How to Get Your Story on Drudge – Sort Of

Having spent much of the past five days “Chasing Rabbits,” I was excited to see a headline related to my work appear on the Drudge Report just after midnight (i.e., early early early Thursday morning):

USDA fines Missouri family $90k for selling rabbits without license...

“My rabbit story made Drudge!” I thought to myself upon seeing the link above as it appeared 10 headlines below a photo of the presidential limousine (a.k.a., “The Beast”).  And then I clicked on the link.

It turned out that the world’s most-famous fedora-wearing blogger had not linked to my original story about the case of John and Judy Dollarhite’s nightmarish interaction with agents of the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.  Instead, he had linked to a Yahoo! News story which was a republication of a Jonathan Strong story they had picked up from The Daily Caller.  Unfortunately, the Yahoo! News story was published with my last name misspelled the way it was during its first hour of life at The Daily Caller — that is, before Strong received a phone call during which I asked him to take the “h” out of my last name.

And how did The Daily Caller’s Strong get the idea for the story?  He read my story about the Nixa, Mo., couple that was facing a $90,643 USDA fine for raising rabbits when it was published May 20 at Andrew Breitbart’s, a site at which I am a regular contributor.  Then he called me for the Dollarhites’ phone number.  And I gave it to him, on the precondition that he include a link to my original story in his piece.

And where did the story originate?  Like all of my pieces that appear on the site, it first appeared on my almost-five-year-old site,

Am I responsible for the rabbit story coming to life? You might say that, but the first breath of life that bunny story ever breathed came from Clay Bowler at Bungalow Bill’s Conservative Wisdom.  He called me May 18 with the news and asked if I would use my contacts and resources to try and make the story go viral, and I said, “Yes.”  And I published my original story the next day.

Am I disappointed that Drudge didn’t link to my original story?  In a way, I am.  After all, a Drudge link tells the world in its own unique way, “You’ve arrived!” — unless, that is, you’re John Edwards and you made Drudge today.  At the same time, however, I realize that a link on his site would probably have caused my servers to crash and, thereby, prevented people from reading any of the seven follow-up pieces I’ve published about the Dollarhite’s case.

If you’re one of those people who haven’t read them all, links to those stories appear below in chronological order (oldest to newest):

USDA Stands Behind Hare-Raising Fine (5-19-11);

Senator’s Letter About Horses Does Little to Help Constituent Facing $4 Million Fine Over Rabbits (5-20-11);

Couple’s Hare-Raising Story Gains Traction (5-21-11);

Anti-Tyranny Protest Set Wednesday in Ozark, Mo. (5-24-11);

Family Refuses to Pay $90K Fine for Selling Rabbits (5-24-11);

USDA Appears To Be Caving on Rabbit Fines (5-24-11); and

USDA ‘Rabbit Police’ Stalking Magicians (5-25-11)*.

*Though not related to the Dollarhite’s case, this story involves the same kind of hare-brained enforcement of USDA regulations.

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About BobMcCarty

A native of Enid, Oklahoma, Bob McCarty graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in journalism in 1984. During the next two decades, he served stints as an Air Force public affairs officer, a political campaign manager, a technology sales consultant and a public relations professional. Today, Bob spends most of his time researching topics, writing about them and publishing those writings. When he’s not writing online, he’s working as an author. Bob’s first published book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice (October 2011), chronicles the life story and wrongful conviction of Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, a highly-decorated Green Beret combat veteran. In his second book, THE CLAPPER MEMO (May 2013), Bob connects the dots between a memo signed by James R. Clapper Jr. — the man now serving as our nation’s top intelligence official — and the deaths of dozens of Americans in Afghanistan at the hands of our so-called Afghan “allies” wearing the uniforms of their nation’s military, police and security forces. Bob is married, has three sons and lives in the St. Louis area. Bob is available for media and blogger interviews. Simply drop a comment here, leaving your name, organization, phone number, e-mail address and area of interest. He’ll try to respond as soon as possible.

5 thoughts on “How to Get Your Story on Drudge – Sort Of

  1. No respect, no respect!

    What took Drudge this long? At least he made it to the dance. I was sending our links last week, a couple times a day.

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