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Instapundit links to a Townhall piece by Derek Hunter, “What Happened to Drudge?” Hunter examines a bit of the history and mystery of the man. Noting the shift from 2016 to 2019 from decidedly pro-Trump to manifestly anti-Trump, Hunter wonders why:
I did get a hint. I have a friend who is actual, real-life friends with Matt. I asked them what the deal is. After all, no website was more pro-Trump in 2016 than the Drudge Report. Matt even ventured to a debate to see it all firsthand. The answer was telling, if only because there’s so little to go on.
“Maybe he’s sick of nothing being done on the border,” was the gist of the answer.
If that’s the case, it would be good to know. Because the entire tone of the Drudge Report has changed. Stories about Trump’s failures, impeachment, and Democratic talking points dominate the coverage of the president. Headlines you’d expect to see on the Huffington Post are now in that familiar black text on white background.
If it’s just one issue, that seems incredibly petty. If it’s more, the audience that has made Matt Drudge a multimillionaire would like to know what it is. Since Drudge answers to no one, it’s unlikely we’ll ever know.
Well, I think I know the Rosetta Stone: Ann Coulter. Recall back when Drudge had a TV show he frequently had Ann on as a guest and they would trade snark. It was apparent that they had a good working relationship and shared a lot in their political outlook. I haven’t done the math, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Ann headlines were amongst the most numerous on Drudge since her appearance on the political stage.
Ann’s outlook on Trump has soured over the border wall:
This has been the singular most important issue for Ann for a very long time.