The Great "Which Right-Blogger Got the Newsweek gig?" Mid-Week Mystery. [Bumped]

Exploding heads, no. Scratchy heads, yes.

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[UPDATE]: And a big old how-ya-doing to Markos, too. How are the kids? Mine's just on the cusp of crawling; a little ahead of time, but that's probably because he'll be taking after his mom. You should put up some baby pictures sometime; gives the blog that authentic feeling.

Oh, right, I was supposed to be offended. Dude, you guys have never been able to make us do anything that we darned well didn't want to do in the first place; why should we start now? - Moe Lane

You may have heard of this particular crowing (short version: Markos Moulitsas got a media gig with Newsweek), particularly how it means that all of our heads were all going to explode over the news, or something. I'm not precisely sure why: said gig has been the Holy Grail for most of the Left 'sphere for some time now. If anyone was going to join the media Establishment, it'd be Moulitsas.

But more important than that is the other half of the question: which one of us got the opposite seat? - Because there's apparently going to be somebody on the Right to "balance" it all.

Read on.

First off, it ain't us. Alas. But I emailed some people, and it's interesting who got back to me telling who it wasn't.

It wasn't Glenn Reynolds.
It wasn't Ed Morrissey.
I'm told that it wasn't Jim Geraghty (that includes the rest of NRO, presumably).
It wasn't Allah or anybody else at Hot Air (that includes Michelle Malkin, presumably).
It wasn't Charles Johnson.
It wasn't John Hawkins.
It wasn't Jon Henke (that includes the rest of Q&O, presumably) [Yup, it does].
It wasn't Jeff Goldstein.
It wasn't Ace of Spades.
It wasn't Frank J.
[It wasn't Patrick Ruffini.]
[It wasn't Gateway Pundit.]
[It wasn't Powerline.]

Now, it could still be, say, one of the Powerline guys, or maybe Mary Katherine Hamm, or Patrick Ruffini - but we're rapidly running out of both credible and well-known Righty bloggers* that would have been sensible choices for Newsweek to put up against Moulitsas.

Which suggests to us that perhaps, just perhaps, Newsweek didn't actually want somebody both credible and well-known, or a blogger, or both...

Moe

*If I've missed a name, let me know and I'll email him or her. I've thought of a couple myself while writing this entry.

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:-)

Oz

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Besides, it's not about how I wasn't asked; it was about how the most common reaction I got was "First I've heard of this."

Moe

*On an A-list blog, mind you. :)

The Fuzzy Puppy of the VRWC. I've been usurped!

...Arianna Huffington.

Newsweek doesn't stray very far ideologically from its usual circle of friends.

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"We want great men who, when fortune frowns, will not be discouraged." - Colonel Henry Knox

You know, for a round-table forum, you get 4 loud, flaming liberals and either (1) a very squishy moderate or even a left-moderate, (2) an old-style arrogant, elitist Rockefeller-Republican, or (3) a legitimate conservative but one a particularly articulate.

Then you call it a balanced forum.

My guess? FRank J at IMAO.

I'M JUST KIDDING!!!!!!!

Stare decisis is fo' suckas -- Feddie

"(3) a legitimate conservative but one a particularly articulate."

...Andrew Sullivan or Glen Greenwald.

...is that it was suggested that the choice would tick off Lefties in the same way that dKos was supposed to tick off us. That would eliminate Sullivan, Greenwald, or any other quote-unquote "honorable conservative."

The Fuzzy Puppy of the VRWC. I've been usurped!

On that vein, maybe it's David Brooks!

Stare decisis is fo' suckas -- Feddie

I totally support the plan to get Markos' message out to as many people as possible. The only difference between him and the leftists in the MSM is that he will offend moderates by being less boring.

...one of the Powerline guys. Newsweek probably only knows the names of few bloggers so it will be someone obvious. Since they are years behind the curve they probably thought, "Let's get one of those guys who made Time's Blogger of the Year back in 2004."

newsweek to find out what a conservative blogger said? I don't think so. If they had ten of them writing articles I still wouldn't buy their magazine. They are a left wing propaganda outlet and always will be.

... which means it'll be either Sullivan, Greenwald or John Cole.

It really doesn't matter what they say they want i.e. "a tick off the Left" Conservative. It's Newsweek, and the safe assumption is therefore that they're lying.

My money is on one of the Left's favorite "Conservatives" and a week of pretending that the Left is completely aflame at their dastardly "Far Right" choice.

PS: Assuming good faith on the part of Newsweak, what about Ace or Jeff?

It will be someone from HuffPo. For Newsweek, that is right wing.

I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful 100 percent.

Isn't he still being boring and irrelevant at Time?

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the other third is covered by Champ Bailey.

But I bet you it will be a "conservative" who is "libertarian" on homosexual issues and separation of church and state issues. That way it will work into Newsweek and other "mainstream" media strategy that their is "agreement" on those issues and therefore the only people who would protest are the far-right fringe. All part of the extensive and unsurpassed marketing strategy for homosexual "rights".

He/she/it will also be liberal on the economy, and spending.

...a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right...

---Thomas Paine---

The M.O. is to show that the only differences between conservatives and liberals are on the economy. EVERYONE agrees on homosexual and church-state issues except for those right wing kooks who, you know, vote 55%-90% in state after state against "gay marriage", but in Newsweek world, everyone is particularly "tolerant" on homosexual rights. And, only a naive' fool would dare question the legitimacy of homosexual "rights".

After all, a "fiscal conservative," according to the MSM, is a guy like Arnold who loves to increase the size of government, increase regulation, and raise taxes.
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Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. - Milton Friedman

Doubtful. He'd be "hard right," etc.

Query--has Huckabee ever been called a "moderate" Republican, even when he's been most friendly to amnesty and tax increases (or least unfriendly)?

"People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors." -Edmund Burke

Yep by zuiko

You have to start with the fact that there is no such thing as a liberal Republican. Teddy Kennedy could be a Republican and he would be a "moderate" (or maybe a "fiscal conservative.") People like Specter and Hagel qualify as "conservative." People like McCain and Bush (both of em) are "right-wing extremists." I don't think they can even find an appropriate place on their chart for people like Coburn.
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Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. - Milton Friedman

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Develop alternatives to existing policies and keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes the politically inevitable. Milton Friedman

" Got to love the Lord for making things like that."
Morally Compromised

What about Rob Bluey?

...a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right...

---Thomas Paine---

It's the web designer for Ron Paul's site. He qualifies as a blogger, er, doesn't he?

"Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori"
Contributor to The Minority Report

Maybe he's started a new conservative blog now that he has so much free time on his hands.
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Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. - Milton Friedman

He is working for HD Net.

http://www.hd.net/danrather.html

...a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right...

---Thomas Paine---

"a man's admiration for absolute government is proportinate to the contempt he feels for those around him". Tocqueville

If you put the whole right-blogosphere on the other side of the scale from Michael Moore, it wouldn't balance

(that's right Michael. I called you fat. Cry in your twinkies.)

I bet its Malkin.

Tom Maguire of JustOneMinute, or maybe someone at Volokh Conspiracy?

or, actually, Rick Moran of Right Wing Nut House or James Joyner of Outside the Beltway.

Don Surber?
Mark Noonan?

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I'm not voting for Ron Paul because it's not expressly prescribed in the Constitution.
-- Mark Hemingway, The Corner (NRO)

Mr. "Even Republican Kevin Phillips..." who was cited ad nauseam by the MSM in my youth.

Though I've heard he has since had a revelation and declared himself a non-Republican.

"People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors." -Edmund Burke

I wouldn't mind Cinnamon Stillwell, though.

It'd be a classic Bay Area shootout: Berkeley left vs. San Francisco right. (And yes, Virginia, there really are conservatives in San Francisco - at least until they get deported to reeducation camps.)

And Rightly So!

I'll repeat the body text of my previous comment here, just in case:

I wouldn't mind Cinnamon Stillwell, though.

It'd be a classic Bay Area shootout: Berkeley left vs. San Francisco right. (And yes, Virginia, there really are conservatives in San Francisco - at least until they get deported to reeducation camps.)

And Rightly So!

doesn't that inherently assume someone from a conservative blog would be willing to work for Newsleak? And isn't that an even more important question?

"Nothing works like freedom, Nothing succeeds like liberty"
Kyle

Oh, they already did, Kos and the three dead contractors whose defiled bodies were hung from a bridge. We may conclude that this fits within the media's parameters of the acceptable although doubting that Newsweek will employ Ann Coulter, standards do have to be maintained.

Kos's liberal wisdom is hailed by Newsweek's editor, who exudes compassion even in his sleep, as adding "diversity", being part of a "great tradition", offering a "unique perspective",[ I wonder how unique ]and joining his talents to a Newsweek "energetic and illuminating". Well the last to are certainly right in their own nauseating way.

Now if only Kos had manufactured and shipped roadside bombs to the euphemistically named insurgents he might have been named Publisher, keep trying Kos !

"a man's admiration for absolute government is proportinate to the contempt he feels for those around him". Tocqueville

but, I'd like to see Jonah Goldberg play the "token conservative" role in these so-called debates.

there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress
--AuH2O--

After reading Kos's brief admission that Newsweek is hiring someone to balance him out, he doesn't exactly say they're hiring a conservative blogger, just a conservative. Perhaps it's someone like Newt or Coulter, or Hannity, etc.

http://hotair.com/archives/2007/11/15/newsweek-reveals-name-of-mystery-c...

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"We want great men who, when fortune frowns, will not be discouraged." - Colonel Henry Knox

Moe, I think you should ask David Limbaugh. He related to one of the left's most reviled figures, he blogs a bit, and he is a conservative. Although he's probably a bit too articulate for Newsweak's version of a conservative. Just my 2 cents.

"The day you think you know it all is the day your trouble starts."

Conservative

Blogger

MSM connections already (they tend to demand more of this when vetting conservatives)

Brash and Loud enough that she might fit the "Angry conservative" meme the MSM loves to push...

 
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