Matt Drudge (AP/Michael Caulfield/Salon)

Hack List No. 5: The Drudge Report

Inaccurate as always, but thankfully more irrelevant than ever

Alex Pareene
December 20, 2012 8:47PM (UTC)

This year, my annual list of the worst of political media highlights not just individuals, but the institutions that enable those individuals. The 2012 Hack List will be counting down the 10 media outlets that are hurting America over the next two days -- stay tuned! (Previous Hack List entries here, here and here.)

Shortly after noon on Nov. 6, Time's Mark Halperin posted this on Twitter: "When John Harris & I wrote 'Drudge rules our world,' we were describing what IS, not what ought to be. Doubters already proven wrong today." A few hours later Barack Obama won reelection, which I assume came as a shock to people who do get most of their news from Matt Drudge.


Here's a brief tour of 2012 as the Drudge Report covered it.

Here are a couple things you might have missed this campaign season, because Drudge -- who "rules our world" -- did not cover them, at all:

  • Mitt Romney was secretly videotaped insulting 47 percent of Americans for being dependent on handouts.
  • Basically every poll that showed Obama beating Romney.

Drudge wrapped up 2012 by posting a banner headline that consisted solely of the slightly censored epithet "N*GGER" seven times in a row and leaving that headline up all day.


Matt Drudge: Truly still the Walter Cronkite of our time.

Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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