Former Congressman Warns That Foreign Countries Could Bribe The Feds To "Regulate Drudge"

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Alex Thomas via The Daily Sheeple,

A former Republican Congressman from Colorado has warned that a foreign country could bribe or “incentivize” the FCC to regulate and “rein in” popular conservative news outlets, including The Drudge Report.

Former Rep. Tom Tancredo, in an opinion piece for The Hill, started out his shocking warning by downplaying the so-called Russian actors who may have spent a measly $100,000 with social media giant Facebook in exchange for ads that hurt Hillary Clinton.

Tancredo not only correctly noted that such a small amount of money could not have actually altered the election, he also destroyed the notion that the American establishment is “surprised” by the idea of a foreign government trying to influence an election.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said this month that his company sold over $100,000 in social media advertising to a Russian government-controlled front group during the 2016 election cycle. While that amount is a relative pittance and critics are saying the ads were poorly produced — where is Bill Maher when you really need him? — the discovery has raised alarms.


It’s ironic, of course, that America’s media elites are suddenly alarmed, considering that the CIA and intelligence agencies abroad have engaged in similar activity for decades. But putting that aside, what if the bigger danger comes not from amateurish foreign advertisers, but from foreign governments seeking to influence the American regulatory agencies meant to act as the citizens’ watchdogs?

The former congressman then gets to the crux of his warning, asking a very pointed question to the reader that unfortunately sounds all too plausible in this day and age.

Could a foreign government — such as Russia, Ukraine, or Mexico, for example — bribe or “incentivize” a federal agency such as the Federal Election Commission to regulate (or “rein in”) conservative news websites?


The truth could be stranger than fiction if you examine the habits of the federal commissioners who run our regulatory agencies.

Tancredo then reveals a fact that news outlets like The Daily Sheeple have long reported – there are absolutely elements within the federal government who have expressed support for censoring The Drudge Report in the past while at the same time taking dozens of trips overseas, sometimes even bashing the American way of life while doing so.

For years, Democrats on the FEC have been vocal in their desire to regulate speech on websites such as Facebook and Twitter, to say nothing of Drudge and Fox News. Will they use the news of foreign government purchasing social media advertising as an excuse to enter that regulatory minefield more boldly?


But what’s even more worrisome is that third-party groups, some connected to foreign governments, have spent tens of thousands of dollars helping regulators travel around the world. Who’s to say that quid pro quo, spoken or unspoken, isn’t part of the equation?


It’s far more likely than the idea that foreign governments might be using a website like Drudge to spread propaganda. Buying one regulator would be more cost-effective than spending millions trying to sway millions through advertising. After all, “I can get it for you wholesale” is still the American way.

Consider this. As the establishment media continues to push their 24/7 anti-Trump echo chamber, real dangers posed by other countries are going unchecked, with many in the media most likely on board with the idea that top conservative news outlets need to be censored.

At this point one can’t help but wonder (and worry) that some form of political censorship of the internet is on the horizon which will most likely be attempted by connecting the amazing success of someone like Matt Drudge to supposed Russian propaganda operations – all in the name of censoring non leftist voices.


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Nostradumbass's picture


as if (((Drudge))) isn't already controlled...


Matt Drudge

Blogger and AGW denier Matt Drudge

Learn more from the Center for Media and Democracy's research on climate change.

Matt Drudge is a gay right wing conservative[1] blogger who runs the Drudge Report, a conservative news aggregation and gossip website, and a popular news and opinion source for American conservatives and man-made global warming deniers. His website is steadily falling in popularity, according to Alexa, and that's despite the 3-minute autorefresh script Drudge uses to artificially inflate visitor numbers (and advertising revenue).






Born into a liberal Jewish family, Drudge graduated 341st out of a class of 355 from High School.[2] He has no other education. He worked at 7-11, McDonalds, and the CBS Studios gift shop before finding his calling as an Internet gossip.

El Oregonian's picture

Although Drudge gives ALT news, it is far from "independent"... But it is the best mass news aggregate we currently have

Manthong's picture


"Regulate Drudge"


It’s a goddam link aggregation page.

They had better regulate everybody he has linked to as well and that includes the NYT, WaPo, the Chicago Tribune, LA Times etc.

Most of the people calling for this do not have the IQ God gave an idiot.


political_proxy's picture

"Most of the people calling for this do not have the IQ God gave an idiot."

Like Bill Clinton, the first black US president?

Stuck on Zero's picture

Tancredo was a Class A politician who did grea things for the US. He surely enraged the deep state. He should run for President.

kill switch's picture


Not bad.


Unlike Drudge it doesen't take you to the NYT.

UselessEater's picture

After a cursory glance it seems free to crticise everyone but the jew. That's not balanced given the ownership of media (ie propoganda), publishing houses (ie prooganda), banks, corporations and government positions of signficant influence over every single aspect of our lives and future.

Nostradumbass's picture

I was unable to edit the comment quick enough to provide this link:


I honestly don't know about Drudge but I am always suspicious...

JRobby's picture

We care what you think why?

UselessEater's picture

Comment section would get pretty quiet if we had no interest in the comments (thoughts) of others.

JRobby's picture

When one gets the first post of a thread, leave it alone. Be happy. We have heard enough. You got to set the tone. What else do you need?

hound dog vigilante's picture


 Born into a liberal Jewish family, Drudge graduated 341st out of a class of 355 from High School.[2] He has no other education. He worked at 7-11, McDonalds, and the CBS Studios gift shop..."



I'll take these qualifications over every journalism degree ever issued by america's snowflake factories...


Nostradumbass's picture

In fact, that is about where I ranked when I left high screwel - lol!

Escrava Isaura's picture

Foreign Countries Could Bribe The Feds To "Regulate Drudge"




It gets better



Authored at The Daily Sheeple



JRobby's picture

The FCC has displayed it's "FOR SALE" credentials for quite a number of decades now so where's the news? A dot head runs "the commission" so....



political_proxy's picture

Nice to see even some two bit flunky could make a zillion Dollars.

Davidduke2000's picture

Making shit up does not make you right. Drudge does not write blogs, he only post stories from around the world and does not even give a single opinion.

He posts election results from other sources mostly the state department of each state, he does not make up the results, he posts polls and does not comment on their legitimacy.

Maybe you never went on the site, there are stories and live feed about the hurricanes, storms, snow storms  and other weather events, stories about crashes, car races, space discoveries and others.

If he favors conservative stories is because his clientele is conservative.

you are an ignorant asshole leftist. 

Rick Cerone's picture

Drudge is a globalist pig.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Former Congressman Warns That Foreign Countries Could Bribe The Feds To "Regulate Drudge"

My response: Does everyone get the feeling that the WHEELS are coming of the CART? Between the NFL boycott of the National Anthem and the feuds in the legislative bodies, the FABRIC that holds the American Republic together appears to be unraveling.


As a side note, suspending the NFL season this year looks to be a really good idea. The players in the NFL and all sports are OUT OF CONTROL to the point that they dare think of themselves as gods!!

Rick Cerone's picture

Become your own personal Jesus.

Drudge isn't a god.

JRobby's picture

If they are GODS, why can't they score some more points?

E.F. Mutton's picture

This smells like a side-door attempt to legitimize the "Russian Election Narrative"

If you buy that Russia is after Drudge, you get the Hillary Narrative at no extra charge!

El Oregonian's picture

Swampiness brings on foot-rot, and swamp creatures bring moral-rot.

south40_dreams's picture

Drudge is irrelevant. The rooskies can have him

Davidduke2000's picture

you are an idiot believing the Russians infulenced the us election. eat some avocado to get smarter and stay away from american media.

logicalman's picture

It's not like the ((chosen ones)) have ever attempted to influence US government, now is it?

hound dog vigilante's picture


Why wait for foreigners to stop Drudge?  The Left is more than willing to bribe congress/FCC directly themselves... no foreigners necessary.


I agree with EF Mutton above... this is a sidedoor attept to legitimize the RU election hacking fiction.

beemasters's picture

It's called "killing two birds with one stone." If they can blame Russia too, why the hell won't they?

Chupacabra-322's picture

Why Drudge & not InfoWars?


JRobby's picture

They can not utter the words "Info Wars". Similar to the Knights That Say Ni.

Hillary did and she plummeted to defeat.........

7thGenMO's picture

Alex has my eternal gratitude for "BILL CLINTON IS A RAPIST!".  Seeing Hillary triggered when this was yelled out on the campaign trail was priceless. 

JRobby's picture

Hillary enabled him for years

logicalman's picture

Who knows, she may have held one or two down for him.

Both sick fucks.

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

After being laughed at, ridiculed, criticized and humiliated, for saying that "Russian subversives" had purchased $50,000 of "fake advertising" on Fakebook last week. Our masters of the universe and in lockstep, fake stream media, have taken the opportunity to quite literally "double down" and start quoting the figure of $ 100,000 was used to purchase ads...

You're still missing a few zeros assholes.

Davidduke2000's picture

Anybody who believes the narrative about the Russians were involved in the us election is an asshole idiot. there are 150 million people in Russia and possibly some people like other people in Canada or Europe made some youtube clips, or blogs bashing the murderer hillary clinton who caused the death of over 300,000 Christians in Syria, does not mean the Russian government was involved.


roadhazard's picture

Drudge getting a free ad.

wisebastard's picture

i think the very act of trying to regulate the news should be consider a threat to any free society and it is something that should be punished as more harshly than the nazis.

redmudhooch's picture

I am pretty sure they're already doing this.

Look at Breitbart, completely Zionist.

False flags are coming, to trick us into turning on each other.

They're trying hard to get us to kill each other, take your eyes off of them.

Don't let them trick you into turning on your neighbors.

They know we're onto them.

political_proxy's picture

The people reading, specifically commenting have really drropped over that past few years. Mostly mindless sheeple.
BB draws it "readers" from the herd. The cognition of the crowd has really declined.

Mr T's picture

Maybe they are just trying to reinforce thru mind trickery the Russia meme

Look what this guy quoted or wrote

"Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said this month that his company sold over $100,000 in social media advertising to a Russian government-controlled front group during the 2016 election cycle. "

I have looked, and aside from the MSM linking to themselves there is No evidence a "Russian government controlled" anything.

Maybe what many are saying about this site are true... I have seen so much subliminal shit on this site lately. Plus so many fucked up comments.

DRUDGE is total controlled opposition.  He cares more about queers and movie stars. If. Caitlynn Jenner is doing something DRUDGE  will let you know

Kenny Drebson's picture

exactly.  divide and conquer is still the name of the game.

newsbusters, daily caller, breitbart and even drudge have devolved into hasbara rags.

WillyGroper's picture

rofl...what cuntry could that be?

anyone remember AbScam?

Cynthia Mckinney will tell ya.

Davidduke2000's picture

The drudge report does not make any blogs or comments, Drudge simply posts real stories that are published by either newspapers, websites, TV etc

How can he be regulated is beyond me.

Herdee's picture

This CIA operation continues to be exposed. Their pupet government in Ukraine is still nazi-like corrupted as ever:

Davidduke2000's picture

the cia is known to hire goons, murderers, jihadists, dictators, then call clean people all sorts of bad names. I am shocked that trump did not shut down this criminal organization. eventually Russia will shut it down by killing all the people hired by the cia like what Putin is doing in Syria and Iraq.

rejected's picture

Exactly what's needed! Moar government control over news outlets.

JD59's picture

Yes, we need much more COMMIE KKK HATE FILLED JIHADI DEMOCRAT control.

Xena fobe's picture

The news outlets themselves are just mouth pieces for foreign governments.  Carlos Slim comes to mind.  And Bannon was over in China the other day.  Likely taking $$ for favorable coverage. 

BetterRalph's picture

Drudge is an aggregate of existing news. there's nothing to regulate.

He's a Glorified RSS feed.