For those of you who haven’t been there before, DrudgeReport.com is arguably the best news site on the net. Sure you can get the same stories elsewhere (in fact, all he really does is post links to news stories on other sites), but Matt Drudge has a real knack for selecting the 20 or so most interesting / important stories of the day.
Although already well-known at the time, Drudge gained infamy by being the first to break the Monica Lewinsky scandal. His popularity / power has now grown to the extent that I read an interesting book review in the Washington Post this week where the authors had theorised that he was the main reason John Kerry currently spends his days lecturing college kids on the evil Republican conspiracy, instead of sleeping on the couch in the oval office.
While Kerry’s foibles have been well-documented, Harris and Halperin propose that the man most responsible for the Massachusetts senator’s defeat was not the candidate but rather Matt Drudge — founder of the widely read Drudge Report.
The site itself could kindly be described as ‘aesthetically limited’, but proof to the old notion that content really is king can be found in the numbers:
VISITS TO DRUDGE 10/06/06
015,371,219 IN PAST 24 HOURS
341,922,033 IN PAST 31 DAYS
3,542,326,255 IN PAST YEAR
Anyhoo, in relation to the title of this post (and with due apologies to Arsenio Hall), I wanted to share a selection of headlines from DrudgeReport today that certainly had me going hmmmm . I’ve left out the links because (a) I want you go check out DrudgeReport for yourselves, and (b) IMHO the articles themselves aren’t nearly as entertaining as their headlines.
LAWMAKER SAYS TEACHERS SHOULD BE ARMED…
MAN APOLOGIZES FOR COURTROOM FECES EPISODE…
ACTIVE INGREDIENT IN POT MAY HELP PRESERVE BRAIN FUNCTION…
For a minute I could have sworn I was reading The Onion.