The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

20 March 2007

Talk Radio, Matt Drudge, Michelle Malkin


Once Again, It's Drudge Vs New Media

Why does Matt Drudge so despise the new media?

Confirming the worst fears of bloggers and other Web 2.0 rabblerousers, the increasingly isolated and paranoid Drudge Report kingpin is once again working to undermine those he sees as a threat.

Proving he has now become everything he had originally fought against, Matt used his syndicated talk radio show this week to blast Michelle Malkin and her Hot Air videoblogging venture:

Just ugh. The things I want to say right now. But we’ve got an FCC. The things I want to say. Maybe we’ll do, uh, uh, a commentary on the Internet like Michelle Malkin. Maybe I’ll stand in front of like a blue screen and hold a banana and start talking into the Internets.

(Sneering tone) ‘This is Matt Drudge reporting on Hot Air.’ Agggh. You know. It’s ridiculous. Looks like, you know, Captain Kangaroo time, Michelle. Get real.


We have entered an era vibrating with the din of small voices. Every citizen can be a reporter, can take on the powers that be. The difference between the Internet, television and radio, magazines, newspapers is the two-way communication. The Net gives as much voice to a 13-year-old computer geek like me as to a CEO or speaker of the House. We all become equal.

Particularly over the past year or so, Drudge has become increasingly vocal about his opposition to these emerging websites. This is the first time he has actually denounced a blogger in public, however.

With very few exceptions, Drudge refuses to link to bloggers on his website, even when the content in question is of great significance.

At Hot Air, meanwhile, Malkin responded with this:

“Get real?” Got whine?

We at Hot Air certainly don’t have the resources to look like the slicksters at CNN or the dinosaur networks. We don’t have multi-million dollar sets, graphics, and wardrobes like Katie Couric. We put substance first over bells and whistles. (You would think someone with a website design circa 1980 might appreciate our priorities.)

That said, folks in the broadcast industry have had nice words about our production values and I’m proud of what our team has accomplished in less than a year. In fact, we’ve had broadcast network engineers and producers ask us how we do it.


What’s it to you, Matt, if we bring our little “banana” microphones and cameras to Baghdad or CPAC or the Doolittle Raiders reunion or the local illegal alien hangout or the Gathering of Eagles (which barely rated a blip on the almighty Drudge radar screen)? What’s it to you if authors find it worth their time to sit down with us for Internet broadcast interviews? Why does it bother you so?

What’s it to you, Matt, if my fellow hosts and I spend our time standing in front of a green screen in our basement studio so we can practice the very kind of Internet citizen journalism you once preached yourself?

Remember when Matt was a hard- working and fearless investigator who regularly broke major news stories? That was a long time ago. Now, Drudge himself has confirmed he's a card- carrying member of the old- line mainstream media.

Hey Matt, remember the way they treated you? Why become one of them?

And given this personal transformation, how relevant is Drudge to talk radio today? Is it time to rethink the syndicated weekend show? Are his listeners really tuning in to hear personal attacks against those he sees as a threat to his business?

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  • I remember that Komo graphic. Maloney made a total ass of himself when he attacked KOMO because he thought they pulled a graphic for political reason; they in fact pulled it because Drudge was hotlinking to it.

    As for Drudge, everyone knows you are bitter because only a handful of people in this world give a rip about your "breaking stories".

    I might add Drudge's website continues to kick ass while your piece of crap excuse for a blog continues to lose readership weekly; latest stats have you down to 1,424.

    Christ, even MOP rarely comes here anymore because he is bored out of his ass.

    By Blogger Elmonica, at 20 March, 2007 15:41  

  • Aw, give Brian a break, Elmo...

    He's just trying to get a spot in "Hot Air" - the whole "bring down Franken with Gloria Wise" thing is a total bust for him - even Malkin won't beat that dead horse anymore.

    And it's been much too long for Brian since the last time he got to kiss O'Reilly's ass on Fox.

    The brown was starting to fade from his nose, so he's got to do _something_.

    By Blogger TJ, at 20 March, 2007 15:56  

  • I suppose your right TJ - the old saying "don't bite the hand that feeds you" holds true.

    Today's post should entitle Maloney to a few "love links" this year from Malkin's site.

    By Blogger Elmonica, at 20 March, 2007 16:26  

  • Thanks for bringing up Drudge, #102 on latest Talkers Magazine Hot 100. There is nothing more pathetic than this little ratfaced closet case nibbling around the feet of the dirty tricksters and religious right phonies who own the GOPig.

    The slime actually thought he could trash Clinton and gays in the military and then go out to the South Beach gay discos at night to party. What great fun we had outing him to every one in the club and then chasing him down Collins Avenue with one shoe missing.

    When he moved to Hollywood, he switched to high price hustlers to provide him his favorite golden showers. He had his apartment cleaned out so many times by trade that people in the industry collect Drudgabilia sold by fences.

    I doubt that Baloney has ever met him since he isn't a chubby chaser. Throw in the wretched hagface Malkin and you have quite a freak show with just the 3 of em.

    By Blogger gregrocker, at 20 March, 2007 19:29  

  • HEY MICHELE SOME MAJOR HATE TALK ABOVE^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    By Blogger gregrocker, at 20 March, 2007 19:31  

  • According to Glenn Beck the Drudge Report gets huge hits from the computers at CNN, and it's clear that Rush is still using Drudge as show prep, so I am a bit confused how this is "isolated" or shows that "only a handful of people in this world give a rip.." Why cannot people be hateful while maintaining intellectual honesty?

    By Blogger Lonewatchman, at 20 March, 2007 22:41  

  • Lonewatchman,

    I was referring to Maloney's "breaking stories" and not Drudges'. Of course people are interested in Drudges' stories because he gets an obscene number of visitors a day.

    Maloney is constantly complaining about Drudges unwillingness to link to blogs. Drudge does link to blogs on occasion, just never to Maloneys.

    By Blogger Elmonica, at 20 March, 2007 23:35  

  • drudge was a nice guy
    confused as all hell
    about himself
    who got caught up
    in a wicked game
    and just can't stop

    michelle is just plain wicked

    tc and elmonica
    your comments ring true
    it's just sour grapes
    and an ever-expanding bitchfest

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 21 March, 2007 00:25  

  • Drudge has broken some interesting stories but his voice leaves a bit to be desired. Still worth an occasional
    listen, though (even though his voice
    can be irritating--much like that of
    This American Life host Ira Glass.
    Who seems to talk. In short little
    bursts. In a monotone. Driving you

    In Boston, Drudge's show is preceded
    (on WRKO) by
    Pundit Review Radio
    , which focuses on the new media/blogs, etc. They have had some great interviews, spotlighted military blogs, etc.

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 21 March, 2007 05:11  

  • Drudge got lucky with the Lewinsky scandal (mainly because nobody else would bother with it) and has been milking that baby ever since. He should just come out of the closet and be done with it.

    By Blogger Poster, at 21 March, 2007 09:44  

  • i think he enjoys it more inside

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 21 March, 2007 13:13  

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