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Of course Matt Drudge should stop linking to the Washington Post



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 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.

+Jesseb Shiloh is not-so-new to blogging. He enjoys things that most don't and doesn't mind and occasional nap. And he's never ambiguous nor contradictory most of the time. Find him on Twitter.

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