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Sold! Right's RedState, Human Events, Regnery gobbled up by Salem
Washington Examiner ^ | JANUARY 13, 2014 | PAUL BEDARD

Posted on 01/13/2014 3:06:26 PM PST by iowamark

Ann Coulter, David Limbaugh, Erick Erickson and Michelle Malkin have a new publisher in Washington today, the expanding Christian conservative media empire of Salem Communications Corp., recently dubbed "the new power in conservative media."

Salem on Monday completed the purchase of Eagle Publishing, which operates Regnery, the nation's leading conservative book publisher; Human Events, one of the oldest conservative news providers; and the popular website RedState, headed by Erickson. Two other properties, Eagle Financial Publications and Eagle Wellness, were included. No price was provided to Secrets.

The move gives Salem, already a huge force in conservative radio and Christian broadcasting and publishing, an immediate and powerful presence in the nation's capital, where Eagle and Regnery have long ruled the right's publishing roost. Among Regnery's best-selling authors are Limbaugh, Ed Klein, Malkin, Dinesh D’Souza, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham and Newt Gingrich.

It also gives some financial stability to Eagle's properties, including Human Events, which recently ended its print edition.

Salem, based in Camarillo, Calif., near the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in Simi Valley, owns 102 radio stations, including WRC in Washington. They also have a network that distributes talk, news and music programming to approximately 2,000 affiliates.

Edward G. Atsinger III, president and chief executive officer of Salem, said in a statement: “Eagle is one of the most influential companies in the conservative media space. Its addition to Salem brings together a unique portfolio of conservative media properties and fits with our strategy of integrating traditional media and new media assets all serving the same target audience. The opportunity we like most about this acquisition is that each of Eagle’s businesses matches up so well with Salem’s extensive media platform. With 102 radio stations and a dozen major national websites all targeting the conservative community, this provides a perfect marketing platform to promote Eagle’s products to a wider audience. ”

Eagle President Jeff Carneal said when the company decided to sell, it looked for a conservative partner. "Of the several interested suitors, Salem provided the best opportunity for our employees, customers, and brands. Salem’s unique assets and strong management will ensure a bright future for the Eagle companies and take the combined company to a new level of success and influence," he said.

From Salem in their release provided in advance to Secrets:

About Eagle Publishing

Eagle Publishing operates four businesses:

Regnery Publishing is the country’s leading publisher of conservative books. Founded in 1947, Regnery published many of the seminal works of the conservative movement, including Russell Kirk’s “The Conservative Mind,” and William F. Buckley Jr’s “God and Man at Yale.” More recently, Regnery has published dozens of bestselling books by leading conservative authors and personalities, including Ann Coulter, Newt Gingrich, Michelle Malkin, David Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, Mark Steyn and Dinesh D’Souza.

Human Events (Ronald Reagan’s favorite newspaper, founded in 1944) and RedState (led by Erick Erickson, widely considered one of the most influential bloggers on the right) are two leading conservative opinion websites that provide news and commentary on issues of interest to the conservative community.

Eagle Financial Publications provides market analysis and specific investment advice for individual investors from experts that include Mark Skousen, Nicholas Vardy, Chris Versace, and Doug Fabian.

Eagle Wellness provides practical complementary health advice and is a trusted source for nutritional supplements from one of the country’s leading complementary health physicians.

About Salem Communications

Salem Communications is the largest commercial U.S. radio broadcasting company that provides programming targeted at audiences interested in Christian and conservative radio content, as measured by the number of stations and audience coverage. Upon completion of all announced transactions, the company will operate a portfolio of 102 radio stations in 39 markets, including 62 stations in 22 of the top 25 markets. Salem’s portfolio includes 40 stations programmed in a Christian talk format, 27 in a conservative talk format, 12 in a contemporary Christian music format, 8 in a Spanish Christian format and 10 in a business talk format. We also program the Family Talk™ Christian-themed talk format on XM Radio, channel 131 and operate ChristianRadio.com and Conservativeradio.com.

Salem also owns Salem Radio Network, a national radio network that syndicates Christian and conservative talk, news and music programming to approximately 2,500 affiliated radio stations and Salem Media Representatives, a national media advertising sales firm with offices across the country.

Salem Communications operates Salem Web Network, an online provider of Christian and conservative themed news, analysis and commentary. Christian content websites include: Christianity.com, Crosswalk.com®, BibleStudyTools.com, GodTube.com and GodVine.com, WorshipHouseMedia.com and OnePlace.com. Conservative opinion websites include Townhall.com®, HotAir.com, and Twitchy.com.

Salem Publishing™ circulates Christian and conservative magazines including Homecoming® YouthWorker Journal™, The Singing News, Preaching and Townhall Magazine™. Xulon Press™ is a provider of self-publishing services targeting the Christian audience.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: humanevents; redstate; regnery; salem

1 posted on 01/13/2014 3:06:26 PM PST by iowamark
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To: iowamark

Always thought of Redstate as more of a Republican (RINO) site rather than a Conservative site but maybe I was wrong...

Better that they were bought out by a Christian Conservative Company though...before they went totally left Republican!

In truth though, there were many decent contributors to this site, just the Moderators that controlled the Conservative comments. Probably just too tied to actual candidates.


2 posted on 01/13/2014 3:12:14 PM PST by Deagle (ues)
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To: Deagle

I seem to recall Eagle being Mormon owned, and Human Events and Regnery did not go in that direction.


3 posted on 01/13/2014 3:14:22 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (Five years, my brain hurts a lot.)
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To: iowamark

Maybe they will fix RedState. It used to be a good place to go to, years ago. Nowadays, not so much. They would first need to drop Erickson...


4 posted on 01/13/2014 3:18:45 PM PST by LaRueLaDue
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To: iowamark

RINO Corp


5 posted on 01/13/2014 3:22:32 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Deagle

All I know is that Salem Radio hosts are always more RINO-ish than I liked


6 posted on 01/13/2014 3:23:45 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: iowamark

Salem, eh? Interesting.


7 posted on 01/13/2014 3:25:35 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: iowamark
Ann Coulter, David Limbaugh, Erick Erickson and Michelle Malkin have a new publisher in Washington today, the expanding Christian conservative media empire of Salem Communications Corp., recently dubbed "the new power in conservative media." Salem on Monday completed the purchase of Eagle Publishing, which operates Regnery, the nation's leading conservative book publisher; Human Events, one of the oldest conservative news providers; and the popular website RedState, headed by Erickson. Two other properties, Eagle Financial Publications and Eagle Wellness, were included. No price was provided to Secrets.

The move gives Salem, already a huge force in conservative radio and Christian broadcasting and publishing, an immediate and powerful presence in the nation's capital, where Eagle and Regnery have long ruled the right's publishing roost. Among Regnery's best-selling authors are Limbaugh, Ed Klein, Malkin, Dinesh D’Souza, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham and Newt Gingrich.

PFL

8 posted on 01/13/2014 3:27:39 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: iowamark

More and more power in fewer and fewer hands.

In this case hands that haven’t exactly proven themselves willing to fight the fights that must be fought.


9 posted on 01/13/2014 3:29:17 PM PST by EternalVigilance
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To: Dr. Sivana

Salem bought Eagle so not sure how that all works out but more Conservative and more Christian I’m sure...


10 posted on 01/13/2014 3:41:36 PM PST by Deagle (ues)
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To: iowamark
What's next? They're going to buy up the Tea Party movement?

It's better that these sites remain in individual hands. What if Salem becomes targeted by the regime?

11 posted on 01/13/2014 3:44:38 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
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To: LaRueLaDue

You are so right! I was banned from there by Moe for being too Conservative (anti RINO)! Sure hope that they have lightened up a bit there at least.


12 posted on 01/13/2014 3:44:50 PM PST by Deagle (ues)
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To: iowamark

Liberal conspiracy theorists heads must be spinning upon hearing this news! They already think conservatives want a theocracy; this will scare them even more!


13 posted on 01/13/2014 3:45:55 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: LaRueLaDue

Not really sure that Erick is the problem (may be but not by my earlier readings) but his Moderators are much less Conservative and tend to slap down those kind of thoughts, ie, RINO type thoughts, even to the point of banning them.


14 posted on 01/13/2014 3:47:20 PM PST by Deagle (ues)
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To: Deagle

Not sure when you got banned, but there were at least two big purges that I was aware of, and all were orchestrated by Erickson. Were mainly used to eliminate diary writers and commentators that didn’t follow the party line. Lost a lot of good people in the last one.

Also, the redo of the format was the last straw for me. Losing the diary format, and going to discus for comments were both insanely stupid, in terms of keeping up the level of commentary. Every site I have been on that switched to discus soon sucked. And the main reason I went there was to read the diaries. Lots of good writers back then. Not so much anymore...


15 posted on 01/13/2014 3:59:37 PM PST by LaRueLaDue
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To: iowamark

After a bit of thought...

I think that this is just another purchase of Republican liabilities and they are doing their best as control of the media - even the so called sympathetic media here...

Are we entering into a new world where those in control have the money and power to purchase those that might oppose?

Time will tell, but it is looking suspicious...


16 posted on 01/13/2014 4:00:23 PM PST by Deagle (ues)
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To: LaRueLaDue

You know, I am not sure when but it has been about 3 years or so since Moe banned be along with my favorite conservative contributor (actually because of him - I stood up for him). I know that I was so mad that I wanted nothing else to do with them at the time...urgh! Yes I was mad at the time. The worst part is that I attempted to sign on again and was accepted but could not post.... Guess that they decided that I’m too Conservative...heh, probably due to MOE!

Anyway, I no longer wish to post there as they are way to Republican and way too NOT Conservative but they did prove their point at the time. It did point out the difference to me about Republicans and Conservatives so it was not lost on me - a good thing!


17 posted on 01/13/2014 4:11:05 PM PST by Deagle (ues)
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To: Deagle

Red State was one of the biggest supporters of the DeMint/Conservative Fund candidates. They have enacted a lot of real conservative change.


18 posted on 01/13/2014 4:23:28 PM PST by ilgipper (Obama is proving that very bad ideas can be wrapped up in pretty words)
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To: ilgipper

How does Erickson get paid for his website?

Think I’ll start one tomorrow.


19 posted on 01/13/2014 5:02:28 PM PST by heye2monn
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To: ilgipper

Yes, well I guess it depended upon who controlled the poster. Most of the Moderators were conservative but some in control were simply Republicans and possessed too much power to control the narrative. The result is that there was a bit of confusion there during a few years and it has since seemed to resolve itself...


20 posted on 01/13/2014 5:24:33 PM PST by Deagle (ues)
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To: heye2monn

I assume all their revenue is from advertising. I don’t see any other revenue sources evident. I don’t see any signs of syndication relationships or the like. Since it has been sold and now resold, not sure how he is paid...but I would guess Erickson is paid some from the sale of the company and likely income as an ongoing contributor. This is a rare time where the original face of the company continued seamlessly through sale of the company. It will be interesting to see where it goes after the sale of the parent company.

Not too many of these blogs make money. This is one of the rare ones...most of the ones making money are people who were pretty connected to begin with. Plus, the brand is excellent....redstate.com.


21 posted on 01/14/2014 6:48:36 AM PST by ilgipper (Obama is proving that very bad ideas can be wrapped up in pretty words)
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To: ilgipper

Good points. thanks


22 posted on 01/16/2014 5:24:58 PM PST by heye2monn
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