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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-21-08 02:33 PM
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Eric Boehlert: Drudge unplugged: How his campaign influence has collapsed
Drudge unplugged: How his campaign influence has collapsed

by Eric Boehlert


I'm not saying that given the choice I wouldn't pick a robust economy and a worry-free global outlook. But circumstances being what they are, I have to say that as the White House campaign hits its final stride under the ominous shadow of the Wall Street meltdown and the deep recession that's hurtling this way, perhaps the only silver lining -- the one unexpected pleasure -- has been watching the Drudge Report be completely neutered by current events.

Matt Drudge is still doing his loyal best to boost the chances of the GOP down the homestretch in the form of a blizzard of anti-Obama and pro-McCain links on his site. (Last week, it was the half-baked McCain "comeback" that Drudge hyped relentlessly.)

And there's no question that Drudge's Web traffic remains strong and continues to grow, thanks to a burgeoning international audience. But in terms of setting the ground rules -- in terms of setting the campaign agenda -- Drudge has been AWOL since mid-September when the credit crisis erupted.

His current spectator status mirrors that of the low-flying right-wing bloggers. Just as the bloggers were hailed for their (pseudo) detective work in undermining CBS' Dan Rather in 2004, Drudge was credited for the way he used his widely read platform to push the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth story into the mainstream press, which helped derail John Kerry's campaign.

Four years ago, Drudge and the right-wing bloggers were at the peak of their political power. Today, they're pretty much watching the election pass them by, reduced to the role of frustrated sideline hecklers.

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http://mediamatters.org/columns/200810210005
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RainDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-21-08 02:37 PM
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1. the pendulum cut off his head on the way back from the far right
hopefully it also caught Coulter and Limpballs.
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Lithos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-21-08 02:38 PM
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2. So much to say here
But basically, good riddance to good rubbish.

L-
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Raster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-21-08 03:23 PM
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4. Correction: goopd riddance to BAD rubbish.
Ain't nothing good about that trash!
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torbird Donating Member (513 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-21-08 03:26 PM
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5. Correction: Goopd is my new term of choice!
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Lithos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-21-08 04:15 PM
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6. Yes, agreed
Goodp riddance to BAD rubbish.
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Raster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-21-08 07:17 PM
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7. Spellcheck is my friend. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-21-08 03:15 PM
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3. i'm surprised he lasted this long...
he's been a nonentity really since 2000-01...and there are enough RW blogs out there that at least try to stick in a few facts here and there -- drudge has been writing sensationalist fiction for a long time, and everyone knows it, which is why he has less credibility than lgf or rense
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-21-08 07:28 PM
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8. A lot of DUers are addicted
so t must not be that bad.
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Docente Donating Member (5 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-21-08 09:48 PM
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9. Lots of people believed Drudge
When he claimed without basis that the Hillary Clinton campaign had "circulated" a photo of Barack Obama in Somali garb.
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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-22-08 08:45 AM
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10. Or astroturfers. (nt)
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machI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-23-08 04:40 AM
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11. Kick
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