On Monday, Drudge Report founder Matt Drudge deleted a provocative tweet made on Sunday, and replaced it with one even more provocative. The replacement slams liberal cries of "racism" as part of a conspiracy to diminish the power of white men. Drudge added this shocker: "White man is the statue of previous ruler that needs to be brought down and smashed into thousands of pieces."
Americans have watched statues of past leaders toppled as a symbol of overturning hated regimes. In 2004, a statue of Saddam Hussein was sent crashing to the ground and was replaced by an American flag. Just last December, Ukraine protesters pulled a statue of Lenin down, then pounded it into dust and thousands of small pieces. The Communist Party called it an act of "hate."
A day earlier, amid an uproar over Drudge Report headlines casting Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling as a racist, Matt Drudge had condemned coverage by the New York Times (NYT) as hypocritical. Matt sounded off in the Twitter-sphere, "Got Game. NYT informed the unwashed how Bundy is a Republican. Leaves out NBA Sterling is a Democrat."
By Monday afternoon, liberal sites, including Mediate and the Los Angeles Times weighed in. According to their research, Matt Drudge's remark has left him and other conservatives wide-open to ridicule because they claim Sterling, the racist, has been registered as a Republican for 25 years.
Mother Jones wrote, if you are going to "get excited about Sterling's political affiliation ... you ought to get it right." They are reporting that they have accessed online proof that Drudge is wrong. This is misleading because even though Mother Jones does show a screenshot of a Los Angeles County generic voter registration verification, it's a form with no name on it to identify the form as connected to Donald Sterling.
According to conservative writer, Eric Golub, no one ever denied that Bundy and Sterling were each caught making racist comments; instead, in his opinion, focusing on conservative connections is an example of an unfair media spotlight. If Clive Bundy's politics matter, then posits the writer, Donald Sterling's financial contributions to Democrats and the Democrat favor he receives for those donations matter as well. Golub flipped it, writing, "If Donald Sterling's politics are irrelevant to his racist statements, then so are Clive Bundy's."
The timeline for the Bundy ranch story, first began on April 9, 2014, when the Drudge Report posted an InfoWar headline link, blazing in all caps, "Standoff at Nevada ranch." On April 17, 2014, Timothy Egan, a columnist for the NYT sounded off in an opinion column, "Deadbeat on the range."
In his article, Egan directly connected Bundy to Fox News, the Drudge Report and "Tea Party Republicans," as supporters willing to take up Bundy's cause and go to his defense, along with those "aiming their guns at the park police." Fox News was blasted for giving prime airtime to the Bundy story and the Drudge Report seared for "breathless updates."
In a recent NYT article, "Reaction to the Remarks Linked to Donald Sterling," no mention was made connecting Sterling to Democrats as a donor. No mention was made of reactions regarding a lifetime achievement award Sterling was set to receive from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) although rumors were whirling about the potential fall-out.
The first NAACP lifetime achievement award was bestowed upon Sterling in 2009 in recognition of Sterling's "kindness." Specifically, Sterling had donated from "2,000 to 3,000 tickets a game to youth groups for nearly every Clippers home game." The second lifetime NAACP achievement award was scheduled to be given to Sterling at the gala banquet, marking a 100 year anniversary of the organization, on May 1, 2014. In a Sunday appearance on "Meet the Press," NAACP interim president Lorraine Miller confirmed, that this time, Sterling would not be honored with the award.
There are four headlines in the Drudge storybook regarding Sterling currently linked on the Drudge page. The Drudge Report continues to update the Sterling NBA story as it progresses. In the meantime, Drudge seems to be warning that racism is a liberal tool to bring down white men.