This is hilarious. Obama has owned virtually the entire Washington media apparatus since before his inauguration. But, according to Brent Budowski, that’s not enough. All these self-inflicted scandals in which Obama finds himself ensnared are really the result of a reconstitution of Hillary’s infamous “vast right-wing conspiracy”. The only difference is that Richard Mellon Scaife has been replaced as the conspiracy’s maestro by the likes of Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes, and, of course, the dreaded Koch brothers. But still, none of this would be possible without the Drudge Report so, naturally, to counter this — and save Obama in the process — the Left must conjure up their own Matt Drudge. Or something.
Today, Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes, the Koch family and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) et. al are highly visible and hardly conspiratorial, while Drudge, the universally visible maestro at the epicenter of the machine that magnifies their message, takes their narrative to a deafening decibel level that no competitor even attempts to match…
Conservatives and their media treat politics as a movement, with outward-aiming systems of interlocking mutual support and reinforcement of message. Obama and his inner circle treat politics more like a one-candidate personal cult with an insular system of centralized White House control, rather than a broad-based national movement that promotes powerful issues and persuades with compelling narratives.
Organizing for Action is fine, but what is needed, as well, is support for media structures similar to Drudge, state party-building outside of Washington and grassroots movements that transcend any one president at any given moment.
The unprecedented influence of Drudge is that he offers a scandal and message megaphone to conservative media, politicians and ideas that drive the national narrative that Drudge horizontally cross-promotes. GOP attacks rocket from Issa’s keyboard to Fox News and Drudge’s site, which beams them outward to be repeated from “Morning Joe” to the evening news and daily newspapers. Armies of mainstream media insiders pore over the Drudge Report like Talmudic scholars, which arguably make Drudge the single most influential person in American media.