Shapiro rips Economist after it labels him alt-right

Conservative radio host Ben Shapiro ripped The Economist magazine on Thursday for characterizing him as a member of the "alt-right."

The founder of the "Daily Wire" demanded a retraction while tweeting "'F*** you and f*** the horse you rode in on."

"Inside the mind of Ben Shapiro, the alt-right sage without the rage," was the original title of the piece that included an interview with Shapiro. 

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After considerable blowback, The Economist changed the headline late Thursday morning. It now refers to Shapiro as a "radical conservative."

"This article has been changed. A previous version mistakenly described Mr Shapiro as an 'alt-right sage' and 'a pop idol of the alt right.' In fact, he has been strongly critical of the alt-right movement. We apologise," the publication wrote.

Shapiro, 35, has heavily criticized the alt-right on a regular basis. He took to Twitter to post a series of responses that included a link to a 2016 Washington Post piece in which he was quoted ripping then-candidate Trump for "flirting with the alt-right."

 

 

 

 

Other members of the media joined in to support Shapiro's argument.

 

 

 

 

 

Shapiro responded to the headline change by stating the modified headline is "at least defensible." 

 

Shapiro has a large following among younger conservatives, primarily through his daily podcast.

"The Ben Shapiro Show” podcast is downloaded 10 million times every month and 70 percent of his audience is under the age of 40, according to a 2018 report in The New York Times.