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Red America Blog

The Washington Post's online edition added a conservative blog called Red America by Ben Domenech of Red State. Needless to say, WaPo's looney lefty liberal readers are not pleased. Now they're demanding a liberal blog to balance the conservative one.

Here's a portion of Ben's first entry:

This is a blog for the majority of Americans.

Since the election of 1992, the extreme political left has fought a losing battle. Their views on the economy, marriage, abortion, guns, the death penalty, health care, welfare, taxes, and a dozen other major domestic policy issues have been exposed as unpopular, unmarketable and unquestioned losers at the ballot box.

Democrats who have won major elections since 1992 have, with very few exceptions, been the ones who distanced themselves from the shrieking denizens of their increasingly extreme base, soft-pedaled their positions on divisive issues and adopted the rhetoric and positions of the right -- pro-free market, pro-business, pro-faith, tough on crime and strongly in favor of family values.

Yet even in a climate where Republicans hold command of every branch of government, and advocate views shared by a majority of voters, the mainstream media continues to treat red state Americans as pachyderms in the mist - an alien and off-kilter group of suburbanite churchgoers about which little is known, and whose natural habitat is a discomforting place for even the most hardened reporter from the New York Times.

Read the rest of Ben's post and visit his site every day.

Others blogging on Red America:

The Right Voices
My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy
Suitably Flip
Protein Wisdom Newsbusters

Hat tip: Michelle Malkin


Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Red America Blog:

» Suitably Flip linked with Pachyderm In the Mist: The Dawn of Red America

» Sister Toldjah linked with Washington Post debuts “Red America” blog

» T. Longren linked with Washington Post Gets Red

» ReidBlog linked with WaPo's Red Stater

Comments (20)

LOL....lovin' the firestorm... (Below threshold)

LOL....lovin' the firestorm...the excerpts from Editor and Publisher put a smile on my face....

<a href="http://delong.type... (Below threshold)

Delong seems to think it's a trojan horse.


So...Do you actual... (Below threshold)


Do you actually want objective reporting or not? I can't figure it out, on both the left and right.

But it's a scary thought to find people getting their news from places like this and Redstate, Kos and Atrios...

jp2Do you usually ... (Below threshold)


Do you usually drink at lunch?

Froomkin's WaPo blog was labeled OPINION (I get a kick out of E&P using the word "alleged" when it comes to Froomkin's opinions being "liberal" but no "alleged" when it comes to Domenech's "convervative" opinions). Domenech is the balance to Froomkin.

I want the NEWS as full as without spin as possible and I don't want OPINION masquerading as NEWS (as the hilarious, smear piece from AP "reporting" GW's speeches as full of 'strawman' arguments was labeled). Leave editorials and opinion columns on the appropriate page.

I don't care if people get ... (Below threshold)

I don't care if people get their news from Kos because they know they are getting it from Kos.

I care if they are getting Kos news from CBS. Kos, anymore than the contributers on Wizbang, doesn't pretend to be objective... at least I assume not.

Anyow... I look at this and think... isn't it funny how the association of the word "Red" has changed lately? Used to be that "Red" meant communist. Now, because of someone at a network playing rock-paper-scissors to figure out who gets the prefered pretty blue color during election coverage, "Red" means conservative Republican.

Green... now green still means green. Yellow? I guess that actually would be much worse than Red. Purple? Orange? What color are Libertarians?

Well I guess Red is okay, when all is said and done. The reference to Red Dawn as a possible alternative name to Red America in the first post there was a bit of a "Wow, it's not just me" moment. I only ever saw that movie once and then years later had a Post Traumatic episode driving through Lead, SD from it.

I think opinion and news ar... (Below threshold)

I think opinion and news aren't very different, unfortunately, in how they are perceived and received by people. Stations such as Sinclair air right-wing opinion segments all the time, with zero counter-balance. To me, that's very dangerous.

Seeing that 4/10 people thought we found WMDs in Iraq, and 70% of Americans thought Saddam was behind 9/11, I don't have to much faith in people to weed out what's news and what's not. That's why don't hold too much sway in the opinion v. news argument. Plus, conservatives DOMINATE in the opinion market...

"I don't have much faith in... (Below threshold)

"I don't have much faith in people to weed out what's news and what's not."

Really, why not? I you can, why can't everyone else?

Plus, conservatives DOMI... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Plus, conservatives DOMINATE in the opinion market...

You've got to be kidding. And before you start quoting the "highly recommended" Media Matters opinion/survery to support your there are more conservative than liberal commentators argument, I beg you to consider the following:

NYTimes: Liberals (Krugman, Kristoff, Dowd, Hebert) outnumber conservative columnists (Brooks) 4 to 1.
WaPost: 4-1
SFChron: 4-1
LATimes: 5-2
SeattlePI: 5-1
Seattle Times: 4-2
Dallas Morning News: 3-2

And on and on and on across the country.

As for TV. Yes, there's Fox for conservatives, no doubt about it. Then what? Well, nothing, that's what. Meanwhile, there's Anderson Cooper, Larry King, Chris Matthews, a ridiculous amount of PBS commentators (which doesn't even attempt to hide its liberalism), and god knows who else that isn't immediately coming to mind.

Radio? Absolutely dominated by conservative talk show hosts. But not without some late night (sometimes very late night) competition from liberal talk show hosts. Hell, in some markets--like KIRO radio here in Seattle, the largest station in Seattle Metro market--liberal commentators outnumber conservatives by 5-1!

No doubt those numbers and ratios vary in any given market, but I would lay down good money that those radio ratios hold up or are very similar to the other Top 10 to 20 markets across the country.

Your statement is plain laughable, jp2.

It's not a matter of balanc... (Below threshold)

It's not a matter of balance with the addition of Red America, it's a matter of how many more people are now going to read a blog that sucks.

So conservatives dominate i... (Below threshold)

So conservatives dominate in Radio and TV, where most people get their news. Are you sure my statement is laughable?

Gloat: Zinger!

Synova:"I care if th... (Below threshold)

"I care if they are getting Kos news from CBS."

Seriously, a good point.

Now, in that statement, if I replaced Kos with Wizbang or Powerlie - would you agree with that too?

That's the clincher.

To paraphrase Darleen, do y... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

To paraphrase Darleen, do you usually drink and read?

What I said was that radio was dominated by conservatives, not TV--where, allegedly, at least according to you, most people get their news. I implied that Fox is (perhaps I should have been more clear), for all intents and purposes, the only remotely conservative news outlet. The Big Three, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and a huge portion of local stations (particularly in the major markets) are virtually liberal if not left-leaning media outlets. Again, just by this simple example that excludes local stations, conservatives are outnumbered 6-1.

Yes, still laughable. Actually, it's more even more so now.

Oh yeah, that's a real "zinger" by MyPetGloat. "Another blog that sucks". Insightful. Cutting. Juvenile.

jp2 misses the point when h... (Below threshold)
Dave in W-S:

jp2 misses the point when he talks about people getting their news from blogs. Blogs mostly tend to be discussions and places to express opinion. The best of them are full of links to published reporting, published opinion, source documents, scientific research and all sorts of places to go and get information. But the opinion and personality of the blogger is not hidden and no pretext of objectivity is usually made.

Let's take a look at one of the ones jp2 calls out - Powerline, or as jp2 calls it, "Powerlie" (your objectivity is showing, jp2). There is the blog Powerline, which posts well informed conservative opinion pieces. But in fairness, there is also Powerline News, which posts headlines from multiple news services and links to over 150 newspapers from around the world, 8 news services, 9 government news services and a number of blogs (mostly conservative). Not exactly a bad place to go for news, I'd say. In fact, one could do a lot worse - like single sourcing through the morning paper or the local network affiliate, or God forbid, doing the "Morning Edition" on the commute to work.

There are several of these news aggregators out there. Powerline News and Real Clear Politics are my favorites, but there are more and more of them cropping up. I can get more "real news" in an hour, linking out from them than I can in about 6 months of reading my local fish wrap from cover to cover, or watching all four of my local network affiliate TV newscasts.

And as far as the WaPo? Once again they did something that makes them look more and more like the inheritor of the "Paper of Record" mantle discarded by that New York City rag. You know the one - used to have a pretty hot rep, but blew it along with much of their circulation.

The New York Times is histo... (Below threshold)

The New York Times is history and so is jp2..

"What I said was that radio... (Below threshold)

"What I said was that radio was dominated by conservatives, not TV--where, allegedly, at least according to you, most people get their news."

Okay, let's name some known conservative commentators on TV. Then you come back with some known liberal commentators on TV. Ready - go!

O'Reilly, Scarborough, Gibson, Hannity, Matthews, Carlson, Cosby, Cavuto, Hume, Barnes.

Your turn.

Anyone that considers Matth... (Below threshold)

Anyone that considers Matthews a Conservative has a credibility issue.

Again, you're naming people... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Again, you're naming people from a single channel. Moreover, you've also named a commentator from a business show. Surprise, surprise, a conservative businessman. Keep in mind that a "liberal businessman" is practically an oxymoron. LOL.

OK, I'll play your little game:

Matthews (are nucking futs? a conservative? you're drinking again, aren't you?...lol), Colmes, Russert, McNeil, Lehrer, King, Schieffer, Stephanopoulos, Couric and Laurer (it's basically their show), Krugman (since you've added 'contributors' to your list, I will too), Dowd, Hebert...

I'll probably tire of this game after this, but thanks for the giggles. Try to come back to planet Earth after you're done.

Ok, back to the topic at ha... (Below threshold)

Ok, back to the topic at hand, I've been reading some of Domenech's old blog, and it looks as if WaPo hired a total moron to be their conservative blogger. I'm sure none of you will be surprised at this.


Matthews = a Bush voter, as... (Below threshold)

Matthews = a Bush voter, as he said himself. Sorry to bust your bubble.

Matthews and Carlson and Cosby and Scarborough are on Fox News? Huh. Cavuto doesn't just do business, either.

See, you cheat on your little game. Russert and Katie Couric are in the same vein as Hannity? They aren't. Come on now. Try again. Give me some avowed liberals, as Hannity Carlson and Matthews and O'Reilly and Scarborough are. Just try!

Now that he's sacked in 48 ... (Below threshold)

Now that he's sacked in 48 hrs, with the interesting plagerism charges (Lord I can't imagine what the Left would do with my publications in my High School leterary magazine!), can we revitalize this post?






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