Fox News Slammed By Matt Drudge Over “Bizarre” Synagogue Shooting Segment

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Matt Drudge Rips Fox News Hosts Who ‘Laughed and Joked’ During Domestic Terrorism Segment

Matt Drudge slammed Fox News on Monday, attacking the conservative news network over its coverage of a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday that left 11 dead.

“A segment on Fox News this morning where hosts laughed and joked their way through a discussion on political impact of terror was bizarre. Not even 48 hours since blood flowed at synagogue?,” Drudge said in a tweet. “Check your soul in the makeup chair!”

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A segment on Fox News this morning where hosts laughed and joked their way through a discussion on political impact of terror was bizarre. Not even 48 hours since blood flowed at synagogue? Check your soul in the makeup chair!

— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) October 29, 2018

An archive of the tweet can be found here.

“Is it really funny?” he asked in another tweet, showing a smiling image of Fox News host Lisa Kennedy Montgomery over a chyron about the attack and the recent attempted mail bombings against CNN and various prominent critics of President Trump.

Is it really funny? pic.twitter.com/nq8xnT2YDe

— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) October 29, 2018

A rep for Fox News did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

It’s unclear what moment precipitated Drudge’s outrage, but his singling out of Kennedy suggests the coverage occurred some time during “Outnumbered” which she co-hosts on the network and is a staple of Fox’s early afternoon lineup.

Drudge is one of the loudest voices in all of conservative media. Though known for his own conservative and pro-Trump views, news editor across the political spectrum regularly review his iconic Drudge Report to see the pulse of his readers. While his coverage regularly mocks or hammers liberals, attacks on Fox and other right-leaning news are considerably rarer. Among his own tribe he also notably fell out with Steve Bannon, and has linked to coverage which accused the ex-Breitbart chairman of helping Democrats.

The attack from Drudge is only the latest bad news for the network which has been buffeted by accusations that they shared part of the responsibility for the synagogue massacre which the Anti-Defamation League called the largest mass killer of Jews in American history. On his MSNBC program, host Joe Scarborough bluntly accused the network of being complicit.

“They are spreading hatred across America and at the end of the day … inspiring people like this Pittsburgh mass murderer,” he said Monday.

A top editor at the Financial Times also renewed calls for a boycott of Fox News’ advertisers in a tweet which went megaviral on Sunday.

“The most effective thing Americans can do is boycott companies that advertise on Fox,” said Edward Luce. “They bankroll the poison that goes from the studio into Trump’s head. The second is vote.”

The most effective thing Americans can do is boycott companies that advertise on Fox. They bankroll the poison that goes from the studio into Trump’s head. The second is vote.

— Edward Luce (@EdwardGLuce) October 28, 2018

Fox News has also not responded to requests for comments on these matters either.

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Matt Drudge slammed Fox News on Monday, attacking the conservative news network over its coverage of a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday that left 11 dead.

“A segment on Fox News this morning where hosts laughed and joked their way through a discussion on political impact of terror was bizarre. Not even 48 hours since blood flowed at synagogue?,” Drudge said in a tweet. “Check your soul in the makeup chair!”

An archive of the tweet can be found here.

“Is it really funny?” he asked in another tweet, showing a smiling image of Fox News host Lisa Kennedy Montgomery over a chyron about the attack and the recent attempted mail bombings against CNN and various prominent critics of President Trump.

A rep for Fox News did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

It’s unclear what moment precipitated Drudge’s outrage, but his singling out of Kennedy suggests the coverage occurred some time during “Outnumbered” which she co-hosts on the network and is a staple of Fox’s early afternoon lineup.

Drudge is one of the loudest voices in all of conservative media. Though known for his own conservative and pro-Trump views, news editor across the political spectrum regularly review his iconic Drudge Report to see the pulse of his readers. While his coverage regularly mocks or hammers liberals, attacks on Fox and other right-leaning news are considerably rarer. Among his own tribe he also notably fell out with Steve Bannon, and has linked to coverage which accused the ex-Breitbart chairman of helping Democrats.

The attack from Drudge is only the latest bad news for the network which has been buffeted by accusations that they shared part of the responsibility for the synagogue massacre which the Anti-Defamation League called the largest mass killer of Jews in American history. On his MSNBC program, host Joe Scarborough bluntly accused the network of being complicit.

“They are spreading hatred across America and at the end of the day … inspiring people like this Pittsburgh mass murderer,” he said Monday.

A top editor at the Financial Times also renewed calls for a boycott of Fox News’ advertisers in a tweet which went megaviral on Sunday.

“The most effective thing Americans can do is boycott companies that advertise on Fox,” said Edward Luce. “They bankroll the poison that goes from the studio into Trump’s head. The second is vote.”

Fox News has also not responded to requests for comments on these matters either.

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Drudge Report Passes New York Times in Web Traffic and Engagement in First Half of 2018

The Drudge Report has moved ahead of the New York Times in online traffic and engagement for the first half of 2018, according to a newly released analysis by SimilarWeb.

SimilarWeb’s latest Media Publications ranking, which covers the first six months of 2018, shows Matt Drudge’s right-wing news aggregation website flopped places with the Times for No. 6 for top U.S. media publications online.

The rankings are based on a total of traffic, page views and unique views, according to SimilarWeb, though a video accompanying the rankings noted that the Times website had 249.3 million visits compared to 144.3 million visits for Drudge.

Similarly, SimilarWeb’s No. 1 site, MSN.com, has 70 million fewer visits than the new No. 2, espn.com; a rep for SimilarWeb did not respond to a request for comment.

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CNN came in at No.3 with 396.6 million visits. And both Drudge and the New York Times finished ahead of Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post, which came in at N0. 9  with 177.9 million visits.

Since bursting onto the scene in 1998 after exposing the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal (and Newsweek’s decision to kill its own scoop), the Drudge Report has become one of the most trafficked sites in the country.

With just a fraction of the overhead costs of legacy media competitors, Drudge is currently the 41st most visited website, according to SimilarWeb, just above Hulu, which is 43rd.

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Neither Drudge nor the Times responded to requests for comment.

Watch the full top 10 list in the video above.

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The Drudge Report has moved ahead of the New York Times in online traffic and engagement for the first half of 2018, according to a newly released analysis by SimilarWeb.

SimilarWeb’s latest Media Publications ranking, which covers the first six months of 2018, shows Matt Drudge’s right-wing news aggregation website flopped places with the Times for No. 6 for top U.S. media publications online.

The rankings are based on a total of traffic, page views and unique views, according to SimilarWeb, though a video accompanying the rankings noted that the Times website had 249.3 million visits compared to 144.3 million visits for Drudge.

Similarly, SimilarWeb’s No. 1 site, MSN.com, has 70 million fewer visits than the new No. 2, espn.com; a rep for SimilarWeb did not respond to a request for comment.

CNN came in at No.3 with 396.6 million visits. And both Drudge and the New York Times finished ahead of Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post, which came in at N0. 9  with 177.9 million visits.

Since bursting onto the scene in 1998 after exposing the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal (and Newsweek’s decision to kill its own scoop), the Drudge Report has become one of the most trafficked sites in the country.

With just a fraction of the overhead costs of legacy media competitors, Drudge is currently the 41st most visited website, according to SimilarWeb, just above Hulu, which is 43rd.

Neither Drudge nor the Times responded to requests for comment.

Watch the full top 10 list in the video above.

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From Ben Shapiro to Glenn Beck, Here’s Who’s Winning and Losing in Right-Wing Media

In early 2011, Glenn Beck thrived in conservative media. Once a little-known anchor for HLN, he found his voice on Fox News, running neck-in-neck with Sean Hannity in the ratings and trading jabs with liberal icons like Jon Stewart.

Then, after a brutal and sustained advertiser boycott, Fox News fired him. New York Magazine reported that Fox News chief Roger Ailes worried Beck’s conspiracy theories had almost “engulfed” the network. Around the same time, a reality show star named Donald Trump began making regular appearances on “Fox & Friends.” You know how that turned out.

The different fortunes of Beck and Trump almost perfectly illustrate the unpredictable ups and downs of life in the public eye. In the years since Trump’s unlikely rise, one-time outsiders have climbed by clinging to his coattails. And one-time stars of the right have slipped.

Also Read: Top Breitbart Editor Exits, Teases Run for Mayor of London

Hannity didn’t just outlast Beck. Industry watchers consulted by TheWrap agree that he and the rest of Fox News now lead the pack in conservative media.

“Sean Hannity, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Jesse Waters and the rest of the pro-Trump editorial crowd at Fox are no doubt leading the way on the right at the moment,” said former Breitbart London editor Raheem Kassam.

“Hannity” is the top show in cable news, averaging 3.3 million total viewers and 679,000 viewers in the key 25-54 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. One reason for Hannity’s popularity on the right is his unabashed support for Trump.

No list of conservative media winners is complete without Matt Drudge. Since bursting onto the scene in 1998 after exposing the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal (and Newsweek’s decision to kill its own scoop), the media kingpin remains essential reading for much of the country, including news editors.

Matt Drudge

“He was smart enough to not mess with a good thing: He’s kept the same simplicity of the format and presentation of the site,” Joe Concha, a media reporter for The Hill, told TheWrap.

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“Bells and whistles and different fonts and graphics could have been added, but he understands that people want a user-friendly site devoid of everything that annoys them when they get their news online elsewhere.”

With just a fraction of the overhead costs of legacy media competitors, Drudge was the 42nd most visited website in May — just above the New York Times, which was 43rd. He was well ahead of the Washington Post (64) and BuzzFeed (113), according to SimilarWeb.

Another online success story is Ben Shapiro, a former Breitbart editor who can be fiercely critical of Trump. He has gained support since the implosion of his primary rival on the right, Milo Yiannopoulos. In November, the New York Times christened Shapiro “the cool kid’s philosopher.” (Shapiro was also called a member of the “intellectual dark web” by Times opinion columnist Bari Weiss.)

Shapiro’s website, DailyWire, has grown from about 19.1 million total page views in December to more than 25 million in May.

“He exists in places that young people inhabit — podcasts, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube,” wrote reporter Sabrina Tavernise, who reported that “The Ben Shapiro Show” podcast is downloaded 10 million times every month, and that 70 percent of his audience is under the age of 40.

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Less mainstream voices have also come to the fore in a big ways since the rise of Trump. With his die-hard embrace of Trump and penchant for outlandish conspiracies, Alex Jones continues to rise.

Once widely dismissed as a fringe figure peddling theories that the Sandy Hook massacre was staged, child slave colonies exist on Mars and frogs are turning gay, Jones went hard for Trump during the 2016 campaign. Trump rewarded him with an interview and praise for his “amazing” reputation. Once Trump won, Jones’ InfoWars briefly received press credentials to the White House briefing room.

“He’s got a really riveting personally. It might be a little veiny and ridiculous what he says, but he is good on television and on radio,” said a senior GOP media executive, who declined to be named.

“It’s very unusual for someone to have a crossover” from radio to on-camera, the executive added. “The Trump movement has unhinged a lot of people out there.”

While he has faced mounting legal troubles from his ex-wife and Sandy Hook families who have accused him of defamation, the InfoWars juggernaut has continued to expand. In May, Jones announced that InfoWars would attempt 24-hour live coverage and that he was looking to hire at least 15 people for the effort.

“People are hungry for it,” Jones told TheWrap at the time. “Attempts to destroy InfoWars or any other media permutation will fail… to quote ‘V for Vendetta,’ ‘Ideas are bullet proof.’”

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Jones is largely impervious to sponsor boycotts, which have hurt broadcasters like Fox News’ Laura Ingraham. Jones largely supports himself through the sale of his own brand of products. The InfoWars store received more than 800,000 page views in May 2018, according to SimilarWeb.

Trump hasn’t raised all conservative media, however.  Which brings us back to Glenn Beck.

After he left Fox News, Beck launched his own news outlet, TheBlaze. But last month the Daily Beast reported it “appears to be on its last legs” after another round of layoffs to a staff already demoralized from one last September.

Also Read: Glenn Beck Attacks Tomi Lahren on Twitter: ‘Wait, Libertarian Views?’

When CNN media guru Brian Stelter recently asked Beck about TheBlaze report, Beck walked out of the interview.

“He’s totally off the rails, as evidenced in his softball interview with Brian Stelter, which he still managed to flub,” Kassam told TheWrap. “TheBlaze is a total joke.”

Beck has struggled to translate the fire and fury (and audience) from his time at Fox News to his own enterprise. Conservative critics have largely panned Beck’s response to the Trump presidency, which included a denunciation of Trump in the New York Times.

“Management of the company was extremely near-sighted. Leaders assumed a sizable amount of debt without Beck’s knowledge,” one former Blaze employee told TheWrap. “Months later, new Facebook algorithms contributed to fewer page views, resulting in less revenue. Layoffs ensued.”

Another former Blaze employee told TheWrap that the site faced broad rejection from conservative readers because Beck didn’t support Trump.

“Everything was so vitriolic and messy, and I think TheBlaze was a casualty of that,” said the employee.

A proposed merger with Shapiro’s Daily Wire fell through when the two sides could not agree to terms.

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“We were looking for a deal that could advance both of our interests. We didn’t find it this time,” Daily Wire COO Jeremy Boreing told TheWrap. “I doubt it’s the last time we try to make something happen.”

Beck did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

Another loser in recent months has been Breitbart. Though Ann Coulter told TheWrap that it was “the main source for real news in America today,” and that “everybody” read it, the numbers tell a different story.

In May, the Breitbart website suffered its seventh straight month of traffic decline, according to Politico. From December until May, the company fell from more than 80 million monthly page views to just over 66 million, according to SimilarWeb.

Where once the website was a regular part of the conversation — with lightning rods like Yiannopoulos storming college campuses — it has spent much of the Trump era in the service of aggregation and creating the look of a more traditional website. Its former leader, Steve Bannon, left to join the Trump White House, then rejoined Breitbart, but left again after the book “Fire and Fury” included Bannon quotes critical of Trump’s family.

Those remarks, and Trump’s criticism of Bannon afterward, led Breitbart’s owners, father-daughter billionaires Robert and Rebecca Mercer, to lose confidence in Bannon.

“The loss of [Steve] Bannon, as well as the disruption in the relationship with the Mercers and an advertisers’ exodus, have left Breitbart without a figurehead, an identity, and without the financial means to expand,” the website’s former spokesman, Kurt Bardella, told TheWrap.

Reps for Breitbart pushed back, telling TheWrap that there are other metrics besides just traffic.

“Breitbart’s ability to act as the popular voice of conservative America has never been stronger,” said a company representative, citing a number of occasions when Trump officials have referenced Breitbart stories. “It’s important to recognize influence as well as traffic.”

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In early 2011, Glenn Beck thrived in conservative media. Once a little-known anchor for HLN, he found his voice on Fox News, running neck-in-neck with Sean Hannity in the ratings and trading jabs with liberal icons like Jon Stewart.

Then, after a brutal and sustained advertiser boycott, Fox News fired him. New York Magazine reported that Fox News chief Roger Ailes worried Beck’s conspiracy theories had almost “engulfed” the network. Around the same time, a reality show star named Donald Trump began making regular appearances on “Fox & Friends.” You know how that turned out.

The different fortunes of Beck and Trump almost perfectly illustrate the unpredictable ups and downs of life in the public eye. In the years since Trump’s unlikely rise, one-time outsiders have climbed by clinging to his coattails. And one-time stars of the right have slipped.

Hannity didn’t just outlast Beck. Industry watchers consulted by TheWrap agree that he and the rest of Fox News now lead the pack in conservative media.

“Sean Hannity, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Jesse Waters and the rest of the pro-Trump editorial crowd at Fox are no doubt leading the way on the right at the moment,” said former Breitbart London editor Raheem Kassam.

“Hannity” is the top show in cable news, averaging 3.3 million total viewers and 679,000 viewers in the key 25-54 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. One reason for Hannity’s popularity on the right is his unabashed support for Trump.

No list of conservative media winners is complete without Matt Drudge. Since bursting onto the scene in 1998 after exposing the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal (and Newsweek’s decision to kill its own scoop), the media kingpin remains essential reading for much of the country, including news editors.

Matt Drudge

“He was smart enough to not mess with a good thing: He’s kept the same simplicity of the format and presentation of the site,” Joe Concha, a media reporter for The Hill, told TheWrap.

“Bells and whistles and different fonts and graphics could have been added, but he understands that people want a user-friendly site devoid of everything that annoys them when they get their news online elsewhere.”

With just a fraction of the overhead costs of legacy media competitors, Drudge was the 42nd most visited website in May — just above the New York Times, which was 43rd. He was well ahead of the Washington Post (64) and BuzzFeed (113), according to SimilarWeb.

Another online success story is Ben Shapiro, a former Breitbart editor who can be fiercely critical of Trump. He has gained support since the implosion of his primary rival on the right, Milo Yiannopoulos. In November, the New York Times christened Shapiro “the cool kid’s philosopher.” (Shapiro was also called a member of the “intellectual dark web” by Times opinion columnist Bari Weiss.)

Shapiro’s website, DailyWire, has grown from about 19.1 million total page views in December to more than 25 million in May.

“He exists in places that young people inhabit — podcasts, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube,” wrote reporter Sabrina Tavernise, who reported that “The Ben Shapiro Show” podcast is downloaded 10 million times every month, and that 70 percent of his audience is under the age of 40.

Less mainstream voices have also come to the fore in a big ways since the rise of Trump. With his die-hard embrace of Trump and penchant for outlandish conspiracies, Alex Jones continues to rise.

Once widely dismissed as a fringe figure peddling theories that the Sandy Hook massacre was staged, child slave colonies exist on Mars and frogs are turning gay, Jones went hard for Trump during the 2016 campaign. Trump rewarded him with an interview and praise for his “amazing” reputation. Once Trump won, Jones’ InfoWars briefly received press credentials to the White House briefing room.

“He’s got a really riveting personally. It might be a little veiny and ridiculous what he says, but he is good on television and on radio,” said a senior GOP media executive, who declined to be named.

“It’s very unusual for someone to have a crossover” from radio to on-camera, the executive added. “The Trump movement has unhinged a lot of people out there.”

While he has faced mounting legal troubles from his ex-wife and Sandy Hook families who have accused him of defamation, the InfoWars juggernaut has continued to expand. In May, Jones announced that InfoWars would attempt 24-hour live coverage and that he was looking to hire at least 15 people for the effort.

“People are hungry for it,” Jones told TheWrap at the time. “Attempts to destroy InfoWars or any other media permutation will fail… to quote ‘V for Vendetta,’ ‘Ideas are bullet proof.'”

Jones is largely impervious to sponsor boycotts, which have hurt broadcasters like Fox News’ Laura Ingraham. Jones largely supports himself through the sale of his own brand of products. The InfoWars store received more than 800,000 page views in May 2018, according to SimilarWeb.

Trump hasn’t raised all conservative media, however.  Which brings us back to Glenn Beck.

After he left Fox News, Beck launched his own news outlet, TheBlaze. But last month the Daily Beast reported it “appears to be on its last legs” after another round of layoffs to a staff already demoralized from one last September.

When CNN media guru Brian Stelter recently asked Beck about TheBlaze report, Beck walked out of the interview.

“He’s totally off the rails, as evidenced in his softball interview with Brian Stelter, which he still managed to flub,” Kassam told TheWrap. “TheBlaze is a total joke.”

Beck has struggled to translate the fire and fury (and audience) from his time at Fox News to his own enterprise. Conservative critics have largely panned Beck’s response to the Trump presidency, which included a denunciation of Trump in the New York Times.

“Management of the company was extremely near-sighted. Leaders assumed a sizable amount of debt without Beck’s knowledge,” one former Blaze employee told TheWrap. “Months later, new Facebook algorithms contributed to fewer page views, resulting in less revenue. Layoffs ensued.”

Another former Blaze employee told TheWrap that the site faced broad rejection from conservative readers because Beck didn’t support Trump.

“Everything was so vitriolic and messy, and I think TheBlaze was a casualty of that,” said the employee.

A proposed merger with Shapiro’s Daily Wire fell through when the two sides could not agree to terms.

“We were looking for a deal that could advance both of our interests. We didn’t find it this time,” Daily Wire COO Jeremy Boreing told TheWrap. “I doubt it’s the last time we try to make something happen.”

Beck did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

Another loser in recent months has been Breitbart. Though Ann Coulter told TheWrap that it was “the main source for real news in America today,” and that “everybody” read it, the numbers tell a different story.

In May, the Breitbart website suffered its seventh straight month of traffic decline, according to Politico. From December until May, the company fell from more than 80 million monthly page views to just over 66 million, according to SimilarWeb.

Where once the website was a regular part of the conversation — with lightning rods like Yiannopoulos storming college campuses — it has spent much of the Trump era in the service of aggregation and creating the look of a more traditional website. Its former leader, Steve Bannon, left to join the Trump White House, then rejoined Breitbart, but left again after the book “Fire and Fury” included Bannon quotes critical of Trump’s family.

Those remarks, and Trump’s criticism of Bannon afterward, led Breitbart’s owners, father-daughter billionaires Robert and Rebecca Mercer, to lose confidence in Bannon.

“The loss of [Steve] Bannon, as well as the disruption in the relationship with the Mercers and an advertisers’ exodus, have left Breitbart without a figurehead, an identity, and without the financial means to expand,” the website’s former spokesman, Kurt Bardella, told TheWrap.

Reps for Breitbart pushed back, telling TheWrap that there are other metrics besides just traffic.

“Breitbart’s ability to act as the popular voice of conservative America has never been stronger,” said a company representative, citing a number of occasions when Trump officials have referenced Breitbart stories. “It’s important to recognize influence as well as traffic.”

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Trump to Announce Re-Election Bid, Hires Brad Parscale as Campaign Manager (Report)

President Donald Trump will announce his 2020 bid for re-election, the Drudge Report reported Tuesday morning.

The news aggregator also announced that Trump had tapped longtime digital media strategist Brad Parscale as his campaign manager.

“Just one year into his presidency, Trump will stun the political world by announcing he is running for re-election in 2020. Digital guru Brad Parscale will be named campaign manager, DRUDGE REPORT has learned,” Drudge blared in an all red headline at the top of his website.

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Former Trump campaign adviser Sam Nunberg told TheWrap that Drudge was tipped off by Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.

“Jared is his source,” said Nunberg. “Drudge is Jared’s fairy godfather. Drudge loves Jared.”

Drudge now:

“Just one year into his presidency, Trump will stun the political world by announcing he is running for re-election in 2020. Digital guru Brad Parscale will be named campaign manager, DRUDGE REPORT has learned” pic.twitter.com/zOgbiw5rbn

— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) February 27, 2018

Parscale joined the Trump Organization in 2011 as a digital media strategist. His San Antonio-based firm, Giles-Parscale, was hired to design the website for Trump’s exploratory efforts for the 2016 presidential campaign.

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By June 2016, Parscale was named digital media director of the entire campaign. Reps for the Trump and Parscale did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

“Under no circumstance does any president want to appear to be a lame duck after the first year of their term,” Trump advisor Roger Stone told TheWrap. “The president’s announcement is shrewd.”

Stone added that it comes as no great surprise since President Trump formally filed his 202o reelection papers with Federal Elections Commission on the day of his inauguration last year.

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If history is any guide, Parscale will inherit one of the most volatile jobs in American politics. During Donald Trump’s unlikely road to the White House in 2016, he cycled through three campaign managers, Corey Lewandowski, Paul Manafort, and Steve Bannon.

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President Donald Trump will announce his 2020 bid for re-election, the Drudge Report reported Tuesday morning.

The news aggregator also announced that Trump had tapped longtime digital media strategist Brad Parscale as his campaign manager.

“Just one year into his presidency, Trump will stun the political world by announcing he is running for re-election in 2020. Digital guru Brad Parscale will be named campaign manager, DRUDGE REPORT has learned,” Drudge blared in an all red headline at the top of his website.

Former Trump campaign adviser Sam Nunberg told TheWrap that Drudge was tipped off by Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.

“Jared is his source,” said Nunberg. “Drudge is Jared’s fairy godfather. Drudge loves Jared.”

Parscale joined the Trump Organization in 2011 as a digital media strategist. His San Antonio-based firm, Giles-Parscale, was hired to design the website for Trump’s exploratory efforts for the 2016 presidential campaign.

By June 2016, Parscale was named digital media director of the entire campaign. Reps for the Trump and Parscale did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

“Under no circumstance does any president want to appear to be a lame duck after the first year of their term,” Trump advisor Roger Stone told TheWrap. “The president’s announcement is shrewd.”

Stone added that it comes as no great surprise since President Trump formally filed his 202o reelection papers with Federal Elections Commission on the day of his inauguration last year.

If history is any guide, Parscale will inherit one of the most volatile jobs in American politics. During Donald Trump’s unlikely road to the White House in 2016, he cycled through three campaign managers, Corey Lewandowski, Paul Manafort, and Steve Bannon.

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Mark Levin to Host Weekly Fox News Show ‘Life, Liberty & Levin’

Conservative radio firebrand Mark Levin will host a new weekly Fox News program, the network announced Tusday.

Beginning in February, “Life, Liberty & Levin” will air on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET and feature a mix of long-form interviews and debates with newsmakers and cover current events, history, philosophy and economics.

“Mark’s passion for the principles found in the Constitution and success in talk radio has made him a distinct figure in the media landscape,” programming president Suzanne Scott said in a statement. “We look forward to adding this spirited program to our weekend lineup.”

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The news was first reported by media guru Matt Drudge.

“Mark Levin set for a weekly TV show on FOXNEWS! Levin, who has sold millions of books and hosts a top-rated radio broadcast, was warmly received at White House last week during meets with TrumpPence,” Drudge tweeted Monday.

“New FOX show will feature legal, political, social commentary. Expect fireworks!” he added.

Mark Levin set for a weekly TV show on FOXNEWS! Levin, who has sold millions of books and hosts a top-rated radio broadcast, was warmly received at White House last week during meets with TrumpPence. New FOX show will feature legal, political, social commentary. Expect fireworks! pic.twitter.com/YI4LOdFqFy

— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) November 21, 2017

Levin is an author of numerous New York Times best-selling books and his eponymous syndicated radio program, “The Mark Levin Show.”

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Conservative radio firebrand Mark Levin will host a new weekly Fox News program, the network announced Tusday.

Beginning in February, “Life, Liberty & Levin” will air on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET and feature a mix of long-form interviews and debates with newsmakers and cover current events, history, philosophy and economics.

“Mark’s passion for the principles found in the Constitution and success in talk radio has made him a distinct figure in the media landscape,” programming president Suzanne Scott said in a statement. “We look forward to adding this spirited program to our weekend lineup.”

The news was first reported by media guru Matt Drudge.

“Mark Levin set for a weekly TV show on FOXNEWS! Levin, who has sold millions of books and hosts a top-rated radio broadcast, was warmly received at White House last week during meets with TrumpPence,” Drudge tweeted Monday.

“New FOX show will feature legal, political, social commentary. Expect fireworks!” he added.

Levin is an author of numerous New York Times best-selling books and his eponymous syndicated radio program, “The Mark Levin Show.”

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Matt Drudge Blasts Washington Post After Paper Attacks Him for Linking to ‘Russian Propaganda’

Matt Drudge, the reclusive publisher of the digital media giant Drudge Report, was raging Monday after a Washington Post story attacked him for linking to “Russian propaganda” during the 2016 campaign and beyond.

Drudge fired back on Twitter, reminding the Post that he had linked to the Jeff Bezos-owned paper thousands of times and said he was responsible for more than a third of its referral traffic on the paper’s website.

“I’ve linked to @washingtonpost over 10,000X in 25 years of doing DRUDGEREPORT. I currently give them 37% of their referral traffic, according to similarweb.com,” he wrote.

“It’s a brutal business. Not even a thank you. Instead: YOU’RE A RUSSIAN OPERATIVE!”

I’ve linked to @washingtonpost over 10,000X in 25 years of doing DRUDGEREPORT. I currently give them 37% of their referral traffic, according to https://t.co/ryZX1supbD. It’s a brutal business. Not even a thank you. Instead: YOU’RE A RUSSIAN OPERATIVE! https://t.co/pFjPYxkzqa

— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) November 13, 2017

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Drudge also placed the article prominently on his website — also with a reminder about his past links to the Post.

Still, the media titan did not refute the claims made by Post reporter Philip Bump, namely that his website served as a large amplifier for Russian-produced and -financed propaganda, including from Russian government-run news sites like RT and Sputnik, as well as the conspiracy-minded website InfoWars.

“DrudgeReportArchives captures an image of the Drudge Report every two minutes, as it has for 16 years. We ran a script that checked the first update to Drudge Report after 9 a.m. on every day of the past decade, counting the number of times Drudge linked to Infowars, RT or Sputnik,” wrote Bump. “Over that period, excluding the two standing links to Infowars, we tallied more than 1,000 links to those sites.”

Representatives for the Washington Post were not immediately available for comment.

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Matt Drudge, the reclusive publisher of the digital media giant Drudge Report, was raging Monday after a Washington Post story attacked him for linking to “Russian propaganda” during the 2016 campaign and beyond.

Drudge fired back on Twitter, reminding the Post that he had linked to the Jeff Bezos-owned paper thousands of times and said he was responsible for more than a third of its referral traffic on the paper’s website.

“I’ve linked to @washingtonpost over 10,000X in 25 years of doing DRUDGEREPORT. I currently give them 37% of their referral traffic, according to similarweb.com,” he wrote.

“It’s a brutal business. Not even a thank you. Instead: YOU’RE A RUSSIAN OPERATIVE!”

Drudge also placed the article prominently on his website — also with a reminder about his past links to the Post.

Still, the media titan did not refute the claims made by Post reporter Philip Bump, namely that his website served as a large amplifier for Russian-produced and -financed propaganda, including from Russian government-run news sites like RT and Sputnik, as well as the conspiracy-minded website InfoWars.

“DrudgeReportArchives captures an image of the Drudge Report every two minutes, as it has for 16 years. We ran a script that checked the first update to Drudge Report after 9 a.m. on every day of the past decade, counting the number of times Drudge linked to Infowars, RT or Sputnik,” wrote Bump. “Over that period, excluding the two standing links to Infowars, we tallied more than 1,000 links to those sites.”

Representatives for the Washington Post were not immediately available for comment.

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Laura Ingraham to Fox News Channel Is a ‘Done Deal,’ Matt Drudge Tweets

After a bit of build-up, Laura Ingraham has signed with Fox News Channel, per media heavyweight Matt Drudge. She is expected to host the cable news network’s 10 p.m. hour beginning as early as next week.

Here is the Drudge Report founder’s series of tweets first breaking the news that Ingraham’s much-assumed addition is now a “done deal.”

DONE DEAL: LAURA INGRAHAM SIGNS CONTRACT WITH FOXNEWS…

10 PM SHOW COULD START NEXT WEEK… DEVELOPING…

— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) September 18, 2017

NEWS BATTLE ROYALE!
HANNITY TO TAKE ON MADDOW AT 9 PM pic.twitter.com/kZCKb5hUyQ

— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) September 18, 2017

Drudge is as plugged-in to Fox News as anyone in the industry, so his word on this is pretty much gospel. Still, TheWrap reached out to Fox for confirmation and comment, though we did not immediately hear back.

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Ingraham is no stranger to Fox News viewers, as she regularly fills in for hosts like Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity. The popular talk radio host is an outspoken Trump supporter who has been rumored to join the president’s administration, so landing her own show on Fox News would indicate that the network remains committed to airing conservative opinion shows during primetime.

Fox News was in need of a new option after firing “The Fox News Specialists” co-host Eric Bolling, who was let go following an internal investigation into claims that he sent lewd text messages to colleagues.

It now seems like Fox will move “The Five” back to its original 5 p.m. time slot, opening up a primetime spot for Ingraham. With her at 10, the network will move “Hannity” up an hour to compete with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow at 9.

Ingraham and Fox News were very close to a deal last week, TheWrap was told. Seems all those wrinkles have been ironed out.

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After a bit of build-up, Laura Ingraham has signed with Fox News Channel, per media heavyweight Matt Drudge. She is expected to host the cable news network’s 10 p.m. hour beginning as early as next week.

Here is the Drudge Report founder’s series of tweets first breaking the news that Ingraham’s much-assumed addition is now a “done deal.”

Drudge is as plugged-in to Fox News as anyone in the industry, so his word on this is pretty much gospel. Still, TheWrap reached out to Fox for confirmation and comment, though we did not immediately hear back.

Ingraham is no stranger to Fox News viewers, as she regularly fills in for hosts like Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity. The popular talk radio host is an outspoken Trump supporter who has been rumored to join the president’s administration, so landing her own show on Fox News would indicate that the network remains committed to airing conservative opinion shows during primetime.

Fox News was in need of a new option after firing “The Fox News Specialists” co-host Eric Bolling, who was let go following an internal investigation into claims that he sent lewd text messages to colleagues.

It now seems like Fox will move “The Five” back to its original 5 p.m. time slot, opening up a primetime spot for Ingraham. With her at 10, the network will move “Hannity” up an hour to compete with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow at 9.

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Laura Ingraham in Talks With Fox News for Her Own Show

Conservative commentator Laura Ingraham is in early talks with Fox News to host her own talk show on the network, TheWrap confirmed on Tuesday.

Rumors started to circulate on Monday when Matt Drudge tweeted, “Laura Ingraham’s prime time to shine! After years in the trenches, much deserved.”

A source familiar with Fox News’ plans confirmed a CNN report that Ingraham is in talks with the network for a possible program. However, her potential timeslot and start date haven’t been determined.

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Ingraham is no stranger to Fox News viewers, as she regularly fills in for hosts including Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity and is a popular talk radio host. She is an outspoken Trump supporter who has been rumored to join the president’s administration, so landing her own show on Fox News would indicate that the network remains committed to airing conservative opinion shows during primetime.

Drudge is as plugged in to Fox News as anyone in the industry and his tweets hints at Ingraham landing her own show at either 8, 9 or 10 p.m., which is primetime for cable news. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” at 8 p.m. isn’t going anywhere, as he has thrived in his current slot.

Fox News is looking at options in light of “The Fox News Specialists” co-host Eric Bolling being suspended while the network investigates claims that he sent lewd messages to colleagues. If Bolling weren’t welcomed back following the investigation, a likely scenario would be “The Five” moving back to its original 5 p.m. timeslot because “Specialists” replaced it when Fox News scrambled to replace “The O’Reilly Factor” in primetime after Bill O’Reilly’s departure from the network.

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Moving “The Five” back to 5 p.m. would open up a primetime spot for Ingraham, who could either be slotted between Carlson and Hannity, or the network could decide to move Hannity up an hour to compete with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow at 9 p.m., leaving the 10 p.m. slot for Ingraham.

While it remains unclear exactly when Ingraham will land her own show, it looks like the question is now “when” not “if” it will happen.

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Conservative commentator Laura Ingraham is in early talks with Fox News to host her own talk show on the network, TheWrap confirmed on Tuesday.

Rumors started to circulate on Monday when Matt Drudge tweeted, “Laura Ingraham’s prime time to shine! After years in the trenches, much deserved.”

A source familiar with Fox News’ plans confirmed a CNN report that Ingraham is in talks with the network for a possible program. However, her potential timeslot and start date haven’t been determined.

Ingraham is no stranger to Fox News viewers, as she regularly fills in for hosts including Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity and is a popular talk radio host. She is an outspoken Trump supporter who has been rumored to join the president’s administration, so landing her own show on Fox News would indicate that the network remains committed to airing conservative opinion shows during primetime.

Drudge is as plugged in to Fox News as anyone in the industry and his tweets hints at Ingraham landing her own show at either 8, 9 or 10 p.m., which is primetime for cable news. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” at 8 p.m. isn’t going anywhere, as he has thrived in his current slot.

Fox News is looking at options in light of “The Fox News Specialists” co-host Eric Bolling being suspended while the network investigates claims that he sent lewd messages to colleagues. If Bolling weren’t welcomed back following the investigation, a likely scenario would be “The Five” moving back to its original 5 p.m. timeslot because “Specialists” replaced it when Fox News scrambled to replace “The O’Reilly Factor” in primetime after Bill O’Reilly’s departure from the network.

Moving “The Five” back to 5 p.m. would open up a primetime spot for Ingraham, who could either be slotted between Carlson and Hannity, or the network could decide to move Hannity up an hour to compete with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow at 9 p.m., leaving the 10 p.m. slot for Ingraham.

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UPDATED, 7:55 PM: Fox News is preparing to cut ties with Bill O’Reilly, News Corp-owned Wall Street Journal reports this evening. But the report goes on to say “a final decision” on O’Reilly’s future, or not, at 21st Century Fox-owned Fox News Channel has not yet been made but could come as early as this week.
O’Reilly, whose Fox News contract had been renewed early this month, is expected to top the list of things discussed at Thursday’s board meeting of  FNC parent…

UPDATED, 7:55 PM: Fox News is preparing to cut ties with Bill O'Reilly, News Corp-owned Wall Street Journal reports this evening. But the report goes on to say “a final decision” on O’Reilly’s future, or not, at 21st Century Fox-owned Fox News Channel has not yet been made but could come as early as this week. O’Reilly, whose Fox News contract had been renewed early this month, is expected to top the list of things discussed at Thursday’s board meeting of  FNC parent…

Matt Drudge Calls Republicans Liars: ‘Can We Get Our Votes Back?’

Drudge Report founder Matt Drudge called out Republicans on Tuesday who he said had “lied about wanting tax cuts.”

“BTW, Republicans lied about wanting tax cuts,” Drudge tweeted. “Can we get our votes back?”

BTW, Republicans lied about wanting tax cuts. Can we get our votes back?

— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) March 14, 2017

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Drudge also slammed the National Weather Service’s handling of Winter Storm Stella, which proved to be less severe than expected.

“Trump should clear out climate hysterics from NWS,” Drudge tweeted on Tuesday. “All storms grossly exaggerated. National Guard called for 3 inches? JFK closed? Laughable.”

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Drudge’s site, visited by million every month, yields enormous influence over the Republican Party’s conservative base. Drudge can put issues on politicians’ radar screens — or fire up voters — simply by linking to stories about them. His Twitter posts Tuesday, to 490,000 followers, offered more direct looks into his personal views.

Conservative sites quickly took note of Drudge’s scolding of Republicans he believes are not pushing hard enough for tax cuts. NewsMax reported that Drudge tweeted last month that Republicans should be “sued for fraud” for not discussing tax cuts.

That tweet was missing from Drudge’s Twitter feed on Tuesday — as were all previous tweets. Only three from Tuesday remained: the one about taxes, and two about the National Weather Service.

What is going on with National Weather Service? Lots of misses piling up. Overreaction by govts, bad forecasting very troubling trend!!

— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) March 14, 2017

https://twitter.com/DRUDGE/status/841650975219761153
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Drudge Report founder Matt Drudge called out Republicans on Tuesday who he said had “lied about wanting tax cuts.”

“BTW, Republicans lied about wanting tax cuts,” Drudge tweeted. “Can we get our votes back?”

Drudge also slammed the National Weather Service’s handling of Winter Storm Stella, which proved to be less severe than expected.

“Trump should clear out climate hysterics from NWS,” Drudge tweeted on Tuesday. “All storms grossly exaggerated. National Guard called for 3 inches? JFK closed? Laughable.”

Drudge’s site, visited by million every month, yields enormous influence over the Republican Party’s conservative base. Drudge can put issues on politicians’ radar screens — or fire up voters — simply by linking to stories about them. His Twitter posts Tuesday, to 490,000 followers, offered more direct looks into his personal views.

Conservative sites quickly took note of Drudge’s scolding of Republicans he believes are not pushing hard enough for tax cuts. NewsMax reported that Drudge tweeted last month that Republicans should be “sued for fraud” for not discussing tax cuts.

That tweet was missing from Drudge’s Twitter feed on Tuesday — as were all previous tweets. Only three from Tuesday remained: the one about taxes, and two about the National Weather Service.

https://twitter.com/DRUDGE/status/841650975219761153
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Tucker Carlson to Take Megyn Kelly’s Time Slot on Fox News

Tucker Carlson will take over Megyn Kelly’s 9 p.m. time slot after she leaves, Fox News announced on Thursday.

Additionally, Martha MacCallum will move to Carlson’s current 7 p.m. spot for at least the first 100 days of the Trump administration.

“In less than two months, Tucker has taken cable news by storm with his spirited interviews and consistently strong performance. Viewers have overwhelmingly responded to the show and we look forward to him being a part of Fox News’ powerful primetime line-up,” 21st Century Fox executive chairman Rupert Murdoch said in a statement.

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Kelly, who announced her decision to move to NBC News earlier this week, will have her last day on the top cable news channel on Friday. Carlson’s show moves to 9 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9, while MacCallum’s new show will start on Jan. 16 with Bret Baier working 6-8 p.m. in the meantime.

MacCallum’s 7 p.m. show will be called “The First 100 Days,” and it’s still undecided if she will keep the time slot after that. Either way, she recently signed a new multi-year deal with Fox News. Shannon Bream will co-anchor “America’s Newsroom: with Bill Hemmer in MacCallum’s absence.

“Martha is a versatile and skilled anchor who has proven to be an essential component of our news programming. For the last 12 years, our viewers have trusted her reporting and we are pleased she will be part of our primetime line-up for the first 100 days of the new presidency,” Murdoch said.

Carlson took over the 7 p.m. ET time slot formerly occupied by Greta Van Susteren back on Nov. 14 and ratings haven’t slowed down since then. The first week of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” was the third highest-rated week of the year for Fox News during the 7 p.m. hour, behind only election week and the Republican National Convention coverage.

In the first four weeks of the show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” averaged 2.9 million viewers and 537,000 in the key demo of adults age 25-54, topping CNN’s “Erin Burnett Outfront” and MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” combined in both categories.

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“I just want to make a show that I would watch. I’m mostly a news reader, so I always think when I’m reading the stories, ‘I wish I could talk to the person in the story,’” Carlson told TheWrap last month. “Less analysis and more interviews with people who are in the news, maybe who aren’t on television a lot but are directly connected to the story.”

Carlson prefers to have “participants” from the news on his program, and the plan has paid off. He’s had a variety of guests over the first four weeks of the show, including New York Times public editor Liz Spayd, Newsweek’s Matt Cooper, Martin Shkreli and even someone who burnt an American flag.

Many of these guests wouldn’t typically appear on Fox News, but are willing to debate Carlson when he calls on them. Carlson said the reason is a combination of his relationships he’s built over the years and the inviting format of the show that results in left-leaning pundits to appear on his show.

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“I know a lot of liberals. This is my 25th year in the media. I’ve lived in a very liberal world my whole life. I like, by the way, a lot of the people in it,” Carlson said. “I know a lot of people … I like to think that we give them a chance to talk. There is no point in having someone on if you don’t let them say what they think.”

Fox News finished 2016 as the most-watched basic cable network in prime time and total day, a first for the network that has been around since 1996.

The ratings success came despite the ouster of Fox News founder and chairman Roger Ailes last summer amid embarrassing sexual harassment allegations. The post-Ailes team of Jack Abernethy and Bill Shine stepped up and proved that not much can deter Fox News’ loyal viewers.

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Tucker Carlson will take over Megyn Kelly’s 9 p.m. time slot after she leaves, Fox News announced on Thursday.

Additionally, Martha MacCallum will move to Carlson’s current 7 p.m. spot for at least the first 100 days of the Trump administration.

“In less than two months, Tucker has taken cable news by storm with his spirited interviews and consistently strong performance. Viewers have overwhelmingly responded to the show and we look forward to him being a part of Fox News’ powerful primetime line-up,” 21st Century Fox executive chairman Rupert Murdoch said in a statement.

Kelly, who announced her decision to move to NBC News earlier this week, will have her last day on the top cable news channel on Friday. Carlson’s show moves to 9 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9, while MacCallum’s new show will start on Jan. 16 with Bret Baier working 6-8 p.m. in the meantime.

MacCallum’s 7 p.m. show will be called “The First 100 Days,” and it’s still undecided if she will keep the time slot after that. Either way, she recently signed a new multi-year deal with Fox News. Shannon Bream will co-anchor “America’s Newsroom: with Bill Hemmer in MacCallum’s absence.

“Martha is a versatile and skilled anchor who has proven to be an essential component of our news programming. For the last 12 years, our viewers have trusted her reporting and we are pleased she will be part of our primetime line-up for the first 100 days of the new presidency,” Murdoch said.

Carlson took over the 7 p.m. ET time slot formerly occupied by Greta Van Susteren back on Nov. 14 and ratings haven’t slowed down since then. The first week of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” was the third highest-rated week of the year for Fox News during the 7 p.m. hour, behind only election week and the Republican National Convention coverage.

In the first four weeks of the show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” averaged 2.9 million viewers and 537,000 in the key demo of adults age 25-54, topping CNN’s “Erin Burnett Outfront” and MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” combined in both categories.

“I just want to make a show that I would watch. I’m mostly a news reader, so I always think when I’m reading the stories, ‘I wish I could talk to the person in the story,'” Carlson told TheWrap last month. “Less analysis and more interviews with people who are in the news, maybe who aren’t on television a lot but are directly connected to the story.”

Carlson prefers to have “participants” from the news on his program, and the plan has paid off. He’s had a variety of guests over the first four weeks of the show, including New York Times public editor Liz Spayd, Newsweek’s Matt Cooper, Martin Shkreli and even someone who burnt an American flag.

Many of these guests wouldn’t typically appear on Fox News, but are willing to debate Carlson when he calls on them. Carlson said the reason is a combination of his relationships he’s built over the years and the inviting format of the show that results in left-leaning pundits to appear on his show.

“I know a lot of liberals. This is my 25th year in the media. I’ve lived in a very liberal world my whole life. I like, by the way, a lot of the people in it,” Carlson said. “I know a lot of people … I like to think that we give them a chance to talk. There is no point in having someone on if you don’t let them say what they think.”

Fox News finished 2016 as the most-watched basic cable network in prime time and total day, a first for the network that has been around since 1996.

The ratings success came despite the ouster of Fox News founder and chairman Roger Ailes last summer amid embarrassing sexual harassment allegations. The post-Ailes team of Jack Abernethy and Bill Shine stepped up and proved that not much can deter Fox News’ loyal viewers.

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Matt Drudge: Was U.S. Government Involved In Site’s Cyberattack?

Matt Drudge is wondering whether the U.S. government was involved in a distributed denial-of-service attack that shut down his conservative Drudge Report website for about 90 minutes Thursday night. The attack occurred just hours after President Barack Obama announced sanctions against Russia for hacking the U.S. presidential campaign.
Drudge noted the site was experiencing the worst denial of service attack since its inception and called the timing…

Matt Drudge is wondering whether the U.S. government was involved in a distributed denial-of-service attack that shut down his conservative Drudge Report website for about 90 minutes Thursday night. The attack occurred just hours after President Barack Obama announced sanctions against Russia for hacking the U.S. presidential campaign. Drudge noted the site was experiencing the worst denial of service attack since its inception and called the timing…

Matt Drudge Suggests US Government Carried Out Cyber Attack on Drudge Report

The Drudge Report was shot down for roughly 90 minutes on Tuesday night and founder Matt Drudge took to Twitter to suggest that the government had something to do with it.

Is the US government attacking DRUDGE REPORT?

Biggest DDoS since site’s inception. VERY suspicious routing [and timing].

— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) December 30, 2016

DDoS, which Drudge mentions, stands for disrupted denial of service, refers to an attack where multiple compromised systems are used to target a digital property, such as a website. Drudge Report is an extremely popular conservative news site that was an outspoken Donald Trump supporter during the recent presidential election.

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Drudge Report went down around 7 p.m. ET when the site’s top headline was, “Moscow Mocks Obama ‘Lame Duck.’”

Drudge has expressed continued skepticism regarding claims that Russia hacked the election. The DDoS occurred the day that President Barack Obama ordered the removal of 35 Russian intelligence officials from the U.S. in response to interference by the country in the election.

Attacking coming from ‘thousands’ of sources. Of course none of them traceable to Fort Meade…

— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) December 30, 2016

Fort Meade is a United States Army installation that includes the Defense Information School and the Defense Media Activity, Cyber Command and the National Security Agency. Basically, it’s where the government would interfere with a website if it wanted to do such a thing, hypothetically speaking.

The White House has promised to release a report to Congress “in the coming days” briefing legislators on Russia’s efforts to interfere with November’s and prior elections.

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The Drudge Report was shot down for roughly 90 minutes on Tuesday night and founder Matt Drudge took to Twitter to suggest that the government had something to do with it.

DDoS, which Drudge mentions, stands for disrupted denial of service, refers to an attack where multiple compromised systems are used to target a digital property, such as a website. Drudge Report is an extremely popular conservative news site that was an outspoken Donald Trump supporter during the recent presidential election.

Drudge Report went down around 7 p.m. ET when the site’s top headline was, “Moscow Mocks Obama ‘Lame Duck.'”

Drudge has expressed continued skepticism regarding claims that Russia hacked the election. The DDoS occurred the day that President Barack Obama ordered the removal of 35 Russian intelligence officials from the U.S. in response to interference by the country in the election.

Fort Meade is a United States Army installation that includes the Defense Information School and the Defense Media Activity, Cyber Command and the National Security Agency. Basically, it’s where the government would interfere with a website if it wanted to do such a thing, hypothetically speaking.

The White House has promised to release a report to Congress “in the coming days” briefing legislators on Russia’s efforts to interfere with November’s and prior elections.

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Little Girl Goes on Epic Rant Against Hillary Clinton: ‘Nobody Likes You’ (Video)

A cute little girl’s rant against Hillary Clinton on YouTube and had less than 200 views when conservative internet news curator Matt Drudge posted the video Friday of the lass saying Clinton “is a bad person.”

Shortly thereafter, thousands had made her the must-see video of the day. Drudge is a traffic monster and posting a link to the video could make the girl an instant celebrity.

“Nobody likes Hillary. She is a bad person,” the girl says while looking into the camera. “Donald Trump is the greatest person in the whole entire world.”

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The girl goes on to say that Clinton “needs god and Jesus” and is “ashamed of herself.”

The little girl, who is clearly being egged on by an off-camera adult, doesn’t hide who she supports in the upcoming election.

“I love Donald Trump, you are the best person I ever heard in my whole entire life,” she continued. “So, never say you like Hillary. She’s so bad. Thank you.”

Drudge is an outspoken Trump supporter who is quick to post anything that makes Clinton look bad. His popular website has been a frequent destination for alt-right rumors, such as Clinton needing pillows to prop herself up and other stories related to her health.

Check out the video above.

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A cute little girl’s rant against Hillary Clinton on YouTube and had less than 200 views when conservative internet news curator Matt Drudge posted the video Friday of the lass saying Clinton “is a bad person.”

Shortly thereafter, thousands had made her the must-see video of the day. Drudge is a traffic monster and posting a link to the video could make the girl an instant celebrity.

“Nobody likes Hillary. She is a bad person,” the girl says while looking into the camera. “Donald Trump is the greatest person in the whole entire world.”

The girl goes on to say that Clinton “needs god and Jesus” and is “ashamed of herself.”

The little girl, who is clearly being egged on by an off-camera adult, doesn’t hide who she supports in the upcoming election.

“I love Donald Trump, you are the best person I ever heard in my whole entire life,” she continued. “So, never say you like Hillary. She’s so bad. Thank you.”

Drudge is an outspoken Trump supporter who is quick to post anything that makes Clinton look bad. His popular website has been a frequent destination for alt-right rumors, such as Clinton needing pillows to prop herself up and other stories related to her health.

Check out the video above.

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