Former TWT Editorial Page Editor Editor Brett Decker has secured a new job with Rare, a conservative web site to be launched by Cox Media Group. Decker will assume the position of Editor-in-Chief and will be based in Washington. Rare will launch on April 15, 2013 at the Newseum.
Decker quit his job at TWT in November of 2012. He appeared on newspaper boxes like the one above all over the D.C. metro area for months even after he left TWT.
So why a new conservative site now after last year’s electoral thumping?
“I think the timing is perfect for a new conservative outlet to shake up the establishment,” Decker explained to FishbowlDC. “With the economy in the toilet, just about anyone should have been able to beat President Obama in the 2012 election, but Republicans blew it in spectacular fashion. Serious soul-searching needs to occur to figure out what the hell went wrong so it can be fixed. Some of these discussions won’t be easy.
“I came to Washington amidst the excitement following the 1994 Republican takeover of Congress,” he continued. “Conservatism was so ascendant back then that even the Democratic President, Bill Clinton, said ‘the era of big government is over.’ How we got from that point to today’s age of trillion-dollar deficits and $16.7 trillion in national debt is a collapse that needs to be discussed frankly if conservative ideas of fiscal responsibility, bureaucratic restraint and individual liberty are to be relevant again. That’s what we’re going to do at Rare.”
See comments about Decker from Ambassador John Bolton and rocker Ted Nugent. Ambassador John Bolton, former U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, said in a release, “Brett Decker is a widely respected journalist because he’s willing to say and publish the hard truths others avoid. That quality in politics is very rare. There’s no one better to spearhead a publication with that name at a time when conservatism needs more straight talk.”
Political activist and legendary rock star Ted Nugent said in a release, “Brett Decker is not only sharp as hell when it comes to the gory details of big-game and varmint politics, he’s a badass reporter and editor. Brett will guarantee the red meat is delivered how real conservatives like it – rare.”
“Leaders on the right need to come together and hash out what the essence of the conservative movement is now, and how it can rebuild itself into a majority coalition again,” added Decker in a release. “Rare will provide the platform for that debate. I couldn’t be more excited to take the helm at Rare, and help Cox Media Group reach more of America with its first national news product.”
In his past…Most recently Decker was editorial page editor of the Washington Times, an editorial page writer and editor for the Wall Street Journal, Senior Vice President of the Export-Import Bank, Senior Vice President of Pentagon Federal Credit Union, speechwriter to then-House Maj. Whip (later Maj. Leader) Tom DeLay and reporter and TV producer for the legendary Robert D. Novak.
About Cox Media Group: From the web site: The company owns 19 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 87 radio stations, eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services. CMG operates in more than 30 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 32 million TV viewers, more than 4 million print and online newspaper readers, and 18 million radio listeners.
On Twitter visit @rare and online see www.rare.us prior to the launch.