Matt Drudge warned in a rare interview Tuesday that the very foundation of the free Internet is under severe threat from digital copyright laws that could stifle free speech and ban independent media outlets, including putting an end to his popular Drudge Report website.
“I had a Supreme Court justice tell me to my face it’s over for me. Said, ‘Matt, it’s over for you. They’ve got the votes not to enforce copyright law. You’re out of there. They’re gonna make it so headlines, you can’t even use headlines,’” Drudge said during a radio interview with Alex Jones on Infowars. “To have a Supreme Court justice say that to my face!”
You can here him make the above comments at the 16:50 mark.
Drudge, who refused to be on camera, warned the American public about such cases making their way up the court system.
“You thought Obamacare was shocking? You thought some of these other decisions were shocking? Wait until these copyright laws work their way up and the Supreme Court decides you cannot have a website with news headlines linking across the board,” he said. “Then that will end for me.”
“Fine, I’ve had a hell of a run. It’s 20 years next year – or 20 years about now. Hell of a run,” Drudge added. “I couldn’t have gone any farther. I feel completely, I have gone as far out of the galaxy as I can on this. I still wanna stay out here. But I have gone pretty damn far for what one individual can do in this culture. But I’m talking about the future.”
In the interview, Drudge also warned Americans against using social media platforms, saying social media giants like Twitter and Facebook were swallowing up content and strangling the organic growth of independent Internet news platforms.
“Stop operating in their playground, stop it,” said Drudge. “I’m just warning this country that yes, don’t get into this false sense that you are an individual when you’re on Facebook, no you’re not, you’re a pawn in their scheme,” he concluded.
He later dared President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to dismiss their Secret Service agents and go entirely gun-free.
“You know what would happen within 30 seconds? Both of those people would no longer be on planet Earth,” Drudge added. “So they are asking us to drop our guns, to drop our security measures or — or what?”
Drudge said he didn’t see how gun control proposals are “being taken seriously, except for the sick voter.”
“You can’t underestimate the sickness of the American people right now. They are really sick. And that’s to me — I am more angry at the sick Americans than I am Obama or Hillary. I am really angry at the sick Americans.”
Drudge rarely grants interviews or comments in such a manner on current events. In addition, it’s not rare to see his Twitter page blank as he normally deletes his tweets shortly after posting them.