What Else Is In Scott's Head?

The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Monday, July 19, 2004

The Drudge Guide to Internet Journalism

Matt Drudge likes to think of himself as a journalist.  Anyone who has visited his web site knows that it's essentially a page of links to other stories, with the occasional "reporting" by Drudge.  If Drudge had an actual background in journalism, or perhaps came out of college (if he went to college) with a journalism degree, he's taken what's he learned and tossed it aside in favor of his version of journalism.  The ABCs of journalism are accuracy, brevity and clarity.  I think it's safe to say Drudge only goes for brevity.
Drudge likes to publish rumors and pass those rumors off as "news."  He's like a dumpster diver of Internet news, looking for the news scraps the legitimate media throws away.
Take Drudge's most famous (or infamous) "exclusive," breaking the story of Monica Lewinsky's affair with Bill Clinton.  Drudge likes to take the credit for that story, but the truth is, the actual reporting had been done by Michael Isikoff of Newsweek.  The magazine had planned on running the piece and then decided not to.  Drudge picked up Isikoff's scraps and passed them along as a Drudge exclusive. 
And now, in 2004, Drudge's web site is one of the most popular web destinations, drawing millions of readers.  A target of Drudge's sensational reporting has been John Kerry, with Drudge reporting everything and anything that he comes across, whether it's a rumor of Kerry's use of Botox to Drudge's suggestion that John Kerry and John Edwards are actually gay lovers.  If it's embarrassing to Democrats, Drudge will undoubtedly post it to his web site.
I'll have more commentary on Drudge this week. 


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