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...Read More
Author: David Giffin
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...Read More
Over the last few days, the debate over the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russian interests during the 2016 election took a decisive turn. Many of Trump’s die-hard supporters are perfectly happy with justifying it–and that’s not OK. The Story Of The Emails For those now lost in the morass of the 24-hour news cycle, here’s a quick recap. Over the weekend, the New York Times reported on a meeting between a Russian attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya, and Donald Trump Jr. On Sunday, the Times released a second story regarding emails between Trump Jr. and British publicist Rob Goldstone. Allegedly, Goldstone informed Trump Jr. that...Read More
The latest campus speech controversy has been unfolding over the past few weeks on the campus of UC Berkeley. And now, speaker Ann Coulter has thrown the Young America’s Foundation under the bus for its part in the events. Is that fair? Did YAF really back off in its support of Coulter? No, and here’s why. The Speech That Didn’t Happen For those who haven’t followed this story, here’s a quick recap. UC Berkeley recently cancelled an April 27 speech by right-leaning author and pundit Ann Coulter. The UC Berkeley College Republicans and YAF both backed the speech, which would discuss...Read More
This past Friday, award-winning YouTube channel SourceFed was officially cancelled. Founded by YouTube personality Philip DeFranco in early 2012, SourceFed offered daily news and entertainment content to its 1.7 million subscriber base. Its cancellation came as a shock to the channel’s hundreds of thousands of fans–including yours truly. So, what exactly happened? Unfortunately, details are in short supply. The Basics SourceFed’s complete shutdown unfolded over just a few weeks. Some rumors started following a surprise announcement by DeFranco on March 13 that he was taking a week off from his personal news show. A week later, SourceFed announced that its long-running “TableTalk” series was going on hiatus. However, nothing...Read More
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