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The Drudge Report, once a destination for those seeking a daily dose of factual news, truth and conservative commentary, has reportedly seen its web traffic decline at an alarming rate over the last year, as its founder’s hate for President Donald Trump now leads the coverage.

Matt Drudge, who launched what would become one of the internet’s largest sources for news, started with a simple email newsletter, and broke major stories relating to the Monica Lewisnky scandal in the late 1990s.

Drudge quickly was noted for having a knack for story aggregation and for his understanding of the media landscape.

He’d link reporting on his website in a manner which made it rather convenient to sort out the daily media narratives in just a few minutes.

He was a transformative figure in media, and a trailblazer for conservatives seeking to expand their reach.

His website used to brag over a billion page views monthly, and that wasn’t all that long ago.

Multiple times from 2014 to 2016, when I was writing for another news agency, I’d find a story I’d written was on the top of the Drudge Report, and the traffic generated from that spoke volumes about the influence of the aggregator.

Much of Drudge’s more recent success could be attributed to his early embrace of then-candidate Donald Trump in 2015, and of course of Trump’s economic populism and America First policies.

Trump went on to become the GOP nominee, arguably with help from Drudge, and eventually was elected president.

But Drudge apparently had a change of heart with regard to how he viewed Trump and Trump’s supporters, and it began not long after the president’s 2017 inauguration.

Drudge slowly went negative, and was eventually pushing the left’s wild conspiracy theories about Trump and Russia.

The shift was subtle at first, but it soon became apparent that the former number one destination for fair coverage had devolved into yet another spot for the anti-GOP pile-on.

I removed the site from my browser favorites in 2018, and quit looking at Drudge altogether in 2019 — as did many other once-loyal site visitors.

Who wants their Trump hate aggregated when they can just turn on CNN?

Drudge rarely speaks publicly, and he quickly deletes every tweet he posts online. He also hasn’t divulged publicly why he or the site shifted its tone.

Nonetheless, his namesake website has apparently paid for its leftward lurch with a major plunge in web traffic.

The New York Post, which cited information from the media analytics company Comscore that was obtained by a leftist conservative news watchdog called TheRighting, noted a number of more conservative alternate sources to establishment media outlets saw massive increases in web traffic leading up to the election.

The Drudge Report was reportedly not among them.

“But the pioneering site founded by Matt Drudge in the mid-1990s continues its yearlong decline, plunging another 37 percent to 1,474,000 unique visitors compared to a year ago October when it was still drawing 2,331,000 unique visitors. ,” the Post reported Thursday.

“Drudge himself claims his audience is far larger, with upwards of 25 million visitors a day. But sources say his own numbers skew higher because if someone checks the site multiple times a day, that person is counted each time, whereas Comscore would count that only as one visitor per month.”

If readers are counted as unique visitors for every time they view the site, then Drudge’s numbers are way off.

Some of us used to refresh the page countless times daily.

Now, the site is a feed pushing sensationalist COVID fear and anti-Trump coverage. Plus, Drudge treats every word from Dr. Anthony Fauci as if it’s the gospel. (That’s not even taking into account Drudge’s propensity to pushing weird stores about sex robots.)

“The Blaze was up 48 percent with 11.6 million visitors; The Washington Times up 48 percent with 9 million; Breitbart up 59 percent with 8.3 million; National Review up 24 percent with 7.9 million; and The Western Journal up 68 percent with 7.5 million,” the Post reported.

The Gateway Pundit, PJ Media and The Federalist each saw 200 percent increases in traffic from October 2019 to October 2020.

Drudge is now just another sad purveyor of fake news.

  • LST says:

    Go gigure, another down the sewer. Soon, there will be no such thing as real, truthful news.

  • bobbie says:

    WHICH OF OUR LEADERS are NOT corrupt??? There is no one we can trust anymore. Although this is frustrating to the “real” (you know, the ones with values and high standards for truth and professionalism!!), it is
    also very very good that all of this corruption has been brought to the American people!!! One of the first things we can do is vote in limited terms of office!!! AND we must do this right away!! Of course the Congress will have to be motivated for this to happen!!! We need leaders in office who are not afraid to call “a spade a spade”!! and who are not afraid to take action against all of the corrupt, crooked people who are supposed to be working for the American people and making proper laws to see that this happens. Instead we have “voted in” a bunch of crooked, corrupt people who are self-serving and who get really giddy with a little bit of power. THIS needs to CHANGE!!!

  • binkyxz3 says:

    Rumor has it he was bought off by CNN.
    Conservative news aggregator not mentioned in the article:

  • mike dar says:

    Simply put, the Drudge owners became rich and now wish for a certain Social messaging… for themselves…Now rich, what does one do with one’s evenings.. where do your friends come from that will support you emotionally is social posturing?

  • Steve Fye says:

    Get “woke” go broke.

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    Nikki Haley Breaks with Trump: ‘We Shouldn’t Have Followed Him, and We Shouldn’t Have Listened to Him’



    Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, believes that former President Donald Trump “let us down.”

    Haley’s remarks come as the former president’s legal team prepares to present its defense of Trump during his second impeachment trial in the Senate.

    In a Politico interview published Friday, Haley, former South Carolina governor, said that “we shouldn’t have followed” Trump.

    “We need to acknowledge he let us down,” she said in an extensive profile. “He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t let that ever happen again.”

    She also told the outlet that she has not spoken to Trump since the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, and takes issue with his remarks condemning former Vice President Mike Pence’s refusal to reject the Electoral College vote.

    “When I tell you I’m angry, it’s an understatement,” she expressed. “I am so disappointed in the fact that [despite] the loyalty and friendship he had with Mike Pence, that he would do that to him. Like, I’m disgusted by it.”

    The former ambassador, who many people are speculating may run for the White House in 2024, also added that Trump will never accept the results of the 2020 presidential election.

    “There’s nothing that you’re ever going to do that’s going to make him feel like he legitimately lost the election,” she explained. “He’s got a big bully pulpit. He should be responsible with it.”

    Haley also warned that many people still love the former president and will not stop supporting him just because he is out of office.

    “I know how much people love Donald Trump,” she admitted. “I know it. I feel it. Whether it’s an RNC room or social media or talking to donors, I can tell you that the love they have for him is still very strong. That’s not going to just fall to the wayside. Nor do I think the Republican Party is going to go back to the way it was before Donald Trump. I don’t think it should.”

    Haley added that people, instead, should “take the good that he built, leave the bad that he did, and get back to a place where we can be a good, valuable, effective party.”

    “[I]t’s bigger than the party,” she insisted. “I hope our country can come together and figure out how we pull this back.”

    Referring to Haley’s possible 2024 ambitions, Politico’s Tim Alberta wrote, “Since last fall, I’ve spent nearly six hours talking with Haley on-the-record. I’ve also spoken with nearly 70 people who know her: friends, associates, donors, staffers, former colleagues. From those conversations, two things are clear. First, Nikki Haley is going to run for president in 2024. Second, she doesn’t know which Nikki Haley will be on the ballot.”

    Haley also said that she didn’t believe Trump had a chance of winning in a 2024 election scenario.

    “I don’t think he can,” she admitted. “He’s fallen so far.”

    “I think his business is suffering at this point,” she added. “I think he’s lost any sort of political viability he was going to have. I think he’s lost his social media, which meant the world to him. I mean, I think he’s lost the things that really could have kept him moving.”

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    WATCH: Trump’s Defense Team Absolutely Ruins Democrats With 13 Minute Montage of “Fight” Word Like Trump Did



    The Democrats demonized President Trump for using the word ‘fight’. Trump’s attorneys responded today with a collage of clips from each of the Democrats in the room using the word ‘fight’.

    This portion of today’s events on Capitol Hill was excellent. The Democrats claim that because President Trump used the word ‘fight’ in his speech on January 6th in Washington D.C. However, what every Democrat in that room forgot was that they too had used the word previously in political speech.

    The montage went on for 13 minutes. (The video montage starts at 7:10 timeframe.)

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    WATCH: Trump Attorneys Destroy House Managers on Lying to American Public and Using Manipulated Tweet as Evidence



    President Trump’s defense team took the floor of the US Senate on Friday in defense of President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial.

    Trump Attorney David Schoen absolutely destroyed the House Managers when he took to the floor of the US Senate.

    At one point Schoen played video of the Democrat lawmakers lying about a Trump tweet.

    House Impeachment Manager Eric Swalwell gave a riveting performance on Wednesday reading off Trump’s tweets with emotional appeal.

    During this theatrical performance, Swalwell read off a Trump retweet by Jennifer Lynn Lawrence.

    But there was one problem with the tweet. It was photoshopped.

    Jennifer Lynn Lawrence has never been verified by Twitter. Democrats faked that to make it look more important.

    On Friday Trump Attorney David Schoen destroyed Democrats for lying about this to the American public.


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    White House Suspends Deputy Press Secretary For Allegedly Sexually Harassing, Threatening Reporter



    The White House announced on Friday that it was suspending Deputy Press Secretary TJ Ducklo after a report surfaced alleging that he sexually harassed and threatened a female reporter who was getting ready to publish a report revealing that he was dating a reporter who had previously been tasked with covering Democrat Joe Biden.

    “The confrontation began on Inauguration Day, January 20, after [Politico reporter Tara] Palmeri, a coauthor of Politico’s Playbook, contacted [Axios political reporter Alexi] McCammond for comment while one of her male colleagues left a message for Ducklo,” Vanity Fair reported. “Ducklo subsequently called a Playbook editor to object to the story, but was told to call the Playbook reporters with his concerns. But instead of calling the male reporter who initially contacted him, Ducklo tried to intimidate Palmeri by phone in an effort to kill the story. ‘I will destroy you,’ Ducklo told her, according to the sources, adding that he would ruin her reputation if she published it.”

    “During the off-the-record call, Ducklo made derogatory and misogynistic comments, accusing Palmeri of only reporting on his relationship—which, due to the ethics questions that factor into the relationship between a journalist and White House official, falls under the purview of her reporting beat—because she was ‘jealous’ that an unidentified man in the past had ‘wanted to f***’ McCammond ‘and not you,’” the report added. “Ducklo also accused Palmeri of being ‘jealous’ of his relationship with McCammond.”

    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said following the report that Ducklo has been suspended for a week over the incident.

    “TJ Ducklo has apologized to the reporter, with whom he had a heated conversation about his personal life,” Psaki wrote on Twitter. “He is the first to acknowledge this is not the standard of behavior set out by the President.”

    “In addition to his initial apology, he has sent the reporter a personal note expressing his profound regret,” she continued. “With the approval of the White House Chief of Staff, he has been placed on a one-week suspension without pay. In addition, when he returns, he will no longer be assigned to work with any reporters at Politico.”

    Reporters called out the administration over the incident, highlighting how the Trump administration did not treat reporters that way as well as issues with the timeline of events with regard to the White House taking action to address the incident.

    “The Vanity Fair piece indicates that Politico editors reached to the WH after the incident first occurred and the WH acknowledged it was inappropriate,” Spectator editor Amber Athey wrote on Twitter. “But they clearly didn’t have any interest in disciplining Ducklo until his behavior was made public.”

    New York Magazine reporter Olivia Nuzzi wrote on Twitter: “I covered Donald Trump for 6 years. It is saying something that this behavior — from a Biden official — shocks me.”

    Grabien founder Tom Elliott highlighted the following remarks that Biden made a few weeks ago: “If you’re ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to someone, I promise you I will fire you on the spot, on the spot. No if, ands, or buts. Everybody — everybody is entitled to be treated with decency & dignity.”

    CNN anchor Jake Tapper responded to the quote, writing: “Standards that are not upheld are not standards. They’re lies.”

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