DRUDGE REPORT SPINS
AS PROTESTERS GATHER
Matt Drudge’s tabloid sensibility — not quite aliens and Elvis, but tending occasionally toward the sensational — was a little off-putting. But over all, his news judgment gave a good read on the relative importance of various issues in the public mind. And his sharp ear and close contacts made him able to bring many stories to wide attention which otherwise would have gone unnoticed.
At a minimum, he wasn’t warped by anti-Trump hysteria.
Not so whoever is making editorial decisions there now. The headline (above) on Monday’s edition says everything you need to know about where the Drudge Report currently falls on the journalistic ethics spectrum.
But it says something else, too. It tells me somebody’s scared that The Donald actually has the goods on the election steal — that he just possibly might pull a rabbit out of his hat.
It’s interesting to see how things have turned around. Now Bidenites are calling for “unity,” “healing,” and “patriotism.” While Trumpers have adopted the chant we’ve heard for the last four years: “NOT MY PRESIDENT!” Only this time it’s directed at Biden.
Meanwhile, the media — per Drudge — spin the story to make Trump into “The Godfather.”
The difference, of course, is that the 2016 election was unquestioned. Assuming Hillary had it in the bag, Democrats didn’t bother with all the funny business we’d see four years later.
2020, on the other hand, is under a dark cloud that’s getting darker with each passing day.
Even some folks who originally declined to question Biden’s implausible vote tallies are beginning to sense that something smells — as Democrat officials refuse to permit full inspections, ballots disappear, court challenges get rejected on dubious procedural grounds, and whistleblowers report threats and intimidation.
A recent poll indicates that 47 percent of Americans believe the election was flawed. I think the percentage is higher. What we’re seeing here is the same reluctance Trump supporters showed during the campaign to express their true opinions.
And that’s understandable. A distinct air of threat is starting to accumulate. People feel like it’s October 1917, and the Bolsheviks are about to seize the Duma.
It’s no coincidence that we get headlines like that on the Drudge Report just as a huge turnout is expected at Wednesday’s election protest in Washington, DC. And this too has a feeling of fear about it. Now Trump’s not only a “fascist” and a “racist,” he’s an out-and-out “gangster.”
The desperation is obvious.
Wednesday’s event is being framed as a Trump rally. And I understand why: people are motivated by large, simple, clear concepts. They understand defending Trump.
However, I hope the participants, and those following their activities, realize that this isn’t primarily about The Donald. It’s about preserving the United States as a democratic republic.
Our nation can survive if Donald Trump isn’t President. But it can’t survive — not in any form we would recognize — if our elections are reduced to the kinds of political puppet shows that marked the Soviet Union.
The public can accept election results that are validated by a full and open audit, such as that being demanded by Ted Cruz and his Senate colleagues and the folks heading for DC.
I believe such an investigation would show The Donald won in a landslide. But no matter. Real transparency is the key to achieving the real objective: protecting our children’s and grandchildren’s future.
May God be with those protesters.
And may God bless America.