Tucker Carlson: 'Matt Drudge is now firmly a man of the progressive left'

Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonDon Lemon defends Tucker Carlson amid confrontation video Fox News blasts 'ambush' of Carlson at Montana fly-fishing store Psaki says Biden admin 'needs' Fox News in order to fight vaccine misinformation MORE called Matt DrudgeMatthew (Matt) Nathan DrudgeMonica Lewinsky signs production deal with 20th TV Edie Falco to play Hillary Clinton in Clinton impeachment series Drudge congratulates Warnock, says Ann Coulter should have been GOP candidate MORE "firmly a man of the progressive left," with the conservative Fox News host comparing the Drudge Report founder to The Daily Beast or "any other woke propaganda outlet posing as a news company" during his program on Friday night.

"For decades, Matt Drudge was one of the most influential figures in conservative news journalism," Carlson said in an interview with Matthew Lysiak, the author of a new biography on Drudge. "His self-titled Drudge Report broke news and set priorities in digital media. Republican presidential candidates made wooing the famously secretive Drudge a high priority, and for several of them, including Donald Trump, it paid off big."

"But if you've seen the Drudge Report recently, you know that it has changed dramatically, 180 degrees. Matt Drudge is now firmly a man of the progressive left. At times, his site is indistinguishable from The Daily Beast or any other woke propaganda outlet posing as a news company."

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Many prominent supporters of President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE have grown increasingly agitated with the Drudge Report's direction in recent months, as it has taken a noticeable turn after being staunchly in Trump's corner leading up to and after the 2016 election.

Trump allies such as Fox News contributor Dan Bongino have been fiercely critical of Drudge. Bongino founded the Bongino Report as a counter to the Drudge Report in December 2019.

"Drudge has abandoned you. I NEVER will. Check out, and bookmark, the Bongino Report today," Bongino tweeted to his 1.3 million followers on the day of his site's launch.

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Several conservatives applauded Bongino, a former Secret Service agent and New York City police officer, at the time.

Trump has also noted the shift in coverage, tweeting in April that he "gave up on Drudge."

The Hill has reached out to Drudge for comment.