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Have Drudge, Trump Killed Each Other?

How much responsibility will Matt Drudge bear if  Donald Trump losses in 2020? The conservative news aggregator and POTUS divorced in April after Drudge republished reports about coronavirus reaching then-new highs.

“Trump seems to be a bit frantic about the way the pandemic is being perceived,” Tom Rosenthal, executive director of the American Press Institute, was quoted saying in the Washington Post. Trump “wants to separate his supporters from what Drudge readers are seeing and reading.”

Post reporter Paul Farhi suggested the loss of a conservative news organ in an election year will hurt the president more than the Drudge Report website. Since then a couple of newcomers claim to replace Drudge; Whatfingernews and Revolver.news are attempting to take Drudge’s place among biased news suppliers for conservatives.

[I suggest listening to, reading and watching as much “news” as you can – both foreign and domestic – instead of any one type of propaganda. It is all propaganda, by consuming as much as you can from a variety of sources you may find the truth.]

The Trump/Drudge divorce is interesting for a couple of reasons. It seems to have hurt both.

The Drudge Report posted a 45 percent decline in web traffic in September as the site alienated its core readers by turning against President Trump ahead of the 2020 presidential election, according to numerous sources.

However, Trump’s lack of leadership on the war on coronavirus and lying to the public and ignoring medical experts has hurt him in polls. It has also given his detractors fodder with which to tar him in the months leading to his reelection campaign.

The Drudge Report helped Trump win in 2016 after it resurrected a report that former President Bill Clinton had fathered a child with another woman in September and October of 2016. Trump was trailing in the polls to then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton at the time, just before the 2016 election.

Andy Arnold

I believe in balanced budgets, term limits, improving infrastructure, and not sending US troops around the world instead of fixing America. A former recipient of the Virginia Press Association honor for best sports feature story for daily newspapers. Numerous sportswriter-of-the-month bonuses at the Journal Messenger. Recognized for public relations excellence from Maryland American Heart Association. Producer and host of national weekly current affairs radio program for Sun Radio in the 1990s and local cable t3elevision in the 1980s. Elected to the Maryland Republican Central Committee in 1988. Ran for Congress in 1992.

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