The mainstream media is dead, they don’t know it yet, and alternative media king Matt Drudge is pointing out the obvious fact that his polling mirrored the results in South Carolina and his site is more accurate then all their polls and pontification.
During the South Carolina primaries, Drudge took to Twitter with his results. According to Breitbart:
Matt Drudge of The Drudge Report teased the political and media establishment with a graphic seemingly vindicating his online polls after Donald Trump’s strong victory in the South Carolina presidential primary.
“OMG!” Drudge wrote on Twitter, captioning a graphic of the current delegate tally in the Republican presidential primary. “Looks like the latest DRUDGE REPORT poll results! How can that be?” He punctuated the message with a winking kiss emoji.
The graphic shows Donald Trump leading with 61 delegates, then Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)97%
with eleven, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)79%
with ten, John Kasich with five, and Ben Carson with three.
For comparison, the latest Drudge poll after a debate in South Carolina showed these results:
And Drudge’s monster poll at the end of January, not linked to any debate–which gained nearly 1.5 million votes:
Drudge’s polls are not scientific in their methodology, but they do have a finger on the pulse of whose camp is most enthusiastic. In a year where conventional knowledge has predicted little, these snapshots of how the online world–trolls, spammers, and all–sees each candidate may end up surprisingly prescient. As Jimmy LaSalvia wrote in Salon before the Iowa caucus:
Again, the Drudge polls are immediate and unscientific. Anyone can participate. They’re not weighted for demographic balance, one person might vote multiple times from different computers, or their phone. It’s a snapshot of one piece of the conservative base. They might remind some of an online version of the 1936 survey that changed polling forever: the Literary Digest calling the presidential election for Alf Landon over Franklin Roosevelt, and getting it horribly wrong because their self-selected audience did not accurately reflect the country.
But this isn’t about who would win in November between Trump and Hillary. An online poll on a site beloved by conservatives would never accurately reflect that. But as a measure of fervor within a primary, it captures something real about the passion and the intensity of Trump’s support among the base.
While Drudge didn’t name names of the intended targets, Republican consultants, GOP moderates, establishment figures, reporters, and conservative Trump critics have mocked his polls often.
Signs you're a political idiot; " He won the Drudge poll!!!!!"
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) September 17, 2015
@mikerotondo86 Trump and his low information supporters like you thought the Drudge poll where you vote as many times as you like was real:)
— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) September 15, 2015
Trump’s evidence that he “won” debate: Drudge poll! NYT wrote about me on A1! WaPo too!
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) August 8, 2015
Trumpdiction: "This debate was totally unfair, but the Drudge Poll scientifically proves that I won. I'm the best, really."
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) October 29, 2015
It’s clear the mainstream media personalities are not fans of Mr. Drudge, but he obviously doesn’t care, nor does Mr. Trump. Both seem to care more about the population at large, instead of the self-appointed elite few whose very position and prestige are threatened by the two renegades.
2016 is turning into a transformational year, and it’s only February.
One thing is certain, it’s going to be one heck of a ride from now until election day.
What do you think of Mr. Drudge’s tweets? Leave a comment with your thoughts below.