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Friday, April 30, 2021

The sell-out

Gandhi's Law: First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

Drudge's Addendum: After which they buy you out and undo everything you accomplished.

The Drudge Report’s drift from its original Internet rebelliousness took another step into mainstream irrelevance with a purge this week of links to pioneering conservative sites The Gateway Pundit, World Net Daily, Free Republic, Daily Wire and Western Journal, and Lucianne.com. Also reportedly gone are links to the late Rush Limbaugh’s site and columnist David Limbaugh.

Infowars and ZeroHedge survived the purge, however one report observed ZeroHedge was delisted for a time this week.

The Drudge Report has gone through a sharp change in recent years leading to speculation about whether reclusive owner-editor Matt Drudge secretly sold the site and relinquished control. Regardless, the site is not what it used to be and has lost substantial traffic.

Last month the Press Gazette reported the Drudge Report lost over forty percent of its traffic year-on-year from February 2020 to February 2021, “Influential conservative news aggregation site the Drudge Report saw its year-on-year visits fall by 41% from 71.4 million to 42.4 million.”

This is why the entrepreneur's dream of being acquired or going public is so ultimately futile. Because unless you're creating something purely for the love of filthy lucre, selling out is going to destroy what you created. The more effective and beautiful your creation, the more demand there will be to subvert it, if not entirely invert it.

Joseph Farah of WND saw it coming.

In the early days, WND had the distinguished honor of having more links back on Drudge than any other website. Joseph Farah was the second one. How did I achieve it way back in the '90s? I simply asked for it. Yes, Drudge and I had a real relationship. That's how I knew in recent years that it wasn't Drudge in charge. He sold it – or sold out. 

Fortunately, there is still Infogalactic News for all your daily aggregated news links. 

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41 Comments:

Blogger Bear of Dalewind April 30, 2021 6:46 AM  

Amen!

Blogger Arthur Isaac April 30, 2021 6:47 AM  

It's still burrow in for the core. Last I checked it was down 50% year over year BEFORE the election.

Blogger The Observer April 30, 2021 6:52 AM  

It's no surprise that Valve, the greatest online games store, has never gone public, and the greatest fear of many of its customers now that Gabe Newell has to retire sometime is that it will.

On a side note, Shade is absolutely amazing and the storytelling is tight and beautiful. "I wonder sometimes if He[God] hates me, then I remember that I chose this path" is an amazing line.

Blogger Skyler the Weird April 30, 2021 7:03 AM  

Breitbart too sold out to the Neocons after Andrew's death. Not the same site anymore.

Blogger basementhomebrewer April 30, 2021 7:05 AM  

Was a Drudge regular till ~2018 or so. I don't really find that I miss it much. Once you accept the inevitability of where the country is headed, you don't need the daily play by play. My consumption of news in general is way down, and my life is better for it.

Blogger Dilbert19 April 30, 2021 7:15 AM  

It would be interesting to see the stats from prior to February 2020. I noticed the changes years before that, purged my links and I suspect the damage is much worse than shown by the short window from just last year.

Blogger Dan in Georgia April 30, 2021 7:34 AM  

Sad. Now it’s a one stop shop for “what does the hellmouth want me to believe today?” I feel dirty if I click on a link now. If TDR is serving this purpose with people like me, who even glances at HuffPo now? As always, if you want cutting edge bullshit/hard-hitting news, /pol/ is the place.

Blogger Harambe April 30, 2021 7:37 AM  

Imagine thinking that selling a controlling stake in your company is somehow a smart thing to do. Imagine being surprised two years later when the board packed with strangers votes you out of your own company.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan April 30, 2021 8:10 AM  

What basementhomebrewer wrote in post # 5, same old shitty psyop script day after day. If you need news read it first at places like IG or even zerohedge.

IMO Drudge was only worth one thing in his whole career, the election of TGE in 2016, the rest of his spiel was to coral the normie cons into Team Neocon for Israel & Global Empire. As Sam Francis wrote being anti-Bill Goober Clinton was just a ruse for Team Neocon to assume dominance on the Right.

Blogger Tee Stoney April 30, 2021 8:20 AM  

Marvel, DC, Lucasfilm...

Blogger Harambe April 30, 2021 8:21 AM  

I'd probably give more props to Breitbart than Drudge for running Trump's 2016 media campaign

Blogger MonsoonBear April 30, 2021 8:29 AM  

basementhomebrewer wrote:Once you accept the inevitability of where the country is headed, you don't need the daily play by play. My consumption of news in general is way down, and my life is better for it.
Well put, and very true.

Blogger Doktor Jeep April 30, 2021 8:33 AM  

I'm under the impression that Drudge got caught doing something he should not have been doing.

And I could not help but notice that TDR was never short on delivering news on LGTBQ outrages.

These days I find rkpolitics daily blog to be a good list of links in the morning.

Blogger Lando April 30, 2021 8:55 AM  

The concept of Art for Art's sake and the maxim "...if you love doing your work, you'll never work a day in your life", totally lost on their miserable goons.

Which is why the ghouls are hell-bent on destroying everything of beauty, choking the fun out of life, and smothering joy in the cradle.

Blogger Doom April 30, 2021 9:04 AM  

If Drudge isn't far worse than what is shown, perhaps Biden did get the votes. I don't think so. Too many other things have failed. Then again, I don't think they are truthing regarding actual viewers for sports or even h-wood events.

As for selling out though? He wouldn't be keeping it forever, and I'm guessing it was more than money on the line. An offer he couldn't refuse? Money, or prison. Success like that, being queer, can lead to dark things. But, that he is gay? He IS on their side, no matter what else.

It's been five or ten years since I realized he was gone. What amazes me is how long others stay. Are others blind? Same with FOX, I was done with them nearly about the time I realized this was gone. I can't remember which was first, but they were both going downhill fast, and in a similar timeline.

Blogger J Van Stry April 30, 2021 9:09 AM  

I had heard a rumor (wish I could find the article online again) that he'd made an agreement with a company and they suckered him. Now he's stuck with it and the penalties for breaking it would completely ruin him.
But, as I can no longer find the article online, it is only a rumor at this point.

Blogger The Contrarian April 30, 2021 9:10 AM  

I started with Drudge way back during the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal, and he led me to Farah/WND, and that's where I found this "unknown" columnist Vox Day. Had no clue who he was, but what he published resonated with me - and still does. Back then we had to wait a week for a new column, but today, we only need to wait a few hours!

Blogger OneWingedShark April 30, 2021 9:12 AM  

basementhomebrewer wrote:Once you accept the inevitability of where the country is headed, you don't need the daily play by play. My consumption of news in general is way down, and my life is better for it.
Honestly, /pol/ + Babylon Bee* + here is more than enough news for me.

* Yes, it's satire; but good satire has an element of truth.

Blogger J Van Stry April 30, 2021 9:20 AM  

Also - I got banned from Lucianne (where I was one of the original team of posters and commenters) for making 'bad comments' (twice) about 'republican' women who had sold out to democrats. Talking about turncoats (those 'brave' women) and saying critical things about them was just 'wrong' apparently.
That's when I started to realize that a lot of 'conservative' websites (like powerlineblog) weren't really conservative.

Blogger The Masked Menace April 30, 2021 9:25 AM  

If I recall correctly there was an old Viking custom that upon the death of a great man his body and all his possessions (all of that which created) were burned in a great fire. I no longer find that custom strange. No, I find it down right sensible.

Blogger The Masked Menace April 30, 2021 9:32 AM  

When you have grayed and death is no longer something lurking on some distant horizon, why sell out? It may have been something worth momentary contemplation when young, but not now.

Blogger M.S. April 30, 2021 10:00 AM  

I want to thank you and everyone who's helped made Infogalactic. One thing I do in my spare time is edit articles on there. Hopefully the truth is getting out there a bit better than before, in light of all the sellouts and convergences.

Blogger Bigger Bunyip April 30, 2021 10:02 AM  

Drudge, while technical gen X, is a boomer, or rather turned into one. He was excellent in 90s, really socked it to Bill, but that was a long time ago.

Blogger Black Robed Cleric April 30, 2021 10:20 AM  

>* Yes, it's satire; but good satire has an element of truth.

The Bee is only minutes ahead of reality!

Blogger JG April 30, 2021 10:30 AM  

Drudge is a sodomite and thus probably got caught diddling little boys and that was the end of his freedom to post links he preferred.

Blogger GeronL April 30, 2021 10:46 AM  

"Minutes ahead of reality" is a great tagline and a superpower

Blogger By My Greybeard! April 30, 2021 11:24 AM  

@Lando
“Which is why the ghouls are hell-bent... ”

Well put! A nice turn of phrase.

Blogger Akulkis April 30, 2021 11:51 AM  

>> Imagine thinking that selling a controlling stake in your company is somehow a smart thing to do.

The investors on Shark Tank *ALWAYS* insist on 51% ownership.

Blogger SciVo April 30, 2021 12:05 PM  

Doktor Jeep:
These days I find rkpolitics daily blog to be a good list of links in the morning.

It is nice that a paranoid schizophrenic found a useful role in society. But I would ignore his commentary.

Blogger SciVo April 30, 2021 12:12 PM  

JG, there is no need to exaggerate. Drudge probably got caught seducing young post-pubescent boys; that is bog-standard practice for fags, and still awful.

Blogger Chris Lopes April 30, 2021 12:13 PM  

In the Bee's case, it's more like prophecy.

Blogger Trumpeter April 30, 2021 1:21 PM  

Dropped them like a hot rock over the Milo betrayal.

Blogger Garret Garland April 30, 2021 1:51 PM  

Even the CivNats aren’t safe. Haha.

Blogger Pseudotsuga April 30, 2021 1:59 PM  

You take the ticket...and find out that the ride leads to Treblinka...

Blogger IreneAthena April 30, 2021 2:43 PM  

The Infogalactic news aggregate is worth several trips a day.
I especially love the snarky subheads:
https://news.infogalactic.com/2021-04-20_am

Blogger Kevin April 30, 2021 5:05 PM  

I stopped going to drudge during that time period, when it was the first site I looked at when I got home from work. There has been an obvious and massive change in the links to articles and headlines. Now I come here first when I get home.

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia April 30, 2021 5:39 PM  

Having been involved in buying and selling businesses (contemplating selling one now), there are some very important rules to keep in mind, especially if your business has a political purpose, though the reasons apply even if, say, you're a roofer:

Selling a business, Rule 1: Do not expect buyers to run the business the way you have.

Selling a business, Rule 2: If the buyers say they want to preserve the legacy of your business, they are not being truthful.

Selling a business, Rule #3. Sometimes buyers buy to get bigger, sometimes they buy to eliminate you as a competitor, and sometimes you have something they need and all the other aspects of your business (vision, employees, infrastructure) are simply impediments to the thing your buyers REALLY want--which, of course, can include destroying most or all of your business. They may tell you what they want, or they may not tell you, or they may lie about it.

Selling a business, Rule #4: If you think you can negotiate to maintain the business as you imagined it and have built it, please review and absorb Rules 1 and 2 and 3.

Selling a business, Rule #5: You are only selling the business to cash out. That's it. Nothing more. Preservation, legacy, continuity as you have imagined it -- all of those are very likely fantasies and delusions.

Blogger Chuck April 30, 2021 7:27 PM  

Back when there was a "home page", mine was Drudge. I gave up on it a long time ago. Honestly, I never gave a shit about the why it turned to crap. I simply quit going there.

The internet is very big.

Blogger markregan May 01, 2021 2:14 PM  

Regardless of the reasons, Drudge obviously sold out and it is a loss. I met him once, with Ann Coulter at a Pat Buchanan fundraiser, and his condervative leanings must have been sincere. So the power of the CIA, deep state, etc, should not be underestimated...

Blogger markregan May 01, 2021 2:21 PM  

Speculation about Drudge's sexual proclivities isn't even necessary - does anyone here know for sure? I remember reading about proposed regulations that would have destroyed news aggregation sites and put Drudge basically out of business, and that was just before he turned...

Blogger John Galley May 02, 2021 1:03 AM  

Love IG News.

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