Tucker Carlson: ‘Matt Drudge is now firmly a man of the progressive left’
Tucker Carlson called Matt Drudge “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.”
Many prominent supporters of President Trump 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.
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) December 4, 2019
Several conservatives applauded Bongino, a former Secret Service agent and New York City police officer, at the time.
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) December 4, 2019
— Devin Nunes (@DevinNunes) December 4, 2019
I don’t check Drudge anymore.
But I will be checking the Bongino Report several times a day!
— Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) December 4, 2019
Trump has also noted the shift in coverage, tweeting in April that he “gave up on Drudge.”
I gave up on Drudge (a really nice guy) long ago, as have many others. People are dropping off like flies! https://t.co/L77SXS2mE8
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2020
The Hill has reached out to Drudge for comment.