REPORT: How Homocon Matt Drudge Became A Pipeline For Russian State News Outlets And Propaganda

Media Matters today published an extensive examination of homocon Matt Drudge’s affinity for Russian state news outlets and propaganda. An excerpt:

Drudge has for years used his site as a web traffic pipeline for Russian propaganda sites, directing his massive audience to nearly 400 stories from RT.com and fellow Russian-government-run English-language news sites SputnikNews.com and TASS.com since the beginning of 2012, according to a Media Matters review.

Those numbers spiked in 2016, when Drudge collectively linked to the three sites 122 times. Drudge’s increasing affinity for and proliferation of Russian propaganda comes amid what The New York Times calls “a new information war Russia is waging against the West.”

We found that the Drudge Report has promoted dozens of RT articles every year since 2012. Soon after Sputnik launched in November 2014, it, too, began regularly receiving attention from Drudge. TASS articles receive much less promotion, but Drudge’s website features a permanent link to the TASS main page (listed as ITAR-TASS).

As the U.S. presidential race and Russia’s machinations both escalated in 2015, the number of Russian propaganda articles promoted by Drudge shot up to 79 for the year. The total jumped again to a high of 122 articles in 2016, before dropping down to 45 this year through September 18.

Drudge has also regularly turned to RT and Sputnik for unskeptical coverage of statements from Putin and other Kremlin officials, including their denials of Russian election interference, their criticisms of the U.S. role in Syria, and their efforts to undermine NATO members.

And he’s frequently highlighted the Russian outlets’ conspiracy theories and hysterics, including their reports on meetings of the “mysterious Bilderberg Group,” debunked claims that Google manipulated its search results to favor Clinton, and warnings of increasing Western support for satanism.

You’ll want to hit the link above for further analysis on how propaganda and right wing sites purposely craft their stories with the aim of winning a link from Drudge.

  • Bad Tom

    Drudge promotes sludge.
    That is all.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      His favorite lube. He likes things a little scratchy.

      • JW Swift

        Ew.

      • pch1013

        I thought he was into sploshing with eggs?

  • Tawreos

    At what point does enabling another country to interfere in our elections become treason or whatever the correct charge would be?

    • boatboy_srq

      At whatever point that interference results in the election of a woman or a Blah Person.

      /s

    • Frostbite

      for the gop, never. for anyone else, the instant you whisper your support for a non-gop candidate.

      • MonochromeMouse

        Remember how the republicans all screeched when Obama told Putin that he would have more time to meet to talk/negotiate with foreign leaders once the 2012 campaign was over, the wouldn’t stop screaming treason until the trump campaign got caught working with russia to steal the election.

  • Max_1
    • MonochromeMouse

      It’s like how it went from “Russia did not interfere at all in the election” to “Russia interfered in the election but the trump campaign didn’t collude with them” to “Some members of the trump campaign colluded with Russia, but trump didn’t” to “Ok, trump probably colluded with Russia, but collusion isn’t a crime” to kellyanne’s collusion/illusion slam poetry distraction attempt.

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  • HZ81

    This tool was used as a tool? Bet he has egg on his face…. ha ha ha. Anyone? Anyone get that?

    • JCF

      That’s not egg. That’s not anywhere close to eggs.

  • JW Swift

    I wish people like my brother (who has Drudge as his home page) could see this. Unfortunately, people like my brother are so far gone that they’d glance at the headline, and would say “Fake News”, and then move on.

    • TCinBerkeley

      I can barely talk to two of three of my four siblings because of this. My brother is married to a Mexican immigrant! WTF?

      All I got from them all during the election was “Hillary is a liar”. Trump beats all of the other liars combined! And he is a con man! “There are none so blind as those who will not see” really came home to me in this last election.

    • William

      My father’s favorite website is Drudge. He still says there is no evidence of any Russian influence on the election.

      • paganguy

        … and the Emperor’s clothes are just spiffy.

  • Gustav2

    “The Bilderberg Group” The John Birch Society would be proud.

    • JCF

      …and Lyndon LaRouche/the LaRouchies.

  • Cipher

    Follow the $$$ (rubles). Russian boys and/or oligarch cash likely exchanged.

    • David L. Caster

      Craftily programmed bots can click links too.

  • Phillip in L.A.

    How did Drudge become a pipeline for Russian “news and propaganda”? Simple: $$$

    • pj

      boys

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Well, he’ll never succeed in Real Estate. One needs something to fall back on.

  • bkmn

    Follow the money, I suspect Drudge was getting incentives from Vlad.

  • Macbill

    It’s really quite brilliant how Russia affected our elections. I wouldn’t be surprised if we did the same elsewhere.

    • Chucktech

      Nothing like they did. Not even close.

      • stuckinthewoods

        Mosaddegh.

    • I love dim sum

      The US has been responsible for rigging tons of elections, are you kidding? Especially in South America. Ask Henry Kissinger, Hillary’s mentor, he can tell you.

  • Chucktech

    Increasing Western support for satanism?? Er mer gerd!!!

    Jesus…

  • JWC

    this guy is as relavent as Roger Stone another media whore

  • Boy Elvis

    Drudge: I’m a patriot!

    Russia: We’ll give you money to share our propaganda and help influence American elections.

    Drudge: OK!

  • FAEN

    Scum!

  • CanuckDon

    The big question is why are so many in Western society easily drawn to hateful rhetoric about those that live amongst them. What on earth is making them so personally miserable and intolerant that they obligingly open their arms to a notorious hostile rival?

    • Chucktech

      Because it’s all in service to someone who isn’t a colored guy or a woman. It’s pretty much as simple as that.

      • CanuckDon

        Gawd…is it really that simple?! Populations of men and women sadly hooked on this idea that only a white man (proven to be hetero) is allowed to rule over them? Kinda sick isn’t it.

    • liondon#iamnotatraitor

      ..but they’re different!

  • Mike

    The enemy of my enemy is my customer.

  • MikeBx2

    O/T Even after all those fake one star Amazon reviews. womp womp…
    https://twitter.com/voxdotcom/status/910546612858114048

    • Rebecca Gardner

      I want a signed copy and I want to meet her. Does anyone know if she’s coming to San Francisco?

    • Lazycrockett

      Hillary is awesome!!

  • Tor

    Does anyone else find it ironic that Russia found a doorway to America through conservatives?

    • Lazycrockett

      Conservatives love Putin.

      • -M-

        “Conservatives” in the US means radical reactionaries, kleptocrats, and theofascists.

        • Jamie_Johnson

          And the dupes easily fooled into following them, blindly voting for and doing their bidding.

    • -M-

      But religious liberty, free speech, the right to bear arms, free markets and all the other stuff that doesn’t exist in Russia’s neo-Soviet empire.

      • David L. Caster

        Almost. Russia isn’t communist anymore. After it went bankrupt, It embraced and took capitalism to its logical conclusion: oligarchic kleptocracy.

        • -M-

          Kleptocracy and oligarchic capitalism are not free markets. They’re regulated by and entirely for the benefit of specific players. (Not advocating unregulated markets, just throwing their ‘free market’ buzzword back in their face. Obviously an oligarchy has much less freedom than markets with some government oversight in regard to fairness and accessibility.)

    • Lumpy Gaga

      No. Because oligarchs, money, oil, and religion.

    • DreadPikathulhu

      They’re certainly not Republicans in the traditional sense. Their party was hijacked by an out-of-control southern strategy and infotainment propaganda complex.

      • -M-

        After more than forty years it’s like arguing whether hate groups like the Klan or the Family Research Center are Christian or not. The kleptofascists are a segment or kind of Republicans just as the televangelists, hate pastors, and prosperity gospel are a strain of American Christianity.

      • Gerry Fisher

        Succinct

  • I love dim sum

    More 1950s Red Scare conspiracy nonsense. Yes, lets provoke a nuclear war with Russia because poor little Hillary is a sore loser.

    The US has rigged dozens of elections around the world over the years, and Hillary has actually said she would never allow free elections in Palestine unless the US could rig them, but nobody has any issue with that.

    • Chucktech

      Citation?

      Sure, we may have influenced some, but if you’re going to make an accusation like that, back it up.

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        It’s a troll with a new account.

        • Chucktech

          Of course. But just because someone is a troll doesn’t mean, ipso facto, they have no evidence. But, yeah I’m sure this guy is a evidence-free troll.

          • I love dim sum

            I just gave you evidence above.

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            You gave ‘evidence’ to the U.S. fucking with elections, something we all knew, but nowhere in said ‘evidence’ does Hillary Clinton say what you claim she said.

          • I love dim sum

            I just cited Hillary’s statement on Palestine as well.

          • I love dim sum

            “I do not think we should have pushed for an election in the Palestinian territories. I think that was a big mistake,” said Sen. Clinton. “And if we were going to push for an election, then we should have made sure that we did something to determine who was going to win.”

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            And that’s not the same as saying ‘we won’t allow elections’…seriously, do you even have a grasp of the English language….wait, never mind, one can’t reason with a Troll who uses half truths to create a narrative.

          • Jamie_Johnson

            I think we’re seeing, right here on JMG, where and how those millions of rubles are spent.

          • pch1013

            Совершенно верно! Предателю неинтересно, что российский спецслужбы вмешались в наших выборах. И поэтому и называю его предателем.

          • I love dim sum

            You are moving the goalposts now. She clearly says she would try to alter the elections.

          • The_Wretched

            When you’re waving about a red-herring, you don’t get to complain about goalposts moving. your false equivalency is false and I’m far from convinced that you’re reciting accurately or in context. I’m also not interested in chasing the rabbit down the hole to find out.

          • I love dim sum

            She stated that she wanted to alter their elections. Thats evidence, not a red herring.

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            Not moving the goal post at all:

            Your claim: “…said she would never allow free elections…”

            My response: “…because Hillary never said any such thing.”

            Your link clearly shows she never stated anything about denying free elections.

            Goal post remains firmly in place.

          • I love dim sum

            And that’s what she said, she would not allow elections free from US interference. So I was right.

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            No, you’re wrong. That’s not what she said, but you seem desperate to make it so. Look, we get it, you’re pro Trump, pro Russia and you’re probably on the take. Your “job” is to provoke and instigate so as to destabilize, I doubt you’re even American, probably some Czech teen in Macedonia. Either way, I have better things to do than continually go in circles with someone as dishonest and clearly untrustworthy as you. So, toodles. Maybe you, BP and ish can have a circle jerk while dreaming of the socialist revolution.

          • I love dim sum

            I’m pro-peace. I’m anti nuclear war, which seems to be what the Russia conspiracy theorists are trying to provoke.

          • Chucktech

            None of the example in that article even approach what the Russians have done and almost all of the examples were us countering third world despots who were doing their own rigging.

            And the Russians used the the awesome power of an Internet that has been fine tuned and matured over the years, certainly much more so than it was in 2008 or 2012.

          • I love dim sum

            I think they all are much worse, especially what we did to Argentina, Chile and Brazil in the 70s. You really should read up on some history. This Russia hacking nonsense sounds as batty as Benghazi did.

          • Chucktech

            This Russia hacking nonsense sounds as batty as Benghazi did.

            Gee, if only there were some way to investigate this to see if that’s really true…

      • I love dim sum

        http://beta.latimes.com/nation/la-na-us-intervention-foreign-elections-20161213-story.html

        There’s countless publications on this, I shouldn’t have to look this up for you.

        • Chucktech

          If you’re going to say so, then yes, you do.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      First off, your constant whining about Hillary only shows you have severe mental disorder coupled with a nasty OCD problem.

      Secondly, you’re lying about the whole Palestinian election comment because Hillary never said any such thing.

      Finally, and I think I speak for the majority here, go fuck yourself with Axle and then move on up to Lucille.

      https://praetorianventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Lucille-Family.jpg

      • I love dim sum

        Hillary did say that though about Palestine, it was recorded. How would I know about it otherwise? It was a taped recording.

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          Then provide the audio asshole or kindly shut the fuck up.

          • I love dim sum
          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            Nice try, but no. Again, there’s no audio link just a claim that a tape was made and quotes offered as proof. Secondly, she doesn’t say she would never allow free elections, she lamented that they pushed for them. There’s a distinction, one you chose to ignore for the sake of pushing a dubious narrative. Alt-right or regressive left, both sides lie, obfuscate and muddy the waters.

          • I love dim sum

            Hillary starts talking at 0:50. She clearly says to rig Palestinian elections.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24WlEtHgYQc

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            I’m not arguing that they didn’t want to rig the election, I’m challenging your statement that she would “not permit” an election per your claim. Again, you fail. Begone child, adults are having a conversation with facts, not half truths and conflations.

          • I love dim sum

            So you would not have a problem with Hillary rigging Palestinian elections then?

          • Chucktech

            Not if it prevents Palestinians from rigging it, no I don’t.

          • I love dim sum

            Wow………

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            Now THIS is what you call moving a goal post.

          • I love dim sum

            Well, you clearly don’t seem to have a problem with electing someone who would try to hack other countries elections, since that’s what Hillary said she would do.

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            Did I say that? When did I say that? Oh wait, I didn’t, neither explicitly or implicitly. Gurlbye moron.

          • Chucktech

            The tape was never released and has only been heard by the small handful of Jewish Press staffers in the room. According to Chomsky, his old-school audiocassette is the only existent copy and no one has heard it since 2006, until today when he played it for the Observer.

            That’s hardly what I would call 2006 Audio Emerges of Hillary Clinton Proposing Rigging Palestine Election

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            EXACTLY. Obfuscation and half truths to create a narrative that fits an ideology…very Soviet Era if you ask me.

          • I love dim sum

            What would you call it then? It comes off as super scummy and shady…..class Hillary shenanigans.

          • Chucktech

            Like, no male politician has EVER engaged in “shenanigans.”
            I call it politics. Politics is a little stinky sometimes.

          • I love dim sum

            Yeah, I’m not going to vote for anyone that’s scummy like Hillary, ever.

          • Chucktech

            You voted for Trump, didn’t you?

          • I love dim sum

            I voted Green Party.

          • The_Wretched

            The Duma has a Green Party?

          • I love dim sum

            News flash, The McCarthy era is over. This ‘Better dead than Red’ virtue signally makes you look nutty.

          • The_Wretched

            Carrying water for Matt Drudge’s distribution of RussianTimes fake news makes you look like a troll.

          • pch1013
          • Chucktech

            Yeah, nothin’ scummy there…

          • Jamie_Johnson

            So our politicians, regardless of party, have no business in desiring a specific outcome? We’re not talking about Hillary suggesting that this Palestinian election be rigged, we’re evaluating what she specifically said, that we should “make sure” that her/our preferred candidate wins.. and then, guess what: we didn’t. But saying something is exactly the same as doing it.. right?

          • I love dim sum

            They have absolutely no business discussing how they would rig elections.

            Would you be as blase about this if Bush and Cheney said the same things? You certainly wouldn’t.

          • danolgb

            And remember, who owns “The Observer”?.. Jared Kushner.

          • Chucktech

            Thank you, I did not know that. I knew it smelled fishy.

          • The_Wretched

            The HRC comments are a rabbit hole to distract from Drudge doing Putin’s work.

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            Yup, that’s why I have now ceased engaging the loathsome larvae.

      • Given the name, and their propsensity to pop up in really weird places, the dim sum dumbass is probably just another chinese-paid troll.

        • Kodie

          That’s not too racist or anything.

    • The_Wretched

      “The US has rigged dozens of elections around the world over the years”

      Oddly enough, that’s not a reason to accept Putin putting Donny in the WhiteHouse.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Sadly, it’s regressive left double speak. They’re not the brightest bulb, let alone the sharpest of tools…though they are tools.

        • The_Wretched

          Mr.Dim Sum is not a regressive left. It’s a RWNJ troll.

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            Noted. I had my suspicions, but they were confirmed the more he pushed the narrative.

          • I love dim sum

            That’s right, everyone that doesn’t agree with you is part of a Cold-war era espionage plot.

          • The_Wretched

            Don’t get me wrong, I think Jill Stein and most of her adherants are loopy (though have a ton of good policy packed around the nutty stuff). But the trolls have taken to lying about their affiliations.

          • Jill Stein herself has taken to lying about her affiliations, too. She supports Trump’s destruction of nature and deregulation of industry, against the wishes of the Green Party in general, and is known to be a sell-out to Russia for quick bucks.

      • I love dim sum

        The only person that put Donny in the White House, was Hillary Clinton. She lost an election, to an absolute loser.

        What does that say about her?

        • The_Wretched

          Float your derangement disorder somewhere else.

        • Chucktech

          It says, in this case, she won by 3 million popular votes, that’s what.

          • I love dim sum

            Means nothing at all because of electoral college.

        • Ross

          Hillary lost the election?

          Or was the election stolen by Russia for an absolute loser?

          • I love dim sum

            No, I’m pretty sure Hillary lost because she was toxic….and then she proceeds to blame everyone else but herself.

          • Ross

            Hum, you are pretty sure?

            Well, everything is settled! Whew!

          • pch1013

            А я уверен, что она “потеряла” из-за лжебные рассказы, распространенные предаталями.

          • Ross

            Smooth!

          • Halou

            “She lost. Get over it”
            It has been nearly a year now, jeez.

        • andrew

          She actually got 66,000,000 of her fellow citizens to choose her to be POTUS. Trump got 63,000,000 votes, but because of the distribution of those votes among the states, the Electoral College vote went to Trump.

    • pch1013

      Президент США В. В. Путин благодарит тебя за поддержку. Все мы остальные нормальные люди считают, что ты – ебаный предатель.

      • Ross

        Fabulous! Thank you!

        Translation:

        US President Vladimir Putin thanks you for your support. All of us other normal people believe that you are a fucking traitor.

        • pch1013

          Спасибо за одобрение 🙂

          А троллью, явно, перевод не нужен.

        • I love dim sum

          Normal people realize that the Cold War ended about 30 years ago, and calling people traitor because they didn’t vote for a sociopathic warmonger (Hillary), makes you look like a 1950s McCarthite Republican.

    • Halou

      Tired whataboutism trope.
      Also, I would be sorry that our not being Russian vassals has hurt Vladimir’s fee-fees, but that would require me to care how tyrants feel when I’m here living as I do in a democracy. If Poots doesn’t like that he can crawl back to the rock he was born under, and he can stay there.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    These people like Drudge and the alt-right really are traitors.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    I remember when committing such an act was considered high treason and warranted the death penalty. Now, it’s considered an act of patriotism….who’s patriotism is anyone’s guess; not really.

    • canoebum

      I firmly believe that for the vast majority of the deplorable voters and the media outlets that promote far right wing garbage, the underlying motive is deep-seated racism, plain and simple. They will go along with anything that does harm to brown-skinned people, even if it means betraying their country and the principles that made it a beacon to the world.

      N.B. We’re all brown to one degree or another. It takes a peculiar form of mental blindness not to notice.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    His code name was spunknik

    • TCinBerkeley

      Eeeewwwww!

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I wonder if his supporters are gonna attack me? Should be fun.

    https://twitter.com/BikerBecca/status/910545238187442176

    • David L. Caster

      You go girl!

    • pch1013

      They’ll just say SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! SOROS! because it’s Media Matters.

    • Mickey Bitsko

      Liked and now following. 😉

  • romanhans

    Years and years ago there were news groups with names like alt.showbiz.gossip. That particular news site had a wonderfully funny and smart group of regulars, just like Joe.My.God.

    As always, things got divided into the cool group and the wannabes. One of these wannabes was so patently stupid that we constantly mocked him and ridiculed him online.

    I used my current name — RomanHans — at the time, and he used his.

    Matt Drudge.

    He was definitely stupid back then, and his offerings weren’t appreciated. We knew he’d never amount to anything creativity-wise. Sometimes I wonder if we drove him to create the Drudge Report: he desperately wanted to be one of the “cool kids” and when he couldn’t he decided to target them,

    He’s done a great job of getting back at us. I’m pretty sure, though, that basing your life on revenge means you will never be happy.

  • Macbill

    Maybe its a Karma deal. Think of all the times the US has propped up dictators (Samoza, Duarte, The Shah, etc). I would not be surprised if we covertly help those who are simpatico to our government.

  • Dagoril

    He looks like he enjoys a bit of “Russian Pipe”. Amirite?! 😉

    • Jmdintpa

      you rite

  • OdieDenCO

    Morgan Freeman said the other day “we are under attack. we are at war.” can we declare drudge a enemy of the state for aiding and abetting the enemy?

  • Hank

    Drudge = TREASON!!!!

  • Gerry Fisher

    I was giving this “US conservatives having a love affair with Russia” thing some thought, asking myself, “Why?” Especially given the US history of having a hostile relationship with Russia. It occurred to me that, if you want to defeat your enemy (the black guy in the White House, and, by extension, the libtards), then you can at least temporarily align with one of his enemies: Putin and Russia. I think that’s the primary reason, given how a lot of these relationships seem to have been formed or greatly strengthened during the Obama years. The secondary reason would be an affinity for the “personal profit over any other overriding principle” thing that the Russian oligarchs do so well, with a sugar coating of scapegoating and religiosity to throw off the commoners. They’re kindred spirits in that regard.

    • Jmdintpa

      ya think… they see strong white male “christian” dominance in putin. they see the savior of white anglo culture. they yearn for the days when the laws and justice was only for them. now that they have to compete with the blacks, gays women, jews, mexicans etc etc on a more level playing field their insecurity and fear is even more amplified. these white supremacist need strong male dominance to look up to and yes lots of it has to do with latent cocksuckers and buttfuckers and self loathing.

      • Uncle Mark

        How often would the FOX News propaganda outlet wax rhapsodic about “what a leader Putin was” compared to our “mom-jeans wearing feckless lead?” Of course that was when they weren’t calling the same “feckless leader” a “ruthless dictator.”

    • Tread

      Actually, I think it’s because conservatives are morons and believe everything they read on the Internet.

  • JCF