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Inside the byte-way With insider gossip (and in-cyber gaffes), Matt Drudge becomes an icon of Internet political reporting

His story is part American dream, part Revenge of the Nerds.

With nothing but a PC and a keen sense of rumor, Internet gossip reporter Matt Drudge propelled himself from folding shirts at the CBS gift shop two years ago to airing Bill Clinton’s dirty laundry on his Web site last winter.

Suddenly, the man the behind the online Drudge Report is the bad boy of American journalism — a notorious, self-made reporter who serves up news with hearsay, fact with fiction, to a constantly growing following.

But as he prepares to host his own show, set to premiere Saturday at 7 p.m. on the Fox News Channel, the biggest question about Matt Drudge may be whether he can survive his own fame — or infamy, as the case may be.

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