has worked for decades for democratic causes.

Sad.  What goes around.....as they say.

by Jjc2008 2008-09-17 07:42AM | 0 recs
Bitter irony

Quoting Whoever Kidnapped Josh Marshall after trashing Drudge.

Birds of a feather...

by lambertstrether 2008-09-17 08:20AM | 0 recs
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No, no:

...Griffin once said. "We make the bullshit."

That makes Drudge the bull's, um, anus.

by Double D 2008-09-17 08:28AM | 0 recs
Re: He Rules Their World

How crude, Dbl D. It's a toss-up between Drudge and Rush as to where the center of the CCRRR (Christian Conservative, Religious Right, and Republican/Rightwing-nuts) blogging world is.

But you are right, whichever wins that's where the enema tube should be inserted.

by docholliday 2008-09-17 09:43AM | 0 recs
Re: He Rules Their World

Funny I have never seen his site, and yet I stay informed, probably better than those that peer at his crap.

by moondancer 2008-09-17 10:15AM | 0 recs


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