This is a great month to be a conservative pundit on the Web: Matt Drudge’s protege Andrew Breitbart last week expanded his online empire with the launch of his already-controversial Big Journalism, trumpeting the new project by immediately attacking Gawker and Business Insider.
Now Tucker Carlson, the Fox News commentator who once donned the signature bow tie, has cut a swath of the Internet for his own with today’s launch of The Daily Caller, for which he has hired “demented genius” Jim Treacher to host the site’s blog, D.C. Trawler. (You might remember Treacher for his long-held dislike of Maureen Dowd.)
Also on hand is Matt Labash, writing an advice column, which Carlson presents this way <a href="http://dailycaller.com/letter-from-tucker/" in his opening letter:
“Not all of Matt’s advice falls within the bounds of ‘conventional,’ or even ‘legal.’ On the other hand, I’ve lived by it for 15 years and I feel great. So go ahead and ask Matt anything. I dare you.”
You hear that? Carlson dares you to ask his advice columnist for advice. Dangerous stuff. Then again, Carlson is also denying that his site will have a conservative bent, and he’s taken a somewhat friendly approach to his launch, inviting liberal blog mogul Arianna Huffington to pen an intro for The Daily Caller. In her post, Huffington says the duo has worked on several joint efforts that are “neither left nor right. It is populism at its best, appealing to the bedrock American values of community and competition.”
We would say the third “c” word missing from Arianna’s message is “capitalism,” but considering how much political writers are being paid to espouse their beliefs on media sites these days, she was probably exercising some prudence in its exclusion.
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