Fresh from hooking an Internet audience of Art Bell fanatics with rotten bait on
Thursday, America's favorite cub reporter, Matt Drudge, was hot on the trail of an even
bigger trout: one that the Las Vegas Review-Journal netted well before Drudge,
which still didn't stop him from claiming the prize fish as a "world exclusive" in
Saturday's Drudge Report.
The story -- which Pigdog had previous knowledge of but chose not to report in respect of
the privacy of the individuals involved (heck, we can claim anything we want, right
Matt?) -- was the bombshell involving Art Bell's son's filing of a lawsuit against a
Nevada school district for failing to prevent his (Arthur Bell IV's) rape by the
HIV-positive substitute teacher who sexually assaulted him in 1998. It became quickly
apparent that this is the "personal problem" responsible for Bell's mysterious
intermittent absences from the radio airwaves over the past several months.
This is also the story Drudge claimed he was going to break on Thursday to the thousands
of readers of his website, and the same story Drudge promised that Bell would come clean
with on his Coast to Coast radio show that same night. Both promises were broken,
however, when Bell remained silent and Drudge refused to spill the goods to Art Bell fans
gathered on IRC, where he had directed interested readers for further information (after
a quick yank-down from the Drudge Report of the earlier claim -- see our earlier story).
Then two things happened, in not-so-quick succession: first, the Review-Journal
posted the details of the assault case and lawsuit and noted it as the reason for Bell's
retiring act, on Friday. Then, Saturday, possibly still steaming from Pigdog's alleged
underestimation of his total readership (aside to Matt: next time you send us a
nastygram, please remember to turn off the CAPSLOCK. It hurts our eyes, and we usually
read our mail when we're still hung over,) Drudge posted essentially the same story on
his site and labeled it as a "**World Exclusive**." Drudge's version was a roughly
similar but badly truncated version of the Las Vegas paper's earlier story, but Drudge at
least did go out and find one of his ubiquitous "well-placed sources" to provide the
scintillating revelation that, basically, Bell's son is pretty well bummed about the
How do you get a "World Exclusive" from a story that was already in the public eye at
least 12 hours previous and possibly much longer than that? I don't know either, but
doesn't it seem like "scoops," much like candy bars, microprocessors and "Internet
Celebrityhood," are getting smaller all the time? Or maybe Matt just has some fancy new
math he uses for his figurin'.