Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Is the Senate deliberately trying to keep employees from visiting the Drudge Report?

Matt Drudge has an interesting story up to day on the Drudge Report. Basically it says that Senate employees were warned to avoid the Drudge Report because of possible viruses. 
From Fox News: The Senate Sergeant-at-Arms, the chamber's official gatekeeper, said the Drudge Report, a  news aggregator, and whitepages.com, a telephone directory site, "are responsible for the many viruses popping up throughout the Senate," according to an e-mail from the Environment and Public Works Committee obtained by FoxNews.com.
Another e-mail from a separate office warned that staffers who had visited the Drudge Report or White Pages had experienced viruses on their PCs.
"Please avoid using these sites until the Senate resolves this issue," the e-mail read. "The Senate has been swamped the last couples (sic) days with this issue." [MORE]
The Drudge Report sees something else going on., they believe it is politics and the politics of health care to be exact.
From The Drudge Report: Just as the healthcare drama in the capitol reaches a grand finale, congressional officials are warning employees to avoid the DRUDGE REPORT! 
The Senate's Committee on Environment and Public Works issued an urgent email late Monday claiming the DRUDGE REPORT is 'responsible for the many viruses popping up throughout the Senate.' 
The committee ordered hill staff: 'Try to avoid' the DRUDGE REPORT 'for now'. 
On Monday DRUDGE served over 29 million pages with NOT ONE email complaint received about 'pop ups', or the site serving 'viruses'. 
The site was seen 149,967 times since March 1st from users at senate.gov and 244,347 times at house.gov. [10,825 visits from the White House, eop.gov] 
The Systems Administrator may want to continue taking her antibiotic until the prescription runs out. 

With traffic like the Drudge Report has, it does seem pretty darn impossible that no one else is experiencing virus problems. Heck, I must visit the site at lease 4-5 times a day and never a pop up, a warning or anything else.

There is always the possibility that our illustrious government has hired the biggest nincompoops in the IT business, but political games seem much more likely here.

By the way, did you notice the number of visits from the White House? Seems like they have big Drudge fans over there. The House and Senate numbers are pretty noteworthy too.

While not at the levels of the Drudge Report, Another Black Conservative has a few daily readers from both the House and the Senate. I don’t have any White House visitors yet, but hey you never know …


Janelle said...

Any bets that by telling the folks on the hill not to visit Drudge.......it will increase the traffic?

Clifton B said...


I bet you are right. Nothing beats the allure of forbidden fruit.

Anonymous said...

LOL! That's what happened to Fox when the president warned America NOT to watch... it increased their traffic.

The fact that the government would try to censor any media is scary. Or maybe what's scary is that America hardly seems to notice or care about this violation of freedom.

Clifton B said...


Welcome to ABC! You are right telling people not to do a think only makes it more tempting.

You are also correct that many Americans are totally unconcerned about the violation of our freedoms. Just check out Google Trends on days when important legislation is being passed or discussed, all you find are people searching for pop culture stuff.

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