Newsmax has just released its “Top 50” list of the most influential and active conservative blogs of 2015. And while I do find the ranking to be a bit old school (very ten years ago), it is good to see the conservative blogs getting some media attention, as they are generally summarily ignored in the hopes that we will go away. lol.
The Internet now allows anyone who cares to invest the time and trouble to become a political commentator with, potentially, many times the readership of the most long-established syndicated columnists. The media elite, from the Big Three Networks to the local newspaper, have suffered a collapse in influence and a hemorrhage of revenues as Americans simply click on their favorite bookmarks for informed opinions about the events around them.
Is it any wonder that an executive branch dominated by the big-government left is determined to let nothing stop it from converting the Internet into a regulated public utility whose ultimate destination apparently involves United Nations oversight?
Obama administration scandals like those involving the IRS and Benghazi may not have reached critical mass — yet. But if this were the old days of near-total liberal dominance of information transmission, it would be near-impossible to bring new developments before the eyes of the public if it contradicted the wishes of newspaper editors and network anchormen.
It would also be impossible to prevent the mainstream media from snowballing an artificial scandal like Rathergate a decade ago, which easily could have jeopardized George W. Bush’s re-election, and which Power Line and other conservative websites had a substantial role in debunking.
London’s Hyde Park Corner has, for nearly a century and a half, been famed for the colorful characters who stand atop soapboxes on Sundays and speak their minds, with extremists from the organized right and left well-represented, and most of the speakers solemnly serious about what they tell the assembled throngs. A good few, however, have always been entertainers, sometimes feigning political passions that the crowd eventually discovers to be disguised jokes.
It is no exaggeration, considering the multitudes of people many of them reach, to say that the conservative blogs listed below have more greatly influenced political events than all the Hyde Park diatribes ever delivered. Personality abounds. Some of the sites feature graphics that are feasts for the eyes; many deliver laughs rivaling a P.G. Wodehouse yarn. And almost all let any reader join in and comment to his or her heart’s content.
Conservative blogs have electrified our 223-year old First Amendment like nothing the Founding Fathers could ever have foreseen. Here are the top 50 conservative blogs:
29. Atlas Shrugs – The Islamophobia hunters at the politically correct Southern Poverty Law Center concede that Pamela Geller has “sultry Hollywood sex appeal and a sassy, scythe-like wit — a personable Ann Coulter and articulate Sarah Palin rolled into one.” Atlas Shrugs readers get Geller’s analysis of Islamist terrorism with no candy coating. “Rappers in Germany, doctors in Glasgow, chemical engineering students in Canada, heart surgeons in Saudi Arabia, university students in Britain, imams in America, herdsmen in Nigeria and so forth — what brings these wildly different people together? Jihad,” Geller declared after ISIS’s recent videotaped mass execution of Coptic Christians on a Mediterranean beach in Libya went public. “No matter what the background, upbringing, schooling, wealth or poverty, color, what have you, it doesn’t matter. The understanding of Islam and jihad is the same, and it is the motive, the incitement to this monstrous war on the West and the East and all points in between.”
Here’s the list:
2. Hot Air
5. Free Republic
6. The Corner
7. Avik Roy
9. Café Hayek
10. Big Government
11. The Daily Signal
12. Michelle Malkin
13. Ace of Spades HQ
15. Jihad Watch
16. Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review
17. Gateway Pundit
18. Carpe Diem
19. Maggie’s Farm
20. House of Eratosthenes
21. Andrew Malcolm
22. Protein Wisdom
23. Black and Right
24. Fausta’s Blog
25. Cato at Liberty
26. Free Fire
27. Pirate’s Cove
28. Sister Toldjah
29. Atlas Shrugs
30. Open Market
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