Next month Tucker Carlson, the Fox News commentator and one-time CNN “Crossfire” host, along with former Cheney aide Neil Patel, plans on launching The Daily Caller, an ambitious and well-funded conservative web site that Carlson says “will be defined by its reporting, by the new facts it adds.” But he’s going to have company.
Conservatives are vying to become the leading news site on our side
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Andrew Breitbart, who’s already made some dents in what he considers the “Democrat-media complex” in 2009, says he’s going to roll out his own site, Big Journalism, a few days earlier – designed, he says, to report stories that the mainstream media is either missing or willfully ignoring.
And that’s not the only competition in the suddenly crowded realm of conservative media. Former Bush speechwriter David Frum launched NewMajority in early 2009—which later became Frum Forum—while news organizations like Fox News and the Washington Times have tried attracting conservative eyeballs with Fox Nation and TheConservatives.com, respectively. Meanwhile, sites popular with Republican activists, tea-party-goers and libertarians—like National Review’s The Corner, Townhall, RedState, HotAir, and Instapundit—continue to attract million of readers unhappy with the Obama administration.
“Everyone sees an opening, and they’re all trying to fill it,” said Conn Carroll, assistant director for strategic communications at the Heritage Foundation. “In a year, I doubt all these same entities will exist. I’m sure some of them will. And the ones that win out will serve the movement better.”
Read More: By Michael Calderone, Politico