On Thursday, following Drudge Report headline links to multiple stories of arrests, indictments and alleged harassment of high profile conservative critics of President Obama and his administration, political headline guru Matt Drudge tweeted:
They are going after the Obama critics with indictments. VA Gov. Now Dinesh D'souza. Holder unleashing the dogs...
Holder dangling 'indictments' over News Corp's head too. Behavior modification... http://ind.pn/1dzu48O
Politico flagged the Drudge tweets in one sentence: "Meanwhile, conservative aggregator Matt Drudge stokes the coals of conspiracy theory." Longtime Drudge nemesis, Todd Gregory of the liberal site, "Media Matters" gloated a bit over Matt's tweets because earlier he had snarked, "I look forward to hearing how these charges are simply retaliation for D'Souza's devastating exposes of NObama: http://bit.ly/1eWmx6u."
A news story by "Media Matters" connected the Drudge tweets with "conspiracy," noting, "While it remains to be seen how D'Souza's conservative media allies will handle his indictment, Matt Drudge is already getting the conspiracy theory ball rolling, claiming the charges are evidence that Attorney General Eric Holder is "unleashing the dogs" on Obama critics." Is he?
Drudge's references were to a rash of headlines of arrests, indictments, and investigations of conservatives with a common denominator: they advocate against Obama policies. In each case, there appears to be either outright or veiled accusations by the conservatives that they are victims of a politically motivated administration hell-bent to take down enemies of the Obama agenda. These complaints reflect Matt's inflammatory phrase, "Holder, unleashing the dogs."
Drudge's banner headline led to a "Hollywood Reporter" story of the Friday scheduled arrest and indictment of conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza in New York for the alleged violation of campaign finance laws. Producer Gerald Molen maintains that the charges are politically motivated. Drudge included an image of the cover of D'Souza's highly critical documentary "2016: Obama's America," plus a banner headline, all caps, large fonts, reading, "MOVIEMAKER INDICTED."
Beneath the banner, Drudge is featuring the story to former Republican Virginia Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, who were, according to a report by The Washington Post, charged jointly "in a 14-count indictment." It is alleged the former First Family "engaged in conspiracy and fraud, trading on his office to provide assistance to the businessman in exchange for more than $165,000 in luxury gifts and loans." The governor openly claims he is the victim of empty allegations designed as an election distraction to unseat a popular Republican and that none of the charges will hold up in court.
Conservative expose artist James O'Keefe is also accusing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of targeting his activist group, "Project Veritas," with document requests and a subpoena. In a statement, the group said, "Just like the IRS, they are simply intimidating and targeting us." Recently Cuomo spoke out defining "extreme conservatives" as those who are "right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay." Cuomo said they "have no place" in New York. That Drudge link leads to a story by FOX News.
Additional recent Drudge Report headlines which may have Matt and like-minded conservatives simmering include news that the Obama administration is keenly interested in the current Murdoch empire investigation in England, subtly suggesting that if Scotland Yard can't bring down Murdoch, the United States can and will. The storyboard of Drudge's links, including "IRS targets conservative group in Hollywood, may seem to many proof of Politico's and Media Matters observations that Drudge is busy stoking "the coals of conspiracy theory."
However, conservatives may feel that considering it has been proven that IRS targeted Tea Party groups, all of these current cases may be just examples of the ways that Obama "punishes his enemies."