Matthew Continetti (who?), Editor in Chief of nascent conservative journalistic fistacuffery rag The Washington Free Beacon has an entertaining jeramiad/raison d’etre that Matt Yglesias linked to. My favorite part is the final paragraph where he really gets into this idea of “combat journalism”:
What would happen, though, if a website covered the left in the same way that the left covers the right? What picture of the world would one have in mind if the morning paper read like the New York Times—but with the subjects of the stories and the assumptions built into the text changed to reflect a conservative, not liberal, worldview? What would happen if the media wolf pack suddenly had to worry about an aerial hunting operation?
You are about to find out. The Washington Free Beacon is here to enter the arena of combat journalism. Our talented staff will add to the chorus of enterprising conservative reporters, publishing original stories, seeking out scoops, and focusing on the myriad connections between money and power in the progressive movement and Obama’s Washington. Our research and war room divisions will supplement that reporting with context, additional materials, and breaking video. At the Beacon, you will find the other half of the story, the half that the elite media have taken such pains to ignore: the inside deals, cronyism cloaked in the public interest, and far-out nostrums of contemporary progressivism and the Democratic Party. At the Beacon, all friends of freedom will find an alternative to the hackneyed spin, routine misstatements, paranoid hyperbole, and insipid folderol of Democratic officials and the liberal gasbags on MSNBC and talk radio. At the Beacon, we follow only one commandment: Do unto them.
Continetti’s whole notion of some grand leftist media conspiracy is, of course, both trite and patently absurd. The focus on the connections between “money and power” has never bene a concern of Right-leaning journalists, activists or PAC-funders, and to assert as much now is utterly ridiculous. In fact, the only time the Right cares about money in politics is when the money has come from unions. Frankly, I would be surprised if James O’Keefe wasn’t already on the payroll, combat journalist extraordinaire that he is. En garde, I say!