Matt Drudge began exhibiting indicators that he had soured on President Trump months earlier than the election. Since the vote, the fedora-topped media pioneer has appeared much more desperate to distance himself and his website from the person within the White House.
“YOU’RE FIRED!” Drudge Report blared in a headline inside minutes of CNN’s calling the election for Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Saturday. For practically 24 hours afterward, that headline remained on the prime of the positioning. In addition, a screenshot of the Drudge Report primary web page, with the “YOU’RE FIRED!” headline, has been the one tweet on the @DRUDGE Twitter account since Saturday.
In his 25-year profession, Mr. Drudge has proved himself an knowledgeable aggregator, a digital journalist who hyperlinks to tales plucked from the net. And he has finished it with type, packaging his hyperlinks with tabloid-poetry headlines that make readers click on.
After the “YOU’RE FIRED!” headline, Drudge Report turned this week to the approaching switch of energy.
THE WORLD MOVES ON.
Americans pivot from red-hot Trump to Biden’s seasoned cool.
Trump defied gravity; now falls again to earth, future TBD.
Dogs will return to White House: Biden’s German shepherds!
Four years in the past, Drudge Report heralded Mr. Trump’s “rock-star welcome in Florida” and linked to protection of his rallies. The journalist Carl Bernstein credited Mr. Drudge’s assist as a key a part of Mr. Trump’s political rise, and Mr. Trump referred to as Mr. Drudge “a great gentleman.”
Drudge Report began distancing itself from the president final yr, a growth that was not misplaced on Mr. Trump, who stated on Twitter in April: “I gave up on Drudge (a really nice guy) long ago, as have many others.” Conservative websites accused Mr. Drudge of being an agent of the left.
Now Drudge Report is stuffed with headlines that describe the outgoing president as “bitter” and “not a good loser.” Several hyperlinks result in articles debunking Mr. Trump’s baseless accusations of election fraud.
Mr. Drudge, who hardly ever provides interviews, didn’t reply to requests for remark. His latest work reveals him prepared to shut the chapter on the present president and give attention to the president-elect.
On Wednesday, his website included two traces of commentary — prominently displayed, in crimson sort — that didn’t hyperlink to an exterior story and in contrast Mr. Biden favorably to the conservative hero Ronald Reagan.
Biden now as much as 50.eight p.c of widespread vote, topping Reagan’s 50.7 p.c in 1980 …
Is highest proportion for challenger since FDR in 1932 …