Every now and again a conservative publication pops up to announce a new effort to push its own original reporting. RedState is the latest.
“Conservatives are trying so hard to highlight controversies, no matter how trivial, we have forgotten the basics of reporting,” RedState Editor Erick Erickson wrote today in a morning news letter. He later said, “Conservatives are spending a lot more time trying to find things to be outraged over than reporting the news and basic facts online from a conservative perspective.”
Included in the letter was a call for “conservative,” “pro-life” reporters who live in Washington, D.C., and are interested in working at RedState.
It’s not as though RedState is the first to undertake original reporting… When Tucker Carlson founded The Daily Caller, it was with the very same mission: to break real news and do original reporting from a conservative perspective. TWT, Human Events and Breitbart News have all made similar moves within the last year, beefing up their staffs with actual journalists in an effort to break news and not just blog anti-Democrat things all day.
We’ve reached out to Erickson for his opinion on whether conservative media, including those publications, have come up short on journalism. He hasn’t yet responded.
Though Erickson initially wrote on the post that his intent was not to “criticize colleagues, friends, or those others might perceive as competitors,” it must have struck a cord with some. He sent out a follow-up email “clarifying” his morning letter. “I screwed up and gave the impression this was all about RedState,” it said. “And I wanted to reach out again this morning so you’d know, particularly those of you who are interested, that this is about getting good conservatives into the media across the board. RedState is in a position to help and we want to help.”