Mention “Matt Drudge” and most progressives recoil in horror. Media Matters — the accredited media watchdog financed by George Soros — has consistently noted problems with the Drudge Report. Most notably, a 2017 Media Matters article notes that the Drudge Report shockingly “linked nearly 400 times to [Russia Today], Sputnik News, [and] Tass” over a six-year period, thereby becoming a “pipeline for Russia propaganda.”
Russia propaganda undoubtedly is a serious problem — and Media Matters is to be applauded for holding the media to a high standard. That said, Media Matters’ report needs a bit of context for the average lay person. Four hundred links sounds like a lot, but the Drudge Report routinely links to over a hundred articles each day, meaning that Russian articles constitute under 0.2% of articles linked. That’s still too many, and the ideal rate, of course, is 0%. We need total censorship of anything Russian. Nonetheless, the Russian coverage is and has always been fundamentally de minimis in the grand scheme of things — and Drudge even seems to have responded to the criticism by cutting back on Russian links. Go to the Drudge Report today and not a single article is from a Russian “news” source.
So which sources are receiving the other 99.8% to 100% of links? The accredited media. Go to the Drudge Report, and you’ll see link after link of articles going to accredited news sites, like the Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, Bloomberg, ABC, CNBC, and the Accredited Times. On November 13, 2017, Matt Drudge noted, “I’ve linked to @washingtonpost over 10,000X in 25 years of doing DRUDGEREPORT. I currently give them 37% of their referral traffic . . . . It’s a brutal business. Not even a thank you. Instead: YOU’RE A RUSSIAN OPERATIVE!”
Drudge has a point. The Washington Post constantly pushes for Trump’s impeachment — yet Drudge constantly promotes the Washington Post as an accredited news outlet. Even before Trump became President, the Washington Post declared Trump a “fascist” dictator intent on bringing an “apocalypse” to America with articles like:
- “Donald Trump Is Actually a Fascist“
- “This Is How Fascism Comes to America“
- “Donald Trump Is a Unique Threat to American Democracy“
- “A Group of Political Scientists Says Trump’s Attacks on Our Democracy are Unprecedented and Dangerous“
- “How Fascist Is Donald Trump? There’s Actually a Formula for That“
- “How Does Donald Trump Stack Up Against American Literature’s Fictional Dictators: Pretty Well, Actually“
- “Trump Poses an Unprecedented Threat to the Peaceful Transition of Power“
- “Trump’s Breathtaking Repudiation of American Democracy“
- “‘Rhetoric of Fascism’ Is Rising in U.S. and Europe, Says U.N. Rights Chief“
- “Donald Trump: The Candidate of the Apocalypse“
Although Trump has yet to disband Congress or ban opposition political parties, it’s clear that these articles are all accurate. The Washington Post’s election coverage was also spot-on with polls that showed Hillary Clinton with insurmountable double-digit leads and articles like “Donald Trump’s Chances of Winning Are Approaching Zero” and “Democrats Can Stop Trump Via the Electoral College.” Of course, thanks to the Washington Post, we know that Clinton was in fact winning by huge margins and that she only lost because of Russian collusion and Russian election hacking.
Drudge constantly links to articles like these from the Washington Post and other accredited sites. He not only helps them propagate their message to the masses, but he gives their sites legitimacy and helps them win new customers. If you visit the Drudge Report, you are essentially visiting an aggregation site of the most explosive progressive media reports, which often deal with scandals, especially focused on Trump, the news media, and Hollywood.
As a homosexual, Drudge is also one of the biggest promoters of LGBTQ+ rights in the world — and loves to post a flamboyant siren when a new gossip story or political scandal erupts. During the recent Alabama Senate race, Drudge routinely posted articles from the accredited media attacking Roy Moore for allegations relating to teenage girls. Not a single article attacked Moore’s progressive opponent, Doug Jones, for anything. Before the election, Moore, of course, was most famous for his criticisms of gay marriage — which led to his suspension from the Alabama Supreme Court. With Drudge’s help, Republicans either stayed home or voted Jones, helping the Democrat Jones win a shocking victory, even though Trump won the state by 28% last year.
Importantly, Drudge also grew up Jewish in the most liberal denomination (Reform Judaism). He is also a strong supporter of Israel, America’s most important ally. In light of the Holocaust, it’s especially important for the few Jewish voices in media to be heard — and for everyone else to listen.
So, progressives, don’t fear the Drudge Report. The Drudge Report is our report — an aggregation of articles by progressives for progressives. Of course, we need to hold the Drudge Report accountable, but any site that links to hundreds of thousands of progressive articles is a good one. Don’t feel bad about reading the Drudge Report.