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...a no-holds-barred conversation with media maven Camille Paglia and Radar editor-in-chief Maer Roshan. ...the interview...took place shortly after Drudge joined Paglia for a rare in-person lecture at Philadelphia's University of the Arts...
PAGLIA: There's something retro about your persona. It's like the pre-World War II generation of reporters?those unpretentious, working-class guys who hung around saloons and used rough language. Now they've all been replaced with these effete Ivy League elitists who swarm over the current media. Nerds?utterly dull and insipid.
DRUDGE: But you look at these tanned, blow-dried gym bunnies like Brian Williams, NBC's next anchor?all they do is read off a teleprompter, and no one has a problem calling them journalists. In the end I really don't care what I'm called, as long as it's not blogger. As Roger Ailes told me early on, you don't need a license to report. You need a license to do hair.
But wait, poor Drudge...
...is the highest-paid journalist on the Internet?earning a reported $800,000 a year, though he coyly admits to making "quite a bit" more.
Maybe he should change the name of his Blog.
Update: On the other hand, Ann Coulter apparently doesn't mind being called Blogger. Wonder if she's been called worse?
"One of us! One of us!"Posted by Dean Esmay at June 25, 2003 04:24 AM
Drudge - the source from whom much Blogging flows!Posted by Big Dog at June 25, 2003 09:24 AM
Interesting story, but I can understand Drudge's reluctance to be called a blogger. Or, for that matter, our reluctance to claim him as one of us.Posted by James Joyner at June 25, 2003 10:06 AM
Anything but Blogger? Surely there are other options he would find more disturbing.
I don't think you'll find many bloggers willing to call Mr Drudge to task for his remarks though. He is insulting a group that worships him, thus they no doubt will ignore this transgression and hope for no repeats. Should Drudge launch an "anti-blogging" campaign, even if through such subtle commentary, the results would spell disaster for this growing source of American free expression.
Coulter on the other hand, is someone a significant percentage of the world's bloggers could despise and disparage gleefully. Bet she gets more blog coverage, and more negative comments, then Drudge. Before she posts her first word.
Nice post Greyhawk. Sardonic yet subtly so. A great juxtaposition/contrast; I think you were aiming for that and it wasn't lost on this reader.Posted by Lacy at June 25, 2003 10:13 AM
Okay, how about this: within the blog community all references to Drudge should henceforth be preceeded by "blogger"; to wit: "Blogger Matt Drudge reports today that...blah blah blah".
Just to yank his chain a bit, eh?Posted by Unknown blogger at June 25, 2003 10:25 AM
Then if he complains we can switch to something else and he'll have to live with that.
"Douchebag" comes to mind.Posted by Angry Steve at June 25, 2003 10:28 AM
Heh. I just added his name to the TTLB Ecosystem. Oddly, he doesn't make the top 20 blogs.Posted by James Joyner at June 25, 2003 11:13 AM
Is Drudge actually afraid of the competition Bloggers could ultimately provide him years down the road? Does he worry he may have to do more then just link stories?Posted by Chuck D at June 25, 2003 11:45 AM
For $800,000 a year you could call me Professional Bootlicker, Pimple Removal Technician, Imperial Fry Cook or just simply Jay.
It's when you start DEMANDING respect that the sneers come. Matt runs a great site, but damn if'n that comment wasn't a bit on the snooty side.Posted by Jeff at June 25, 2003 03:11 PM
You all are probably off - Drudge is a right wing nut job who doesn't realize there's 2,000 right-wing nut bloggers who worship him. He's probably based his opinion on some left-wing blogs he's seen. And yea, I don't see too many right wing bloggers taking offense at the comment. O'Reilly got lists compiled of people lining up to take shots at him, and he never used the word "blog" or "blogger". Cowardly of you righties since Drudge's attack was more direct. (Though I admit it was also more off-hand; his dislike of Blogs must be a part of him that he may not even be fully aware of. Like when you people slip and use the "N" word)Posted by Left Fielder at June 25, 2003 06:53 PM
Guess I am among the unwashed masses that couldn't give a damn. There are a lot of blogs more interesting to me than his Drudge Report. He just doesn't interest me.Posted by mog at June 25, 2003 10:52 PM
My take is that he doesn't want other media outlets characterizing his site as a blog. His site offers a select list of news stories without much commentary, contrary to the content of blogs which is mostly commentary with links to the referenced news stories.
I don't think he was trying to be insulting to bloggers. I think he was trying classify his site as news, not blog.
Posted by Pooke at June 30, 2003 02:01 PM
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