On August 3, the Drudge Report and the Fox Nation linked to a YouTube video with the headlines, "Uncovered Video: Obama Explains How His Health Care Plan Will 'Eliminate' Private Insurance" and "2007 Video! Did Obama Say He Wants to Kill Private Insurance?," respectively. However, the video clip cropped Obama's comments and mischaracterized them: Obama was not discussing the elimination of private insurance, but rather how health insurance could transition from a system of primarily "employer coverage" to a "much more portable system."
After the Drudge Report linked to an article about a possible excise tax on cosmetic surgery alongside photos of Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi, Glenn Beck parroted the Drudge Report's smear on Fox & Friends.
The Drudge Report, a Heritage Foundation blog, and Rush Limbaugh all falsely claimed that President Obama, in Limbaugh's words, "admit[ted] he doesn't know" what's in the House health care bill. In fact, Obama said he was "not familiar" with opponents' false talking point that the bill will make individual private medical insurance illegal.
The Drudge Report, Fox News, and The Kudlow Report provided a forum for a chart released by congressional Republicans that purported to show "the complex health care reform proposal by Democratic congressional leaders."
Following the lead of Free Republic and the Drudge Report, media outlets highlighted a photo of President Obama from the G-8, in some cases with provocative, needling, or scolding commentary that is not supported by video of the event.
From the July 9 edition of The Drudge Report:
Conservatives in the media have criticized President Obama's condemnation of the Honduran president's ouster, asserting that Obama is taking the same side as Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and the leadership in Cuba. However, the European Union has also condemned the ouster.
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The Fox Nation and the Drudge Report linked to a CBSNews.com post titled "Some Israelis Insulted By Obama Picture" to claim President Obama insulted Israel or Israelis.
Media figures have used President Obama's second overseas trip to Europe and the Middle East to stoke fears that he may be too close to the Muslim world or harbors a secret, anti-American agenda.
The Drudge Report highlighted a New York Post article reporting the taxpayer cost of the Obamas' trip to New York City. But neither noted that such use of taxpayer funds for private travel by the first family is typical.
Matt Drudge posted a picture of President Obama in a context that suggested that Obama had laughed and pointed at comedian Wanda Sykes after her joke about Rush Limbaugh. However, a video that Drudge linked to of Sykes' remark about Limbaugh does not show Obama pointing at Sykes.
The Drudge Report posted a doctored photo of Minnesota Democrat Al Franken wearing a diaper and bunny ears.
So, according to internet gossip Matt Drudge, he was the first person Alaska Governor Sarah Palin decided to follow on Twitter. He's even reporting it on The Drudge Report:
Like much of the work he does, whether original "reporting" or linking to news stories with his own misleading headlines, Drudge comes up short with the facts on this one. Yep, he's wrong again.
In fairness, the news outlet Drudge links to, The Daily Telegraph, misreported the story as well.
If you take a look at Sarah Palin's Twitter page, you'll notice that of the 43 (as of right now) people Palin follows on Twitter, Drudge was the 17th. He barely makes the first half of her follow.
Here's the list of folks Palin said "you betcha" to before Drudge:
1. Newt Gingrich
2. Karl Rove
3. Sen. Lesil McGuire
4. Gov. Bill Ritter, Jr.
5. Sen. Lisa Murkowski
6. Sen. Jim DeMint
7. Gov. Rick Perry
8. Gov. Bob Riley
9. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
10. Gov. Bill Richardson
11. Gov. Mike Huckabee
13. Politico 44
15. Weekly Standard
16. Fox News
17. Drudge Report
Matt Drudge highlighted the claim from global warming skeptic Marc Morano that "House Democrats have refused to allow [a global warming skeptic] to appear alongside former Vice President Al Gore at a high profile global warming hearing on Friday." But Newt Gingrich and others who disagree with Gore on climate change legislation the House is considering are also testifying at the hearing.