Author: David Giffin

A Case Study in Bad Journalism from CPAC

The 2019 Conservative Political Action Conference is here. The annual event, once again hosted in National Harbor, Maryland, has become the go-to spot for conservative activists and media figures. Wave of speakers, pundits, media figures, and officials step up to the podium each year to discuss big ideas and major issues. After last year’s culture shift at the event, it remains to be seen whether CPAC will stay true to its principles or continue veering in a more populist direction. However, that hasn’t yet taken away from the event’s political importance, and journalists are still covering the event in droves....

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Gosnell Movie Review: Solid Retelling of a Disturbing Story

On October 12, over 600 theaters around the country launched the movie Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer. The film, despite the controversial topic, scored big at the box office. It was among the top ten grossing films during its release week, bringing in over $1.26 million in revenue. It was also one of the most controversial. Over a quarter of the theaters that featured Gosnell dropped it before the second week. Still others, according to Gosnell‘s marketing director John Sullivan, engaged in some underhanded tactics to suppress viewer turnout. This was all despite the film’s top-ten status and its whopping 98% audience...

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The Evolution of the “RINO”

Conservatives have, for the longest time, thrown around the word “RINO” to characterize Republicans who aren’t in step with their values. The term, which stands for “Republican In Name Only,” has become a common part of our political language. However, with the rise of President Trump and his allies, do we all need to rethink what “RINO” means? Why “RINO” Works The phrase “Republican In Name Only” works because, for the longest time, the GOP was the party of conservatism. Virtually et members of the GOP knew this, and embraced that position openly. It was easy to label non-conservatives in the GOP as...

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RedState and Shrinking the Middle

RedState’s recent staff purge shocked many in the conservative movement. It’s also left me wondering just how much further the “political center” can shrink before it disappears. What Happened? For those unfamiliar, RedState is a conservative commentary and reporting site founded in 2004. The website grew in popularity, becoming a major voice in conservative media following the rise of the Tea Party. The site saw a minor decline in traffic after the 2016 election, as did most political outlets. However, it has remained a consistent and important voice in the conservative sphere. The site contracts with writers from a wide geographic area and has had a valuable...

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No, Emma Gonzalez Didn’t Admit to Bullying the Parkland Shooter

Since the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School earlier this year, a handful of students led by David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez have decided to not, to borrow Rahm Emmanuel’s infamous quote, let the crisis they experienced go to waste. Their aggressive policy proposals have many Second Amendment supporters (rightly) concerned. However, some have decided that it’s appropriate to smear these students. Gonzalez in particular has been targeted by photo-shopped images and other provably-false claims. One recent claim, that Gonzalez admitted in a speech to “bullying” the Parkland shooter, Nikolas Cruz, is also demonstrably incorrect. The Claim One of the first people to write on...

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