In a rare appearance on talk radio on Friday, Matt Drudge declared that President Trump “has saved the media.”
“I’m getting a little bit nervous about the media situation. Do you know, the media was near death. The New York Times was hanging on the short hairs. Do you know Vanity Fair was going under. CNN barely had a fraction,” Drudge said during an appearance on Michael Savage’s radio show.
“Trump has saved the media. Record, record ratings now because the opposition is consolidating. They’re following every bouncing ball. People actually believe that Trump is a Russian agent, this is the drugged ones.”
Drudge, who has operated the Drudge Report since 1995, rarely makes public appearances, but he appeared on Savage’s show to celebrate the conservative host’s 75th birthday.
Drudge also offered his take on Trump’s presidency so far. He suggested that Trump’s advisers are not allowing the former reality TV star to use his personality and charisma, his two greatest assets, in Drudge’s opinion.
“His personality is not being totally used here. The charm, the guy who ran the hotel, the guy who had the Number 1 TV show with ‘The Apprentice,'” said Drudge.
“Charisma is needed in this job. This isn’t just getting a bill through Congress. This is also charisma. So I wish they would let him return to Donald Trump, the full Donald Trump.”
Drudge also said he is worried about Trump’s falling poll numbers.
Drudge cited a recent poll from Rasmussen, which he said is a trustworthy polling firm, which “is showing danger for Trump.”
“I don’t think that’s fake. He is showing danger,” Drudge said.