The Drudge Report's N-word 'Django' headline raises eyebrows

Posted By KATE STANTON,  |  Dec. 12, 2012 at 1:43 PM
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Matt Drudge is no stranger to not-so-subtle art of Internet trolling, so it's not exactly surprising that he chose to title the Drudge Report's lead story -- a link to The Hollywood Reporter's review of "Django Unchained" -- with seven repetitions of the n-word and a photo of director Quentin Tarantino. But why, The Atlantic Wire asks, did Drudge put his headline in quotes to make it appear that Todd McCarthy's review actually said that?

Perhaps the most perplexing part of Drudge's alarming splash was that he wrapped the entire string of repeated words in quotation marks — that repetition never actually appears in the Django review. In fact, the "n-word" is only mentioned once and only in that context, whereas Drudge actually spells out most of the world, only substituting a star for one letter.

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