BY TAYLOR MARSH
Not long ago Eric Boehlert did a piece about how Drudge’s
“campaign influence has collapsed.” Timing is everything.
Drudge’s headline about the McCain campaign volunteer who had a “B”
carved in her face blaring from his homepage, we find just how far that collapse
extends. As brighter minds intuited, something didn’t sound right. In fact, her
story was a hoax.
Police say a campaign volunteer confessed to making up a story that a mugger
attacked her and cut the letter B in her face after seeing her McCain bumper
At a news conference this afternoon, offiicals said they believe that Ashley
Todd’s injuries were self-inflicted. …
|The Drudge Collapse|
Drudge bought into it quickly and completely, making sure his blog was the first with the “news.” He didn’t bother to find out what actually happened or the details of the “attack.” All he wanted to do was target Barack Obama supporters, while pump up his traffic. Truth never entered into it.
There are other sites who have parroted Drudge’s headlines over the last months of the primary and general election season, including some so called progressive sites. They’re only one step removed from Matt Drudge now. Boehlert was so right, the mutilation story is the final proof.
The sadder side of this story is that this woman is a symbol of how far people will go to get noticed in today’s celebrity world. She simply played Drudge, because she knew he’d bite. That her story revolved around race-baiting makes it even worse.