Drudge Report at the Political Junction

July 10, 2008

How Matt Drudge Rules the (Political) World

This article addresses an important point about media bias that is rarely discussed on street corners: the selection of certain stories and the consideration they are given. Air time and print space are limited resources.

it is well worth reminding yourself of how much power Drudge has to push a particular storyline or a broader narrative in the race.

While the story would almost certainly have gotten attention due to its salacious nature, make no mistake: Matt Drudge made that story and ensured that it dominated the world of political journalism for at least 24 hours.

As should be noted, my use of the word “bias” is not necessarily negative. Everything contains bias, sometimes unintentional and sometimes simply by its nature. As I said, air time and print space are limited resources — someone has to make decisions.

The second major reason for Drudge’s influence, according to the Fix’s informal poll of Drudge-ologists is his ability to sniff out a potentially big story when others — including reporters — miss it at first glance.


Clinton vs. Drudge (2008 Edition)

February 27, 2008

If Matt Drudge is mentioned in a presidential debate the topic likely to be controversial.

Brian Williams Hits Clinton With Obama Photo Question at Debate Outset

Instead of shielding the source, The Drudge Report readily admits that the photograph was forwarded from the Clinton campaign. I am reminded of the Valerie Plame incident, when Judith Miller was sent to jail for protecting her sources. Why exactly she chose to do this is still up for debate; however, at the time many hailed it as a noble defense of the media’s independence. There appeared very quickly some different opinions. At face value, the New York Times had been played like a fiddle. Someone had blatantly used the media to a political end. Instead of exposing this for what it was, Miller went to prison with plenty of well-wishing from certain voices.

The Drudge Report wasted no time in making the Obama photo situation perfectly clear. Apparently its editor does not tolerate the appearance of political manipulation, which is commendable. His consistency, of course, hasn’t entirely been tested.

It’s worth noting that Matt Drudge was the person who broke the Monica Lewinsky story in 1998, ten years and some odd days ago. That event put his website on the map, and opened the world’s eyes to a new form of information flow.

Some might think that this will hurt The Drudge Report’s ability to attract exclusive information in the future. I highly doubt that. This scheme, if the information we have is true, is nothing more than a that: a scheme.