The blunt truth is, Matt Drudge has probably had more influence deciding the political narrative in Washington than any individual in America, except President Obama in 2008 with his "hope and change" agenda that has largely disappeared.
When I refer to the power of Drudge, I refer to the power to determine and define the political story line that dominates our national debate. It is more than Drudge. Just as the Obama campaign dominated the story line in 2008, the Tea Party movement dominated the story line in 2010 and (for better or worse) the Tea Party story line still rules our debate today.
Drudge has what liberals and Democrats lack: a coherent and consistent narrarative about American politics, the ability to drive that narrative through multiple media and the staying power to drive the narrative year after year, relentlessly and successfully.
Fox News should fire Glenn Beck because there are some "opinions" that should not be given prominence on a network that purports to be a serious news station. Beck has the right to express his opinions, but a publicly traded company that presumes to be a credible news network should not be aiding and abetting the spreading of hate using its shareholders' money on the public airwaves.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) should denounce the birthers clearly, unequivocally, immediately and unconditionally and should state, without qualification, that President Obama is a Christian and an American. A leader of one of our two great parties, and the leader of the whole House of Representatives, which is the true role of the Speaker, should not give one ounce of credence to the politics of lies and hate, or leave one inch of doubt that he condemns the politics of lies and hate.
When Keith Olbermann joins forces with Al Gore and Current TV, it will be a
bonanza day for progressives that will generate an excitement and enthusiasm
that will benefit Current TV, MSNBC, the progressive movement and progressive
media as a whole.
The most underrepresented audience group on television today is the large progressive movement
in America. MSNBC has tapped into this movement, which is why MSNBC has surpassed
CNN in the ratings.
If Keith Olbermann joins forces with Al Gore it will be powerful and good for
Current TV, for the progressive movement, and in my view for MSNBC as
After I ended my time working for Democratic leaders in Congress and went into (real) business, my most significant client was Frank Sinatra through his agency. Great talent often comes with great tumult. Keith Olbermann was and remains a giant talent, and what happened last week was regrettable but not surprising.
Recent press reports about the continuing adventures of WikiLeaks assure: 1) that
this phenomenon will not go away anytime soon; 2) that the definition and role
of media is changing in warp speed; 3) and that the virtue of whistleblowers is
1. That the Wiki phenomenon isn’t going away is clear. The latest news reports are
that Wiki is about to publicize thousands of private records of the Swiss bank
Julius Baer, embarrassing, and possibly incriminating, politicians, business
leaders, “pillars of society.” Wiki leader Julian Assange claims this new trove
of secret documents will “educate society” about money-laundering by worldwide
banks and their ultra-wealthy depositors.
It has been a tough December for media darlings in American politics.
give three examples:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) faces a barrage of criticism from New Jersey
voters for choosing to continue vacationing in sunny Florida while voters
were deluged with snow, ice and blizzard. His Republican lieutenant governor
was in Mexico during the blizzard, visiting an ill relative. No fault in that,
but the governor should have been at his desk dealing with the blizzard
and not engaging in leisure, entertainment, sporting and bathing pursuits while
New Jersey voters were suffering the snow.
There's a possible expectation of "accountability journalism" that
includes fact-checking of interviewees and realtime challenge of
misstatements. That also includes coverage of important but buried
stories, wherein mainstream media is called to task for lack of
The best recent example of this was the last episode of "The Daily Show,"
where accountability journalism was executed brilliantly. This could
have a dramatic effect on American politics, and out here, we feel we
sure need it.