UPDATE: Matt Drudge Removes Lying Headline

MattdrudgeThe Drudge Report has finally pulled a headline announcing, matter-of-factly, to millions of readers, that PBS covered up an "error" in Obama's jobs speech by altering the transcript.

As I noted earlier, the story is bogus; there was no PBS conspiracy. Plus, Obama's alleged error - calling Abe Lincoln the founder of the Republican Party - has been repeated verbatim by about a dozen prominent Republicans. And the website Drudge linked to is borderline-racist.

No matter. Matt Drudge, the most powerful gay Republican in the world, who I like to describe as Goebbels in a panama hat, has done his job. He got his derranged followers in a tizzy, and then pulled the link without going through the indignity of issuing a correction or explanation. For him, it's just another day's work. 

Oh, and Fox News is still linking to it

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  1. matt drudge has capers for testes. fact.

    a whole life wasted sucking up to the wrong people in hopes that his daddy will forgive him for his need to suck cock.

    newsflash, wimp - he won't. not because you're gay, but because you're such a spineless little wimp about it.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Sep 10, 2011 7:39:02 PM

  2. I'm no Drudge fan, but the Nazi reference was gratuitous and not clever.

    To Penn, I come to this blog for gay news. I like Andy's just-the-facts style with minimal editorializing. There are plenty of other places to go for bitching about how terrible Republicans are (a view I usually share).

    Posted by: Todd | Sep 10, 2011 8:07:20 PM

  3. Matt Drudge is hot.

    Posted by: Jett Stone | Sep 10, 2011 8:32:40 PM

  4. Drudge needs to be raked over as many coals as possible.

    Keep going Penn.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Sep 10, 2011 8:34:40 PM

  5. If George W. Bush had made such a mistake, the media would have howled and called him stupid.

    The double standard is troubling, and I think somebody is jealous of Matt Drudge's traffic.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Sep 10, 2011 8:38:22 PM

  6. Gee. A solid journalist like Matt Drudge should issue a retraction, right?

    What? No retraction, just deletion? Maybe Matt Drudge is not that good of a journalist...

    just sayin...

    Posted by: bkmn | Sep 10, 2011 8:38:47 PM

  7. It's about time somebody started challenging Drudge and his blatant cheerleading for the Republican Party. Why has it taken so long?

    In any case, he's not really a journalist. The only reason he got famous was because Clinton dropped a load on Monica Lewinsky's dress. I'd hate to have my start in semen.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 10, 2011 9:04:12 PM

  8. Jason technically we all had our start in semen

    50% semen + 50% egg = us all


    Posted by: say what | Sep 10, 2011 9:27:00 PM

  9. LincolnLounger.... Did you NOT see that it was a MISTAKE. That what President Obama said was accurate. There was no cover-up because there was no error. Good Lord, I wish folks on the right could read for themselves instead of just parrot Drudge, Limbaugh, Palin and the rest of that ilk.

    Posted by: Steve Chapman | Sep 10, 2011 9:32:42 PM

  10. La Drudge is the essence of GOProud.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Sep 10, 2011 10:15:26 PM

  11. Send him a "Little Debbie" snack cake, "Jett Stone." He'll eat it in the show while you break eggs over his head as he jerks off.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Sep 10, 2011 10:17:29 PM

  12. Steve: Obama called Abraham Lincoln the "founder" of the Republican Party in his speech. That isn't accurate. I would think a Harvard educated attorney who represented Mr. Lincoln's home state in the United States Senate and who announced his campaign for President in Mr. Lincoln's hometown at the site of where Mr. Lincoln gave his "House divided" speech should know better. If George W. Bush had made such an error, there would have been howls of derision.

    Drudge didn't write it -- he provided a link. How would he be expected to "retract" something he didn't write? I love the criticism that Drudge is a cheerleader for the Republican Party. Somehow that's wrong, but this site's endless cheering for our "Fierce Advocate" and all things Democrat is somehow OK.

    Once again, a troubling double standard.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Sep 10, 2011 11:27:45 PM

  13. Drudge replaces stories when they get old. He only has one page to work with! His taking down a link is not akin to a retraction, and acting as if he's trying to hide something is misleading, as is claiming the mistake Obama made didn't occur.

    By the way, it's funny to see liberals outraged at the idea Obama may not be an expert on the history of the Republican Party.

    Posted by: Jason (the commenter) | Sep 11, 2011 12:25:15 AM

  14. Poor, poor LincolnLounger! Repub-princess is so bothered by the "double standard" of it all. Listen, you simpering, wimpering republicon, PBS published Obama's WRITTEN speech not what the President actually said in his ORAL speech. Big difference and you, of all people, on-line, t-room troll that you are, should be able to tell the difference between WRITTEN and ORAL. But then again, considering that you are a republicon, maybe not.

    Girl, let me hip you to something: there is no double standard at work here. Your buddy and fellow t-room troll, Matt Drudge, has a looooooong history of misrepresentation, distortion, obfuscation, and outright lying. And, he NEVER, EVER corrects himself or issues a retraction. He, like you, are of that odious sub-human member of FOX-nation, you know, where anything--no matter how outrageous or false or scurrilous it might be--will get thrown out there in the media ozone. If it sticks, fine. If not, oh well, let's try again. That you would even defend that slimy little twerp, Matt Drudge, shows just how far down the politico-evolutionary scale you are.

    Please, honey, go somewhere else. It's not that anyone here objects to a republicon or an actual conservative commenting here. Such is the diversity of our LGBT community. Contrary (if factual) opinions are welcomed. What is objectionable is that you are a CRAVEN conserva-twit, always ready to defend the indefensible. In this case, what Matt Drudge has done is indefensible and you are right there, lapping it up all the while hand-to-mouth, recoiling in faux horror at the (GASP!) double-standard of it all.

    LincolnLounger, time to grow up and face the facts: your political party and your political persuasion is a cancer on the American body-politic.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Sep 11, 2011 1:51:10 AM

  15. Lincoln Lounger, It's Drudge's site, so if he posts something he needs to make sure that it is accurate, and if it's not, he needs to clarify that point. Of course, the real issue is that too many people look at Drudge as if he is a journalist, or like he has some credibility.

    BTW, many Republicans like to call Lincoln the father of the Republican party. He didn't literally found the party, but they like to highlight his accomplishments, and say that his values and beliefs are still present in the party today. Of course this isn't true.

    Posted by: cadence | Sep 11, 2011 3:39:04 AM

  16. Republicans promote Lincoln as the "the patron father of the Republican Party, or as some would view as the father of the Republican Party" . So what if Obama said "founder"?

    The fact is Obama was too generous. The modern Republican Party would crucify Lincoln, since in an ironic historic twist it is now the neo-confederate party utilizing racism whenever it can to advance its anti-federal agenda.

    Posted by: Philo | Sep 11, 2011 5:47:22 AM

  17. Cadence and Philo,

    Here's a quote of Lincoln's from the Lincoln-Douglas debates:

    "I will say, then, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races; that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say, in addition to this, that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race."

    No Lincoln worship! He was a horrible person!

    Posted by: Jason (the commenter) | Sep 11, 2011 8:05:13 AM

  18. I agree with Todd. Just the news, please.

    Posted by: Bastian | Sep 11, 2011 8:18:01 AM

  19. I also agree with Todd.

    Posted by: Max | Sep 11, 2011 8:59:08 AM

  20. I wouldn't call Drudge "Goebbels in a Panama hat", Goebbels had greater sophistication and was better educated. If making a comparison to a Nazi propagandist, I find Drudge more like Julius Streicher, editor of "Der Sturmer". Even fellow Nazi's considered him a journalistic hack and pornographer.

    Oh, and before the howls about Godwin's Law start, I know Godwin's Law and I know it is misunderstood by most who invoke it. Godwin does not question the appropriateness of invoking Nazi comparisons, only the eventuality if an argument goes on long enough that a Nazi comparison will be made.

    Posted by: Bob R | Sep 11, 2011 9:37:27 AM


    Penn Bullock's posts are always spot-on.

    I want the rapid homophobes and racists, the ones who do very real damage to public perception in our nation, to be rebuked and shamed, and I think Penn was very wise to take on this nasty self-hating, bigoted homophobe, Matt Drudge.

    The "Goebbels in a panama hat" line by Penn was VERY APT.

    While being racist and homophobic, Matt Drudge is also gay and Jewish.

    As a man of two historically oppressed communities, he should no better than to perpetuate the EXTREME hatred that he systematically espouses!

    His blog is full of outright lies, and the kinds of HATE PROPAGANDA that makes Matt Drudge's work ***VERY MUCH*** like Goebbels, the self-loathing propaganda minister of the Nazis in WWII.

    Let me explain:

    A historian named David Irving provides facts to back up the assertion that Goebbels was actually Jewish. This makes the comparison to Matt Drudge quite apt: a self-hating person who goes out of his way to be racist, lying, and vile.

    Both of these figures commit/ted speech crimes that have/had terrible consequences for entire communities of people.

    So, to me, the level of hate is the same for each of these figures.

    But wait--there's more:

    Another virulent Nazi named Himmler was a homosexual and his sex acts and romances were even filmed by the Nazi photographer Walter Frenz.

    There is a long, sordid history of a few oppressed minorities becoming self-hating oppressors themselves (gays like Roy Cohn, blacks like Shelby Steele, Jewish persons like Wilhelm Canaris, and on and on).

    Matt Drudge (as a self-loathing gay Jewish man) takes this historical tradition to new heights.

    He should be condemned and compared to the worse among the historical figures who were self-loathing hatemongers.

    Posted by: BRENDA | Sep 11, 2011 9:46:26 AM

  22. Why is anyone giving Drudge this much time, we all know where his royalty lives, enough said !

    Posted by: EJ | Sep 11, 2011 9:52:37 AM

  23. As Penn is finding out, Andy's superb site has the most asinine commenters you'll find anywhere. This post serves up a good sampling of some of the worst.

    Chief among them: Anyone who bitches that the site dare to express an opinion. Newsflash: Even the least opinionated-seeming news aggregator is rife with opinion...it is dripping from every item selected, and from every title written.

    Which is a point the Drudge apologist should take to heart—Drudge does not just link things dispassionately, and he is responsible also for his titles, which are often opinions in and of themselves.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Sep 11, 2011 10:03:58 AM

  24. "What? No retraction, just deletion? Maybe Matt Drudge is not that good of a journalist..." before being a journalist is first being a person, a good human being.

    Posted by: PSGuy92262 in PS | Sep 11, 2011 12:10:03 PM

  25. BRENDA, I just fell in love with you. PREACH IT, girl!!!

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Sep 11, 2011 1:01:24 PM

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