Back when most people we’re still figuring out how to connect their 14.4 kbps modems to AOL, Matt Drudge arrived on the Internet and became the ‘Net’s first household-name journalist, much to the chagrin of every journalist dining in the Grill Room of the Four Seasons whose last name wasn’t Ailes. Drudge got to the ‘Net first, established a mighty beachhead, and was the source of breaking news (and a fair amount of gossip) before the Blogosphere began.
Drudge of course is famously prickly when called a blogger. And while it’s fair to say that Drudge himself is not a blogger based on his site’s format, in the past he’s a bit more open-minded about those who followed in his wake, telling an interviewer in 2005:
They tried calling it