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The Washington Free Beacon

Today marks the debut of the Washington Free Beacon, an innovative Website for news of a particular stripe—an anti-Leftist stripe. The editor is Matthew Continetti, long of the Weekly Standardand the author of a splendid book on the depradations of Jack Abramoff and a highly provocative one on the persecution of Sarah Palin. If you go to the site, you will find an abundance of early riches there. But by far the most interesting is Continetti’s own explanation for the Beacon’s existence, a tour de force essay called “Combat Journalism” that offers a history of the ideological wars within journalism and Washington and the non-profit world over the past 30 years. “What would happen,” Continetti asks, “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 site seems to be having some birthing pains at the moment, but if you can’t reach it, bookmark it at www.freebeacon.com and visit it frequently. It’s certain to be a major player in this year’s battles.