Matt Drudge has been America’s Editor in Chief for a couple of decades now — the way old school newspaper and magazine editors used to rule back in the days when journalism was a thing — or even Don Hewitt did on 60 Minutes.
His machine has an uncanny pulse on the zeitgeist. The Left never had an equivalent rival or colleague because they are not in tune with reality the way he is.
But he is The One. We don’t have a female Drudge, a black Drudge, nor do we have any foreign Drudge anywhere else on the planet.
We are talking about my entire adult life, and not even a Millennial Drudge or a AI Drudge.
There is only one Drudge.
And his methods are so effective, that the destruction of journalism doesn’t impact him.
If journalism had a pulse the way he did, they would still be in the game.
But their arrogance is debilitating. They don’t see that he doesn’t use a cheesy motto about how important journalism is. He doesn’t shake people down for donations.
He cuts to the chase, highlighting stories from various media outlets in a low-key and minimalist style.
So it is interesting to see what he picks for stories about journalism.
The stories, not surprisingly, chronicle its own implosion.
For example, the Right-leaning Townhall had this column:
The Liberal Press Rebelled Against Reality – and Lost
That’s about half-right. The Right-winged outlets aren’t exactly clued in, either. Even the article itself reveals its lack of news savvy:
These journalism students are specifically taught that they need to report on the sorrows of the downtrodden, represent the world as a fundamentally unfair place defined by poverty, disease, death; and that injustice cannot be vanquished but by rejecting traditional standards of morality.
News is defined on reporting on what isn’t working, not on what works. That’s advertising. Cheerleading about a Great Man’s success isn’t news — and contrary to the piece’s assumption, reporters have spent a great amount of time fawning over real and imagined successes — they built up the Kardashians. They made men such as Kenneth Lay to seem visionary and competent. Let’s not pretend that we had journalists tell us where the faults in our society have been simmering. They supported Hillary’s Clinton’s flawed campaign, for instance, which, in fact, undermines the thesis of this opinionist.
It isn’t just “leftist” vehicles that have a hard time confronting reality — it is the rightist as well, as in the entire profession imploded, not just one faction of it.
Another very Right-leaning vehicle, the Gateway Pundit, brings up this nugget: a California senator introduces a bill that only “state-sanctioned” fact-checkers vet information going online. Obviously, this is covered by the Right, and not mentioned at all anywhere else. Aside from it being unconstitutional and makes no mention of other media, such as print or television, and it would something I would expect from those Russians that American journalists have an unnatural fear of. It seems that the government wants to control all of the information on the Internet — and it is the reason why we will see a fifth medium much sooner than later.
Newsmax, yet another Right-wing outlet, is hiring a former Fox News Channel executive to position themselves into a more expansive presence. Despite legacy media’s constant attacks on the online fringe, Newsmax is having an easier time than Breitbart that once seemed to have the definite edge with Steve Bannon.
However, fortunes come and go very quickly in this business, and the cycles of longevity keep getting shorter. Fox News’ success was mostly thanks to the late and infamous Roger Ailes, who knew what would sell and then knew how to make it happen.
Perhaps sensing that the mood for social media is turning nasty, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey is cultivating an image of being more meddlesome with his platform. The Fast Company story is typical fawning Great Man love — and usually serves the Great Man’s purpose than actually inform a public about anything.
The dysfunctionality is capped off with a horrible New York Times article already kicking iconic Vogue editor and current Conde Nast artistic director Anna Wintour to the curb as media speculate that she’s leaving, though nothing is official — and the source of the gossip comes from its rival the New York Post.
The headline is absolutely dreadful:
Imagining a World After Anna
Hello! She’s not dead!
She is still in the world, New York Times. At least the Times chose that first picture where she is the best-dressed of the bunch, but the words chosen as well as the subject matter is not actually newsworthy.
But cluster the articles together, and a picture emerges: journalism imploded and we have anarchy. The government is trying to impose its will on Big Tech; Big Tech is trying to impose its will on its users. Fringe media has the same clout as legacy media, and everyone is just speculating.
Facts? Well, don’t expect to find them in a news story. It is the reason why fringe outlets have the same weight on Drudge as the traditional outlets. Drudge did what Trump did years before: bypass the media to create his own success. In a world that is devoid of facts, but its illusion is one of having too much information, he reads the headlines the way a fortune teller reads tea leaves: there is no magic to it, just an ability to read someone’s demeanour and body language to riddle out what is the problem — and usually it is always the same problems that plague everyone.
He gets the rhythm of the world, and presents it in an easy-to-digest way.
Journalists never learned what the Internet required, and dismissed him.
And it is the reason the stories about them have turned out to be so distressingly unflattering and troubling…
And one more article that came late today from the New York Post about CBS worrying about the fallout from Charlie Rose’s antics being exposed. Rose was #MeToo’d and according to the Post, those nondisclosure clauses are being used as a fortress to prevent any sins and complicity from being known to the public.
Journalists may thump their chests and pretend they are holier than thou, but when push comes to shove, their tactics are no different from those they pretend to expose…