Legendary Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein says Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report deserves more credit for Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE's GOP presidential nomination than any other news organization.

“Fox has driven Trump’s campaign less than Drudge," Bernstein, who famously broke the Watergate scandal, told CNN on Wednesday. "A large measure of why Trump is the nominee goes to Matt Drudge.


"Drudge is really the great new factor in terms of media,” he added.

Bernstein also concluded that Drudge was unashamedly pro-Trump in its coverage. 

"Drudge, that site, has been unapologetically in Trump's pocket from the beginning," he said. "And I would say that a large measure of why Donald Trump is the nominee goes to Matt Drudge in much the way that Fox has, and you [anchor Brooke Baldwin] used the word 'kingmaker' — I'm not sure it goes quite far that way ... but it is an influence unequaled." 

Fox News has actually covered Trump less than CNN, according to the GDELT Project's Internet Archive's Television News Archive.

The group’s data shows CNN mentioned Trump’s name 185,507 times on-air since 2015, while Fox News mentioned the businessman 160,364 in the same time span.

Drudge tallied a combined page view count of 1,189,670,000 for the month of June, finishing third among all media publishers in the country, behind only MSN and Disney. 

The Hill has reached out to The Drudge Report for comment. 

—Updated at 3:40 p.m.