Cybercast News Service

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Cybercast News Service
CNSNews.png
Web addresswww.cnsnews.com
SloganThe right news. Right now.
Commercial?Yes
Type of siteAlternative media
RegistrationNone
Available inEnglish
OwnerMedia Research Center
EditorTerence P. Jeffrey
Launched18 June 1998; 16 years ago (1998-06-18)
Alexa rank9,141 (global), 1,516 (USA)[1]
Current statusActive
 
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Cybercast News Service
CNSNews.png
Web addresswww.cnsnews.com
SloganThe right news. Right now.
Commercial?Yes
Type of siteAlternative media
RegistrationNone
Available inEnglish
OwnerMedia Research Center
EditorTerence P. Jeffrey
Launched18 June 1998; 16 years ago (1998-06-18)
Alexa rank9,141 (global), 1,516 (USA)[1]
Current statusActive

Cybercast News Service (also known as CNSNews.com) is an American news website founded by L. Brent Bozell III and owned by Media Research Center, Bozell's Reston, Virginia-based organization.[2][3]

History[edit]

CNSNews.com was founded by L. Brent Bozell III on June 16, 1998, under the name Conservative News Service and the domain name conservativenews.org.[3] According to Bozell, the website would "report news ...not touched by traditional television news outlets" and "fill the growing news void left by the establishment media in their chase for the sensational."[3] On its first day of operation the website had 61,000 hits.[3]

The name "CNSNews.com" was first used on June 15, 2000.[4]

As of 2007, CNSNews.com described its role as serving an audience which puts a "higher premium on balance than spin."[5]

"In response to these shortcomings, MRC Chairman L. Brent Bozell III founded CNSNews.com in an effort to provide an alternative news source that would cover stories that are subject to the bias of omission and report on other news subject to bias by commission. CNSNews.com endeavors to fairly present all legitimate sides of a story and debunk popular, albeit incorrect, myths about cultural and policy issues." [5]

CNSNews.com's motto is "The Right News. Right now."[6]

CNSNews.com's editor from 1998-2005 was Scott Hogenson, who took a leave of absence in November, 2003 to serve as the director of radio and online operations for the Republican National Committee in the 2004 election cycle. Hogenson's leave of absence expired on November 15, 2004 when he returned to CNSNews.com in his original capacity. CNSNews.com has staff in Washington, D.C., London, Jerusalem and the Pacific Rim. David Thibault became top editor in April 2005 when Hogenson accepted an appointment as a deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Public Affairs. Thibault died on July 20, 2007 as a result of complications from cancer treatment.[7]

Terence P. Jeffrey became editor-in-chief in September 2007. Jeffrey was and remains an editor-at-large for the conservative weekly newspaper Human Events. He wrote editorials for The Washington Times from 1987–1991 and was research director for the presidential campaign of Pat Buchanan in 1992. Jeffrey was Buchanan's national campaign manager in his 1996 campaign.

Under editor David Thibault, CNSNews.com questioned the validity of the circumstances in which Democratic Rep. John Murtha received his Purple Hearts as a response to Murtha's criticisms of the U.S. War in Iraq. The Washington Post and Nancy Pelosi have commented that this approach is similar to the tactics of the Swift Vets and POWs for Truth, which opposed John Kerry's candidacy in the 2004 election.[8]

Finances[edit]

The web site started with two editors and four reporters, and a three-year budget of $5.46 million entirely funded by private donations.[3] In 2005, the majority of CNSNews.com's sales revenues were from subscription sales by client Internet sites.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alexa - CNSNews.com". alexa.com. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  2. ^ Kurtz, Howard; Murray, Shailagh (January 14, 2006). "Web Site Attacks Critic of War". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 21, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Hafner, Katie (June 18, 1998). "New Conservative News Site Will Fill a Void, Founder Says". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-28. 
  4. ^ a b "United States Conference of Catholic Bishops v. Media Research Center re: Registration No. 2528246" (PDF). Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. United States Patent and Trademark Office. April 19, 2005. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  5. ^ a b "History of Cybercast News Service". Archived from the original on 2007-08-18. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  6. ^ "Main Page". Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  7. ^ "David Thibault, RIP: Farewell to a Friend". Archived from the original on 2007-09-04. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  8. ^ Kurtz, Howard; Murray, Shailagh (2006-01-14). "Web Site Attacks Critic of War". The Washington Post. p. A5. 

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