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Economist’s Ben Shapiro Smear Spotlights Trope of Conflating Conservatives with Alt-Right

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By CCN.com: The Economist, a liberal British magazine, was forced to issue a groveling apology hours after smearing Jewish conservative author Ben Shapiro as “alt-right.” The brouhaha erupted on Twitter after the Economist tweeted an interview with Shapiro, where he discussed his bestselling new book, “The Right Side of History.” Irony Alert: The Alt-Right Hates Ben Shapiro In its tweet, The Economist flippantly called Shapiro an “alt-right sage without the rage.” Immediately afterward, the London-based magazine got ratio’d into oblivion. Thousands of Twitter users condemned the publication, saying it defamed Shapiro — an Orthodox Jew — by recklessly calling him

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