This plea for media ex machina is funny, or sad:
The man who could have stopped Donald Trump
CNN couldn't stop Donald Trump. Neither could Fox News.
Some of the nation's most influential conservatives, from Glenn Beck to Bill Kristol, were powerless. Karl Rove and the Bush family had no effect. Scandal after scandal failed to put a chink in his armor.
And the 16 other GOP contenders, comprising some of the party's brightest and budding stars, proved to be impotent.
But some observers say that one man may have had the power to prevent Donald Trump's accession within the Republican Party: Matt Drudge.
"If Drudge had come out really negatively against Trump and had supported someone who would have played well with his reader base like Cruz, it would have been much harder for Trump to win," BuzzFeed political reporter and editor Andrew Kaczynski told Business Insider, referring to Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
Interesting. How Rush Limbaugh was overlooked in the roster of seemingly powerful figures is a mystery. As to whether Drudge helped create the Trump wave or simply rode it, this story kicks that around inconclusively.