Rise of the Gay Right: Drudge, Milo and Hoft are on the cutting edge of Independent Media
Who could have predicted that the individuals with the biggest influence on media for the right wing would be gay? For years conservatives have been vilified for being anti-gay or anti-LGBT, primarily by the liberal media. But here we are today, in a climate where a large percentage of Americans do not trust the liberal media, and three gay men are defining the news.
The Drudge Report reaches 167 million readers per month. It is ranked number 43 in the United States and 177th globally. During the 2016 Presidential Election, Drudge flexed his media muscle by flooding his independent conservative ideals upon his readership. In the months leading up to the election, specifically July through December of 2016, Drudge pushed 143,901,000 readers to the independent media sites such as Zero Hedge, The American Mirror, The Gateway Pundit, Infowars, Daily Caller and Breitbart according to Similarweb.com
Drudge got his start when his father Bob Drudge insisted on buying his son a Packard-Bell computer in 1994 in an attempt to cure his aimlessness. The Drudge Report began as an e-mail sent out to a few friends. Drudge’s interests were studio gossip and right-wing politics.
Even then Drudge had aspirations for being larger than life. He even boasted that one day he would have more subscribers than the Washington Post. Drudge was hired by Wired and American Online, which paid him $3,000 a month to write “runaway internet gossip.”
In 1998 Drudge broke the story of his life when Newsweek decided to kill a report claiming that Bill Clinton had a sexual affair with 23-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Drudge decided to publish the report on his website and ushered in an era of Independent media. Readers no longer had to depend on the gatekeepers of the Mainstream Media, like Newsweek, that would pick and choose what news they wanted to reveal based on pressure from the establishment.
Though Drudge prefers to keep his personal life out of the limelight, it has been rumored and reported that he is gay, but no openly so. The only documented example comes from David Brock of Media Matters who detailed having dated Drudge years ago in his memoir “Blinded by the Right.”
Drudge most likely will take to the grave the true identity of his sexuality. The fact that Drudge himself is a troglodyte who lets us know so little about himself and his operation only adds to the enigmatic perception. He wants to provide the news, not be a part of it.
Milo considers himself an advocate for free speech and free thought. His career ultimately began when he founded The Kernel, an online tabloid magazine about technology, which he sold to Daily Dot Media in 2014.
His involvement in Gamergate is what propelled him into the limelight of standing up for free speech. Gamergate is as an online uprising of gamers against poor journalistic standards, political correctness, and moral crusaders in the world of video games. During early news coverage of the movement, Yiannopoulos criticized what he saw as the “politicization” of video game culture by “an army of sociopathic feminist programmers and campaigners, abetted by achingly politically correct American tech bloggers.”
During his coverage of Gamergate, Yiannopolous published correspondence from GameJournoPros, a private mailing list for video game journalists to discuss industry related topics. Yiannpolous used the list as evidence that these writers were plotting to give negative coverage of Gamergate.
In 2015 he became the tech editor for Breitbart News, and his popularity has only soared for there. In 2016 he signed a $250,000 book deal for “Dangerous” with Simon & Schuster. During his “Dangerous Faggot Tour” Milo sparked riots on several college campuses, most notably UC Berkley. Despite the riots Milo continued most of his scheduled appearances, often selling out shows.
Milo also made headlines this year when he was banned from Twitter for making negative comments about actress Leslie Jones. Jones, a perfect example of a liberal with thin skin, claimed to be emotionally traumatized and reached out to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about Milo and the alleged abuse. In response to being banned Milo said: “With the cowardly suspension of my account, Twitter has confirmed itself as a safe space for Muslim terrorists and Black Lives Matter extremists, but a no-go zone for conservatives.” Before the ban, Milo had 338,000 Twitter followers.
Milo is an openly Gay, self-described Libertarian, who loves Donald Trump and thinks you should too. He has publicly criticized Muslims and Trans-gendered people, which liberals believe should be punishable by death. Milo has become the unlikely crusader for unapologetic speech and conservative values.
Hoft is the creator of the Gateway Pundit blog and associate producer of the documentary “Hating Breitbart.” His blog has reached as many as 23 million readers per month and is currently ranked as the 1,247th most popular website in the United States. He has been cited by Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Drudge Report, The Blaze, and Mark Levin.
Hoft came out as gay after the Orlando Terror attack on Pulse Nightclub. He stated that it was time for gays to “come home” to the Republican Party after an Islamic extremist killed at least 49 people and injured more than 50 others at Pulse nightclub.
“I created The Gateway Pundit because I wanted to speak the truth. I wanted to expose the wickedness of the left,” he wrote. “I can no longer remain silent as my gay brothers and sisters are being slaughtered at dance clubs.”
“Like most gay Americans, I don’t wear my sexuality on my sleeve. I go about my daily business. I try not to harm anyone. I love my family. I love my friends. I love my country,” he continued. “I’ve been a conservative activist for years. But today I’m coming out as a conservative gay activist.
Jim Hoft was awarded the Reed Irvine Accuracy in Media Award in 2013. He received the Breitbart Award for Excellence In Online Journalism in 2015. Gateway Pundit continues to be a trailblazer in independent media, at times gaining a bigger audience than MSNBC. Hoft continues to attract readers with his simplistic approach to reporting the news which is often him uncovering crucial tweets and other bits of information that may go unnoticed. As of February 2017 The Gateway Pundit had received White House Press Credentials and is regularly present in press briefings.