Op-Ed: The Drudge Distort By MATT BARBER

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You’re being manipulated. A well respected, highly influential news source has cast aside all journalistic integrity to shill for the liberal, GOP establishment candidate in this presidential race.

The New York Times, you say? MSNBC? The Washington Post? No. We all gave up on those “progressive” rags a long time ago.

Regrettably, the latest media outlet to assume a decidedly yellow hue during this heated primary cycle is the Drudge Report. It pains me to even write this. Drudge has always been both my first and last internet news stops of the day.

It’s often said, “Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel.” Well, Drudge deals in pixels instead of ink, but the same principle applies.

Still, this is a fight worth having.

In past years, Matt Drudge has done a fair job of playing it down the middle during presidential primaries. Not this time. In the game of “Washington insider hold ‘em,” the Drudge Report is “all in” for Willard Mitt Romney. It’s not even subtle.  

As the Politico reports: “Newt Gingrich better hope voters who lapped up his delicious hits on the ‘elite media’ and liberals don’t read the Drudge Report this morning … If they do, Gingrich comes off looking like a dangerous, anti-Reagan, Clintonian fraud.”

This, of course, is utter pablum. Gingrich is the last Reagan conservative standing in this race; or, as the venerable Nancy Reagan said of “the distinguished speaker, Newt Gingrich” in 1995: “The dramatic [conservative] movement of 1995 is an outgrowth of a much earlier crusade that goes back half a century. Barry Goldwater handed the torch to Ronnie, and in turn Ronnie turned that torch over to Newt and the Republican members of Congress to keep that dream alive.”

To this day, Newt Gingrich is keeping that conservative dream alive and that Reagan torch aflame. America is beginning to get this, and it has the “Republican in Name Only” (RINO) establishment tied in knots.  

Politico summarizes Drudge’s hit job on Gingrich: “The overnight Drudge Report banner: ‘Insider: Gingrich repeatedly Insulted Reagan.’ The headline linked to a devastating takedown by Elliott Abrams in the National Review, who wrote, among other things, that Gingrich had a long record of criticizing and undermining Reagan’s most transformative policies.”

Baloney. Sorry, Matt Drudge, but Mrs. Reagan’s vote of confidence carries considerably more weight than your shameless smear on behalf of the Massachusetts moderate.

Cherry picked quotes, biased headlines and hyperlinks to Newt-hating op-eds in order to patch together an ugly and distorted mosaic of the former House speaker is not journalism. It’s mercenary-style political prostitution.

At the top of Thursday’s Drudge was linked an opinion piece by another Romney surrogate, Ann Coulter, headlined “Re-elect Obama: Vote Newt!” In it, she skewers Mr. Gingrich and claims, “Romney is the most electable candidate.”

Odd when you consider that, less than one year ago, Coulter told a packed house at CPAC the exact opposite: “If you don't run Chris Christie, Romney will be the nominee and we’ll lose,” she said. “By the way, I warned you about McCain.” (I don’t know, maybe Ann’s now angling for a gig as Romney’s Secretary of Snark. Look for her next book: “Moderate: An Autobiography.”)

But Coulter’s exactly right about that whole McCain thing. He recently endorsed Romney too. So did Bob Dole. Interesting. And they’re both vehemently opposed to a Gingrich nomination as well.

See where this is going? What do Bob Dole and John McCain have in common? Is this really who we think is going to unseat Barack Obama? Mitt Romney: the ideo-political love child – figuratively speaking – of Bob Dole and John McCain?

The RINO is a slow, lumbering beast. It is foolishly and predictably drawn, over and again, toward that “moderate” watering hole. There, it hopes to attract that equally perplexing animal, the “independent.” From this liaison, it is believed a bevy of voting offspring will be produced. 

Never happens. In fact, the mushy middle is exactly where that fierce predator – The Democrat – wants its Republican prey corralled. Ever seen Wild Kingdom? Not pretty.   

RINO Republicans and liberal Democrats have something in common: they both mistakenly assert that conservative candidates are unelectable. Ronald Reagan proved them wrong and so will Newt Gingrich. 

No, I’ve got news for Matt Drudge, Ann Coulter and the rest of the establishment GOP: As 2010 proved and as I believe 2012 will show again, conservatives don’t shine to being told who our nominee is going to be.

We’ll pick him ourselves, thank you very much.

Matt Barber (@jmattbarber on Twitter) is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. He serves as Vice President of Liberty Counsel Action (LCA on Facebook). (This information is provided for identification purposes only.)  


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  1. His assertions to the contrary infuriate Reagan-watchers like Cannon. “I find Gingrich almost condescending in the way he talks about Reagan,” he says. “He tries to attach himself to the coattails or the image, saying, ‘I’m Reaganesque,’ without any evidence.”
    Reagan was sunny; Gingrich is often sneering. The former president preferred to charm; the former speaker prefers to confront. For the last quarter century of his public life, the Gipper had a North Star of conviction; Gingrich is in perpetual reinvention, personally and politically.
    On his website, the insurgent candidate says he’s been a “Reagan man” since 1974. That was the year I first met Gingrich, over a leisurely lunch in Washington. He was then an exciting new congressional candidate. He was dazzling, exuberant and talkative. He said his two Republican role models were Linwood Holton, the progressive Republican governor of Virginia, and Nelson Rockefeller, the former governor of New York and vice president to Gerald Ford.
    There was no mention of Reagan.
    (Albert R. Hunt is the executive editor for Washington at Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are his own.)

  2. well we don’t really have a democracy we have a
    representative republic..distinction without a
    difference but the republicans have a wing in the party
    who are not very educated and participate in the early
    primary states making it very difficult to come
    out of the process with an electable candidate.any
    time sarah palin can influence the outcome of any
    state primary you know there is a huge problem…by
    the time they reach the convention it will be so
    tumultuous and contentious that it will make yonkers
    politics look like a walk in the park 🙂

  3. Oh! There’s bias in the corporate owner and sponsored media monopoly in the corporatocracy called the USA, well that’s news to all of us. Grow up and go back to FOX, fair and balanced…ah! ah! ah! ah!

  4. Great post….right on target. That big mouth anon e is part of the problem. He wants us to believe that he is the smartest guy in the room, when he voted for “The Anointed One.” Now he is going around quoting John McCain. Your post makes more sense than any of the gibberish that he post on here.

  5. I totally disagree that Obama and Romney are the
    same..I do however suggest that if you look at the political spectrum we have never elected anyone at
    any time that was too far left or too far right…
    Obama it turns out is on the left side of things
    but his management style is horrible and the people
    surrounding him have not served this nation well…
    eg see larry summers, rahm emanuel, et al…Romney
    on the other hand presents an opportunity to limit
    the government’s role while not abolishing essential
    governmental services that many of us count on in
    our daily lives whether its your mom’s medicare or
    your dad’s social security…but Romney, unlike Obama
    understands that too intrusive governmental regulations
    make it impossible for businesses to plan ahead and
    to hire because they don’t know the ultimate cost of
    doing so and therefore they don’t know whether they
    will profit or not…Romney is just the kind of guy
    who can reach across the aisle and actually compromise
    which is why ronald reagan was such a successful president..this notion that republicans and democrats
    have to be constantly at each other’s throats is not
    the traditioanl way that america has governed and is
    not a formula for success in the future. We have major
    issues to deal with from crumbling infrastructure to
    poor science and math skills to a deficit that is the
    result of overspending by both parties…Obama’s failure to embrace his own deficit reduction commission
    simpson bowles recommendations is symptomatic of his
    problem and the failure to deal with the root causes
    of the nations ills…Romney not only can win an election precisely because he is not an extremist but
    he can right the ship in my opinion..or at least
    should be given the opportunity to try

  6. It is patently clear that the Republicans have no intention of winning an election against President Obama. They want to rip each other apart, and there will be nothing left for the President to do other than keep his mouth shut and watch the Republicans fail as they eat their own.
    I see absolutely no difference between President Obama an Governor Romney. None. They are both approved by the banking establishment destroyed the economy at the end of 2007. This type of Corporate fascism that is taking over our nation is frightening. We are borrowing money hand over fist, one party blames the other. No solutions offered. Only blames and excuses.
    As we de-industrialize, with the approval of our elected officials, and continue to push paper and emails around and call that “work”, other countries are taking huge advantage of our self inflicted depression.
    So vote for Obomney. The pablum corporate candidate who looks good, and will say anything to get elected. But remember this – the Soviet Union collapsed overnight. You think it can’t happen here? Do all of our elected officials think we’re that special? Time will tell And it will tell shortly.

  7. as you will learn this saturday and from the debate
    last light..Newt is not a conservative by any stretch of the imagination..He is not a leader and he is
    not anyone who can dislodge this president…Newt
    is fascinated by his own bluster and because of his
    debating skills has, in south carolina by a fluke,
    somehow convinced a very small very parochial portion
    of the party that he would make the best nominee..when
    in fact real conservatives like Senator Coburn, John
    Sununu, John Mccain, and many others who served with
    him or for him understand that his nomination would
    cause a loss of the house and a failure to possibly
    win the senate not to mention the drubbing that the
    down ticket candidates for statehouse and other offices
    would take throughout the nation…more to follow
    post florida where Newt’s candidacy will be effectively
    ended…I hope

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