gossip wars, Jeannette Walls wails: I've been Matt-slammed
MSNBC scribed punished
over book outing
MSNBC "Scoop" gossip columnist Jeannette Walls is
feeling the wrath of Matt Drudge, and she has to admit she’s a bit
"I think he’s being very defensive for someone who is constantly
exposing other people’s private lives," she tells Media Life.
Drudge has attacked Wall via his web site "The Drudge
Report" by accusing her of sloppy reporting. He wrote, "Jeannette dear, slow down and come up for some
air. You are becoming a laughingstock, even by MSNBC standards."
The two met at a literary to do the other night and
Walls walked up to Drudge to exchange pleasantries, for the sake of the
moment forgetting the raging tiff between the nation's leading online
gossips. A photog shot them together.
But Drudge later let out--or rather sniffed-- that not all
was forgiven. So we can expect more sniping.
The bickering between the two began a few weeks ago
when it leaked that Walls was outing Drudge in her new book, titled "Dish: The Inside Story on the World of Gossip."
In the book, Walls quotes Washington landscaper David Cohen as saying he
dated Drudge soon after high school.
Walls defends the chapter in her book devoted to Drudge and says it
sheds light on the outspoken gossip columnist.
"I think in my book I offer a portrait of a complex and textured
person-- a complete outsider," she says. "It explains his
"He’s someone who has rejected the establishment because he was
put out of the establishment," she hypothesizes.
Drudge has lashed out against Walls, saying the portion of the tell-all
about him is filled with errors.
Walls has responded by
reminding her readers of Drudges’ past journalistic mistakes.
"I’m surprised that the man who breathlessly reported Clinton’s
nonexistent love child would want to bring up the whole issue of
accuracy," she wrote.
Drudge denies he is gay and has repeatedly said his "youth is a
"How can I be [gay]," he pondered in a
Salon piece, 'when I am dating a woman with boobs and
To which Walls
responded: "Hello, ‘boobs and rollers’? You just
proved your heterosexuality beyond doubt. I'm sold."
Walls says she opted not to
include parts of her interviews which she describes as "lurid
details" of Drudge’s sex life.
"At first I thought, ‘If he can talk about Clinton’s cigar,
then I can talk about stuff he did with food,’" she says. "But
then I decided, I don’t want to go there."
Uncertain of the content of the chapter about him, Drudge beat Wall to
the punch by spreading rumors on his web site about his alleged unorthodox
sex life, including a bad case of pubic lice, a liking for fully clothed
sex in the shower and a strange egg fetish.
Probably more disturbing to Walls, Drudge published her work phone
number, home phone number and e-mail address, and encouraged readers to
contact Wall and share their own "Drudge sex stories."
Walls says she has nothing against Drudge personally.
"And, I’m not
passing judgment," she says.
But Walls continued, "Anyone who can dish it out better be able to take it."
-Jennifer Cox is a staff writer for
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