FWD: Drudge Grudge: Judge, Fudge
mack97 at EROLS.COM
Sat Feb 14 23:27:55 MST 1998
> Drudge Grudge: Judge, Fudge
> By Jon Fine
> When a twenty-something guy who prints a gossip
> column on his Web site ends up stubble to jowl on "Meet
> the Press" with William Safire and Michael Isikoff, one
> might forgive the viewer for taking Admiral Stockdale's
> plaintive query into the third person.
> Who is Matt Drudge? And what is he doing there?
> He's frowned upon by the keepers of the journalistic
> flame, even as newsroom denizens across the nation flock to the latest Drudge
> Report. He's scorned by Stephanopoulous on one Sunday morning show days
> before appearing on another. No one personifies media schizophrenia circa 1998
> -- or the stresses of journalism coping with a changing mediascape -- better than
> Make no mistake: He's no saint of media-to-be. And a good chunk of the
> criticism aimed at him is deserved. He is a gossip columnist, and some of his
> public comments reflect the musings of a man unschooled in standard
> journalistic procedures. (You decide if this makes him refreshing or dangerous.)
> His defenders will claim that few take Drudge seriously enough to confuse him
> with the guys he sat with on "Meet the Press." But if there's a distinction
> between gossip and journalism, don't look for Drudge to define it. "Don't shoot,
> I'm just a reporter ..." ended one tongue-in-cheek missive from a recent Drudge
> Report. Drudge did not respond to messages seeking comment for this column.
> All the same, it's interesting to note the shock and horror he inspires in
> mainstream media circles. Perhaps this is why, in its rush to judgment, stories
> that get out about Drudge seem to fudge a detail or two to make his role more
"The sharpest tool in the shed." -- anonymous
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