At the Right Online Conference in Las Vegas this weekend, Sarah Palin flashes back to the rise of Matt Drudge, and the breaking of the old media firewall — or as Palin dubs it, “The Democrat-Media Complex.”
Almost as much as Palin would be herself a decade later, for his efforts, Drudge was of course, crucified by the news media he had left in the dust. That was a topic I explored back on July 4th, 2005, in a lengthy post titled, “Cat Food Eating Pajama Wearing Extreme Bloggers In Boardroom Bathrooms” (actually, I left out a few of the epithets early bloggers received).
And Newsweek, the magazine that Palin was referring to in the above video that refused to print a damaging story against Bill Clinton, thus paving the way for the rise of Drudge and the Blogosphere, was finally offloaded in the summer of 2010 by its then equally-flailing parent corporation, the Washington Post, for the vastly inflated sum of a buck. (It now serves as a makework project to keep former New Yorker editor Tina Brown occupied and out of the public eye.)
But even so, the hits from the dinosaur media keep on coming — just as James O’Keefe, Hannah Giles, and Andrew Breitbart were pilloried for using the very tactics that 60 Minutes pioneered decades ago against ACORN, a heretofore MSM-protected liberal rent-seeking shibboleth, Neil Munro of the Daily Caller is demonized for shouting a question at the president by Sam Donaldson (!). Fortunately, Sam makes his argument self-rebutting by — what else? — playing the race card.