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The moment when you realize there’s not much difference between Gawker and Drudge Report

The moment when you realize there’s not much difference between Gawker and Drudge Report

The moment is 9 a.m. this morning when Drudge still has in the top left — the prime placement — a misleading link claiming armed neo-Nazis are patrolling Sanford, Florida, where Trayvon Martin was shot:

I informed Drudge (via email, its tip box, and Twitter) about 14 hours ago that the link was misleading, as Sanford police denied such armed patrols were taking place.  The linked story claims “heavily armed” patrols of 10-20 people.  Many readers also reached out to Drudge as well.

Some media outlets did update their stories after they became aware that Sanford police were denying such patrols were taking place.

After I reached out to the author, The NY Daily News put up a new story in place of the prior story (I wonder, shouldn’t they have left the original and noted a correction?), highlighting the police denial.  Mediaite not only posted an update, it also ran a separate story about the police denial.  The Blaze noted the denial in an update.

But as of this writing, although I emailed the author last night, Gawker has not updated its story.  Just like Drudge.

If we are going to not believe the liberal media, we have to expect better from the conservative media.

Update 4-8-2012 7 p.m. – Finally the original blog post which gave rise to an internet craze about neo-Nazis partolling the streets of Sanford now, finally, after millions read the story or heard about it without equivocation, carries this disclaimer:

UPDATE: The Sanford Police Department says that it has no evidence of neo-Nazis in the area. “We have not seen any neo-Nazis on patrol nor have we had any reports of them,” says Sgt. David Morgenstern. He added that there had been no sign of the New Black Panther Party, either.

Drudge has not updated, and still has as its top link:

Armed Neo-Nazis Now Patrolling Sanford, FL...


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I’m trying that in place of Drudge. After his sliming of Newt, I was done.

Drudge is not conservative media, never has been. To think it and to expect it is a mistake. Drudge should be taken for what it is, something akin to a reality show, read it and don’t expect much from it.

Drudge likes to Bully from his headlines and usually the article you get linked to has nothing to do with the headline. Drudge isn’t media, he is a linking parrot.

Coulter, and especially Hannity want us to believe Drudge is the conservative media, so much for conservatism.

I sent a link to your post last night on their tip sheet. So far nothing. It makes me wonder if Drudge WANTS race riots.

    janitor in reply to Joel. | April 8, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Like too much of the hyperventilating media competing for readership, if there isn’t enough sensational, exciting news, they’ll make some up.


If it bleeds, it leads, even if it does mislead.

As I’ve noted…The whole Trayvon deal was a garden-variety, non-racial killing, the like of which happens every day somewhere.

It was made into a racial injustice narrative by interested parties, in a crass example of manipulation and exploitation.

At the end of this, the net may be that a lot more people will be a lot more careful about who and what they believe.

Didn’t Breitbart used to be the main guy who vetted stories etc at Drudge?

I don’t go to Drudge that much, but I have noticed the speed at which stories, real information come out is better at breitbart, and other sites. Drudge seems to have fallen behind when it comes to updating stories, etc.

    Midwest Rhino in reply to Moe4. | April 8, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Considering all the Skittle marches around the country, it’s odd this one guy gets headlines just for a little quote, claiming the possibility of a racial counter to Sharpton’s war.

    “‘Whenever there is one of these racially charged events, Al Sharpton goes wherever blacks need him,’ [NSM leader Jeff] Schoep said. ‘We do similar things. We are a white civil rights organization.'”

    Black socialist/racist versus white socialist/racist … but the white guy seems to be in hiding. Here is his chance to make national news, and he can’t be found.

    I suppose the story does serve a purpose, of revealing nearly universal disdain for these white supremacists, even if they talk of marching peacefully. Meanwhile Black Panthers put out a bounty, and large marches and digital vigilantes convict Zimmerman without a trial. Much is race based hate, but not condemned nearly as much.

    And has post racial Obama calmed the waters, or is he surfing the wave?

It is a problem.

Jacobson, I understand why you are peeved, but really …… are you under the impression that there actually are staff awake and alert and pawing through emails at Drudge and Gawker of a Saturday? I think not. And even if there were, can you even begin to imagine the email stack coming into Drudge?

C’mon, get real here. You have a point about the story but no point at all when it comes to complaining about response time to you email. It MAY be the case of “staff” ignoring the pointers of you and others. It MAY also be the case of there simply not being any staff there to ignore you and others.

Either way, you don’t know.

    Yes, all it takes is one person to update. I think the updater has a real problem with the way this is folding out. You know where Zimmerman is getting vetted and new evidence keeps on coming out that he is innocent, plus more evidence that people are planting seeds of race war, except there is no race war, just in the fevered imaginations of Lame Stream Media.

    If there IS no one there, then Drudge is NOT the place to go for news. At best it is a clipping service that has a less than stellar record.

    ThomasD in reply to vanderleun. | April 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    If there truly is no one tending the shop on the weekend then it mean Drudge is willing to accept that counterfactuals will remain posted, and uncorrected for entire days.

    All the more reason to ignore Drudge.

    24 hour news cycle and all…

Disintermediation is what made Drudge.

It will just as easily unmake him.

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Lucianne picked this up too, good for you!

All it took for me to quit Drudge was his endless attacks on Newt. I had not yet found another source except maybe NewsBusters, which is very limited in what they report.

I do appreciate however, getting your opinion Professor.

Uncle Samuel | April 8, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Drudge has no excuse – he lives in Moyammy already.

jeeze…is this really the first time that you folks have noticed that, barring some major catastrophe, that drudge doesn’t much update on the weekends ? (neither does malkin’s ‘hot air’ or any number of other sites). and when did we buy into the lefty complaint that drudge’s site is conservative/right wing anyway ? when he links to the NYT or mother jones or E! entertainment is he being ‘right wing’? he has always linked to stories that are all over the political map and off of it…the operative word here being ‘linked’. didn’t like reading opinions about newt? well it wasn’t drudge saying those things. all he did was link to somebody else’s story. go take it out on them. sheesh. you’re all acting like a bunch of babies.

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I really never liked Drudge, too many links, some of which don’t even work. Been to it a few times and mostly been disappointed.

down the memory hole…

That’s why I have been going to
It’s similar to drudge but gets breaking news faster. Drudge doesn’t seem to care much anymore.