God bless Matt Drudge. I write that with no ironic or sarcastic hidden meanings. Matt figured this whole Internet thing out long before any of us realized the word was supposed to be capitalized. The speed with which a Drudge link can shut down a server is breathtaking. I’ve had a couple of political pieces linked by Drudge, and it took me days to read the comments and questions. (Unlike Ricochet users, however, many of the posters made suggestions involving body parts that seemed to push biological and physiological envelopes beyond human endurance.)
Like all of us, Mr. Drudge has certain kinds of stories that seem to capture his fancy. He loves weather extremes of any kind, especially when they raise havoc, as in today’s “Giant Sinkhole in Milwaukee swallows Escalade.” And there’s a bizarre side to him as well. He likes old ladies with rotting mounds of dead cats and items like today’s “Saudi man chains son in basement for six years; ‘Possessed by an evil female genie’...” Where else can you find these gems?
By all accounts, Matt is a secretive figure who doesn’t do a lot of socializing, and I’ve never met him. I sure would like to, though. I suspect he has an interesting story or two to tell. He must be inundated with features and columns and blogs written by people who would love to have the chance to be linked by Drudge. He’s helped break more hot political stories than just about anyone else merely by the extent of his reach.
I suppose it’s the more unusual links that makes Matt Drudge a kind of guilty pleasure, but when you have the following two headlines in the same day (today): “Kerry Docks New Yacht in RI to Duck MA Taxes” and “Alaska cop uses Taser on black bear,” how can you not admire the guy?