Iconic conservative blogger Matt Drudge, editor and founder of the influential Drudge Report, hardly makes public appearances and announcements.
His website, which receives billions of page views a year, aggregates news stories from other publications and outlets.
Drudge played a crucial role in helping President Donald Trump win the 2016 election. But since then, Drudge has been noticeably anti-Trump and sharing a ton of articles from liberal websites.
Drudge has been pushing a slew of stories about impeachment and Trump being corrupt lately, and now he just announced that he created a mobile app for his millions of users.
“Drudge app: iPhone,” he wrote on Twitter. “Never miss a headline.”
DRUDGE APP: IPHONE
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) October 17, 2019
This normally would not be a big deal, but it is given Drudge’s turn towards going after Trump.
The once staunchly conservative blogger has been spreading anti-Trump stories on his website for several weeks.
And now he is obviously planning to do so through his new mobile application.
Drudge turning on Trump has become so obvious that even CNN published a report detailing it.
The narrative-setting news aggregation website, founded in 1995 by Matt Drudge, has spotlighted an overwhelming amount of negative news for the
Trump White House in the last several weeks. It’s marked a major shift from how the outlet had previously covered the President.
“He’s reacting to changing circumstances,” a person close to the media mogul, who said Drudge had grown exasperated with Trump, told CNN Business.
Not only is Drudge’s website aggressively covering the impeachment news, it is doing so by featuring commentary from some of the president’s fiercest critics or the harshest criticism of him.
“He’s one of the dominoes that would have to fall for the right-wing media to allow Trump to be removed from office,” said John Ziegler, a conservative who was an occasional guest host on Drudge’s old radio show and writes columns on media for Mediaite.
Other prominent conservatives have been calling out Drudge.
Jim Hoft, the founder of Gateway Pundit, recently published a blog post asking, “What Happened to Matt Drudge?”
Contending that the website had taken a “pro-impeachment slant,” Hoft wrote, “Dear Matt Drudge — Please come home.”
Jerome Corsi, a prominent right-wing voice, has repeatedly tweeted about the change in coverage, saying Drudge has “lost his mind,” “turned left,” and become a “leftist hack beating [the] impeachment drum.”
Conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh, a friend of Drudge’s, told a caller recently that he’s repeatedly been asked about the matter.
“My email inbox every day, ‘What’s happening to Drudge, Rush?'” Limbaugh said. “And I tell people, ‘Have you ever heard of clicks?'”
After suggesting Drudge could be turning on Trump for web traffic, Limbaugh said, “I actually don’t know,” adding that as a “professional courtesy” he doesn’t “ask him.”
Drudge also surprised a lot of people last month with his prediction on the 2020 presidential election.