Rod Thomson

The Drudge Report is the undisputed champion of news aggregate sites, and has been since the Clinton years. It’s iconic and people are comfortable with it. But it’s also filled with a lot of the cultural garbage that is irrelevant to many right-leaning readers, uses sensationalized headlines and includes just too much of the weird alien nonsense for those who are simply looking to stay on top of current events.

Staying on top of events as a conservative without some type of aggregator is almost impossible because of the innate and well-deserved distrust conservatives have for the mainstream media. Fortunately, there is an emerging treasure trove of conservative sites. But most people don’t have the time to wade through them all.

That’s where comes in. The relatively young conservative aggregator site is already nearing the 13,000 rank in Alexa among all web sites in the United States, quickly making it a player in the space. And there is a reason. It is chock full of links to mostly conservative sites with news and commentary, but organized into top stories, hot tweets, Trump news, political commentary, U.S. news, world news and more. The headlines and linking site are clearly delineated so you don’t click a link and get assaulted by a surprise site. There is even a section with a slate of stories and links to liberal/mainstream media sites under “Fake News Quarantine Section.”

The editors say they purposely include those “opposing views for specific issues (such as MSNBC vs FOX). This is how you get to the truth, by digesting all points of view and then coming to your own opinion and conclusion. In other words…freedom to think and feel and learn without censorship.”

The Whatfinger name comes from the simple concept of thumbs up, thumbs down or, of course, the middle finger. The site is founded and run by former members of the military who are unapologetic lovers of America but keep their personal identities under wraps for understandable reasons.

They have one, basic goal with the site, found on their “about” page: “You could say, we are in a relentless pursuit of creating the greatest go-to link news site ever.”

That’s a tough hill that means dethroning the Drudge Report from the current position. Not easy. Drudge still takes a good pulse on the news, but it includes so many ancillary click-baity stuff that it is not great for serious news consumers. In conversations with the editors, they say that once people find Whatfinger, they generally continue to use it instead of returning to Drudge or lesser aggregators.

The editors seem to have a good instinct for what right-leaning Americans want to read, leading to their rapid growth that has been entirely fueled by word of mouth — quite amazing in this age where political space is crowded with endless options. But in part, that crowded field is leading to Whatfinger’s usefulness: The editors cull the best stories from the Web for easy use with headlines typically taken from the stories — not over sensationalized.

We took a look at Whatfinger when we saw a bump in traffic from the site. We had not heard of it. But it’s quickly become a new favorite. Consider this digital word of mouth.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act.

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10 thoughts on “Whatfinger is a Drudge Alternative for the New Year

  • December 30, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    I started going to Whatfinger over a year ago when Drudge ‘stories’ kept getting further and further to the left; if I want left-leaning, I’ll watch CNN
    I wasn’t aware of the history of Whatfinger founders…much respect!

  • December 30, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    I abandoned Drudge to go to whatfinger. Now I can be assured of getting honest conservative news.

  • December 30, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Agreed. As soon as I found Whatfinger, I deleted Drudge and have never returned.

  • December 30, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Drudge has given into it’s sponsers and will not link to the ‘REAL’ news. This is why I switched to whatfinger. Notice just today, Drudge wouldn’t even post the breaking news that the phony dossier and bogus FIOS warrant used by the deep state to spy on the Trump campaign. Drudge has sold it’s sole to profits.

  • December 31, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I switched to Whatfinger two weeks ago when Drudge trashed Roy Moore probably because Roy is not pro-homosexual. Drudge also turned Anti-Trump in his selection of news items. I have not returned to Drudge.

  • January 1, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    i became disenchanted w/drudge when nearly ALL of the articles sounded intriguing BUT linked to PAY news propaganda LEFTISTS websites. shortly thereafter began hearing about and then changed my home website page… (tho, i’d recommend a name change as it sounds somewhat hokey…imho)….

  • January 4, 2018 at 4:53 am

    I am happy to find this site. Drudge is always doing stories such as “house of filth, 50 dead cats” or “dog left to freeze on porch”. And the constant linking to the W. Post or NY Times wastes too much time .

    Keep up the good work.

  • January 6, 2018 at 10:23 am

    I also have ditched Drudge. Keep up the good fight here.!

  • January 16, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    I, too, happened upon Whatfinger by accident while looking for an alternative to Drudge which has deteriorated beyond belief. What a nice change! After three days I removed Drudge from my home page and have had no desire to return.

    Give me Whatfinger and Breitbart. They are all I need for the days when I want a bunch of news but don’t have a lot of time.

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