Skip to comments.The Drudge-Romney axis . . .
Posted on 01/28/2012 12:19:22 AM PST by dixiechick2000
. . . of online media manipulation isnt exactly new. In fact, it goes back well before Romneys 2008 campaign got underway in earnest. It seems to date back to sometime in 2005, when RNC operatives arranged a meeting between Matt Drudge and Matt Rhodes a highly placed operative in the Romney organization.
Last year, a delegation of RNC officials flew to Miami Beach, where Drudge lives, for a dinner at the Forge steakhouse to introduce the Internet maven to Matt Rhodes, the partys new opposition research director.
Due to Drudges now-close friendship with Romneys chief aide and longtime GOP opposition researcher, its a safe bet Perry supporters wont have many positive headlines to look forward to from the erstwhile gadfly. Having apparently been fully co-opted by the dread Republican Establishment, Drudge has been feeding the conservative online community a steady diet of pro-Romney headlines for years and, more recently, anti-Perry headlines just to strike a balance, you see.
Just this week, for example, five of six Drudge headlines about Perry include bad news, from polling to policy: PERRY APOLOGIZES FOR CALLING GOP VOTERS HEARTLESS Iowa: Romney 21%, Bachmann 15%, Perry 14%, Paul 12% POLL: CAIN ON TOP, PERRY PLUMMETS PERRY: MY WIFE PRODDED ME TO RUN.
Romney benefited from similar treatment from Drudge during his last run for the White House, when Drudge went hammer-and-tong against each of his opponents reserving special scrutiny for Mike Huckabee:
A year ago, Rhodes signed on to Romneys campaign. Since then, Drudge-watchers have noted Drudges consistent refusal to hypeand in many cases to even mentionnegative stories about Romney. But now Huckabee threatens to blow Romneys nomination strategy. Since last week, Drudge has unleashed a torrent of screaming, anti-Huckabee headlines, culminating in todays exclusive (which cites one unnamed Democrat) about the Democrats supposed hope that Huckabee will emerge as the G.O.P. nominee.
Rhodes (or Rhoades the correct spelling is unclear at this time) was brought back on board to head up Romneys Free and Strong America PAC as executive director early in 2015. As Ben Smith noted at the time:
Rhoades, whos moving to Boston, is a well-regarded guy whose return to Romney pretty much confirms what will surprise nobody: That hes running in 2012. Hes also, incidentally, been valued for his relationship with a key player in any GOP primary, Matt Drudge.
And by June of this year, Romney had already established a dominant position in what has come to be known as the Drudge Primary which is apparently modeled on the Cuban electoral process:
A survey of the past 13 months of Drudge headlines found only one debatably negative reference to the 2002 Olympics CEO (Bachmann Outraises Romney) and a survey of aides to his rivals found a rising level of frustration at what one described as favoritism by one of the most important, if also one of the quirkiest, referees.
One of the mysteries of Drudge is how he continues to be such a mystery. Never clear how or why he leans for or against candidates. But there is a lot of behind-the-scenes, very quiet and secretive mojo that goes on, said Mark McKinnon, who, as a top adviser to John McCain in 2008, watched with dismay as Drudge gave top billing to questions about the Arizona senators health.
It looks like someone in Romneyland has figured out the secret code, McKinnon said.
Of course, theres nothing inherently wrong with an outlet having a preference for one candidate over the other. Matt Drudge is certainly entitled to support whomever he thinks is the best candidate and for whatever reasons he chooses to do so. At the same time, though, conservatives who frequent the Drudge Report to glean information are entitled to know of his connections to people involved in campaigns irrespective of whether or not he feels his editorial decisions are affected by those connections.
This post is by no means a call to boycott the influential online news source. That would be as stupid as just about all boycotts are. Instead, its a simple reminder to those who read this blog that going to Drudges site in search of information on any candidate other than Mitt Romney is going to be a discouraging experience the vast majority of the time. So, when you see the bold red headline with flashing sirens announcing some explosion of support for Mitt Romney, or some manner of crippling blow to any other candidate, keep in mind that its been placed there with a specific purpose and that is to further discourage you.
Whats disappointing about all of this, though, is the fact that from Matt Drudges earliest days posting Hollywood gossip on Usenet discussion boards, hes set himself up as the answer to the biased media that refuses to air, and often actively suppresses, information that shows conservatives in a positive light. Since then, it appears that Matt Drudge has become the new boss . . . same as the old boss.
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I can't tell you how sick at heart I am over this mess.
“Romney benefited from similar treatment from Drudge during his last run for the White House, when Drudge went hammer-and-tong against each of his opponents reserving special scrutiny for Mike Huckabee:
A year ago, Rhodes signed on to Romneys campaign. Since then, Drudge-watchers have noted Drudges consistent refusal to hypeand in many cases to even mentionnegative stories about Romney. But now Huckabee threatens to blow Romneys nomination strategy. Since last week, Drudge has unleashed a torrent of screaming, anti-Huckabee headlines, culminating in todays exclusive (which cites one unnamed Democrat) about the Democrats supposed hope that Huckabee will emerge as the G.O.P. nominee.”
Am I a conspiracy theorist?
You may want to watch this short video clip and pass it along if you so desire.
Once someone is clearly biased against Conservatives when they're up against a RINO, there's no way you'll ever know what they overlook and shade a little here and there. In the case of Drudge, it's mainly, "so what is he overlooking today " and if I have to cross reference other sites to figure that out, why bother? I can just go to the sites I know aren't ignoring and shading.
Matt has morphed into that which he once exposed.
Last time around every one hated Huckabee. They were pissed off at him for preventing Romney from getting the nomination.
I may not like Romney, but I’m not sure what’s up with all the paranoia.
It’s now close to evil if someone doesn’t agree with one’s particular choice for Republican candidate?
I’ve never seen this kind of atmosphere in a primary. It’s no longer about having political differences—no one is allowed to disagree.
You’d think we were all Newt all the time around here for years, as opposed to the reality—that he was hardly discussed here until a month or two ago.
Now it’s treason to even support someone else as Drudge and others do.
So a news organization supports someone I don’t. (And many others here don’t.) This is news?
nice snag lady....proud of ya!
I thought Drudge was supposed to be an impartial purveyor of news!?! Guess I was wrong.
Individually, we don’t possess a conservative news website that literally drives the coverage in the mainstream media. Individually, none of us are using this power for evil. What you are talking about is purely in your head. You don’t appreciate how much of a dirty rotten SOB Romney is.
That is quite an article, good find.
Give it a rest, you are a one man Romney machine.
Sadly, Mark Levin has blinders on about what Matt Drudge is doing to Newt. He went on the air tonight and poo-poohed the whole idea that Drudge is intentionally trying to hurt Newt.
Mark is normally one of the sharper knives in the drawer, but he’s out to lunch on this foul play.
I never said it was evil to support someone with whom I don’t agree. However, when a cabal is in the mix, one has to wonder about the goings on.
Did you know that Drudge got rid of FR’s link?
Is this the usual primary season that you’ve witnessed for many years?
That was depressing. ;o)
JMO, but Drudge, Coulter et al have drawn a line in the sand.
This is a full blown war within the party.
Not too many months ago, Coulter was supporting Christie, and said that Romney could never win. Now, she’s all in for Romney.
That might give Drudge a motive as well
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