Will HuffPo vs. Breibart be the primordial partisan news sites of the future? 8/7/08Posted by Steve Boriss in PartisanPress.
First, there was the “objective” mainstream media news, allegedly news stories told straight down the middle. Then, there were alternative media on talk radio and cable, making it seem as if perhaps the mainstream media skewed to the left. Then, farther left web sites like DailyKos sprung-up, redefining the skew of mainstream media as center-left establishment. All in all, it looked like we were headed for a fragmentation of news sites on the web — a multitude of voices competing in a freewheeling marketplace of ideas. But, we haven’t really seen it yet, as the big online newspaper mastheads and the AP stick with their same, less and less plausible story — that they more or less provide “objective” news.
Perhaps we are now beginning to see the beginning of this partisan news that seemed inevitable. The Huffington Post admits to skewing toward the Hollywood left, and they have plans to expand to special city additions. Now Andrew Breitbart, longtime Drudge henchman, is launching BigHollywood, a website for the L.A. non-left. Will these entertainment-oriented web sites launch the partisan web sites of the future? If the major newspaper brands won’t do it, it would have to start someplace else. So, maybe so.