But when footage finally aired on Hannity’s Fox News program and on Carlson’s Daily Caller website at 9 p.m., following hours of aniticipation spurred by Drudge’s promise of controversy and Hannity’s promise of a “bombshell”, it fell flat. – Dylan Byers, Politico

THE DAYS of Matt Drudge having influence beyond the Sean Hannity squealers is over. Rush Limbaugh will cite him, but that doesn’t mean what it used to either. New media has taken over the influence, with searchable databases easy to access and verify whether a “blockbuster” is simply partisan hype. Or if a wannabe new media player simply doesn’t know what it’s doing, beyond getting page views to pay the bills.

Having been one of the few people who took the time to look into Barack Obama’s rise back in 2006 and early 2007 and forward, I saw, read and reported on things few others thought were important. Days before the Wall Street Journal broke their bombshell on William Ayers, I was on the trail of the same story, my writings from that period proven correct on policy long ago. I remember the video Drudge, Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity are now pimping when it was first available on the web. Many others saw the speech, too.

Dylan Byers unpacks the trail of the tape, which has now thoroughly embarrassed Drudge, Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity.

Team Obama’s response is a thing of beauty.

“In a transparent attempt to change the subject from his comments attacking half of the American people, Mitt Romney’s allies recirculated video of a 2007 event that was open to and extensively covered by the press at the time,” Obama campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt said in a statement. “The only thing shocking about this is that they apparently think it’s wrong to suggest that we should help returning veterans, children leaving foster care and other members of Mitt Romney’s 47 percent get training that will allow them to find the best available jobs. If the Romney campaign believes that Americans will accept these desperate attacks tomorrow night in place of specific plans for the middle class, it’s they who are in for a surprise.”

Fox News Channel continues to cover the video. All the networks should cover it, but also where it’s coming from, as well as the fact that the transcript has been on the web for years.

A Washington Times writer was on FNC this morning pushing that the “tone” of the tape was “divisive” and not what you hear from President Obama in the Rose Garden.

Tucker Carlson didn’t get his Mother Jones moment.

Poor Sean Hannity whipped himself into a frenzy for nothing.

It makes it a very good day for the good guys.