It Was 10 Years Ago Today, Matt Drudge Taught the Blogs to Play

Bloggers are missing an important ten-year anniversary this coming week. It was ten years ago, on the evening of Saturday January 17, 1998, that Matt Drudge posted a story on his site — which we can call a blog, even if he doesn’t — saying that Newsweek magazine had spiked a story about then-President Clinton having had an alleged dalliance with a former intern.

Online news hasn’t looked back. While the journalistic bar may now be higher, lower, or just plain elsewhere when it comes to reporting things in the wild world of blogs and the interweb, there is no denying online’s influence — whether blogs, link-sites, or traditional news operations — and there hasn’t really been any denying it for a decade now, not since Matt Drudge began a series of events that nearly took down a sitting president.


  1. Of course, far be it from me to toot my own horn, but Slashdot predates Drudge by about nine months in the blogging world — but the focus was on tech, rather then the political world.