Shocked journalists this afternoon were quick to react to the Drudge Report’s controversial header photo comparing President Obama to Hitler and Stalin. The item linked to a Weekly Standard article reporting that President Obama was willing to address the gun issue with an executive order.
“Hitler and Stalin!” exclaimed BuzzFeed Editor Ben Smith on Twitter alerting most of his followers by linking directly to the Drudge Report.
“Our right is nuttier than your right (US to 193 countries),” wrote the Al-Monitor’s Laura Rozen.
The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent begged his followers not to talk about or visit the Drudge Report.
“Dear everyone: Talking about how Drudge’s visuals are ruse to get attention = giving Drudge attention,” he wrote.
“Also, don’t link to Drudge – link to twitpic,” the Washington Post’s James Downie added.
“Why didn’t @Drudge just go all the way and put Obama’s photo between Adolph and Josef?” asked Michael Rosten, a social media editor for the New York Times.
“The new gold standard in Godwin’s Law violations,” wrote Business Insider’s Joseph Weisenthal in reaction to the picture.
“Seriously Drudge?” asked Newsweek’s Michael Moynihan who added a link to one of his own columns, “Someone needs to read my @tabletmag column.”
“Yep, Obama is just like Hitler and Stalin by trying to clean up databases on gun purchases and violence,” Sam Stein from the Huffington Post tweeted sarcastically.
“Has the Drudge Report ever been Drudgier than it is right now?” tweeted The Washington City Paper’s Mike Madden.
“Drudge thinks that there hasn’t been enough Drudge talk lately,” surmised Mike Memoli a reporter in the Tribune/LA Times DC Bureau.
“Really? Drudge is shocking people?” asked Roll Call’s David Drucker sarcastically. “C’mon.”
“Whoa. Drudge sending a message today. Wow,” tweeted Breitbart.com’s Matthew Boyle.
“So Drudge is right now comparing President Obama to Hitler and Stalin on his homepage,” reported John Avlon, a Senior Columnist for Newsweek & The Daily Beast.
“Current splash on Drudge Report should satisfy the entirety of their mouthbreather audience,” tweeted the Huffington Post’s Drew Guarini.
“Disgusting,” tweeted The Huffington Post’s Amanda Terkel retweeting a Teletubbies parody of the controversial headline tweeted by the @HuffPostHill account. The message read: “Drudge has crossed the line: pic.twitter.com/BYCn6MPE”