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Drudge Report Asks The Tough Questions

Regarding People’s cover featuring Hillary Clinton, The Drudge Report DEMANDS to know:

We patiently await PROOF that it’s not just the back of a chair.

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Dumb Survey Results Followed by Even Dumber Reporting

Is a news trail about a shocking “tech terms” multiple-choice survey taken by American consumers on behalf of UK outfit Vouchercloud still valid if:

a) the LA Times reporter who started it all never actually saw the survey?;
b) the methodology and margins-of-error for said survey are completely unknown?;
c) the survey answers – including the headline-grabbing claim that 11% of Yanks answering think HTML refers to a sexually transmitted disease – suggest that many of the alleged two-thousand-plus respondents raced through the questionnaire with carelessness, goofiness, or both?

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LAT tech reporter Salvador Rodriguez‘s pick-up of a Vouchercloud press release blazed a trail across the Internet Tuesday, most notably as a Drudge link, Romenesko headline of the day, Time item and BuzzFeed pictorial. But some good digging by iMediaEthics managing editor Sydney Smith has led BuzzFeed’s Ryan Broderick, Time‘s Jessica Roy and Romenesko to all post updates. Here is BuzzFeed’s:

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Drudge Links Fuel Judd Apatow/Girls/TCA Incident Debate

DrugeGirlsThe only thing better for a Web outlet item than a Drudge Report link is a Drudge Report double-link. As the Miami muckracker and his cohorts sometimes like to do, EW‘s pick-up of a weird incident yesterday at the TCA Winter Session in Pasadena is today basking in the flow of a double Fedora tip. And per usual, the reader comments at the linked end are piling up fast and furiously.

There were well over 2,000 comments at press time below the EW item. We obviously didn’t have time to go through them all, but of the first few hundred scanned, below are a pair of the more cogent observations. Short incident summary: At Thursday’s TCA HBO session, TheWrap’s Tim Molloy wondered what the point of Lena Dunham‘s constant nudity in Girls was and when he asked a well-worded question to that effect, Judd Apatow came to the show star’s very protective defense, from the stage (alongside fellow executive producers Dunham, Jenni Konner) and then afterwards with reporters:

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Roger Friedman Calls Out Tina Brown, Diane Dimond

For the briefest time Sunday morning, some alleged “news” published by UK’s Sunday Mirror newspaper about the late Michael Jackson was above The Drudge Report fold. But the multiple featured links quickly disappeared from Drudge, perhaps because the site’s Showbiz 411 pal Roger Friedman may have alerted that there was no substance to the sensational allegations.

This afternoon, Friedman is zeroing in on The Daily Beast article “The Story Behind The Latest Michael Jackson Bombshell:”

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Matt Drudge Hires Washington Times Columnist Charles Hurt

Drudge Report, picking up its game before heading into the 2012 elections, has added Charles Hurt, Washington Times columnist and former D.C. bureau chief for the New York Post to its small staff, according to our sister site FishbowlDC. Apparently Hurt’s move has been top secret: he quietly left his Post job three months ago, and still declines to comment on the move to Drudge.

But Drudge is certainly the place to get your point of view across. We’ve already written about how influential Drudge Report is — it drives more traffic than Facebook and Twitter. As political consultant Ron Bonjean told the Huffington Post, “Every Republican primary voter has The Drudge Report bookmarked on their internet browser.”

What’s Next In Blogs: 4 Questions For “Bloggers On The Bus” Author Eric Boehlert

boehlert.jpgNewspapers are dying, magazines are closing and more journalists are finding themselves without paying gigs every day. Everyone is wondering: what does the future hold for the media? We brought the questions to the front lines, asking leaders in the field to tell us: what’s next?

This week, we decided to talk blogs with author Eric Boehlert. Set against the backdrop of the 2008 presidential election, Boehlert’s new book, “Bloggers On The Bus — How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press,” discusses how the liberal blogosphere affects political candidates and campaigns. He told us about how the relationship between newspapers and blogs are changing with the death of newspapers and what conservative bloggers have to do to keep up with successful liberal blogs like the Huffington Post.

FBNY: What do you think about the relationship between traditional media and blogs?

Eric Boehlert: I think it’s painful to see the newspapers in a downward spiral because I think blogs do the best when they augment the traditional press. The blogosphere sort of lives alongside traditional media and helps fill in the gaps. Blogs help keep the press accountable and raise issues that the traditional media is overlooking or forgetting. They can be a watchdog while having their own original content and analysis. It makes me nervous when people say we don’t need newspapers. In a perfect world, newspapers and blogs would live alongside each other.

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Who Knew? NYT Has A Sense Of Humor

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“The Daily Show” correspondent Jason Jones visited The New York Times‘ offices for a segment on last night’s show, skewering the paper’s stuffy reputation and insistence on printing news a day late despite competition from the digital world.

Jones stumped assistant managing editor Rick Berke with his take on “aged news,” challenging Berke to find anything in the paper “that happened today.” Executive editor Bill Keller seemed a little more amenable to the gentle ribbing. He even laughed at Jones’ timely joke about the creaky old rag’s balance sheets. Hint: what’s black and white and red all over?

However, Keller did manage to get in some digs on The Huffington Post, Google and Drudge, pointing out that they’ll never have Baghdad bureaus “because it’s expensive, because it’s dangerous.” Meanwhile, Keller envisions the Times as one of the last ships afloat in a sea of lifeboats “with people dying to clamber on board.” But, as Jones points out, their lifeboat is made of paper, so good luck if that ship ever goes down.