Posted on | October 16, 2012 | 33 Comments
If you were on Twitter last night, you might have noticed that the notorious “fail whale” made its unwelcome appearance for a while: Twitter was over capacity, and now we know why:
Drudge Report posted a headline that would likely perplex anyone who has followed the politics of various Hollywood celebrities.
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal, the news site read, has officially endorsed Republican candidate Mitt Romney for president.
The proof? Well, the outspoken liberal celebrity tweeted it . . .
Except one thing. That’s not Gyllenhaal’s actual Twitter account.
As others have documented before, the Twitter handle @Jake_Gyllenhaal is a fake account made by a fan.
The traffic surge from the mistaken headline — which appeared atop the left-side column at Drudge — was enough to push Twitter past capacity until the headline was removed later in the evening.
Speaking of Drudge and Twitter, I noticed this from Michelle Malkin:
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) October 15, 2012
What’s up with that? Why would Drudge be linking articles from 9/11 Truther Alex Jones’s InfoWars site — a Friday article by Michael Snyder and a Monday article by Paul Joseph Watson were both headlined by Drudge — rather than linking Malkin’s Twitchy site?
Considering how much traffic a Drudge link throws, why encourage an obnoxious conspiracy theorist who (and I remember it well) sicced a mob on Malkin at the 2008 Democratic convention?
Desperate to salvage the fizzled demonstration, 9/11 nutball Alex Jones started barking at me and attempting to make a scene and incite a riot.
Here’s the video in which you’ll see Charlie Martin of PJ Media acting as ad hoc bodyguard for Malkin while Alex Jones calls them “neocons” who “help destroy this country” and “sell it out to the New World Order,” declares that 9/11 was “an inside job,” then begins whipping up the anarchist mob that shouts, “Kill Michelle Malkin!”
Well, it’s a free country, but exactly why the hell would Matt Drudge want to throw traffic at someone like that?