Conservative news aggregator Matt Drudge upset some prominent members of his fan base last week when his website featured a “Black Lives Kill” headline following the attack on police officers in Dallas.
The attack left five police officers killed and Business Insider‘s Oliver Darcy called Drudge’s word a “race-baiting headline,” while calling Drudge a “once reliable ally who has become more and more divisive” to conservatives.
“I just deleted my Drudge app,” National Review writer David French declared on Twitter after seeing the controversial headline.
“Since its inception in 1996, the Drudge Report has been a home to conservatives who feel disenfranchised by traditional media. Drudge has marketed his website as a news destination not controlled by corporate interests or politicians,” Darcy wrote. “But that’s a narrative that was heavily challenged during the 2016 Republican Primary, when it became clear the news aggregator was pushing a pro-Trump agenda.”
Several conservative leaders have recently bashed Drudge for his recent decisions, but as Darcy pointed out, it doesn’t seem to faze the Internet news guru.
Drudge did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
Here are some Twitter reactions to the headline.
I just deleted my Drudge app.
— David French (@DavidAFrench) July 8, 2016
In moments like these, we should do the opposite of what Drudge is doing. Not saying it's right or wrong; merely imprudent.
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) July 8, 2016
— Jeff B/DDHQ (@EsotericCD) July 8, 2016
Dallas chief says suspect told them before he died that he wasn’t part of a group https://t.co/LtTSZaVaSt
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) July 8, 2016
— Stop Trump PAC (@StopTrumpPAC) July 8, 2016