Success has many fathers.
Lots of founders of digital media outlets contend it was their site which made publishing online be taken seriously.
That's because 20 years ago today - 01/17/1998 - the digital Drudge Report broke the story of The Intern. No surprise, Monica Lewinsky blames Drudge for the ordeal she has endured for decades.
As a conservative site, the Drudge Report served to sock it to the Democrats. Bill Clinton did manage to hold onto the presidency - but barely.
Until the Drudge Report became ambivalent about Donald Trump, it had been the most influential cheerleader for the U.S. brand of conservatism. Moreover, because its curation of news had been and continues to be so comprehensive and in-touch with readers' interests, moderates also click on the site daily.
In response to the Drudge Report's influence, the Huffington Post came into being. It was the digital platform for liberal thought. However, the Drudge Report currently dominates.
The amazing thing is the sustained success of the Drudge Report. Other popular digital sites are in decline - or have been disappeared.
Mashable was sold for peanuts.
Buzzfeed is struggling.
Gawker is gone. Recall that the Gawker crowd were enemies of conservatism. Conservative Peter Thiel financed the litigation ("Hogan v. Gawker") which ended all that.
Now and then, for example, it delights its early adopters by bringing back the flashing blue light for big stories. We are pleased to be able to time travel.
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