Is Whatfinger News replacing the Drudge Report? The new news aggregate site is better maintained, faster, and contains more independent news links, including bloggers like BNI.The Drudge Report no longer serves as the go-to daily news aggregate site for an increasing number of conservative, pro-Trump news consumers: That mantle has been taken over by Whatfinger.
NewsTarget More and more, consumers of independent media are rejecting the iconic Drudge Report, which has stood for more than two decades as the one place on the Internet where Right-leaning Americans could go to become better informed, in favor of a start-up aggregation site that has more depth, more breadth, and features a wider selection of quality conservative content.
Seemingly overnight, Whatfinger news (Whatfinger.com) has become a new conservative destination sensation for Trump-supporting Americans who have noticed that, over the past several months, Drudge has begun to feature more news from Leftist “establishment” media that is only ever critical of the president.
This was made apparent in recent weeks when conservative political cartoonist Ben Garrison, who is featured regularly at Whatfinger, tweeted about Drudge’s increasing “Left-wing” bent.
By any measure, Whatfinger News is now a news aggregate player. According to Similar Web, a website ranking firm, the site unofficially attracted around 4.3 million visits in March (the latest month figures available). That means the site is already sending some serious traffic to sites (like BNI) fortunate enough to be featured.
And it’s just the beginning.“Our goal is to grow, we are tiny and a new site,” site co-creator “Mike” told us, adding that Whatfinger News has only been up and running officially for about 18 months. “We’re motivated. Just wanting the news at our fingertips and not just from fake news which dominates media,” he continued.
It shows. The site regularly features lots of stories from a variety of lesser-known conservative news outlets who are struggling to make names for themselves in a crowded field dominated by the big names. What’s more, the Whatfinger site features more news daily than Drudge, and appears to be updated on a more frequent basis.
So, what has happened to Matt Drudge, who was all-in for then-GOP nominee Donald Trump? What has changed? Why have most of his Trump-related links of late featured mostly Left-wing establishment media stories, all of which are 100 percent negative for the president (and rarely ever correct)?
Some have speculated that it is due to Trump’s fallout with Drudge pal Ann Coulter, the conservative firebrand who tussled with the commander-in-chief last year because he wasn’t moving quickly enough, to her liking, to curb illegal immigration and build his promised wall.
Unfortunately, too many of Drudge’s sources have a very definite leftist bias; this is not mere perception, either. As Liberty Nation also informs, reporting on a 2015 study:
The Drudge Report is Numero Uno for referring traffic primarily to the rogue’s gallery of narrative-driven left-wing media outlets like CNN, the New York Times, and The Washington Post. As a conservative who’s now well versed in the power and money that traffic gives these outlets, one must ask[:] What’s up with that? Why is such a robust website on the right driving so much traffic to the left? Don’t these legacy properties [that] perform palace guard functions for the establishment already have enough influence and power to get there on their own? Do conservatives need to be giving them a helping hand?
Others have noticed as well. The far-Left news site Salon noted in January that it appears as though Drudge’s ‘support’ for the president is “finally waning.” (Related: DRUDGE: ‘What happens when the FBI lies to US?’)
Moreover, conservative talk radio behemoth Rush Limbaugh recently observed that a series of stories Drudge linked to “makes it look like this country’s finished.” “Somebody landing from Mars and looking at the Drudge page today is gonna ask themselves why they came,” he joked — but only half-heartedly.
Meantime, Whatfinger News continues to grow as it blossoms into the newest conservative news aggregate page on the Internet. And much to the delight of Trump supporters everywhere.