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Matt Drudge, “failed bar mitzvah”, needs Hillary Clinton

NY Mag writer Philip Weiss has a long piece on Matt Drudge. It is weird to find the portrait of Drudge–which paints him as barely educated, possibly gay, probably libertarian, and conspiratorial to his core–so fascinating, if only because (as … Read More

By / August 28, 2007

NY Mag writer Philip Weiss has a long piece on Matt Drudge. It is weird to find the portrait of Drudge–which paints him as barely educated, possibly gay, probably libertarian, and conspiratorial to his core–so fascinating, if only because (as Drudge proves he knows too well) he has always been the window into the bedroom, not the shady figure at the dresser himself.

The article offers a man nearly literally made of the internet as Drudge's reality; whatever hint of a future demise there is in Weiss's portrait links Drudge, whose substance is News, to the internet itself. I'm not sure that Drudge is "the most powerful journalist" in the US, but after this I'd argue he may be the most interesting. Maybe when the movie comes out it'll go straight to YouTube. Anyhow, the article is worth it, if only for Drudge's self-description of himself as a "failed Bar Mitzvah" and for his–there's no other word–sweet plea to a radio listener to let him have his Hillary Clinton.

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