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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Why isn't Matt Drudge running a poll for THIS debate?

Tonight's debate in New Hampshire among the Republican candidates has been over for almost an hour and a half. For every other debate in the past month or so Matt Drudge has posted on his Drudge Report site a readers' poll on who they thought won the debate.

So far, one for tonight's hasn't appeared.

Could it be that Drudge is afraid that his poll will show what a lot of others (heck, most others) are showing: intense support for Ron Paul?

I'm going to wait for awhile tonight, and see if he does run one. If he doesn't, I'll have some more thoughts about what this means Drudge has become.

EDIT 11:04 p.m. EST: Okay, here's what I think...

For all the hooplah ever since Drudge burst on the scene about ten years about being "alternative media", Matt Drudge has... well, become too much like mainstream media.

Let me put it another way: the "new media" that Drudge represents has turned out to be old media with slicker tactics.

"Alternative media" was supposed (we were told so anyway) to be an empowering of ideas that had never been given their fair share of exposure, because of a near-monopoly on the airwaves, the press etc. that the "liberal media" enjoyed for so long. Rush Limbaugh declared himself a spokesman for the unrepresented (Limbaugh would say mis-represented) "conservative" Americans. Fox News Channel boldly proclaimed that it would be "fair and balanced".

It's ten years and more later. And "alternative media" stands as corrupted and of foul purpose as the "liberal mainstream media" it's supplanting. Because it has the very same goal as old media: the pursuit of power over people... especially their minds.

Matt Drudge is trying to control people's perception of things as much as CBS or CNN or any other "mainstream" press outlet, by refusing to be consistent and running a post-debate poll that he knows would most likely have Ron Paul winning handily.

And this being the Internet, I and anyone else get to call him out on it.

EDIT 11:32 p.m. EST: Want another example? Here's Fox News' story about the debate. It doesn't mention Paul or a few other candidates that were on stage tonight.


Anonymous said...


Chris Knight said...

11:04 p.m. now here on the eastern seaboard. Still no poll at Drudge.

Thoughts coming soon...

Anonymous said...

What do you think?



roflcopter down...

Chris Knight said...

You know, if Guiliani or McCain had *their* loyal supporters, in the numbers that "real" polls declare, it seems that these "unscientific" polls would still be lopsided bigtime in their favor. But, they aren't...

Certainly Ron Paul's post-debate success can't be just the work of seventeen disgruntled libertarians on a message board, can it?

I like to think that the 2008 presidential election is going to wreck major havoc with "old school" polls, in such a way that they'll never been seen as reliable again.

Anonymous said...

Matt Drudge is too busy mentioning mythological superstitions to host a poll like that. The poll would be good reporting not to mention original data.

Also, I haven't heard the mainstream media reporting on Zeus, so they still have one notch above Drudge.

Anonymous said...

I just checked the links that Chris S provided. The MSNBC poll is still up, and man, did Ron Paul own the debates according to that poll.

However, the 2nd link gets re-directed not to last night's Republican debate results but Sunday's Democratic debate results. I'm guessing that Ron Paul was winning on that poll and that that post was deleted so that no one would know it.

The 3rd link goes to the CNN debate scorecard where Ron Paul is also blowing everyone away. However, the poll appears to be closed already. Either it was always meant to be a short-term poll or they ended voting to keep Ron Paul from looking any better than he already does.

Anonymous said...

Correction: The CNN poll is still open to new votes. For that, you have to go here:


(Chris's original link went straight to the results.)