Thursday, May 30, 2019

Red State = (Intellectually) Dead State; Why I'm Removing Formerly Influential Conservative Website From Blog Roll

I'm working on updating my blog rolls.  Sadly we've had a number of highly quality local bloggers who have ceased blogging.  I'm going through deleting the feeds on that.  I hope to get find some more local political blogs to feature on the roll.  One blog I can't bring myself to delete yet is the most legendary local political blog of them all - the late Gary Welsh's Advance Indiana.  He was so good at writing on local and state politics.  I surely miss him.

On the other side of the OgdenonPolitics website is a roll of national political and legal websites.  While most of those blogs are still churning out articles, I note one active site that I am removing
from the roll - the once highly regarded (at least in conservative circles) Red State.

Founded by conservative activist Eric Erickson who a few years ago moved on to other ventures, Red State used to be a highly regarded blog featuring intellectuals articulating conservative positions.  No more.  Post-Erickson, Red State editors pushed out the door conservative writers who were not 100% supportive of all things Trump.   Many of the current Red State bloggers write anonymously, using pseudonyms such as streiff (lower case is not a typo), Sister Toldjah (get it?), Bonchie and TLaDuke.  The Red State articles of today are poorly written and offer little more than clownish sniping about "liberals" and the "deep state."  The one consistent feature of the current Red State is that the blog's writers promote Trump talking points 100% of the time.  Bloggers at Red State are not allowed to dissent from the pro-Trump Red State line.

Nor is dissent from Trumpism allowed from Red State readers.  I experienced first-hand Red State's penchant for suppressing dissent when I was personally banned after writing a comment critical of one Red State author's pro-Trump position.  I wrote to Red State several times asking for an explanation as to why I was banned.  Red State's editors wouldn't even acknowledge my request.  I finally established a new Red State account so I could comment again.  That worked until I dared to pen another comment critical of a pro-Trump Red State piece.  Banned again. I tried, once more, to get an explanation from Red State for the ban, but those requests were again met with silence.

So I 've decided to drop Red State from the OgdenonPolitics blog role.  In its place, I've added two:  Erickson's new blog "The Resurgant." as well as my personal favorite "The Bulwark."  Both are excellent sources of information.

Other changes will be coming.

2 comments:

leon dixon said...

The Weekly Standard rag went south fast led by a person with no influence at all in the Republican Party (recast recently as winners instead of whiners). I am surprised at the other fellow as I have a few of his books but I don't insist on total agreements.

True Republican said...

I recommend also adding Susan Wright’s blog “Wright On The Right” Blog: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/susanwright/,
Caleb Howe’s Mediate Site: https://www.mediaite.com/author/caleb-howe/, And David Leach’s “The Strident Conservative”: https://www.stridentconservative.com/.

Caleb and Susan both used to work at Redstate until the “Purge” at the site last year. Also John Ziegler’s site is worth a read:
https://www.mediaite.com/author/john-ziegler/.

As for local blogs other than yours, Indy Republican and Advance Indiana, I don’t really know of any other good ones. We at Indy Republican will never be able to remove Advance Indiana from our links. Gary’s memory deserves to live on.

Take Care Paul! And let’s retake the GOP!