The Fudge Report/The Drudgy Prophet

I was sort of amused today to realize how much The Drudge Report often resembles the The Daily Prophet, the marvelously Orwellian Ministry of Magic-controlled newspaper depicted in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

For example, this passage…

Daily Prophet: Order of the Phoenix

Wizengamot elders Griselda Marchbanks and Tiberius Ogden have resigned in protest at the introduction of the post of Inquisitor to Hogwarts. “Hogwarts is a school, not an outpost of Cornelius Fudge’s office,” said Madame Marchbanks. “This is a further disgusting attempt to discredit Albus Dumbledore.”

…for a full account of Madame Marchbanks’ alleged links to subversive goblin groups, turn to page 17

…has the same wickedly undercutting style as these two recent Drudge items:

Drudge Report 4/16/09 3pm

Congresswoman calls tea parties ‘despicable’ and ‘shameful’… 

FLASHBACK: Husband of Rep. Schakowsky Convicted of Bank Fraud, Tax Evasion…  

Accused of swindling nine financial institutions of at least $2.3 million…

VIDEO: CNN Correspondent Blasts FOXNEWS, Claims Tea Parties ‘Anti-government,’ ‘Anti-CNN’… 

FLASHBACK: CNN reporter Roesgen criticized Obama/Hitler — okay with Bush/Hitler…

I actually don’t have anything against Drudge doing this: it’s actually sort of fiery and fun, and Drudge is perfectly normal private partisan firebrand, not a government stoolie. It’s worth noting, of course, that liberal critics get bloodied up with such “take YOU down a peg, I will!” Flashbacks far more often, and even with far less hypocritical relevancy, than conservatives. But now that even wikipedia is happy to admit that Drudge’s headlines spin out conservative narratives, we can all simply enjoy it for what it is.

And in fact, I actually wish internet journalists in general would include a little more of this sort of muckraking background, not less: better to have all the context out in the open, now that space is no longer really an issue.


~ by Drew on 2009/04/16.

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