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 liberal domination of partisan online media.
Based in Washington, it will have an annual budget of “several million dollars,” according to its chairman, Michael Goldfarb, and will house a new conservative online news outlet, the Washington Free Beacon, edited by former Weekly Standard writer Matthew Continetti. It will also include a campaign-style war room led by two former chiefs of the Republican National Committee’s vaunted research operation, and a media-monitoring shop that aims to do to MSNBC what Media Matters has done to Fox News.
Would that be Ricochet contributor Matthew Continetti? Goldfarb says it's a modest start-up that they hope they can grow in the near future to be competitive.
What's interesting about this is that CAP itself was a copy of conservative think tanks. But while conservative think tanks haven't made too much of a dent in social media, CAP has. So now it's the conservatives' turn to do some copying. Politico writes that CAP has "blended journalistic values of speed and accuracy with ideological and partisan goals to great impact."
More on the Washington Free Beacon:
And Continetti has already hired a staff on a scale that will make an immediate impact on the Washington media scene. They include Bill Gertz, a veteran Washington Times defense national security writer, and the Washington Jewish Week’s Adam Kredo, a well-sourced beat reporter with a reputation for neutrality. The Beacon has also poached Andrew Stiles from National Review online; CJ Ciaramella from The Daily Caller; Patrick Howley from the American Spectator; and Sonny Bunch, a former Weekly Standard and Washington Times writer now at the lobbying and corporate public relations firm Berman & Co. ...
“Our original reporting and commentary will hold the left to the same standards to which ThinkProgress, TPM and Huffington Post hold the right. Liberals in journalism excel at portraying the GOP and conservatives as hypocritical self-dealers and lunatics,” said Continetti. “But it is only the activist press’s ideological and partisan biases which prevent it from seeing the Obama administration, Democrats in Congress and the broader progressive movement through exactly the same lens.”
I can't wait to see what they produce.