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Obama & Gadhafi: Matt Drudge’s Odd Definition of Friendship

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer
February 24, 2011 at 4:01 pm



Internet raconteur Matt Drudge isn’t known as a neutral. His right-wing bias is about the only well-known part of his well-honed persona. But at least, in many cases, there’s some inherent news value to the Drudge Report. It’s incredibly slanted, but the guy practically invented modern-day news aggregation.

Sometimes, however, Drudge is a bit too cute for his own good. On Thursday, for much of the day, the Drudge Report’s main headline was an old picture of President Barack Obama and Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi shaking hands, with the words “GADDAFI: ‘OBAMA IS FRIEND’…” underneath.

If there were some news value to the photograph, so be it. But the headline linked to this Ynetnews article from April 17, 2010 in which Gadhafi calls the U.S. president a “friend” before he channels his inner Orly Taitz, adheres to the tenets of birtherism, and claims Obama’s a Muslim.

If he’d linked to a story from today in which President Obama called Gadhafi a “friend,” then it’s an acceptable header. Otherwise, as is the case, this is simply fear-mongering for fear-mongering sake. It’s a cynical tool to drive traffic, to create the next generation of angst-riddled Drudge-nuts. It’s nonsense. It’s a waste of our time and his headline real estate. It’s transparent bullshit.

So, given Drudge’s half-baked intellect and ill logic, we thought we’d come up with some other sets of friends that should be featured prominently on Drudge’s site for the remainder of the week.

“FDR: QUIT STALIN, UNCLE JOE, COME GIVE YOUR OL’ BUDDY FRANKIE A HUG…”

“SADDAM: RUMSFELD MADE ME FRIENDSHIP BRACELET…”

“BIDEN: FORGET TERRORISTS, BARACK AND I’D SHOULD BE PALIN AROUND WITH YOU…”

“MAO: YOU NO TRICKY DICK, YOU GOOD FRIEND…”

“HARDING: GET THIS YAMAGUCHI OUTTA HERE SO I CAN SMELL YOUR HAIR, NANCY…”

“CAT: DON’T CALL MY FRIEND A BITCH, YOU BITCH…”

“ROAD RUNNER: I CAN’T QUIT YOU, WILE E. COYOTE…”

Got any other ideas for Matt Drudge’s website tomorrow? Let’s hear ‘em in the comments below.

Mike Ames contributed to this ludicrous piece.

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