The Drudge Paradox

Steve Benen has good questions:

I wonder if Cillizza is failing to connect the dots — how is it that media outlets are being driven by Drudge, and being skewered by Drudge for their so-called bias, at the same time? In other words, if the cable networks are getting their ideas from Drudge, what is it, exactly, that Drudge is rebelling against? How is he speaking truth to power if he’s helping call the shots in the first place?

I’m not sure I “wonder” if Cillizza is failing to connect the dots, he’s definitely failing. I wonder if he’s failing to do so because he doesn’t understand what’s happening, or because he understands what’s happening perfectly well and just thinks it would be better for his career to write the story the way he did.