I know by writing about this that I risk drawing the ire of wackjobs, but why has Matt Drudge been linking so frequently to websites operated by Alex Jones? Jones owns and operates two popular websites, PrisonPlanet.com and infowars.com, and both have started to make regular appearances on The Drudge Report.
Jones and his websites are chock full of fruitcakery, where any and all conspiracy theories are indulged. 9/11 trutherism, Bilderberg Group paranoia, and New World Order theories abound on Jones’ websites. They are so saturated in these crackpot theories as to makes the John Birch society look mainstream.
Previous links on Drudge were curious, but generally benign including editorials on the Federal Reserve and free market economics. But the most recent link from Drudge has been the most egregious, and it demands that we start questioning Drudge’s standards. This past weekend, The Drudge Report linked to a story on Infowars that intimated that Glenn Beck’s physical health issues have been brought about by a conspiracy to poison the population through aspartame found in soft drinks.
Like I said, the height of fruitcakery.
There’s only 3 possible explanation here:
1) Matt Drudge is not keeping an eye on his own content and has allowed staff members who are fans of Jones to put up his links.
2) Drudge has become a full-blown believer in the New World Order.
3) Alex Jones is buying links.
I’m going to say that #1 or #3 are most likely to be the answer, as nothing indicates that Drudge is clueless enough to indulge some of the crazy stuff Jones peddles. However, I think Drudge is shrewd enough to not lose control of his website to the extent that he’d be linking, without compensation, to articles that would threaten his credibility.
The only logical explanation is that Drudge is selling links, and not indicating that he’s doing so.