John Ziegler, the maker of the pro-Sarah Palin film Media Malpractice, makes an interesting claim on his website. He claims that Matt Drudge, of Drudge Report, was pro-Obama in 2008. He says his suspicions of this were confirmed by discussions with the late Andrew Breitbart, who claimed his anti-Obama articles were pushed down the page or else not posted at all on Drudge’s site. You can read Ziegler’s full account on his website.
He makes some interesting points. I don’t think I agree with him, but it’s an interesting point. However, it is a significant fact that all the evidence Ziegler cites in his column involves stories from the 2008 Democratic primaries. To me, this suggests that Drudge wanted Obama to win the Democratic nomination for some reason, not necessarily the actual Presidency.
Maybe he thought Obama would be easier to beat. Maybe he just has a personal hatred for the Clintons, and wanted to see Hillary fail. Maybe he just didn’t know how to not be biased. Or maybe Ziegler and Breitbart were both wrong.
As a news buff, I have noticed Drudge shying away from stories delving into Obama’s past – regardless of factual content. One could theorize that Drudge benefits greater with Obama in the White House than a Republican. -And that would be motivation enough for someone with an ego to feed.
That could well be the case. But on the other hand, even with a Republican President, he’d still have lots of other Democrats to attack. He managed to stay popular through the Bush years, after all.
Lately, it’s seemed to me like his site has been biased heavily in Romney’s favor. I wonder if this is because he thinks Romney is the only one who can win, or because he thinks he *can’t* win?