The Drudge Report Continues To Confound As It Remains America’s Most Influential News Site
Since its inception in 1996, the Drudge Report has been a home to conservatives who feel disenfranchised by traditional media.
CNN couldn’t stop Donald Trump. Neither could Fox News. They couldn’t stop Drudge either.
EDITOR’S NOTE: A few years before launching NTEB, I was sitting in my office as Creative Director for a large pharma company, and a co-worker walked up to my computer and said “let me show you a cool website”. A few clicks of the mouse later, the Drudge Report flickered onto my monitor and I was instantly hooked. Despite it’s unchanged mid-1990’s layout and design, the addictive power of placing so many great headline links in one place was undeniable. When we began NTEB in 2009, we formed it around the aggregate news principle on Drudge, albeit from a Christian – Bible believer – end times perspective.
Some of the nation’s most influential conservatives, from Glenn Beck to Bill Kristol, were powerless. Karl Rove and the Bush family had no effect. Scandal after scandal failed to put a chink in his armor. And the 16 other GOP contenders, comprising some of the party’s brightest and budding stars, proved to be impotent.
But some observers say that one man may have had the power to prevent Donald Trump’s accession within the Republican Party: Matt Drudge.
“If Drudge had come out really negatively against Trump and had supported someone who would have played well with his reader base like Cruz, it would have been much harder for Trump to win,” BuzzFeed political reporter and editor Andrew Kaczynski told Business Insider, referring to Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
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The news mogul, one of the most mysterious individuals in the media industry, operates entirely outside the New York City and Washington, D.C., apparatus. He is seemingly accountable to no one. He is rarely spotted in public and holds close company with only a few select people. Reporters tip him off to stories through email or instant messages but never expect a reply, knowing he is unlikely to write back.
Yet despite his reclusiveness, Drudge holds a firm grip on the conservative news cycle. As the founder and operator of the Drudge Report, he influences and often creates news narratives.
“In a sense, the Drudge Report acts both as a waterfall creating a ‘trickle down’ effect within the right-leaning (and sometimes mainstream media) as well as a gravitational force drawing stories to its preferred narrative,” conservative talk-radio host John Ziegler said in a Mediaite column earlier this year.
Since its inception in 1996, the Drudge Report has been a home to conservatives who feel disenfranchised by traditional media. Drudge has marketed his website as a news destination not controlled by corporate interests or politicians. And he has continued to have great success.
Last week, SimilarWeb, an analytics firm, ranked the Drudge Report as the third-most-trafficked media publisher in the US for June 2016. The website amassed 1.2 billion combined page views for the month — all with hardly any traffic coming from social-media channels.
Quantcast daily traffic stats for the Drudge Report:
Generating that many eyeballs would leave any media organization with a fair amount of influence over the news cycle. But Drudge is especially distinctive.
Insiders of all political stripes and professions furiously refresh his website throughout the day in their attempts to stay a step ahead of the news cycle. Almost any cable-news producer will reluctantly acknowledge having his website bookmarked as a regular destination. Emails released in December even revealed that Hillary Clinton’s State Department kept tabs on the page, flagging stories featured on the website as possible public-relations headaches.
Moreover, as a link aggregator, Drudge does not host any content of his own on his website. Instead, he simply writes headlines and links out to stories from around the web, providing the beneficiary with high volumes of readers.
In fact, Drudge was the top traffic referrer to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, and other news outlets in 2015,according to a Vocativ report. The report said the site accounted for a staggering 52% of referral traffic to the Associated Press.
As Ziegler wrote:
“Because of the enormous traffic and attention that a well-placed Drudge link can bring, when it becomes clear what narrative Matt is favoring, a literal ‘market’ is created for stories which fit that storyline so that they might be linked on the Drudge Report. For instance, it is my strong belief that, if Drudge had not gotten on the Trump bandwagon, Breitbart.com would never have so overtly done so, because they wouldn’t have had the same financial/traffic incentives.”
Ziegler concluded that Drudge is, in effect, an assignment editor for the news media, particularly outlets that lean or are outright conservative.
And in 2016, Drudge made it known that he was assigning only pro-Trump stories. He rewarded those who authored stories favorable to the real-estate mogul with frequent links while he simultaneously discouraged those critical of the Manhattan billionaire by blacklisting them from his page.
The message sent to journalists was simple: If you want Drudge traffic, then cover the news through a pro-Trump lens.
According to a Politico analysis of more than 300 Drudge Report banners, the conservative link aggregator did indeed go “all in on Trump.” He refused to cover the billionaire’s scandals but provided maximum exposure to the missteps of the real-estate mogul’s opponents.
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Visiting the Drudge Report in the 2016 primary season was like entering an alternate reality: Trump remained entirely free of imperfection while his Republican opponents were cast as corrupt, dishonest politicians desperately seeking power at any cost.
Cruz, frustrated in the final days of his campaign, decried the Drudge Report as an “attack site” for Trump.
“I don’t know what the hell happened to Matt Drudge,” echoed Glenn Beck, the prominent conservative talk-show host and founder of TheBlaze, in March.
Two months earlier, Cruz had taken a different tone, confidently assuring supporters that “we have got the Drudge Report” amid slamming more mainstream outlets. For a while, he did appear to have Drudge, but that changed once he and Trump veered toward a head-to-head clash for the nomination.
So would the Republican primary have unfolded differently had Drudge been critical of Trump or simply remained neutral?
“He still could have … won,” Kaczynski said, “but the fact Drudge either boosted or ignored his worst flaws was definitely a positive for Trump.”
Such coverage could have made a noticeable difference in the Republican primaries. While mainstream outlets were, as a whole, critical of Trump, their coverage largely fell on deaf ears.It’s likely that if Drudge had chosen to be critical of Trump, then the coverage he received from conservative outlets would have sharply differed.
Over the years, a sizable portion of the GOP electorate had been convinced not to trust the “dishonest” mainstream media. Instead, they turned to and trusted alternative news sources like talk radio and right-leaning websites — all of which were heavily influenced by Drudge.
Republican strategist Rick Wilson, a member of the so-called Never Trump movement, said:
“Matt’s agenda-setting power on the right was on full display in this election cycle. The iron triangle of Drudge, Fox, and talk radio spent a year in pro-Trump lockstep, eliding over stories critical of Trump, and providing him with an ideological hall pass on his many, many, many transgressions from conservative doctrine.”
Wilson said that Drudge was, in effect, a kingmaker who used his agenda-setting power to “pick a winner” in Trump.
Evan Siegfried, a Republican strategist and the author of the coming book “GOP GPS: How to Find the Millennials and Urban Voters the Republican Party Needs to Survive,” said the Republican primary “certainly would have been a much closer race” and “could have been going to a contested convention” if Drudge had simply remained neutral.
“I think that it would have been closer,” Siegfried said, cautioning that he was still “not sure whether it would have been one way or another.”
Others acknowledged Drudge’s sizable influence but offered a more skeptical take on whether he alone could have prevented Trump’s rise.
“I think that certainly Drudge moves political markets, and indeed he can light up the very voters and political junkies who’ve likely filled Trump’s rallies and pulled the lever for him,” said Erik Wemple, a media reporter and critic at The Washington Post. “So he’s pivotal in this particular slice of Republican politics.”
Wemple told Business Insider that he was skeptical that Drudge could have closed the door for Trump only because the billionaire was “so damn savvy” at manipulating the media into covering his campaign.
“Perhaps a more discerning Drudge could have slowed [Trump] down,” Wemple said, cautioning that he wasn’t quite sure that Drudge could have “stopped” Trump.
Rory Cooper, the managing director of the firm Purple Strategies, also refused to credit Trump’s rise entirely on “one entity” but acknowledged that Drudge’s favorable coverage “certainly didn’t help.”
But some of Trump’s most fervent supporters argue that nothing could have stopped the man who created a movement more powerful than any single media entity.
“Nothing could have stopped Trump,” best-selling conservative author Ann Coulter insisted. “What would have happened, what you seem not to understand is that there are the people and there is the media. What would have happened is Drudge wouldn’t have had his best year ever.”
“It’s not that Drudge led to Trump,” she added. “Drudge was reflecting where the public is.”
Or was he? Perhaps it was, in fact, the other way around. source
Matt Drudge Issues Warning That Hillary Clinton’s Lesbian Love Life Will Soon Be Headline News
Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report has warned Hillary Clinton that he’s about to drop a bombshell about her “sex stuff” Saturday morning.
Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report has warned Hillary Clinton that he’s about to drop a bombshell about her “sex stuff” Saturday morning.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Huma Abedin gave an interview to People Magazine back in April where she described meeting Hillary this way: “She walked by and she shook my hand and our eyes connected and I just remember having this moment where I thought, ‘Wow, this is amazing.’ I remember thinking; ‘Oh my God, she’s so beautiful”. What many people are also not aware of is that the same batch of White House interns that produced Monica Lewinsky for Bill Clinton also procured Huma Abedin for Hillary.
“Oh, on the sex stuff. Hillary is about to get hers…,” Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report said in a tweet.
Drudge tweeted a picture of Clinton on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she appeared Friday in her first interview following the second presidential debate with Donald Trump.
The “sex stuff” Drudge is referring to concerns Clinton’s sexuality, which the London Times and several other foreign newspapers brought into question back in 2007 when Clinton was accused of having an affair with her aide Huma Abedin.
The Clinton campaign responded to these reports, saying that the reports were “ridiculous” and not to be taken seriously.
Oh, on the sex stuff. Hillary is about to get hers… pic.twitter.com/Ilk2MSNYTe
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) October 15, 2016
“This does not even qualify as tabloid trash… it’s ridiculous and reckless,” a Clinton aide said to The Week.
A rumor circulated in the 1990s saying that Clinton was secretly okay with her husband’s extramarital affairs because she was secretly a lesbian, but there has been no truth to the rumor.
Hillary Clinton is a Lesbian Admits Former Miss Arkansas Sally Miller:
This isn’t the first time Clinton has been accused of cheating on her husband.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump accused Clinton of cheating on her husband, but he didn’t say with whom or provided any specifics.
“Hillary Clinton’s only loyalty is to her financial contributors, I don’t even think she’s loyal to Bill if you want to know the truth,” he said during a rally in Pennsylvania on Oct. 1. “Really folks, why should she be?” he asked, a reference to Bill Clinton’s womanizing and accusations of sexual abuse. source
The World Is Changing As The Spirit Of Antichrist Begins To Rise Around The Globe
You will be left behind to face the Antichrist, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and Trumpet, Bowl, Seal and Vial Judgments that will make Hitler’s Holocaust look like a little girl’s tea party.
Tonight it seemed as if the headlines were screaming a wake up call to a slumbering world, is anyone even listening?
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJV)
I thank God that He allowed me to be born in this place and time, and to be counted as part of the Body of Jesus Christ called the Church. I know from the past 25 years of studying my King James 1611 Authorized Version Holy Bible that we live in the dispensation known as the Age of Grace, the Church Age, and that it is getting ready to give way to the next dispensation at the moment when the Rapture takes place.
But tonight, it feels as if things have started to speed up even more. Tonight, I can see the coming dispensation of the Great Tribulation staring at me through the glass. I can feel the darkness rising and I know you can, too. I thank God that the Church will be removed in the Rapture prior to the Tribulation, but this story tonight is not about us, it’s about those who will be left behind. It’s about you. Are you ready for what comes next?
These Are The Days Of Prophecy
Looking at the aggregate headlines of the ever-present Drudge Report was like taking a stroll through the book of Revelation with a detour through Matthew 24. From a spiritual perspective it was quite sobering. Let me share a random sampling of them with you and show you what I mean.
- STREET ANARCHY IN BALTIMORE FUELS RASH OF HOMICIDES: In Baltimore, Maryland, Antoinette Perrine has barricaded her front door since her brother was killed three weeks ago on a basketball court near her home in the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore. She already has iron bars outside her windows and added metal slabs on the inside to deflect the gunfire. “I’m afraid to go outside,” said Perrine, 47. “It’s so bad, people are afraid to let their kids outside. People wake up with shots through their windows. Police used to sit on every corner, on the top of the block. These days? They’re nowhere.”
- TEXAS TOWNS BRACE FOR MORE FLOODING AS DEATH TOLL CLIMBS: The National Weather Service says hail, tornadoes and thunderstorms are possible across the southern Plains Thursday evening and that flooding remains the greatest threat for areas that have received record rainfall. Blanco County emergency management spokesman Ben Oakley also said for the first time that five people are missing in Blanco County. That’s in addition to the 10 people already counted as dead and eight missing in central Texas flooding.
- ISIS FORCES CIVILIANS TO WATCH EXECUTIONS IN ANCIENT CITY’S AMPHITHEATRE: ISIS rounded up civilians trapped in Palmyra and forced them to watch 20 people be executed in the historic city’s ancient amphitheatre, a Syrian monitoring group has claimed. The Unesco World Heritage site was overrun by militants last week, threatening the future of 2,000 year-old monuments and ruins. Thousands of Palmyra’s residents fled but many are still living within the city walls, while the UN human rights office in Geneva said it had received reports of Syrian government forces preventing people from leaving until they retreated from the city.
- TEENS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE CONJURING UP DEMONS ON TWITTER: A game that purports to invoke a Mexican demon – known as “Charlie, Charlie” and considered to be a simplified version of the Ouija board – has gone viral on social media among young people, prompting one exorcist to warn of its dangers. The game, which has gained significant traction online in recent days, involves a pair of pencils or pens, a sheet of paper, and the invocation of a spirit named “Charlie.” Scores of short video clips, posted mostly by teens, show players shrieking and running out of view when the pencil apparently moves on its own and points to a “yes” or a “no” after they say a phrase inviting the demon. Spanish exorcist Jose Antonio Fortea told ACI Prensa that the so-called #CharlieCharlieChallenge involves the very real, occult practice of “calling on spirits.”
- KILLER ROBOTS WILL LEAVE HUMANS UTTERLY DEFENSELESS: Killer robots which are being developed by the US military ‘will leave humans utterly defenceless‘, an academic has warned. Two programmes commissioned by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are seeking to create drones which can track and kill targets even when out of contact with their handlers. Writing in the journal Nature, Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkley, said the research could breach the Geneva Convention and leave humanity in the hands of amoral machines.“Autonomous weapons systems select and engage targets without human intervention; they become lethal when those targets include humans,” he said. “Existing AI and robotics components can provide physical platforms, perception, motor control, navigation, mapping, tactical decision-making and long-term planning. They just need to be combined. “In my view, the overriding concern should be the probable endpoint of this technological trajectory. “Despite the limits imposed by physics, one can expect platforms deployed in the millions, the agility and lethality of which will leave humans utterly defenceless. This is not a desirable future.”
- 26 PEOPLE TREATED AFTER US ARMY SHIPPED LIVE ANTHRAX VIA FEDEX: At least 26 people are being treated for potential exposure to deadly anthrax after an Army bio-defense facility in Utah mistakenly sent live samples to private and military laboratories in as many as nine states, including California, and South Korea, officials said Thursday.
Can you see it, can you feel it? The world as we know it has changed drastically since 2008, and the changes are coming so fast that few people are really processing it. In the Middle East, ISIS is advancing virtually unchecked and so far, unstoppable. They are massing a power base that is nearly too incredible to be believed. Now is the time to stop them before they grow too large to be contained, but no one is doing that. The nations of the world are sitting back and watching it happen. Allowing it to happen. Are they all afraid, are they all helpless? Or is it happening because the unsaved world is preparing for the appearance of the Antichrist?
The world has grown darker, more sinister. Like the flickering flame of a candle about to be blown out, the darkness seems to be flooding in all around us. No longer is there an outcry about the red light traffic cameras that monitor and record our movements. No one seems to care that nearly every human being carries around multiple tracking devices in their homes, in their cars, and in their pockets. We have, it seems, accepted the inevitable leash of Big Brother and no longer fight his deep intrusion into our private lives. You can easily picture people willingly lining up around the block to receive their implantable RFID chips, and then bragging about “how cool it is” when they show their friends the latest “technology upgrade”.
Christians and the Bible are sneered at, looked down upon as the hinderance to the full acceptance of the New World Order which seems to be founded on the LGBT Movement. Radio, television, the Internet and the movies glorify every manner of filth and perversion. Dark has become light, evil has become good. If you want to become transgender, they give you a reality show. If you want to hold a Bible study they call the police. Can Reeducation Facilities really be that far behind? I think not.
Anyone who has ever flown on an airplane well knows that just before the flight, the plane taxis across the tarmac, slowly gathering speed before rumbling to life as it launches into the air. That’s how it feels tonight, like the very ground under my feet is shaking in preparation of cataclysmic events which are soon to try all those who dwell upon the earth. For the born again Christian, we know where we are going, and we know it will be before the Tribulation. But for everyone else, you have no hope at all. None. You will be left behind to face the Antichrist, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and Trumpet, Bowl, Seal and Vial Judgments that will make Hitler’s Holocaust look like a little girl’s tea party.
One more time, we invite you to get saved, to become born again as the Bible teaches. But you better hurry, because after the Rapture then chances of you getting saved then after you have rejected the gospel now will hover at right about near zero. Read for yourself the fate of those who reject the Truth now:
“And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 (KJV)
Tick, tock….time’s almost up. Are you ready for what comes next?
Media Giant Matt Drudge Warns His Readers To ‘Have An Exit Plan’
His exit plan warning may encompass any number of potential scenarios such as a coming shock to financial markets, evacuating major cities in an emergency, preparing for thedestruction of our currency, or having a way to get out of the United States in the event of a Soviet-style purge.
Is the Drudge Report trying to tell us something other than the daily news?
“Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7
It is not possible to overstate the impact that the single-page site the Drudge Report has on our Internet-based news media world in 2014. His little one-man shop draws upwards of over 1,000,000,000 visitors each and every month. When he runs a breaking headline, it breaks into a thousand pieces. But for those of us who have been regular readers for years now, we see something just below the surface that many may have missed.
Matt Drudge is giving us a warning.
In recent years the mogul has expanded his news distribution service to include alternative news powerhouses like Alex Jones’ Infowars, which researches and analyzes key events and happenings globally.
The warning issued back in January, while cryptic, may be the result of direct insider information. Considering he once nearly brought down the Clinton administration by revealing the President’s indiscretions with a White House intern, one could make the case that if anyone has legitimate sources pouring in from across the world it’s Matt Drudge.
Could his warning be for stock market investors regarding foreknowledge of an imminent collapse of financial markets in the United States, China and Europe?
As of late, Drudge has made it a point to link to a variety of topics at Infowars that include the militarization of America’s domestic policing apparatus, Constitutional transgression at the highest levels of our government, and other insider reports often ignored by the mainstream media. While establishment news media shuns the rapidly growing alternative media, a warning to “have an exit plan” is one that the alternative news sphere has consistently suggested, while often being laughed at in mainstream circles.
Given Drudge’s massive following, reach, and credibility, perhaps we shouldn’t be laughing any more.
Something has spooked Matt Drudge and he’s not alone. Last year one of America’s leading talk show hosts, Mark Levin, warned that the U.S. government has been simulating the collapse of our financial system and society with the potential for widespread violence. There are countless such examples of highly influential media personalities who are issuing similar warnings.
His exit plan warning may encompass any number of potential scenarios such as a coming shock to financial markets, evacuating major cities in an emergency, preparing for the destruction of our currency, or having a way to get out of the United States in the event of a Soviet-style purge.
Whatever the case, Matt Drudge understands that his views and comments are followed by hundreds of millions of people worldwide, thus we are confident that he would not publicly issue such a warning unless he has access to credible information that supports his claims.
That being said, we urge readers to remain vigilant. And, in the off chance that some terrible event is in our near future, we strongly suggest having a preparedness plan that includes emergency food storage, barter supplies, medicines, precious metals, and a strategic relocation plan in case you are forced to evacuate your current residence.
But if you want a real exit plan that will actually help you, click here.
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