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Sunday, March 17, 2013
Dear Matthew Sheffield: There's Nothing 'Innovative' About CNS
Topic: NewsBusters

Matthew Sheffield devoted a March 6 NewsBusters post to his ongoing lament that right-wing funders won't fund a genuine news operation. As we've pointed out, this is essentially an admission that conservative journalism doesn't succeed in the marketplace, since the top conservative newspapers in the country have long been money pits kept alive with the help of either right-wing billionaires or being subsidized by more profitable ventures.

Sheffield does get some things correct, such as agreeing with the Huffington Post's Michael Calderone that  the conservative media in its current state is more interested in playing gotcha than doing real shoe-leather journalism. But he also oddly complains that Calderone "ignores some very innovative journalism being produced by my colleagues over at"

Actually, what Sheffield calls "innovative" at CNS is really a more extreme case of the problem Calderone outlines:

There's nothing terribly "innovative" about any of this --  right-wing outlets have been doing the same thing for years. CNS, however, does have the financial power of a multimillion-dollar nonprofit organization behind it.

But then, Sheffield has already conceded that the only way right-wing "news" can succeed is with a deep-pocketed ideologue funding it, not through the free market.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:48 PM EDT

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