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Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Post Drudge conservative news


Matt Drudge's foray into respectability has made him an unreliable -- indeed, downright misleading -- source of news. But the good news is there are alternatives to the Alternative Left Reality the Drudge Report now calls home.

As a news vulture, I am on a constant search for news when online. Most bloggers are. Terry Ponick of Communities Digital News spoke for many of us in a column in which he enumerated his top sites for news.

His rules are:

  • Report the news in a true or reasonably true manner
  • Report/comment on stories the so-called mainstream media bury so you can’t see them
  • Expose the hard left, globalist, Deep State effort to destroy civility, religion, the American family, and supporters of the U.S. Constitution in order to force U.S. citizens into the secular religion of a vaguely defined (but markedly socialist) New World Order.

Those are pretty much my rules. I would add trust, but verify. I will add my own favorite sites, but first let us look at his list, which I totally agree with.

His No. 1 site is Whatfinger: "Whatfinger has effectively replaced the fading Matt Drudge as the top conservative media go-to site for finding otherwise buried, non-left-wing-biased analysis and news you can use. Tons of it. Bookmark it. Now."

I agree, and said so last year.

His No. 2 is the Blogfather, Instapundit, which at 18 is almost as old as the Drudge Report.

Ponick wrote, "Glenn Reynolds’ useful, entertaining site offers an eclectic approach to news and information. Constantly scrolling entries include brief to medium-length commentaries on each provided link. Links can include science and health stories, along with the site’s usual political, education, and international coverage. Glenn is still there, but the site now includes links and information from a variety of trusted sources as well. A charter member of the PJ Media group, these original pajama guys were once denounced as amateurs by CBS et. al."

Ah yes, the some-guy-in-his-pajamas blogging putdown.

Well, I am in my PJs.

His No. 3 is Lucianne, which is about as old as the Drudge Report but still conservative. Lucianne Goldberg, the proprietor, gave Drudge the Monica Lewinsky story.

Ponick wrote, "Lucianne’s site has long been one of my favorites. She posts reliably conservative and highly useful links that are always closely connected to the events of the day – mostly political, of course. Aside from the top-most breaking news links, Lucianne links are always followed by a concise executive summary of the linked article. Which means you can just digest this nugget and move to the next one. Or link to the referenced site and read the entire story."

L-Dotters are the great commenters.

His No. 4 is Ace of Spades, which is in its 16th year.

He wrote, "In truth, Ace is mostly a commentary site. But a number of the site’s contributors, include Ace, provide a plethora of useful news and commentary links. This is a continuously scrolling blog, so the most recent stuff is near the top. J. J. Sefton’s wildly cantankerous Morning Report here is often the most interesting section."

His No. 5 is Real Clear Politics, which is not a conservative site but it is rather balanced and its staff-written stuff often is contrarian to lefty reporting.

His No. 6 is Zero Hedge, which had a good run as a financial site in 2008 and 2009. Since then it has a bad habit of predicting the end of the world again.

He wrote, "ZH pieces typically come at you with a bitingly cynical, iconoclastic viewpoint. Alas, some of those viewpoints come at you from the left. Some are simply wrong. But on balance, you’ll get info here you can’t find anywhere else. And most of it is pro-capitalist and pro-business."

Ponick was too modest. He should have listed Communities Digital News.

And Breitbart News is a good source of news. The writing is over the top, but it has dropped an ill-advised attempt in 2017 at respectability, which is the last thing any conservative should want.

Don't NRO yourself.

I also like Free Republic. Its readers post and comment on items. You have to watch the dates as old stuff gets recycled a lot.

My favorite is Reddit_the_Donald, which is basically a meme site. It is quarantined which means every visit is going on my permanent record, which means my social media score. Oh well. At 66, I will never get into Harvard anyway.

Citizen Free Press and the Liberty Daily are Drudge-looking link sites.

For a good laugh, I go to Memeorandum to view the latest in anti-Trump hysteria. It is strictly a linker of respectable sites like that nice and polite National Review and the unbiased New York Times.

Matt Drudge may have decided to go to the dark side for fame and fortune, but others have not.

They are there willing to fight back and have fun. Ours is not a gloomy and shrill world of climate change and sad, sorry, futile attempts to bring down a great president.

We live in the greatest country on Earth, where unemployment is nearing an all-time low, wages are going up, and our boys (and girls) are returning home from wars we should have ended long ago.

It is called reality.

62 comments:

  1. I am so glad to see you highlight this Ponick article. I believe it is a first of several as he goes on to other news site categories. He started with the aggregators…

    A site that I like (though not an aggregator, but the articles are often spun off of something another has written - with a link - is Meaning in History by Mark Wauck…

    Happy Wednesday!

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  2. I'm more a a Free Republic lurker.

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  3. I'll be watching Wictor, Heshmat and a few others as the Turks get their asses handed to them once again. Turks had a very bad January, this will be worse.

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    1. The Turks don't always get whipped. The Turks handed the British and Churchill an ass whooping at Gallipoli

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    2. Stuck in the previous century, are we?

      All those involved in your example are not only merely dead, they are all most sincerely dead.

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    3. The ass whipping the Turks gave the Brits and Australians at Gallipoli resulted in about 5 times more dead Turks than the number suffered by the invaders.

      Turkey was willing to lose how ever many soldiers it took to defend their real estate.

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  4. Thank you, Prof. Surber for doing our homework. Here, you can have my PBJ sandwich and my milk money.

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  5. Note those who thin the Dems will keep up out of further useless wars the biggest critics are the Dems and Neo cons-one and the same.
    Endless war keeps the Military occupied.
    Read Orwell..
    They do not care about American youth and resources. Trump cares about stopping/preventing
    war. He prefers economic war...

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    1. How about my favorite president to hate on Johnson. HE did his best to kill as many young Americans as he could with the Vietnam war. I served from late 65 to late 68 and no one was more reviled in the service than Johnson.

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    2. May 1965 - Aug 1968
      USAF B-52 Bomber and KC - 135 Refueler rider here !

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  6. I'm thinking Drudge has little contracts with (1) Conway and (2) Mooch. They make a statement anti-Trump every couple of weeks, and he gives them a shout-out.

    Sigh.

    Yes, Whatfinger is super. I like getting the Trump tweets there too. I don't do twitter.

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  7. Rantingly is a good site too.
    ---Fred

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  8. I like Whatfinger and The Liberty Daily. I will now check out a couple of others I hadn’t heard of.

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  9. I like what you brought up. I also like American Thinker.

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  10. I just tried to go to Reddit_the_Donald - but I got the message "This community is quarantined".
    It looks like cancel culture has struck again

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  11. Not to play psyche 101 here, but Mr. Drudge's long rumored, 'alternative lifestyle' seemingly reflects the LGBTQ community's antipathy towards the President...Just sayin'...zbest

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    1. psych 101...z

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    2. It does seemingly reflect that. It also reflects his need for self-protection. He's mentioned several times over the years that Democrats have tried to shut him down. I'm often baffled why he links to such ridiculous bogus sites such as Mediate. I think he's trying to protect himself from Democrat legislative aggression. And that makes him worthless.

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  12. Dudge Sucks, I guess literally. Whatfinger Rocks.

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  13. I too have dropped Drudge, and Whatfinger.com is a great replacement (though I do miss the clever juxtaposition that Drudge was so good at with the headlines.)

    Another site I visit daily is Doug Ross Journal, found at directorblue.blogspot.com which has a collection of articles & news; very handy.

    And I still visit Instapundit daily, a habit of many years, but I often wish some of his co-bloggers would go away; Ed Driscoll in particular, who often links to NRO. That's a site I refuse to visit any more since it revealed itself for what it really is: a fake conservative site for establishment types who don't like our president.

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  14. I left off Babylon Bee

    https://babylonbee.com

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    1. The guy who started that, Adam Ford, has an email newsletter which is pretty good, and a brand new, news site: Disrn

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  15. Love threads like this. Two thumbs up for Don's recent addition of "Highlights of the News". Donald Sensing has also begun such a feature. Maggie's Farm runs a "morning links" list, their blog roll is useful, as is the one at Doug Ross' Journal

    For straight news, I'm liking The Epoch Times a lot. Sharyl Attkission has begun posting stories multiple times a day so her site is beginning to be a rich source of information.

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  16. Let me suggest The Last Refuge at theconservativetreehouse.com. You will often find links to this site at Lucianne.com. The work done by Sundance is very comprehensive and detailed.

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    1. The Conservative Treehouse has been a go to site for me for years. Sundance and Treepers not only aggregate but do original reporting and news analysis with predictive value.

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    2. definitely needs to be on the list

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  17. Thank you for this. I, like many others have been searching for a Drudge alternative.
    Subvet

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  18. I'd like to add The Conservative Tribune:

    https://www.westernjournal.com/commentary/

    And The Conservative Treehouse:

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/

    =^[.]^=

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  19. Try https://www.theepochtimes.com/

    - a multi-faceted news site. I think you'll like it.

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  20. You're a TRUMP hater period. Drudge speaks the truth.

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    1. The drudgie pudgie is confused.

      This is shown by his confusing a designed output only hole with a dual purpose input/output hole.

      No wonder drudgie is similiarly confused in other aspects of his experiences.

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  21. DB Daily Update. More of a blog. David Blackmon, like Don, is very informative and entertaining.

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  22. I like all the recommendations.

    Citizen Free Press is my favorite.

    Run by Kane, former producer for Lou Dobbs.

    And they have ZERO ads on the entire site. So rare.

    https://www.citizenfreepress.com/

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    1. OMG, I LOVE that site. Not just the links, but the ability to comment. Such a great mix of news, some comic relief, human interest, etc. Kane is a terrific editor and has a great personality. Some of the folks who comment are a riot. However, the site should have a label that says: WARNING: This site may be addictive. Please see your doctor if you spend more than four hours daily on it.

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  23. Judicial Watch, TruthFeed, Breitbart, The Daily Caller, The Independent Sentinel, The Federalist, Political Insider, Gateway Pundit, News Punch, David Harris Jr, Conservative Fighters & the Washington Examiner.

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  24. Don't know what happened to Matt. He was a guest at a pro-life dinner for which I was a committee member about 10-12 years ago.

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  25. Sefton is a pimp. He never could've out-fought Santino.

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  26. First read is always Don. Second is knuckledraggin. Definitely not safe for work though. Next is Director Blue or the tree house.
    Liberty is good as is whatfinger. Theepochtimes and daily wire. Occasionally Breitbart.

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  27. There is a new site called news.spinquark.com that looks promising.

    Whatfinger and the Ace are my go-to sites.

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  29. Grabien News is on the same level an aggregator as Whatfinger, I find.

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  30. There is no news.
    Gone are the days when you could read the front page of the New York Times or the Herald Tribune and get the news. Now the headline is what the President did NOT say.
    Drudge is a good place to see quickly what the Media is peddling. Whatfinger gives opposition positions. Nobody is giving you the unadulterated news. The impeachment is a case in point. Both sides want it for reasons that have nothing to do with the facts. The never-Trumpers think it will serve to deligitimize the Ptresident. The President has interest in the Senate hearings, where in a very public forum the principals In the 'coup' can be interrogated under oath. It's all theater.
    As for Syria, what the President is up to is a military secret, which doesn't prevent the politicians and generals from giving their uninformed opinions.

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  31. Don, Thanks for a great post. Drudge was an everyday visit for me since the Lewinsky scandal but finally got tired of his anti-Trump bashing. I've already bookmarked your links and look forward to reading more from them. - Rick

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  32. Thank you for the list Mr. Surber. Being on active duty right now I don't have the time to go to all my favorite sites, but I will check these out.

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    1. Thanks for YOUR service, brother.

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    2. Thank you for Serving OUR Country Brother !

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  33. Drudge and FOXNews have changed. They are no longer my go-tos. I might look once at Drudge a day when it used to every 15 minutes. Stop advertising on them and let them die.

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  34. https://theconservativetreehouse.com/
    some of the best analysis I have seem, Sundance seems to usually hit the nail on the head, seems to have an inside idea of what's coming, opinion yes but reliably conservative

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    1. Sundance has done an incredible job documenting the uni-party's coverup/pay-to-play/coup. CT is overall excellent. But for a news aggregator, I am happy with Whatfinger. No Drudge and no mainstream "fake news" media or publishing for me.

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  35. What about pjmedia.com/instapundit/ or Just instapundit.com

    Also very good review of leading articles out there you may not find on your own. Great site.

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  36. I dropped Drudge a year ago. I use Whatfinger now instead and am much happier with the news results.

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  37. Up until a couple of weeks ago I visited
    The Drudge Report between 20 and 50 times a day.
    Yesterday it was TWICE.... Once around Noon and then about 10pm.

    F DRUDGE !

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  38. http://iotwreport.com/ Did not see this place I like it along with several of the others already listed.

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  39. Remember...when visiting WhatFinger.... They only get Credit for 1 Click when you come to their site to get Conservative News from Dozens of sites across the Internet !
    I MAKE A POINT OF X-ing OUT OF WHATFINGER A LOT OF TIMES AND COMING BACK...JUST TO GIVE THEM A LOT OF VISITS EVERY DAY !

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  40. I'm very pleased to add Intellectual Froglegs by Joe Dan Gorman.
    He does a rant with music and mems, it's hilarious and he refreshes the gig about once a month.
    God bless J.D.G. too.

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  41. Drudge has gone full Napolitano for some reason. That wasn't the case, or at least not obviously so, at the beginning of President Trump's term. Something "triggered" him (woke pun intended) and now his site shows every anti-Trump headline with nary an opposing view to be found. Drudge obsesses about his site traffic numbers so, if enough people stop visiting, maybe he'll get the message.

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  42. I haven't visited Drudge in years.

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