Conservative Competition To ThinkProgress Launches

Politico has details on a new conservative group about to be launched by conservative journalists and operatives. The group intentionally copied the design of the Center for American Progress, a highly effective liberal outfit with an opposing mission.

Part assault on CAP and part homage, the Center for American Freedom’s goal is to wage a well-funded assault on the Obama White House and the…

  1. R0bert Scott
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.:  Politico writes that CAP has “blended journalistic values of speed and accuracy with ideological and partisan goals to great impact.

    Accuracy?  Where is the evidence of this?  CAP is a left-wing spin machine and Politico’s uncritical brown-nosing of CAP cements the conclusion that Politico is simply an arm of Obama’s reelection campaign. 

  2. Tennessee Patriot

    This may be a bad idea, as constructed. Who sees MSNBC anyway? This will only bring much wanted attention to a “news” source that is presently out of mind. I would rather they turn their focus on CNN, BBC, CBS, etc., perhaps.

  3. Pat in Obamaland
    R0bert Scott

    CAP is a left-wing spin machine…

    I think you hit the nail on the head.  While AEI and Heritage produce working papers and develop new policies in line with certain core values, CAP is specifically designed to influence elections.  At this point in liberal discourse, of course, of left-wing counterparts cannot see the difference.

  4. Mollie Hemingway
    C
    Tennessee Patriot: This may be a bad idea, as constructed. Who sees MSNBC anyway? This will only bring much wanted attention to a “news” source that is presently out of mind. I would rather they turn their focus on CNN, BBC, CBS, etc., perhaps. · Jan 5 at 7:19am

    We’ll have to see how it goes. CAP has certainly gotten a lot of mileage by focusing on the Fox opinion shows.

  5. Misthiocracy

    When I search for “ Center for American Freedom” online, I get a very sad-looking web site hosted on Angelfire, of all places (and an aol.com email address!).

    Pleae tell me this isn’t the same organization referred to in Mollie’s post.

  6. Ben Domenech
    C

    An excellent staff. Investigative journalism is greatly needed. Eager to see this come to fruition!

  7. Diane Ellis
    C

    Looks like they have lots of work cut out for them before they actually launch, but I’m excited to see what they have in store.  Here’s the Washington Free Beacon website.  No actual content yet, but it’s pretty.

  8. Mollie Hemingway
    C
    Misthiocracy: When I search for “ Center for American Freedom” online, I get a very sad-looking web site hosted on Angelfire, of all places (and an aol.com email address!).

    Pleae tell me this isn’t the same organization referred to in Mollie’s post. · Jan 5 at 8:15am

    Edited on Jan 05 at 08:17 am

    Definitely not the same. Goldfarb’s last group was the Emergency Committee for Israel, with this site.

  9. Wubbies World

    … and to think it all started with Rush. Now the media tools to fight back are getting much better. I am thankful we on the right are able to do that more now. I am a big fan of Bill Gertz’s writing.

  10. Misthiocracy
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.  Definitely not the same. Goldfarb’s last group was the Emergency Committee for Israel, with this site.

    Thank the Maker!

  11. genferei
    the Republican National Committee’s vaunted research operation

    Ummm, really?

    a media-monitoring shop that aims to do to MSNBC what Media Matters has done to Fox News. ·

    Make it the number one source of news for Americans?

    Perhaps one of the insiders can explain how to anyone outside the business this isn’t just shuffling the same assets around into a slightly different configuration.

  12. KEN McAULIFFE

     I have always believed the “way back” to a normal America was through the press and not politicians so it’s nice to see a national organization that will provide a conservative source news. It was not that long ago that every metro area had at least two news sources; one leaned left and one leaned right, and what made journalism good then was not the quality of the journalist but the other news source. If the left leaning newspaper went off the tracks the right leaning newspaper set the record straight; neither side had the unchallanged opportunity manufacture an agenda and protect politicians associated with that agenda. I like to call the interaction that took place between those competing news sources “Agenda Wars”; sadly the conservative press began disapearing in the 1970′s and only the Liberal Agenda has survived in the local news arena.  I don’t belive there is any doubt how this liberal agenda has changed the way the average voter thinks of conservative ideas!

    I have two questions for anyone who reads this. Do you agree that, “Another News Source” is needed and will you support it if it emerges?

    Thanks for reading, Ken

  13. Allen Roth

    Why would they market a site that does not exist? Why wouldn’t they introduce this effort when people could subscribe to it?

    Also, they do not appear to appreciate that the Left has developed a network of bogs and sites that promote each others work.

  14. flownover

    To report on what lies in what media back to what media ? 

    Confused in Cleveland.

  15. Dan Hanson

    Is this not the same turf that Brietbart and The Daily Caller are trying to work?

    I would be worried that there’s a significant difference between CAP and a right-wing equivalent:  CAP can count on the mainstream media to parrot their talking points and not look too closely at their funding or their slanted point of view.  A right-wing equivalent will either be ignored or attacked mercilessly as a partisan spin machine with shadowy funding sources in the background – whether they exist or not.

  16. Sisyphus

    The viewpoint has to be articulated to be communicated. And the MSM has awful approval ratings, thanks to the blossoming of information channels via the Web.

    I ran into this post from Mollie while searching for Bill Gertz material researching for a China project. Sadly, the Washington Free Beacon is still a “Coming Soon” web site at the moment.

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