Drudge Report creator Matt Drudge gave a rare interview to WTOP in Washington, talking about the state of news reporting and media.
Drudge, the editor of the eponymous website that gets hundreds of millions of pageviews per month, talked about immigration–which is reflected in some of the headlines presented on his site.
“I’m more obsessed with what’s going on with the border these days,” he said. “These are very hot, spicy issues. … I’m sensing some heat, and not just from the temperature outside.”
He also said it’s fine conservatives and liberals don’t read the same news websites.
“The country is divided,” he said. “Capitol Hill is divided. How can you say the airwaves or the Web sites should not be divided?”
And he also elaborated more on his overall strategy.
“I go where the heat is,” Drudge said. “I’m a heat-seeking missile. I will go where the action is … I make waves. I don’t surf them.”
He added that his political views don’t prevent him from sharing certain stories.
But the news business, he said, is “psychotic.”
“It’s a little psychotic, the news business, because everyone’s doing everything. That still doesn’t mean there’s not important events and information coming all of the time — think of what’s just happened this year, the news has been so dynamic internationally and domestic,” he said. “This is a vibrant era of media, and it’s not going away anytime soon.”
And he usually avoids doing interviews, but said he came to WTOP because it’s a representative of the Washington, DC community.
AP update on immigration: New Mexico residents angry over housing immigrants
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — Residents in southeastern New Mexico crowded a town hall meeting Tuesday to express anger at the opening of a temporary detention center for immigrants suspected of entering the country illegally.
Around 400 people attended the meeting in Artesia to speak out against holding up to 700 Central American women and children at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Currently, less than 200 people are at the center.
City and federal officials fielded questions from residents, including how long the facility would be used for detention.
Residents told federal and local authorities they were afraid the immigrants might take jobs from locals and resources away from American-born children.
“Yes, we need to provide (to) those, for the women and children,” resident Ginger Kelly told KOAT-TV (http://goo.gl/aVj1Pt). “But I also think … our government needs to look at our own kids.”
Kelly said some area residents are struggling with hunger and a lack of health insurance.
Only a handful of residents spoke out in favor of helping immigrants.
“Basically, we have to treat people the way most people are intended to be treated,” said Anthony Morales, who spoke at the town hall.
The Artesia town hall meeting was just the latest display of anger by some who are against the federal government plan to house immigrants amid a recent surge.
In California, U.S. Homeland Security buses carrying migrant children and families were rerouted Tuesday to a facility in San Diego after American flag-waving protesters blocked the group from reaching a processing center.
The standoff in Murrieta came after Mayor Alan Long urged residents to complain to elected officials about the plan to transfer the Central American migrants to California to ease overcrowding of facilities along the Texas-Mexico border.
Last month, the Obama administration announced plans to convert the training center into one of several temporary sites being established to deal with the influx of women and children from Central America. Some have said they are fleeing gang violence and poverty in their home countries.
The three barracks at the Artesia site will hold people as they await deportation or seek asylum.
Officials said a number of the immigrants have relatives in the northeast, and if granted asylum, would likely move there.
Meanwhile, Las Cruces Catholic Diocese Bishop Cantu announced Tuesday a new humanitarian program, “Project Oak Tree,” to provide temporary shelter and assistance for immigrant women and children.
Cantu said the program is based on the story from Genesis in which Abraham provided three travelers with food and help.