WASHINGTON. At some point in the increasingly distant past, this columnist posted a list of the Top Conservative news and information sites available online. Today, we reboot that article, transforming it into a new, ongoing series introducing reliable conservative news sites to our regular readers. In this column, we explore a pair of key gateway sites – Instapundit and The Drudge Report. Both sites guide their fans and followers to reliable sites that haven’t surrendered to today’s prevalent SJW / Marxist hegemony. Yet.
Time and tide tend to change such lists over the months and years. So we’re changing the format from its previous “top ten” list orientation. We decided to transform this one-time feature into a periodic series. The goal? To introduce you to sites where you can find news and information sites that don’t routinely follow or accept “the narrative.”
Selected sites range from the general to the specific. Format-wise, they range from standard, magazine-style sites relying on quality writing and analysis; to the occasional podcast; to strictly video sites that rely almost entirely on the personality of the host and a selection of background videos.
We’re looking for sites (in addition to CDN, of course), that have the following characteristics. They:
- Report or link to the daily news in a true or reasonably accurate manner, given that information on Marxist or Marxist-funded sites is deliberately obscured or concealed
- Report / comment on stories the so-called mainstream media (see below) routinely bury so you can’t see them
- Expose the hard left’s effort to destroy civility, religion, the American family, and supporters of the U.S. Constitution
- Expose vigorous left-wing efforts to force U.S. citizens into the new, secular, and unconstitutionally established SJW religion that supports a vaguely defined (but markedly socialist) New World Order.
Why we’re doing this
Reading (or viewing) this feature’s highlighted sites on a regular basis can provide rational conservative and libertarian viewers and readers with the useful news and views that traditional network, cable and surviving newspaper and magazine outlets don’t want you to know about. We encourage you to check out our highlighted sites and bookmark your favorites.
With that in mind, today’s column highlights a key pair of sites that serve the function your city’s morning newspaper used to serve. Mainly, highlighting stories of interest, often beyond politics, that you’ll want to stay on top of in our fast-changing and often deceptive world. In other words, it’s good to start off with these sites first thing in the morning to get a broad-based overview of real news you can use.
he Drudge Report is far better known to conservative news readers. But Instapundit is often the most useful way to begin your conservative day. Glenn Reynolds’ long-lived Instapundit was and still is the finest news and blog aggregator on the Internet. Assuming that you’re a rational conservative or libertarian reader.
Instapundit is heavy on citing and linking to news and views you can use. But the site also offers clips and links to science, health and entertainment stories and commentary. On the negative side, the site also shamelessly shills various relevant books and assorted sales offered on Amazon.com. But hell, people have to make a living. (Ask those laid off faux journalists formerly of the Puffington Host and BuzzFeed. Before they head off to their coding classes.)
And, as one of the founders of today’s pjmedia group of columns and columnists, Instapundit knows how to sustain its business model, or it wouldn’t still be around.
About Glenn Reynolds
Besides helming Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds has a great day job as a law professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Over the years, Reynolds, and his pithy comments, became so popular that you’ll now see his columns regularly in USA Today. In addition, he occasionally in the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere.
Given his side gigs and academic position, Reynolds now needs (and gets) assistance from like-minded fellow posters. That’s why today’s Instapundit site remains compelling and competitive. The site now features a wider variety than ever of news and science coverage, topics and links. It’s our first stop during our daily morning surf of what’s happening on the Net. Perhaps it should be yours as well. Link: https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/
The Drudge Report
Regularly showered with hate by the left, Matt Drudge’s long-running site has withstood the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
Drudge launched the site back in 1995 in Los Angeles as a gossip site focusing on two of America’s top entertainment cities: LA and Washington, D.C. Andrew Breitbart was an early assistant before he launched his own series of sights, today gathered together under the Breitbart.com banner.
Drudge’s site exploded into the national consciousness when he became the first to post the famous Clinton-Lewinski “blue dress” scandal story – a story which, significantly, Newsweek decided to take a pass on. The rest, as the cliché goes, was history.
Matt Drudge today
Again like Instapundit, Drudge remains one of your main “go-to” sites if you’re looking for a pure blog and news aggregator. 98 percent of the time, what you see on Drudge’s deliberately anachronistic single page is a lead, linked, scare headline followed by dozens of varied story links that change throughout the day. Also a constant is Drudge’s standard list of links to most well known MSM sites, even though Drudge himself often disparages their content.
The Drudge site itself remains boldly and remarkably retro. Matt’s single daily page still gets presented in what looks like the old American Typewriter font. It’s a reminder for old timers like this columnist of the kind of copy that real, old-time, ink-stained wretch-reporters used to punch out on their massive Royal or Remington office manual typewriters prior to racing each hot story down to the copy desk.
The elusive Drudge himself affects a jaunty hat that reminds the oldest Boomers of that famous old reporter Walter Winchell.
An emphasis on the conservative. And the sensational
Drudge tends to highlight conservative stories. But he can be unpredictable, as he was early on when President Trump first took office. On occasion, he has unpredictably surprised his regular readers by dissing President Trump.
That said, like Instapundit, the Drudge Report is a good place to start each morning. That is, if you’re looking for stories the MSM usually ignores or mangles with malicious intent. On other Drudge quirk: The guy loves hurricanes, earthquakes and disasters, and generally provides excellent, in-depth links for the latest storm or temblor news as it happens. The coverage here tends to be sensational and obsessive. But if you need hurricane tracks, cones, wind speeds and the like, Drudge has them, and makes the links easily accessible.
Basically, Drudge is news, highlighted by scare headlines that attract millions of clicks and eyeballs every day. Although he seems to have lost a step or two in recent years, the sheer longevity of The Drudge Report’s internet life – now approaching an astounding 25 years – makes his site the granddaddy of all existing conservative web sites. It’s still tops for readers who want to start out their morning by perusing links with generally conservative political news. Plus all the hot Hollywood gossip you can stand. Link: https://www.drudgereport.com
And now, a word about today’s Groundhog Day weather predictions
But, oh. Lest we forget.
Happy Groundhog Day! Both Pennsylvania’s famous Punxsutawney Phil and Ontario, Canada’s favorite groundhog, Wiarton Willie, failed to see their shadows, thus predicting an early spring. But Canada’s alternative rodent prognosticator, Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam, was a spoilsport, spotting his shadow and scurrying back to his burrow. Looks like six more weeks of winter for at least that storm-tossed Canadian province.
Watch for more articles in this ongoing CDN media series. Coming next conservative headline aggregator: Whatfinger.com
— Headline image: It’s Groundhog Day. Above, Wiarton Willie Memorial pictured on a snowy day in Wiarton, Ontario, Canada near the shores of Lake Huron. (Screen grab, YouTube video.)