My membership at RedState (oh, it leads exactly where you think it does) is having one of it's periodic resurgences of relevance and before I proceed with the main event I'll offer a digest for the late comers.
After I joined dK I experienced an inclination to research how other online communities operated. I joined several sites including RS which was of interest because a) it was another scoop driven site (like dK at the time) and b) it had a conservative orientation.
I had several productive exchanges including a few with some of their most notorious editors about subjects of common interest and supported the Online Integrity Initiative. I've not been active in many years, but I've never been explicitly blammed and I still get emails on occasion.
I suspect they've forgotten I exist frankly.
In any event what I want you to understand is that this is not intended as a "let's bash RedState" piece though I have no control over and little concern about how my work is perceived. It is what it is and I don't cheerlead trolling (very difficult) or disrespect.
Still, I was going through my nap time reading list and I found this article from Politico that I hadn't seen reported here yet and thought it might be of some curiosity to you-
Conservative magazine Human Events up for sale, could close
By KENNETH P. VOGEL, Politico
2/21/13 8:20 PM EST
“We’re trying to figure out the right thing to do with a property that is sort of the cornerstone of the conservative movement,” Joe Guerriero, an executive at Eagle Publishing, the parent company of Human Events, said Thursday.
We have a number of parties that are really interested in its property,” he added. “I mean, I have literally been on a couple calls today with potential buyers of Human Events.”
Guerriero would not identify the potential buyers, but he did not reject characterizations that the journal is struggling financially and could be closed down entirely if a buyer can’t be found.
Human Events – which has a full-time staff of about 15 and distributes 40,000 copies 44 times a year – was described by a biographer as Ronald Reagan’s “favorite reading for years” and still holds sway in some conservative quarters.
But it’s also seen its market share eroded by the addition of edgy new web-based conservative outlets like the Free Beacon, the Daily Caller and Breitbart.
Eagle Publishing also counts among its many properties RedState.com, a leading conservative blog, and Guerriero suggested its rise may have made Human Events expendable.
“We have a property in Red State that we’re very excited about,” he said. “It’s grown in influence. It is sort of the quick, essential new media property – tons of contributors, [editor-in-chief] Erick Erickson is a rising star in conservative media. And sometime, it’s tough to support a number of different initiatives, so I think that’s one of the things that may have led to it.”