This is decidedly quirky. Rush Limbaugh, Medal of Freedom recipient and Trump fluffer extraordinaire, said on the air that a lot of people “wouldn’t mind if the Republicans lost those two seats,” referring to the January 5 Georgia runoff elections. So now Limbaugh is anti-GOP? Since when? Here’s the three minute piece, if you want […]
The handwriting has been on the wall since October, that Matt Drudge and Donald Trump are not seeing eye to eye. In October Drudge was running impeachment commentary which was critical of Trump, featuring the likes of Andrew Napolitano. Trump saw that as disloyal, needless to say, and so has turned on Drudge, for not playing ball. I gave up on Drudge (a really nice guy) long ago, as have many others. People are dropping off like flies! https://t.co/L77SXS2mE8 — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2020 It’s new information to Drudge that “people are dropping off like flies.” He responded to Trump’s taunt with a fact check and the fact is, the Drudge Report is doing more business now than it ever has. Trump did not provide any evidence to support his assertion that people are abandoning @DRUDGE's website en masse. Page view data directly from the Drudge Report's server actually shows a significant traffic surge in March amid the pandemic. https://t.co/MVVXX4rOUq — Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) April 18, 2020 Matt Drudge is a power broker in the right wing media world. He has been characterized as the “de facto assignment editor of the conservative media” and Mediaite writer John Ziegler says, “He’s one of the dominoes that would have to fall for the right wing media to allow Trump to be removed from office.” The domino looked wobbly in October and now in April it’s not looking any steadier. Just one more sign of the times for Donald Trump. He may have bought Limbaugh off with the Medal of Honor, but the fact remains that Limbaugh has been in the game a lot longer than Trump and if you had to take a guess on which one of them would be left standing, the smart money would be on Limbaugh. The times, they are a’changin’ and Trump is going to be out on his orange tush before too much longer.
Matt Drudge is a power broker in the right wing media world. He has been characterized as the “de facto assignment editor of the conservative media” and Mediaite writer John Ziegler says, “He’s one of the dominoes that would have to fall for the right wing media to allow Trump to be removed from office.” Clear space on the table, folks, because that domino is looking pretty wobbly. CNN: Not only is Drudge’s website aggressively covering the impeachment news, it is doing so by featuring commentary from some of the president’s fiercest critics or the harshest criticism of him. _ For instance, on Friday the top link on the Drudge Report, colored in red, was a link to Fox News judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano calling Trump’s behavior “criminal and impeachable.” _ Other links Drudge featured that day included Fox host Shepard Smith suggesting Trump may have violated the law on live television and “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd saying the current scandal is a “national nightmare.” Rush Limbaugh appears to be taking a guarded stance. In late August, Limbaugh told a caller in that he’s repeatedly been asked about the matter. “My email inbox every day, ‘What’s happening to Drudge, Rush?'” Limbaugh said. “And I tell people, ‘Have you ever heard of clicks?'” _ After suggesting Drudge could be turning on Trump for web traffic, Limbaugh said, “I actually don’t know,” adding that as a “professional courtesy” he doesn’t “ask him.” Limbaugh might not be asking, because Limbaugh already knows the answer. Both Limbaugh and Drudge have been at it this for a while. They were there, as icons for the right, before Donald Trump came on the scene and they will be there after Donald Trump leaves. Drudge is already hedging his bets and the defection of Fox News has been well documented. Trump has rage-tweeted at Fox, saying things like, “Remember who got you there.” Like Captain Renault in the movie “Casablanca,” both Drudge and Limbaugh are going to go which way the wind blows. The prevailing winds seem to be blowing towards impeachment right now. Look for more cracks in the right wing media edifice as this storm continues. These people intend to stay in business, and if they can find a way to do so, find a new hero to carry the banner for the right, and be rid of Donald Trump, they will. At the end of the day, it’s not about loyalty to Trump, it never has been: it’s about clicks and cash registers.
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