For Drudge Report, it was clear Geraldo Rivera's earlier visceral rant was being ignored. The Drudge Report continued to gush Ebola and border illegal immigration related headlines after Rivera stepped into the spotlight to say he despised those headlines.
It was almost as if Rivera was demanding Drudge "cease fire." If so, it didn't work. Some people relish the fight but they really can't stand to be ignored. On Monday, Thomas Sowell accused Rivera of demagoguery for turning "questions of fact into questions of motive." Sowell reminded Rivera that "when masses of immigrants from Europe were entering this country, those with dangerous diseases were turned back from Ellis Island. Nobody thought they had a legal or a moral “right” to be in America or that it was mean or racist not to want our children to catch their diseases."
If Rivera was upset with Drudge before, the utter humiliation he must have felt after being ignored obviously got Rivera's nose completely out of joint. Rivera responded in a full-blown FOX News Latino opinion piece. This time he accused Matt Drudge of "yellow journalism ." Was that a back-handed way of calling Drudge yellow?
Back in 1998, speaking to National Press Club members, Matt Drudge explained his Drudge Report links are always guided by his conscience. In his opinion, Drudge felt "conscience is going to be the only thing between us and communication in the future."
As for critics such as Rivera, who are way too many to count, they often get upset over the Drudge Report's power to influence. Rivera spoke derisively of the millions of people who subscribe to the Drudge page. He must have been using the term loosely to mean Drudgers who frequent the page on a regular basis. Drudge offers no subscriptions to his site.
Another loose term of Rivera's is his use of only the word "children" when describing the population flooding across the border when anyone who follows the crisis knows only ten percent of the flood is made up of children. Objective? Hardly.
Rivera, describes himself as a "proud Latino man," in contrast to "proud American man," or even "proud Latin American man." He once suggested journalistic integrity could be measured by whether a journalist could remain objective, dealing fairly with a person they would prefer to describe with a "four-letter word." Rivera didn't call Drudge a four-letter word; however, he did accuse him of "doing his best to stir up a civil war."
Drudge shrugged away any hope any critic might have to change Drudge Report editorial decisions. Matt said, "There's a notion that sticks and stone may break my bones, but words will kill me. I don't believe it. I get maligned every day on the news groups. I'm still standing. I still have a smile on my face."
Obviously, Rivera never heard that speech. If he had, he might have anticipated that Drudge would disregard his criticisms and simply keep on keeping on, following his conscience. Drudge report links to stories about the impact of the deluge of Central America aliens illegally crossing the Texas border continued to align with links about the Ebola health threat.
As the creator of the news aggregation site that broke the back of the mainstream media news monopoly, links and headlines are what Drudge does. The Drudge Report opened on Friday with a total of 20 illegal immigration related links and 14 Ebola related links. Those links continued into Saturday and have been replaced with newer relevant links since.
After Drudge linked to a CBS article about Rivera's tirade, Rivera's attack received national attention. The Drudge Report page soon carried three Rivera related links which meant even more national attention. Now, if anyone thought Rivera was a bit of a publicity hound, they might have also thought Rivera couldn't resist going back for more. Perhaps Rivera thinks this immigration issue must suffice as today's attention-getter while he secretly yearns for another Capone cave.
Grass root immigration activists opposed to amnesty are grateful to Drudge for keeping the heat on as Republicans in the house struggled to pass a bill which would both satisfy their constituents and rob President Obama of the opportunity to claim the right to act unilaterally. The Senate, led by Democrat Senator Harry Reid, gave up on their chances of passing immigration reform to go home. Their absence essentially blocks any bill of the House by denying them an immediate Senate vote. Still, Republicans stayed late into Friday night to pass the Blackburn bill.
Unless the president has congressional approval, this bill would prevent any funds for use by the president for mass work permits to illegal aliens. If passed, the bill would put a screeching brake on Obama's amnesty plans for five to six million additional illegal aliens, plus prevent his renewal of two-year amnesties for Dreamers. Under intense pressure, Republicans had been besieged with phone calls to stop Obama. With little or no chance of becoming law, the bill is still considered a symbolic "victory for grassroots activism."
At this time, the Gaza crisis shares center stage with the Ebola and immigration related links. This riveting trio of global and domestic threats continue to hold what is generally thought of as a short news attention span captive. The current Drudge Report banner reads: "Fear: NYC hospital tests man for Ebola."