Much to the chagrin of the establishment media, Matt Drudge is still the King of Internet news
Paul Joseph Watson
Friday, June 3, 2011
Much to the chagrin of the establishment media, Matt Drudge is still the king of Internet news, a title proven once again by Drudge’s ability to single-handedly drive the TSA controversy to the heights of viral success.
When the New York Times reported that DrudgeReport.com “is now more powerful in driving news than the half-billion folks on Facebook,” it may have been done through gritted teeth. Many people have tried to dethrone Drudge from the top of the perch by word of mouth alone, claiming that he no longer holds sway in an increasingly populated news arena – and that many people have been proven wrong time and time again.
The latest example is illustrated by this morning’s Alexa.com’s What’s Hot section, which ranks the most popular news stories that are generating the most traffic across the entire world wide web.
Appearing second on the list behind only a Yahoo.com front page story (the other two entries are for software downloads), is our article from yesterday about a woman screaming after being molested by TSA agents at Sky Harbor International airport in Phoenix, AZ. This story has now received millions of readers thanks to Drudge’s influence in driving the issue to viral status.
How is the system attempting to fight back against the fact that Drudge has trail blazed a path for alternative media to seriously compete with corporate news? The answer comes in the third most popular news story on the Alexa list from yesterday, also linked by Drudge, which was Kurt Nimmo’s piece about a new law that would make embedding You Tube videos a felony with a 5-year jail sentence attached.
Desperate to re-build the crumbling facade of the dominant mainstream, the establishment is determined to crush independent news sources through a myriad of different techniques – censorship, intimidation and dirty tricks being prime amongst them.
Despite the fact that Prison Planet and Infowars stories are routinely linked by Drudge, Google News took the decision to de-list both websites from its aggregator content last year, even though Alex Jones himself is now recognized as a leading media personality in the United States.
Google-owned You Tube has also repeatedly banned the Alex Jones Channel on the flimsiest of pretexts before being forced to restore it after a massive backlash.
So what are they afraid of? The fact that like Drudge, Infowars and Prison Planet are already swallowing up audience share from big mainstream news websites. Infowars.com alone now gets more traffic than MSNBC.com, a multi-billion dollar news operation funded by General Electric and the military-industrial complex.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show.
This article was posted: Friday, June 3, 2011 at 9:45 am