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A new power in conservative media
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Posted on 01/04/2014 5:13:01 PM PST by Sub-Driver

A new power in conservative media By: Hadas Gold January 4, 2014 05:59 PM EST

A player in Christian and talk radio stations is buying up popular conservative websites — moves that could make Salem Communications the next big thing in right-wing media.

The California-based company has recently gobbled up sites that reach millions of readers, like Michelle Malkin’s Twitchy.com, the Eagle Publishing group which is home to RedState.com, HumanEvents.com and the conservative publishing house Regnery. The Salem empire already includes more than 100 Christian and conservative talk-radio stations and several Christian-themed websites, as well as HotAir.com and TownHall.com.

Though Salem doesn’t appear to be planning major changes to the sites, media experts say the move represents a bid to consolidate the huge conservative market and power up the company’s effort to reach beyond its core conservative Christian devotees to possibly become more of a powerful political force on the right. The consolidation Salem is undertaking is unlike anything seen on the left, where media efforts are generally much more individualized.

With the expansion, Salem is well-positioned to expand its audience - and its conservative influence - by tapping a new group of listeners and readers described by one media observer as those who are “the sister or cousin” of the hardcore Tea Party member who’s already tuned in.

Adding Twitchy into its portfolio, Salem called itself “the largest social media driven conservative platform on the Web with nearly 10 million unique readers and over 100 million page views each month.” The expansion also brings some of the bigger names of conservative blogging, like Erick Erickson and Mary Katharine Ham, under one roof. And Salem has the funds for a substantial platform: In 2012, the publicly traded company generated $108 million of gross profit on $229 million of revenue.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; christianmedia; conservative; hotair; humanevents; newmedia; redstate; regnery; salem; talkradio; townhall; twitchy; wava

1 posted on 01/04/2014 5:13:01 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver; Jim Robinson

Are they going to buy FR?


2 posted on 01/04/2014 5:25:18 PM PST by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill and Publius now available at Amazon.)
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To: Publius; Jim Robinson

Not likely, and if Salem overall is like their station here, it is getting increasingly shallow and liberal.


3 posted on 01/04/2014 5:29:01 PM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: Sub-Driver; jimrob
thank you, Jimrob.
for being here.

4 posted on 01/04/2014 5:31:51 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi :-)
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To: Sub-Driver

Salem is the home of uber-RINOS Medved, Prager and Hewitt. Wouldn’t surprise me in the least if they were funded by the GOP-E.


5 posted on 01/04/2014 5:32:09 PM PST by WeatherGuy
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To: Publius
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Hope this move does NOT have the stinky hand of Rove, Kristol, similar schmucks behing the $$$

6 posted on 01/04/2014 5:50:15 PM PST by ptsal (Repubicans swallowing more kool-aide from Rove & Kristol)
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To: Publius

Nope. We treasure our independence.


7 posted on 01/04/2014 5:53:27 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: ptsal

I ask myself, is any of Soros’ money involved here?


8 posted on 01/04/2014 5:55:44 PM PST by miele man
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To: miele man

“Here” meaning involved with Salem?


9 posted on 01/04/2014 5:56:31 PM PST by miele man
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To: miele man

The whole bunch are so corrupt...


10 posted on 01/04/2014 6:01:55 PM PST by ptsal (Repubicans swallowing more kool-aide from Rove & Kristol)
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To: Publius

...and our freedom to speak frankly against the socialists, statists and corrupt crony capitalist bastards, including those corrupting the GOP.


11 posted on 01/04/2014 6:02:19 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: WeatherGuy
Salem is the home of uber-RINOS Medved, Prager and Hewitt.

Prager a RINO? At least they still have Mike Gallager out here.

12 posted on 01/04/2014 6:10:10 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: Sub-Driver

Maybe they could buy FB even thought it’s not conservative or start their on social site.


13 posted on 01/04/2014 6:10:42 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: daniel1212

Beware of Trojan Horse


14 posted on 01/04/2014 6:26:06 PM PST by griswold3 (Post-Christian America is living on borrowed moral heritage)
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To: Fiji Hill

I like Gallagher - at least he supported Newt in the primaries.

Prager is Hugh’s little buddy. I don’t trust him.


15 posted on 01/04/2014 6:43:13 PM PST by WeatherGuy
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To: WeatherGuy

I am a fan of Twitchy. The rest? Meh...


16 posted on 01/04/2014 7:05:59 PM PST by Wingy
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To: griswold3

Good video message on that by one of the best preachers i know of over the past 40 years: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpyZbzOJ2b0


17 posted on 01/04/2014 7:32:55 PM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: WeatherGuy

Prager is self made prior to his radio career and in it.

He’s got nothing to do with Hewitt other than being on the same station.

Prager is probably least RINO of Medved, and Hewitt.


18 posted on 01/04/2014 10:04:19 PM PST by ifinnegan
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To: WeatherGuy; All

Exactly what I was thinking!

The GOP-E and Karl Rove have already declared war on Tea Party group .. which I believe is a huge mistake.

Also, Geico has now produced an ad which shows a “tea bag being blown into Boston harbor”, with the statement .. “I guess the party’s over.”

May be too subtle for some .. but I noticed it the first time I saw it.

So .. is this part of the RHINO’s plan to get rid of the Tea Party by enlisting the aid of advertisers.

I don’t think the GOP-E have a clue just exactly WHO they’re up against .. it’s only the BASE of the repubs. How are they planning on electing people without their base ..??


19 posted on 01/05/2014 8:44:30 AM PST by CyberAnt (MY AMERICA: "... I'm terrified it's slipping away.")
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To: miele man; All

Could be Soros money .. because there was a story this weekend re Rubio being Soros’ supporter.

So, all those who thought Rubio was the 2nd coming .. better choose another.

My money is still on Ted Cruz and Mike Lee.


20 posted on 01/05/2014 8:47:01 AM PST by CyberAnt (MY AMERICA: "... I'm terrified it's slipping away.")
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To: WeatherGuy

Sure about that?

Cite some sources please. Thank-you!


21 posted on 01/06/2014 3:40:33 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: CyberAnt

Despite their efforts, the TP movement survives.


22 posted on 01/06/2014 3:41:31 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Sub-Driver

I smell a rat.


23 posted on 01/06/2014 4:04:06 AM PST by ez (Muslims do not play well with others.)
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To: Biggirl

Exactly .. and the more they try to get rid of us .. the stronger we get.

Proving once again .. “the people” will have the final say.


24 posted on 01/06/2014 9:49:40 AM PST by CyberAnt (MY AMERICA: "... I'm terrified it's slipping away.")
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