Druge Implodes, Taking Halperin Down With Him

Eric Boehlert, author of Lapdogs, has an excellent post at Huffington Post on Matt Drudge. He notes that “Matt Drudge this week became completely unglued over the widening Mark Foley scandal, flailing around trying to help Republicans get back on the offensive.” See his post (as well as this one at The American Prospect) for more specifics about Drudge.

As Boehlert points out, seeing Drudge implode like this is particularly amusing after Mark Halperin and John Harris made the rather strange claim that Drudge is “the Walter Cronkite of his era” in their book The Way to Win. Not only isn’t Drudge in Cronkite’s league, he really isn’t even in the same profession.

Halperin and Harris’s book includes many of the right wing talking points about Kerry. This isn’t really surprising considering how often Halperin includes such talking points as fact in The Note. In a way I was happy to see Halperin’s anti-Kerry feeling be so clear in this book. On occasion I got involved in debates about Kerry in which Halperin was cited as an objective source despite his propensity for passing off right wing talking points. This book should make it easier to demonstrate the degree to which Halperin is a right wing hack and hardly objective.

Boelhlert includes additional examples of Halperin tying himself to Drudge recently. I was really surprised by this. Halperin loves to repeat right wing talking points while pretending to be a neutral, unbiased source. Considering that, I’m really surprised by how he is allowing himself to be so closely tied to Drudge. I would think he would realize that tying himself to Drudge undermines his credibility as a real journalist. My (tongue in cheek) theory is that Drudge has some juicy stories on Halperin and is forcing Halperin to do all this to keep him quiet.

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    Lou says:

    Halperin needs to be completely dis-credited. Someone sent me the recent column he wrote because it made them feel discouraged, so I did my best to take him apart. You’re right about who he is.

    And thanks for stopping by my little blog. 😉

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    Ron Chusid says:

    My pleasure to drop by your blog–it’s always great to hear from an old friend (and someone who knew that, despite the nonsense coming from people like Halperin, that John Kerry was the Real Deal.)

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    kj says:

    Hey Lou, good luck with your writing and your blog!

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