Matt Drudge, of Drudge Report fame, emerged from the shadows for his first interview in eight years, taking to the television studios of Alex Jones from Infowars to talk corporate control, the power of the Internet and the state of America’s media, even dabbling in politics to suggest: Hillary Clinton is not good this nation.
He didn’t actually appear on camera, but stood in the back of the studio and allowed his voice to be heard on microphone.
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Jones introduced him as the “king” of getting stories into the global media, something “even the New York Times” credits him for accomplishing, he said.
And toward that, Drudge said his fierce independence has proven key.
“I don’t do social media,” Drudge said. “I was there before Facebook. I was there before CNN.com … I have a very clear perception of what the Internet is. I’m not defined by what they say the Internet is. … There is a lot of corporate make-over of the Internet that I have not adapted to. … I need no traffic from Google.”
He also said: “I’m very concerned with what’s happening” insofar as the corporations controlling the media and the Internet and ultimately, the American people.
By way of example, Drudge asked: “Why aren’t we seeing Hillary’s lovers? Where is the news on this?”
At the same time, Drudge said, “I can’t be controlled. I cannot be controlled.”
He shortly after expressed concerned about the fate of America, saying “people are really sick,” and citing the country’s support for Clinton as one example.
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“I’ve been saying they could put Hillary Clinton’s brain in a jar in the Oval Office and she would be elected,” he said. “People are sick. … People are willing to be made over in the image of these corporations. … I just wish Americans would get out of the sickness and become greater.” He later added, of Hillary: “She’s not a contender. They’re making her a contender with these propped up Saturday Night Live things. It’s like a head on a stick.”
And he questioned: Why do people stand for it?
“The Internet allows you to make your own dynamic, your own universe,” Drudge said. “What’s the difference between the websites, between a Slate or a Salon? … What’s the difference? It’s almost a tragedy.”
Drudge said: “I’m here to say … you’ve got to be the greatest you can be right now. … There’s not a lot of time [left]. There’s already automated news sites … there is no human there. You are being programmed to being automated … the same corporate glaze over everything.”
And his warning to America? Watch out for totalitarianism.
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“Don’t get into the false sense that you are an individual when you’re on Facebook. No you’re not,” he said. “You’re a pawn in their scheme.”
He also spoke of the presidential race, expressing pessimism.
“I’m pessimistic with this race,” Drudge said, “because I’m not sure it’s not going to end up with the dreaded brain in the jar in the Oval Office, once known as Hillary Clinton.”
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Drudge has followed the Clinton family and their political goings-on for years, and rose to national prominence for covering the Monica Lewinsky scandal, when other more mainstream media outlets dared not. And his assessment of the the Clintons?
“They’re ugly,” he said. “They play dirty. They sued me for $30 million last time around with the approval of the president … Hillary Clinton with the NSA – good luck if you dissent. … [Edward] Snowden, I’ll switch places with you.”
Snowden, a former contractor with the NSA, is living as a fugitive in Russia after he leaked information about the federal government’s surveillance program to the world.
Drudge credit Jones with independent reporting, and named others in the media who shared that badge of courage: Mark Levin, Michael Savage, Rush Limbaugh, among others, he said.
“I just wish there were more media that were trail-blazing and independent,” Drudge said, saying corporate-owned media “all seemed the same, and this is frightening.”