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.
By 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.
One Sick Day Proves We Need More Voices in Truthful Media
On October 19, I was sick. It crossed my mind that I had finally gotten the ‘rona, but my wife’s cream of chicken soup and a few extra hours of sleep into mid-afternoon had be back up and running after a sleepless night before.
When I finally stumbled over to my computer in the evening, I was met with a deluge of concern from readers. They asked what had happened as only one article had been posted that day. Generally, we post between 10-20 daily between all of the sites, not included curated and aggregated content. Seeing that we’d only posted my super-early morning article before taking the rest of the day off had readers assuming the worst.
We have a wonderful and talented group of writers who volunteer their time for the sites and their readers. Sharing their amazing perspectives has always been a blessing to us because we cannot afford to hire anyone at this time. But having great writers is meaningless if we don’t have great editors, or at least one additional. My wife helps me read and edit stories from time to time, but I’m a one-man show when it comes to getting the stories posted.
Whenever I highlight our desperate need for donations, I note that we do not receive money from Google ads even though most in conservative media are beholden. I often ambiguously note that the money donated will help us grow. Today, I’m highlighting a specific need. We must get an editor to help take some of the load and to expand on our mission of spreading the truth to the world. One sick day proved that.
The great news is that there is no shortage of people who CAN help. I am emailed variations of resumes every week by people who are much smarter than I am. As much as I’d love to hire some of them, we simply cannot. That takes money and as blessed as we’ve been to receive donations and collect ad money (though not from Google or Facebook), we have still fallen short.
Those who have the means, PLEASE consider donating. We have the standard Giving Fuel option and people can donate through PayPal. We are also diving into what we believe is extremely disruptive technology at LetsGo.finance, the world’s first major donation portal for crypto. I’ll be talking a lot more about them in the near future. Those who prefer Bitcoin can send to my address here: 3A1ELVhGgrwrypwTJhPwnaTVGmuqyQrMB8
We can get the voices out there and we’re willing to shine a spotlight on new talent. We just need the resources to make it happen. If you can help, we would be extremely grateful.
Thank you and God bless!
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