TWO NEW Web sites crashed the D.C. media scene in the past week. Both are the works of well-known conservative media personalities, and both say their goal is to do what the old media seems to do less and less of these days: break big stories.
Andrew Breitbart, the former editor of the Drudge Report and “primary developer” of the Huffington Post, who now operates his own ring of right-wing sites, launched Big Journalism in the afterglow of sister site Big Government’s triumph in breaking the ACORN scandal. He says it will produce “solidly backed-up stories” that hold the mainstream media accountable for its liberal bias. Tucker Carlson, the former co-host of CNN’s “Crossfire” and a widely published print journalist, launched the The Daily Caller with $3 million from a Republican donor. He told The Washington Post that, in addition to aggregating, the Caller would distinguish itself with original reporting.
David Sessions is the founding editor of Patrol. He covers religion for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, and is a graduate student in the Draper Program for Humanities and Social Thought at New York University. He can be reached at hdavidsessions at gmail dot com.
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