It’s Not Journalism, It’s the Worldnetdaily


Wow. I know I make fun of the Worldnetdaily and its ridiculous brand of “journalism” on an almost daily basis, but sometimes they leave even me shaking my head in disbelief. They’ve managed to make an entire article — a “mystery” — out of a meaningless 4-word tweet from Matt Drudge.

A mysterious four-word tweet by Internet news hound Matt Drudge has some people wondering if the founder of the popular Drudge Report knows something crucial the rest of the nation needs to know.

His cryptic message on Twitter Jan. 24 reads: “Have an exit plan … ” …

Online blogger Mac Slavo is among those taking note of Drudge’s tweet, saying the warning, while cryptic, may be the result of direct insider information.

“Considering he once nearly brought down the Clinton administration by revealing the president’s indiscretions with a White House intern, one could make the case that if anyone has legitimate sources pouring in from across the world it’s Matt Drudge,” Slavo writes.

“Could his warning be for stock market investors regarding foreknowledge of an imminent collapse of financial markets in the United States, China and Europe?

“Or has Drudge’s access to insiders in key positions given him the ability to connect the dots for an event that may occur in the near future? Few may recall, but just three weeks ahead of the September 11th attacks, Drudge headlined warnings of possible strikes on U.S.-based targets, so there may well be a credible insider source for his most recent warning as well.”

Slavo goes on to note that while Drudge’s latest comments could be referring to anything, “given the types of stories he’s covered in recent years we could make the case that he is referring to worst-case scenarios.

“His exit plan warning may encompass any number of potential scenarios such as a coming shock to financial markets, evacuating major cities in an emergency, preparing for the destruction of our currency, or having a way to get out of the United States in the event of a Soviet-style purge.

“Whatever the case, Matt Drudge understands that his views and comments are followed by hundreds of millions of people worldwide, thus we are confident that he would not publicly issue such a warning unless he has access to credible information that supports his claims. That being said, we urge readers to remain vigilant.”

Seriously, if you made up a “news” outlet this absurd for a movie, no one would believe it.

Comments

  1. cry4turtles says

    Most of the time, when I’m preparing an exit plan, it’s because I gotta poop. Right now!

  2. colnago80 says

    I really get a kick out of gay bashing outlets like the Whacknutdaily citing alleged closeted gay man Matt Drudge.

  3. says

    What’s with all the fixation on Matt Drudge’s alleged “sources”?

    Matt Drudge doesn’t have “legitimate sources pouring in from across the world”, Matt Drudge doesn’t have a single legitimate source anywhere in the world.

  4. jnorris says

    I have been following this kind of stuff my whole life. In elementary school, over 50 years ago, we were told about having an exit plan.

    I believe I can tell you the secret Mr Drudge wants everyone, except those people, to know: Every household needs an emergency exit plan for leaving the house in case of fire. Include in your plan a place everyone meets at to be counted.

    That’s what Capt Phil from the city fire department told us when he visited our school.

  5. alanb says

    This article is shocking! What’s shocking about it is that after listing all of the paranoid possibilities, there is no link to survivalist merchandise on their store. How did that happen?

  6. says

    Me and Buddy the Wonderdog (hereinafter referred to as “WtB”) have an exit plan. I’m leaving out of the nearest window and he’s gonna piss on the fire until the second responders show up.

    Not that I want to beat a dead horse into a different kettle of fish, but…

    I notice that the “new commenters” from the Amanda Marcotte imbroglio thread are so lazerfocused on that thread that they haven’t had time to comment about ANYTHING else. One might be forgiven for thinking that, yes, they really ARE lying, misogynistic fuckbagassholes who have no interest in anything other than ranting about uppity wimmen.

  7. raven says

    I have been following this kind of stuff my whole life. In elementary school, over 50 years ago, we were told about having an exit plan.

    In my elementary school, we had something similar. Duck and cover drills in case a nuclear war happened. You got under your desk and put your hands over your head. After the bombs dropped you were supposed to go home and gather survival supplies until your parents came home from work. Assuming they didn’t get fried by a hydrogen bomb. Then you all drove up into the mountains and survived on roots and berries for a century or two.

    Well it was a plan anyway. I didn’t say it was a good plan.

    These days, “having an exit plan” usually means having end of life medical instructions.

  8. dingojack says

    Perhaps he’s thinking of the Californian winter wildfires…. or the unprecedented cold over the eastern states…or he’s planning to get the hell outta dodge due to those unspecified teens he killed and raped, in concert with Mr Bek, in the 80’s…..
    :) Dingo

  9. raven says

    There is a whole lunatic fringe of End Timers, the, we are going to die any day crowd. They are mostly fundie xians. It’s Alex Jones and Infowars, Glenn Beck, Celente, Peter Schiff, the doomsday preppers and survivalists and countless others. Late at night I sometimes browse their threads for a laugh when I’m too tired to think.

    They have always been around. During the Black Death when 1/3 of Europe’s people died from a then mysterious pandemic in 1348, they were wildly popular. It really did look like the world was ending and it ended for maybe 25 million people for sure. It was also a popular belief longer ago than that. Jesus of the NT was an end timer (and also wrong).

    It hasn’t happened yet. Things get worse sometimes. They get better other times. So far, the long term trend is always upwards.

    PS I even know a few. At my old home, a family built their own house in the 1970’s. Complete with a bomb shelter. It’s for sale now. The world ended for one of them when they died of old age. Another guy joined a vaguely xian themed cult and their schtick is that an economic collapse is imminent so they are getting ready for a new Dark Age.

  10. says

    WND has contacted Drudge to see if he has any further explanation to what he specifically meant with his tweet.

    Online blogger Mac Slavo is among those taking note of Drudge’s tweet, saying the warning, while cryptic, may be the result of direct insider information. (fm the article)

    I like how his reply is missing. Now that’s journalism.

  11. raven says

    Perhaps he’s thinking of the Californian winter wildfires..

    You had to remind me. Although I was thinking about it an hour ago anyway.

    1. A few weeks ago, there were wildfires all up and down the coast from northern Oregon to outside of Los Angeles. In January. The peak wildfire season is late summer.

    2. The latest report is that Sierra snowpack is 12% of normal. And the rainy season is half over. It was a drought last year so there are no reserves and most reservoirs are at less than half capacity.

    3. In times past, they could just pump ground water. California has so drained their aquifiers that this isn’t going to work very well. They’ve been mining prehistoric water for decades and it’s getting scarcer and scarcer. This is what happens when you treat a finite resource as infinite.

    4. It’s going to be another water war. The California water wars have gone on for over a century and they get vicious when there is a drought. It’s already started. People are blaming the hippies, environmentalists, illegal Mexican immigrants, the Democrats, and on and on. They haven’t got to the Jews yet.

    It’s going to be a long, hot, ugly summer in California. And it isn’t just California. The north pacific coast is in drought too. But the southwest, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, parts of Texas are just as bad. The Colorado river hasn’t reached the ocean in decades. And it is drying up.

  12. Michael Heath says

    caseyboucher writes:

    What’s with all the fixation on Matt Drudge’s alleged “sources”?

    Matt Drudge doesn’t have “legitimate sources pouring in from across the world”, Matt Drudge doesn’t have a single legitimate source anywhere in the world.

    This is wildly untrue. While Matt Drudge likes to create and promote severa conservative-friendly narratives that misinform his readers, he frequently links to trustworthy sites. He also frequently links to completely untrustworthy sites like Alex Jones and WorldNetDaily.

    For example, his current primary link is titled, “He knew?” and links to this NYTs article about Chris Christie apparently lying about not knowing about the lane closures that got him to hot water recently: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/01/nyregion/christie-bridge.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

    In addition he links to trustworthy columnists all the time, e.g., Nicholas Kristoff, while also linking to untrustworthy columnists well, Ann Coulter.

  13. bolan says

    Michael, I don’t think links qualify as the sources about which caseyboucher doubts Matt Drudge has. I interpreted his doubt as about primary sources. “Pouring in” seems to imply that sources are contacting Matt Drudge, not that he, and whatever staff he has, is able to scour the web for article links.

  14. Michael Heath says

    bolan to me:

    I don’t think links qualify as the sources about which caseyboucher doubts Matt Drudge has.

    Almost all of what Matt Drudge does is link to articles. He puts his personal twist on the news via the articles he links to and his link titles.

  15. kevinalexander says

    “Considering he once nearly brought down the Clinton administration by revealing the president’s indiscretions with a White House intern, one could make the case that if anyone has legitimate sources pouring in from across the world it’s Matt Drudge”

    And if I won the Lotto would that make me a expert on picking numbers for the Lotto?

  16. Sastra says

    “Have an exit plan…”

    WND’s overblown response to this reminded me of something — and now I remember what it is. It’s that scene in Monty Python’s Life of Brian where Brian escapes capture by jumping in with a lot of loony street preachers and pretending to preach, throwing in bits of this and that. The crowd is mocking and unimpressed till he notices the soldiers are gone and just stops speaking in the middle of a sentence. Suddenly, all the onlookers are enthralled. “Wait … what were you going to say?” “Nothing, never mind.” “No, what were you going to say???” And speculation commences and suddenly the whole area is abuzz with excitement.

    Yes. This is like that.

  17. Larry says

    Actually, its a coded message to the French Resistance, announcing that the Allied invasion to liberate France has begun.

    It’s 70 years late, of course, but he has been busy…

  18. sailor1031 says

    Winston Churchill once remarked that if one wanted to create panic all one would have to do is send the message “fly at once all is discovered” to all the prominent politicians. Seems Drudge isn’t that selective – he’ll panic everybody!

  19. says

    “You’d be Drudge-level expert if you almost won the lottery.”

    Actually, considering that BOTH Drudge and WhirledNutsDaily are involved it’s more like.

    “You’d be Drudge-level expert if you almost won the lottery and you would have if the Obamandingoistas hadn’t kept you from buying the winning ticket by making you spend all of your money on hookerz and blow.

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