How short is the distance from The Drudge Report to every town hall in America?
On Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, Fox News pointed out that Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report may be fed up with Republicans over Syria, over NSA snooping, over taxes, and over going-along-to-get-along with Democrats. Following up on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, The Telegraph published a nod at Drudge's spotlight on war mongering GOP members who endorse Obama policies, "Syria: Matt Drudge is right. Pro-war Republicans risk becoming a big government party."
It didn't take long to find out more about what readers thought of Drudge. One Disqus commentator heralded Drudge as a true "voice of the American people," noting that Drudge was swaying liberals:
"When HuffPo writers agree, even in part, with Matt Drudge's recent comments, you know there's something to them. I'm very disturbed by the rapid changes happening within our govt (IMO, starting with the Patriot Act), and what seems to be evolving into a true lack of representation of the voice of the American people. Very troubling."
Devoted fans such as Succinct help build mega views for The Drudge Report. Succinct wrote,: "Matt Drudge has "our" back... Drudge Report makes it easier for us to ideologically sort the RINO wheat from the chaff. Thank you Matt." In July, Drudge announced, "the best July in Drudge Report's 18 year history with 944,026,520 views (Up from 878,438,199 in 2012]..."
The bigger question may be how short is the distance from The Drudge Report to every town hall in America? For instance, Senator John McCain, a loud voice for striking Syria, met with vocal opposition at a town hall meeting. McCain was soundly challenged on his war stance. "Why are you not listening to the people and staying out of Syria? It’s not our fight,”exclaimed one man.
Online, another Disqus commentator whose avatar was an image of Matt Drudge quickly quipped, "God, I love myself." If it's true that Matt is patting himself on the back, he's not the only one. However, many pointed out that Drudge never offered his personal opinion on The Drudge Report.
Truth4Freedom wondered aloud,"I don't get how a guy who simply uses his website to link to news stories on other sites gets accused of making stuff up. He's just a 'news broker.' He also allows the world to be much better informed."
It's correct that Matt Drudge is a "news broker, " and without changing his page format one iota since the '90s, the influence of the site has morphed into what some consider a bigger dog in political news than Fox News, the top cable news channel. A 2011 Pew Report recognized Drudge's online political impact as near unequaled, stating, "Drudge Report drove more links than Facebook or Twitter."
On the other hand, the ire of at least one critic of Drudge appeared to be boundless. Using Disqus as an opportunity to deliver a 2135 word essay, unlikely to be read in its entirety, the commentator directly addressed Matt Drudge as synonymous with American ignorance,"You, Drudge, and America, do not understand the Iranian psyche – and – you certainly do not understand the massively pathological psycho-dynamic convolutions of Obama’s psyche."