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Of course Matt Drudge should stop linking to the Washington Post

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Of course Matt Drudge should stop linking to the Washington Post

Matt Drudge, the controversial conservative news aggregating pundit who has been breaking political news stories for a quarter century, was the target of a hit piece in the Washington Post. The liberal mainstream media site claims Drudge Report linked to Russian propaganda during the 2016 election season.

One of the busiest websites in the U.S. in 2016 regularly linked to Russia propaganda

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/11/10/one-of-the-busiest-websites-in-the-u-s-in-2016-regularly-linked-to-russia-propaganda/?utm_term=.0b4b9f03e955By July 2016, according to the analysis site SimilarWeb, Matt Drudge’s link-aggregation site Drudge Report was the second-most-visited on the Internet in the United States. Over the course of the month — the month of the Republican and Democratic presidential conventions and the month of the leak of emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee — SimilarWeb estimates that Drudge had 1,472,220,000 page views. That’s 1.4 billion, the equivalent of 47 views of the Drudge Report every second of every minute that month.

The irony of the story is that Drudge Report often links to Washington Post itself. In a Tweet, the provocateur claims to have linked to over 10,000 stories and is the source of 37% of their traffic.

The Washington Post is one of the most prolific publications in the world of political news and opinions. Owned by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, the newspaper and website have been accused of pushing their narratives further and further to the left. They’ve endorsed a Democrat in every major race they’ve weighed in on for nearly a decade and are the source for a large portion of mainstream media’s hit pieces against conservatives.

Dump ’em, Drudge

Our own little news aggregator, The New Americana, avoids WaPo, NY Times, CNN, and most major mainstream media publications whenever possible. It’s time for Drudge to use the tremendous reach his website possesses to drive eyeballs towards conservative publications exclusively. For every important piece of news reported by mainstream media, there’s almost always a variation of the story on Washington Examiner, DailyWire, Townhall, or here at NOQ Report. All of us (other than DailyWire) are on Google News. All of us tell stories the right way.

With dozens of news sites available that do not put a liberal spin on every story, it would behoove Drudge to send people to those sites rather than the progressive rags that populate mainstream media.

Even if he continues to link to other publications, WaPo should be blacklisted. Why send traffic to a site that stabs you in the back? Killing 37% of a site’s traffic goes a long way towards teaching them not to bite the hand that feeds them. It’s time to drop WaPo, Mr. Drudge.

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Thomas Sowell nails the fact versus feelings problem

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Thomas Sowell nails the fact versus feelings problem

There are many reasons why Thomas Sowell is my favorite conservative thinker. This ideas resonate so clearly with the right mindset. His arguments are practically irrefutable.

This particular quote from whoever runs his Twitter account rings so true today. Mainstream media’s programming has affected both the left and the right, but this component of their onslaught on leftist sensibilities is arguably the biggest problem with the progressive movement today.

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Hilarious video: Bombshell, the beginning of the end, walls closing in, the tipping point

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Hilarious video Bombshell the beginning of the end walls closing in the tipping point

Most leftists remember it like a previous generation remembers when they heard JFK was killed. It was the moment they realized Donald Trump would become President of the United States. Since then, mainstream media has been incessant in their proclamations that his days are numbered.

Perhaps it’s comforting to them to continuously hear about how the latest bombshell means it’s the beginning of the end because the walls are closing in on a presidency that has reached a tipping point. Or something.

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FBN pulls out of Saudi conference, wants unrestricted interview of MBS by Maria Bartiromo

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FBN pulls out of Saudi conference wants unrestricted interview of MBS by Maria Bartiromo

Fox Business Network is the latest media sponsor to pull out of the Future Investment Initiative Conference scheduled to be held in Riyadh from October 23-25. They have also removed show host Maria Bartiromo from her speaking spot at the event, but left the possibility open for her to be added back under one specific circumstance.

If the Saudis let her have an unrestricted interview with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, they will let her attend the event and speak there.

Fox Business Pulls Out of Saudi Conference Amid Khashoggi Controversy

https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/fox-business-pulls-out-of-saudi-conference-khashoggi-1202984667/“Fox Business Network has canceled its sponsorship and participation in the Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia. We continue to seek an interview with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman,” the network said in a statement. Fox Business anchor had been scheduled to take part in the event, but will not attend unless there is an opportunity for her to conduct an unrestricted interview with the Saudi leader, according to a person familiar with the matter. The network has been trying to secure such a conversation, this person said.

The conference is hosted by the Public Investment Fund, the Saudi sovereign wealth fund. Dubbed “Davos in the Desert,” the conference was first held last year, and has been seen as an opportunity for the mideast nation to spotlight the modernization efforts of Crown Prince Mohammed.

My Take

The outrage over the disappearance and alleged murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi has sparked many western companies and media outlets to abandon the conference. It’s untenable to attend at this point with so much mounting evidence of direct involvement by the Crown Prince.

The Saudis could go a long way towards clearing their name of charges they deny by letting Bartiromo interview the Crown Prince. At this point, keeping MBS insulated isn’t doing themselves any favors.

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