Drudge Misqoutes Hunter S. Thompson?

Normally, I’m not one to pick on Drudge for spicing up his headlines, but when one is as completely wrong as this one, I have to take notice and bring people’s attention to it. The headline (and link) in question is: “HUNTER S. THOMPSON: Not even the foulest atrocities of Adolf Hitler ever shocked me so badly as these [Abu Ghraib] photographs…”

Now, go search the page that’s linked… you’ll find that there’s no mention of Hitler at all! Now, my initial thought was that it could be in reference to an article he wrote for the June 2004 issue of Vanity Fair, but a quick search revealed that the focus of that article is Lisl Auman’s ongoing tribulations with the Denver police.

So I decided to go check the Drudge Archives to see just what was going on (since I get my feed via RSS which is about an hour late sometimes). I was browsed the Drudge Archives trying to find a direct link to point out the quote and I found this timeline to be interesting (all times are GST) from this page:

22:10:01“HUNTER S. THOMPSON: Not even the foulest atrocities of Adolf Hitler ever shocked me so badly as these [Abu Ghraib] photographs…”

22:44:02 – link and all mention is GONE!

22:52:02 – ESPN SCRUBS HUNTER S. THOMPSON’S BUSH BASH… DEVELOPING…

23:02:02 – ESPN SCRUBS HUNTER S. THOMPSON’S BUSH BASH… DEVELOPING…

23:12:02ESPN SCRUBS HUNTER S. THOMPSON’S BUSH BASH…

So he now claims that the editors are changing Thompson’s article because “‘Hunter can go too far sometimes,’ the Bristol-based ESPN employee told the DRUDGE REPORT.”. Notice the lack of names of sources, it’s usually a sign of dubious authenticity (especially with Drudge), on a matter that would draw the ire of someone like Hunter S. Thompson, this looks like a slam-dunk. Now, being a bit unobjective on Hunter S. Thompson (I have him linked on the sidebar and read his column every week), I can honestly say that I do not remember any mention of Hitler last week because I would have linked to it and quoted it myself (HA!). But I think this is going to morph into a very interesting story, because if the allegation of editors changing Thompson’s writing is true, he’s going to go apeshit and make sure it’s changed back. I also don’t see how it could be construed as a Bush bash, but since Drudge has a way of spicing up his headlines, (as Hunter would say:) Selah!

I’ll be keeping my eye on this one.

UPDATE: It’s true, he did say/write it! Okay, now let’s see how fast he bitchslaps the people at ESPN for changing his article. For the record: I agree with Thompson, lambast me if you like, but the man knows his politics.

Let’s go to the Olympics! [ESPN – Hey Rube!]
Drudge Report Archives (May 24, 2004)
ESPN SCRUBS HUNTER S. THOMPSON BUSH BASH [Drudge Report News Flash]
Hunter T. Seeks Justice for Lisl Auman [TalkLeft]

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