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Drudge's Race-Baiting Is Only Getting Worse

A new study from The New Republic determined that the Drudge Report's use of race-baiting headlines has soared in the last five years, a fact that lends context to the recent flood of conservative media amplifying random, interracial crimes and baselessly assigning them a racial motive.

Matt Drudge's conservative website Drudge Report is infamous for its obsessive coverage of alleged black-on-white crime and race-baiting headlines. But it's only getting worse, according to a new analysis by The New Republic. The magazine analyzed Drudge's use of race-related terms in headlines after 2008 -- the year President Obama established himself as a national figure with his first presidential campaign -- with Drudge headlines before 2008, and the results are striking. According to the analysis, since 2008, Drudge headlines:

Referencing "racism" have more than tripled With the term "racist" have nearly doubled Containing "black" and "crime" have quadrupled, and Have included the n-word eight times, a slur not found in Drudge headlines before 2008. Notably, the analysis highlighted that Drudge often altered headlines to inject a racial component when the original source contained none. This method of race-baiting has spilled over into the broader media. Recently, conservative outlets have seized upon local crime stories and baselessly assigned them racial motives when no such evidence existed. This spate of reckless race-baiting has been repeatedly accompanied by inapt comparisons to the killing of Trayvon Martin, an attempt to highlight a supposed double standard among civil rights leaders and media figures.

When a video of three teenage students beating up another student on a Florida school bus surfaced in early August, local media reported that the attack was in retaliation for the victim notifying school officials that the three teens tried to sell him drugs. But because the perpetrators happened to be black and the victim white, conservative media broke into a chorus of race-baiting, complaining that civil rights leaders hadn't spoken about the assault. Fox News bragged about its insertion of race into the crime, highlighting that it was the only network to bring race "to the forefront" on the story.

When three teens -- two black, one white -- allegedly shot and killed an Australian college student last month because they were "bored," law enforcement officials emphasized there was no evidence "to indicate that the killing of Christopher Lane was related to either his race or to his nationality."

Undeterred by facts, right-wing media again repeatedly manufactured a racial motive. Fox argued that the murder was "likely motivated by race" and even criticized other media outlets for "ignoring the race issue" in the crime. Drudge featured photographs of the two black suspects, neglecting to include the photo of their alleged white accomplice.

When a World War II veteran was senselessly beaten to death in Washington state in late August during an apparent robbery attempt, Fox immediately wondered if the crime was racially motivated since the victim was white and the suspects black. Drudge, unsurprisingly, linked to news reports of the crime with a headline emphasizing the men's race.

Drudge and conservative media's unwarranted injection of racial overtones is not only offensive, it's harmful to society. But as The New Republic's analysis reveals, the race-baiting only appears to be getting worse.

by Anonymousreply 1709/08/2013

But the Trayvon Martin thing by the entire newsmedia, pumped up for a few years, including calling the Latino guy WHITE wasn't race baiting & beating a dead horse?

by Anonymousreply 209/07/2013

Cynical asshole R2 offers a false comparison concerning an appalling and complicated case and the idiotic R3 offers him a cookie.

If you don't care about the terrible campaign cited by the OP, fine. But don't pretend equivalencies here, you little turds.

by Anonymousreply 409/07/2013

R2 for the win!

by Anonymousreply 509/07/2013

[quote]When a World War II veteran was senselessly beaten to death in Washington state in late August during an apparent robbery attempt, Fox immediately wondered if the crime was racially motivated since the victim was white and the suspects black. Drudge, unsurprisingly, linked to news reports of the crime with a headline emphasizing the men's race.

I wonder: if the victim had been a black WW11 vet brutally beaten to death by 2 white kids, how would the media have reacted? Would the mainstream press have "wondered if the crime was racially motivated" since the victim was black and the suspects white?

Anyone care to speculate?

by Anonymousreply 609/07/2013

This thread is obviously being heavily trolled by one person.

by Anonymousreply 809/07/2013

There's nothing wrong with Matt Drudge that a well-tossed brick can't cure.

by Anonymousreply 1109/07/2013

Since he's gay r11 you sound like a psycho

by Anonymousreply 1209/07/2013

Gay? He's closeted right-wing scum. You're the psycho for defending that loathsome pile of crap.

by Anonymousreply 1309/07/2013

Well, he recently said he's not into R's nor D's, and neither am I, can't stand EITHER of them.

by Anonymousreply 1409/07/2013

"Since he's gay [R11] you sound like a psycho"

Because he's a closeted pathetic rightwing toad and lackey for the rabidly antigay Republican cabal, you give him a pass because he hires male prostitutes to perform strange sexual acts involving eggs and feces?

You're a regular Rosa Parks, Mary.

by Anonymousreply 1509/07/2013

Exactly r15, the Drudge defender is an incredible simpleton.

by Anonymousreply 1609/07/2013
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