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The Drudge Report is a tabloid journalism website which hit the big time breaking the Monica Lewinsky scandal. It is the work of Matt Drudge, who worked at 7-11, McDonalds, and the CBS Studios gift shop before finding his calling as an Internet gossip. He also "wrote" a book of stream-of-consciousness drivel and assorted filler, the Drudge Manifesto, which sold a lot of copies to the same sort of smarmy people who think the Cluetrain Manifesto and The Cathedral and the Bazaar are profound and cutting edge. The Drudge Report has not been particularly notable for anything since except as a driver of Internet traffic to other websites. Drudge's usual style is to link to ordinary news items using sensationalist and often misleading headlines. A link from Drudge usually results in the article's comments section turning into a cesspool of racist dog whistles and moral panics. Two worthy causes it has helped boost with internet traffic are birtherism and global warming denial (it was a big promoter of Climategate, of course). How he makes any money from the site is a mystery since it carries only a few blind-banner ads, many of them from right-wing pressure groups. The website design has changed little and still looks very 1997-ish. It has inspired at least two spoof websites, the Sludge Report and the Drudge Retort.
 See also
- The Huffington Post
- Andrew Breitbart
- Marc Morano, proprietor of a denialist clone of the Drudge Report.
- Drudge Report
- Sludge Report, a spoof website
- Drudge Retort, another spoof website
- TYT: Drudge Report Black Crime Coincidence?
- ↑ Not really. Much of it is verbatim reprints of emails to Drudge, chat transcripts, National Press Club transcripts, pages of nothing but 0s or 1s, and quotes.
- ↑ Matt Drudge hypes Jerome Corsi's new birther book, Salon
- ↑ With Drudge Report's Help, Birthers Latch Onto Phony Forgery Theory, Talking Points Memo
- ↑ Drudge and the denialists, Deltoid
- ↑ Drudge, Washington Times falsely claim allegedly hacked e-mails show global warming is not real, Media Matters