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British Magazine Apologizes For and Corrects Article Calling Ben Shapiro ‘Alt-Right’

Conservative author Ben Shapiro demanded a retraction after British magazine The Economist falsely described him as “alt-right”, and he got it – with an apology.

“This article has been changed,” an editor’s note at the top of the article now reads. “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,” they added.

The Economist on Thursday published an interview, titled the interview “Inside the mind of Ben Shapiro, the alt-right sage without the rage”, with Shapiro about his new best-selling book, “The Right Side of History.”

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“Alt-right” is an overused term that the left uses to describe everything from white nationalists to ultra-conservatives. Shapiro, an Orthodox Jew, is a consistent and outspoken critic of the so-called alt-right.

A 2016 analysis by the left-leaning Anti-Defamation League (ADL) found that Shapiro was the “alt-right’s” number one target for online abuse among Jewish journalists.

Shapiro and other conservatives were quick to cry foul at the magazine’s false description, which he called “a vile lie.”

“Not only am I not alt-right, I am probably their leading critic on the right. I was the number one target of their hate in 2016 online according to ADL data. I demand a retraction,” Shapiro wrote on Twitter.

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“You should be ashamed of yourselves for that garbage headline and description. To call yourselves a journalistic outlet and then botch this one so badly is astonishing,” added Shapiro, who is also the editor in chief of The Daily Wire.

Other conservatives and prominent figures echoed Shapiro’s criticisms.

“Disgusting, blatant lie,” commented New York Post opinion editor Sohrab Ahmari. “[Shapiro] is an enemy of the alt-right. You illiterate morons.”

“This tweet with the ‘alt-right’ label suggests that they didn’t get very far into [Shapiro’s] mind—or really get to know anything about him,” added National Review editor Rich Lowry.

Jay Nordlinger, another editor at National Review, said the British magazine “will want to correct this. There has been an almost comical mistake — because [Shapiro] is a consistent TARGET of the alt-Right. He is a hate-figure for them. Associating him with the alt-Right is like associating Churchill’s London with the Lufwaffe.”

Anne McElvoy, an editor at The Economist, defended the headline on Twitter, arguing that it was meant to convey Shapiro as a “figure in Alt-right thinking, but not really a ‘label.’”

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