Conservative Combat Journalism

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FP: At a time when new and social media like blogs, Twitter, and online magazines are ascendant, how powerful do you think the establishment media is? Is it as effective in setting the conventional wisdom on politics as it has been in the past, or has its influence been diluted in recent years thanks to conservatives’ active presence on the web?

MC: The audience of online and social media is growing, but the traditional networks, which take their cues from the New York Times, are still hugely influential. Conservatives have become much better at disrupting the conventional narrative. But there is still a long way to go. The Washington Free Beacon is here to assist in the fight.

FP: In your 2009 book The Persecution of Sarah Palin, you took issue with the mainstream media’s notably partisan and often blatantly unfair coverage of the former Alaska governor. How would you compare that to the media’s coverage of the Obama presidency and what is your overall assessment of the press coverage of Obama over his first term?

MC: Comparing press treatment of Sarah Palin with press treatment of Barack Obama is like comparing Macbeth with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. One’s a tragedy; the other is a comedy. With a few exceptions—the Washington Post has done great work on the Solyndra story, for example—the press is still very much in the president’s corner. Such is life. The important thing is for right-thinking journalists to cover the stories that the mainstream media ignore. The WFB has the same mission as any journalistic enterprise: afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted. We just define “comfortable” and “afflicted” differently from the left.

FP: You note on the Beacon‘s website that one of your aims is “taking the fight to the left.” Would you like to see the American press become like the British press, where certain newspapers are identified with certain political views and parties, or do you think that objectivity still has an important role to play in political journalism? 

MC: The American press already has become like the British press. The only difference is that the American press won’t admit it. Needless to say, accuracy is crucial in reporting. Any worthwhile writer will seek to understand all sides of an issue before publishing an article. But there is no use denying that reporters and editors have an agenda, a system of beliefs, and theories about what policies would make the world a better place. The WFB is honest about our agenda. It’s freedom. What’s theirs?

FP: Matt Continetti, thank you for joining Front Page and best of luck to the Washington Free Beacon

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  • StephenD

    BRAVO to Matthew Continetti and the “Washington Free Beacon.” I look forward to reading this publication and wish him well.

    It is about time….

    • JohnAdamSon

      Dittos to your comment! I hope they will hone in on exposing the Progressives (RINOS) within the Republican Party as well b/c it is loaded up with them and they are aiding and abetting this administration with the systematic destruction of our country!

    • fiddler

      This is reminicent of what led up to the sting that O'Keefe and that girl did to expose corrupt ACORN. I was THRILLED to see example after example exposing their illegal tactics, while all the while receiving tax payer money.

      It is scarey how these people can do things so patently ILLEGAL and have the nerve to cry foul when they are found out.

      My hope is aggressive, confident conservatives like this can have in your face debates with the likes of Chris Matthews. When he interviews conservatives the look in his eye is like he wants to bite their head off. He is someone who needs to be held up as a COMPROMISED journalist, unable to report objectively about obvious power grabs of this administration. To him someone who speaks negatively about the the current White House occupant is like personal fighting words. Facts about this to him are purely beside the point.

  • Mo_

    We don't need to do unto the Left as they have done to us. They have outright LIED about us! All we need to do is tell the TRUTH about them.

    • Ralph

      I agree and I hope that Continetti will stress that continually. If they area as agressive as the left but with real journalistic integrity then I think that they will do well and contribute.

      My fears are:

      a) They will be tame or uncritical of those on the 'right' just because they will be one of us. If Romney is the best we can hope for we don't need our own press to back off. More than anything, if he wins, we need to push him even further to our positions.

      b) They will in fact lose credibility with unsupported attacks.

      c) They will be tepid in their adherence to priniciples and not want to touch crucial issues like race or immigration for fear of being labeled in one way or the other, i.e. a self-imposed speed limit. Or even worse, begin adopting some of the left's positions. If, for example, they start doing hit pieces on Tom Tancredo because the Larry Kudlows and the Dan Henningers want growth at all costs and don't care about the social costs of unchecked immigration then I will dismiss them as yet another establishment organ.

      I'm not saying they have to agree with my positions but they should present the full conversation on any issue. So far it seems that they are promising this and I really hope theystick to their guns. The left needs its ox gored as much as possible.

  • Jim

    I find it more than a little amusing that the contraction for the Washington Free Beacon is WFB. WFB is to me the true beacon of conservativism, William F Buckley.

  • tagalog

    Combat in which no prisoners are taken is usually classified as action that constitutes a war crime, namely, an atrocity.

    Personally, I object to the metaphor.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Fox News is the news network of record for the country club blue blood RINOs. It is in no way conservative. Meanwhile, the Weekly Standard is also the favorite of the country club blue blood RINOs. It is also in no way conservative. Thus, it would be an overstatement to say that I'm less than enthused.

    • Questions

      The Weekly Standard is a "blue blood" magazine? I don't think so. Or maybe this is your envy of the well-off showing.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        They are RINOs like you and just like you they don't have a conservative bone in their bodies. You obviously don't get around much.

      • tagalog

        Oh, I don't know; the Weekly Standard is pretty much run by Bill Kristol, who has been characterized as a neocon, but he's the son of Gertrude Himmelfarb and Irving Kristol, whose conservative credentials are impeccable.

        • ObamaYoMoma

          Bill Kristol is not only a leading RINO, but he was also one of the biggest cheerleaders of GWB's greatest expansion in the size, scope, and power of the federal government ever in American history.

          Additionally, he advocates that the Republican Party abandon conservatives and conservative values and principles in favor of attracting more liberal Hispanic voters because Hispanics will eventually become the largest demographic in the future. Which is why he supports the Republican Party using amnesty as a bone to attract Hispanics.

          Further, he was also one of the biggest backers of GWB's incredibly fantasy based and counterproductive nation-building missions in Iraq and Afghanistan that were founded on false PC multicultural myths and misconceptions about Islam that preordained both of them into becoming the two greatest strategic blunders ever in American history, that not only caused trillions of dollars of taxpayer's money to be needlessly wasted for nothing, but also led to the needless deaths or maiming of thousands of patriotic American troops again for nothing.

          Not to mention that the reason the national debt exploded totally out of control and through the roof in 2008 the instant the economy headed south was also because of GWB's greatest expansion in the size, scope, and power of the federal government, ostensibly to protect the homeland from so-called terrorist attacks, but really to create the false sense of security necessary so that GWB could continue appeasing his oil rich Saudi benefactors by accommodating mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage. As a matter of fact, mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage that is really for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest was actually increased after 9/11 thanks to GWB.

  • NotaBene

    'ConservativeS Combat Journalism'


    • Advocatus

      Mainstream journalism doesn't need combating much. It's pretty much a lost cause as it is.

      • Maxie

        Not as long as Soros has his stooge in the WH to set-up cushy insider trade deals for him around the world. Obama makes Soros richer and Soros keeps the MarxiCrats and their media allies wallowing in money.

  • SoCalMike

    This is a great idea.
    The Left has so polluted the news with lies they make real pollution look benign and good by comparison.
    American journalists are among the most despicable things our society has ever produced.
    Welcome the Free Beacon