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Why Drudge Report went to the dark side

Begun as an email newsletter, Matt Drudge‘s the Drudge Report became a news aggregator website in 1996.

By 2003, Drudge Report became so popular it made almost $1.3 million a year in advertising revenues. In 2006, while dissing the Drudge Report, Time magazine named Matt Drudge one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2007, New York Times reporter Jim Rutenberg said that according to Nielsen/NetRatings, the Drudge Report got three million unique visitors a month, or approximately one percent of the population of the United States.

So successful is the Drudge Report that it has made its creator and editor Matt Drudge, 53, a multimillionaire, with an estimated net worth of $150 million.

What made Drudge Report so popular was its conservatism. Indeed, in 2001, Drudge told the Miami New Times that “I am a conservative. I’m very much pro-life. If you go down the list of what makes up a conservative, I’m there almost all the way.”

Drudge Report had supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election. But then I began to notice a change since Trump’s presidential inauguration when Drudge Report increasingly posted links to anti-Trump (and therefore anti-“Deplorables” — the 63 million Americans who had voted for him in 2016) mainstream media outlets like CNN and the Washington Post.

Simply put, I didn’t go on Drudge Report for CNN. So I stopped reading Drudge Report.

Sometime before WordPress took down FOTM on August 15, 2018, in comments on FOTM I broached the subject of Drudge Report ceasing being conservative. To ensure I wasn’t imagining things, I did a search online and found other websites saying the same thing. A longtime FOTM reader who had effusively praised FOTM and “Dr. Eowyn” took such issue with my observations about Drudge Report that he became verbally abusive. After I banned him from commenting, he sent me an email in which he stooped to racist and gender insults. All of which completely baffled me why he had so much invested in a news aggregator site that he took any criticism of Drudge Report as a personal affront.

Then TrailDust noticed the transformation of Drudge Report as well, and wrote two posts warning our readers:

A couple of our readers speculated that Matt Drudge turned to the dark side because he’s gay and has a new boyfriend. The never-married and childless Drudge has consistently denied the rumors of him being homosexual, but in January 2016, Southfloridagaynews.com reported that he had given away half of his real estate holdings to Juan Carlos Alvarado, his roommate of eleven years.

Citing a YouTube video by Josh Bernstein, Kelleigh Nelson of NewsWithViews has another explanation for why Matt Drudge went to the dark side. Below are excerpts from her November 9, 2019 post, “Drudge Sells Out Trump, Helps Democrats“:

Drudge used to break stories before the mainstream media or Fox News even knew about them; they went to Drudge to find out the latest.  Josh Bernstein recently exposed what has happened to Drudge.  He says we should boycott Drudge and I agree with him.

In a surprising turn, Drudge Report removed ads between the end of May and mid-July of this year according to Danny Rogers, a cofounder of the Global Disinformation Index, a project that’s analyzing domains to generate “risk ratings of the world’s media websites.” After noticing an absence of ads on Drudge around May 31, Rogers told BuzzFeed they didn’t see any ads on Drudge until about July 12.

During that period, Drudge cast off his advertising representative of close to 20 years, Intermarkets, in favor of a new and unknown company, Granite Cubed. It has no record in the digital ad industry, was only registered as a company in March of this year, and lists no staff or owners on its websites. Yet it just landed one of the biggest websites in the US.

Corporate records show that Granite Cubed is owned by Margaret Otto. According to Pathmatics, a marketing and advertising platform owned by Margaret Otto, she and her husband, Adrian, have close ties to both Matt Drudge and his father, Bob Drudge. The Ottos have known the Drudges since 1999.  Pathmatics, a marketing intelligence platform, estimates that over the past 12 months the site generated more than $30 million in ad revenue. Another estimate from the Global Disinformation Index, to be published in a report next month, pegs revenue at $9 million per year.

The Otto’s also acquired another company in 2017 founded by Bob Drudge called Refdesk.  Adrian Otto joined Google Cloud in 2017 and is their technical director. Matt Drudge is now in bed with Google and Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google.

Alphabet Inc., Google subsidiaries, and YouTube all detest President Trump and everything on the Drudge Report has switched from supporting conservative sites and our president to leftwing media who despises President Donald Trump and his supporters.  Drudge’s links now go to mainstream media like CNN and MSNBC.  Conservative media is rarely seen anymore.

Drudge gave up his relationship with his conservative advertising company of 20 years and joined with the enemies of freedom because they are family vested via Matt’s father, Bob Drudge.

It all makes for a startling shift for a publisher best known for a strategy rooted in changing nothing about his site’s operation. It’s also causing the ad industry to look closely at the mysterious new firm and its high-profile customer.

Bigger bucks must be involved.  Shades of Anthony Scaramucci.

Here’s the video of Josh Bernstein:

It must be said that Bernstein’s account is of Matt Drudge switching Drudge Report‘s advertising representative to a new and unknown company, Granite Cubed, the husband-and-wife owners of which have ties to Matt’s father, Robert Drudge, who is a Democrat. But Matt’s father (and mother too) has always been a Democrat, and a constant (Robert Drudge being a Democrat) cannot explain a variable (Matt turning against Trump and embracing the liberal media). Nor does Matt changing Drudge Report‘s advertising representative explain his political transformation — changing advertising representative likely is a result, not the cause, of his political transformation.

And so, the reason for Matt Drudge’s and the Drudge Report‘s transformation remains a mystery.

H/t Maziel

~Eowyn

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Why we shifted from Drudge Report to Whatfinger News

In two screen captures

Any questions?

~ TD

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Has Drudge Report Joined Fake News?

Can anyone explain why Drudge has been publishing news to discourage the nation?

To me it looks the same as the Demonrat practice of suppressing conservative turnout at elections by publishing falsified poles.

Dr. Eowyn has recently been plugging the alternative news aggregator, Wharfinger.com, as a better resource than Drudge. And considering headlines like the ones highlighted above, I must agree with her.

I would love to hear from Dr. Eowyn and our readers what has happened to Drudge. As I tried to search out the subject on Google it seemed there was a stunning silence on the subject.

Dr. Eowyn, thank you in advance for weighing in on the subject.

Am I seeing things correctly, or am I just whining because I don’t like bad news? Looking forward to what others have to say on this.

~ TD

To borrow from my friend Dr. Eowyn:
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The End of Representative Government in America

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Did you ever wonder how each new batch of conservative representatives we have been sending to Congress ends up neutered, powerless, voiceless? 

Now we know exactly how that happened

I thank God for sending a Donald Trump to get in there and rip the curtains wide open on the dirty racket that is Washington, DC. May the Lord hear our prayers, and rescue us from this evil cabal, before we repeat the horrors of the French Revolution.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14


 

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Hillary's weird eyeballs

This morning’s Drudge Report has a weird pic of Hillary Clinton above the featured story of Hillary Clinton’s appearance on last night’s ABC Jimmy Kimmel late-night talk show. Here’s a screenshot I took of Drudge:
Drudge Report March 25, 2016
Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel, Hillary promised that, barring any national security risk, if elected president she would open to the public the government’s files on the mysterious Area 51 in the Nevadan desert. There have been persistent rumors that Area 51, a U.S. Air Force facility the existence of which has only recently be acknowledged by the government, is the site of an UFO crash in the mid-1950s.
Although Drudge Report does not credit the source of the Hillary pic, Matt Drudge is not known to post photocopied pictures. Thus, we can assume that the photo of Hillary has not been altered.
Take a good look at her eyeballs. Note the strange color (chartreuse!) of her irises, and shape of her pupils.
Hillary's weird eyeballs
Her eyes look like those of a lizard . . . or of a fictional dragon named Smaug, as envisioned in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Note Smaug’s oddly-shaped pupils.
Hillary's weird Smaug eyeballs
Our eyes are windows into our souls.
Here are Hillary’s eyes again, without the faux smile:
hillarys-weird-eyeballs
They look mad, insane.
Or, as FOTM reader Steven Broiles observes, possessed.
~Eowyn

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Clinton voter fraud at Iowa Caucus?

This morning, the powerhouse Drudge Report has a link to a YouTube video with the title, “Clinton voter fraud in Polk County, Iowa Caucus,” with this description:

The first chance they got they commit voter fraud.

Anything to which Drudge Report links, automatically takes on a sheen of credibility.
The video is a segment from CSPAN’s live coverage of the Democratic caucus of Polk County’s precinct #43, held in Roosevelt High School, Des Moines, on February 1, 2016.
In the caucus, votes were tallied by a primitive method of hand counting the raised hands of the people in the room. Bernie Sanders supporters are pointing to the video, claiming it showed there was Clinton voter fraud in Precinct #43 because of the discrepancy between the results of the first and second hand-counts.
 
Sanders won the first hand-count:

215 Sanders + 210 Clinton + 26 O’Malley + 8 Undecided = 459 Total

But Hillary won the second hand-count:

232 Clinton +  224 Sanders + 0 O’Malley = 456 Total

In other words, they lost 3 people but Clinton’s vote went up by 22, making her the winner of Precinct #43’s caucus.
Here’s the video:
[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNz-dtnQ1Ys&feature=youtu.be]
The video begins with a woman in a red “Bernie” t-shirt doing a second hand count of Sanders supporters. At the 0:43 mark, she announces the result: 223!
At the 1:20 mark, a heavy-set woman with short brown hair in a blue t-shirt says the count for Hillary is 232. At the 1:40 mark, she says that some people had already left the caucus — “some people walked out the door” — which would account for why the total of the second hand count (456) was 3 fewer than the first hand count (459).
Beg. at 4:23 mark in the video, Precinct #43’s caucus chair Drew Gentsch announces the result of the second hand count:

232 Clinton +  224 Sanders + 0 O’Malley = 456 Total

Gentsch asked the people in the room if they wanted a recount. A majority raised their hands for “No”.
The discrepancy between the first and second hand-counts can easily be explained by the O’Malley supporters and the Undecided changing their minds:

  • Some of them went for Sanders in the second hand-count, increasing his votes by 9, from the first hand-count’s 215 to 224.
  • Others went for Hillary in the second hand-count, increasing her votes by 22, from the first hand-count’s 210 to 232.
  • The discrepancy of 3 between the total number of votes at the first and second hand-counts can be explained by “some people walked out the door”.

I know this is terribly important to Bernie Sanders supporters, and far be it for me to actually defend Hillary Clinton, but I do care about the Truth.
From the CSPAN video, I’m not convinced there was voter fraud at Precinct #43. Besides, the people at that precinct overwhelmingly consented to the results of the second hand-count by rejecting a recount. If they don’t care, why should we?
As for reports that 6 precincts used coin tosses to decide Hillary as the winner, The Atlantic points out that coin flips were used where there was a tie, and that Bernie Sanders had won a sizable share of coin tosses as well, according to information provided by the state Democratic Party.
What really dismays me about the Democratic caucus at Precinct #43, Des Moines, Iowa, are the HUNDREDS of mentally-ill useful idiots assembled in that room at Roosevelt High School:
Polk County Iowa Democratic Caucus Feb. 1, 2016
~Eowyn

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The demon is coming out of Obama again

Four years ago in mid-October, less than 3 weeks before the mid-term elections of 2010, it wasn’t looking good for the Democrats. Indeed, that was the election in which the Republicans wrestled a House majority away from Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Demonrats.
In campaign rallies during the weekend of Oct. 15-16, 2010, Obama was angry.
More than angry, he was frightening looking — which was noted by Drudge Report as well as Rush Limbaugh, who said, “An American president has never had facial expressions like this. At least we’ve never seen photos of an American president with facial expressions like this.”
These were some of the pics taken of Obama in those 2010 rallies. Trust what your instincts tell you.

Flash forward four years to another mid-term election campaign rally.
As in the midterm elections of 2010, once again it’s not looking good for the Demonrats.
The pic below was taken of Obama when he spoke at a rally for Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Ill., at Chicago State University on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Chicago.
Look at his eyes!!! Trust what your instincts tell you.

evil angry ObamaAP Photo/Evan Vucci (Source: WOKV)

Here’s a close-up of those eyes.
evil angry Obama eyes Oct. 2014
I see anger, desperation, madness….
And behind those eyes, there’s nobody there.
Just emptiness. A vacuum.
Earlier that day, Obama was at a campaign rally in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, for the gubernatorial campaign of Maryland lieutenant governor Anthony G. Brown, in which members of the audience walked out while the president of the United States of America was still speaking. (See “Mainly black crowd walks out on Obama at Democratic campaign rally“)
As in 2010, once again Obama’s mask — the narcissistic psychopath’s charming social mask — is slipping and what emerges sure ain’t pretty.
It’s unholy and demonic.
See also:

~Eowyn

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Humorous Screen Grabs (developing)

Have you noticed that some images online say more than their connected stories?  Here are a few. The numbers of grabs will grow as I come across them.  I invite all FOTM writers to add to this post. ~TD

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This caption could be attached to any picture of Michelle.


Aarrgghhh!!! TAKE IT OUT!!!


Ya think?!!!

“Terrorism suspected…” Ya think?!!!


…or at least America.

…or at least America.


Worried about the IRS?

Worried about the IRS?


Is it legal to say that?

Is it legal to say that?


Rioting Yoots!!!

Rioting Yoots!!!

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Demonic Obama

I first noticed these extraordinary pics of Obama on Drudge earlier today. The pics are wire service photos of Obama campaigning over the weekend. By this afternoon, Drudge had added a reference to Rush Limbaugh also noticing the pics.
Take a look.
Trust what your instincts tell you.




I’ll be blunt.
These pics are FRIGHTENING.
Look at those eyes. Eyes of pure evil. Eyes of madness.
I and others noticed his evil eyes back in the 2008 campaign [see HERE], but now they’re much much worse.
Rush said “An American president has never had facial expressions like this. At least we’ve never seen photos of an American president with facial expressions like this.”
I agree with Rush: They are demonic, unholy.
Obama’s mask — the sociopathic narcissist’s charming social mask — is slipping and what’s emerging ain’t pretty.
Looks like those reports of Obama being gripped by paranoia, depression, and schizophrenia are right, as are the reports of top Democrats considering invoking Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to remove Obama….
Pray for America!
~Eowyn

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