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TWT Launches Magazine for Black Conservatives

Well they’re just gunna try a little bit of everything over at The Washington Times, aren’t they?

Today the paper announced they will launch a magazine for black conservatives, the American CurrentSee. (We guess that’s a pun?) Ben Carson -the neurosurgeon  whose jeremiad against political correctness and healthcare reform at the National Prayer Breakfast last year made him famous in conservative circles -will be the publisher of the new digital weekly. Conservative columnist and radio host  Armstrong Williams will serve as executive editor. Fox News’ Juan Williams will also contribute to the first issue, which comes out March 30th.

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TWT Expands Stable of Conservative Voices with Addition of O’Donnell

In what appears to be an effort to staff their paper with outspoken conservative voices that appeal to a Tea Party audience, The Washington Times announced today that former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell is being brought on as a columnist.

This follows the recent hirings of Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, defense hawk Cliff May, and radio hosts Tammy Bruce, Steve Deace, and Rusty Humphries. The spate of new hires also illustrates TWT Editor John Solomon‘s commitment to transforming the Times from a conventional paper into a multi-platform brand. In addition to her column, O’Donnell will serve as a commentator for TWT‘s nascent radio and video efforts. DeLay is also hosting an on-demand radio show, and Bruce, Deace, and Humphries will all contribute to online efforts as well as to the paper.

O’Donnell, of course, made a name for herself during her ultimately unsuccessful 2010 run for a Delaware Senate seat. She managed to defeat long-serving establishment Republican Rep. Mike Castle in the primary, but lost to Democrat Chris Coons in the general by a wide margin. She has since been a contributor on CNN and Fox News.

 

Tea Party Talker Rusty Humphries To Be Key Part of TWT Expansion

Rusty Humphries, a spokesman for the Tea Party Leadership Fund and a former conservative radio show host from Arizona, has been hired by The Washington Times. Humphries will have a significant role at TWT. He will be a weekly columnist, a blogger and a daily video show host.

Humphries’ appointment is part of Editor John Solomon‘s plan to transform The Washington Times from a conservative relic into a multi-platform juggernaut. The paper has also hired two other contributors in recent weeks. Cliff May will write a foreign affairs column, and Iowa radio host Steve Deace will pen an opinion column, as well as produce radio content for the paper.

Until it ended last October, Humphries’ radio show was the 6th most listened to show in the country, according to Talkers Magazine. He is also a singer/songwriter and creator of the song “Do the Bart Simpson” -yes really. His albums include Bomb Iraq: Rusty Humphries Takes On the Terrorists, and Thank Allah I’m a Jihad Boy.

Who May Pen a Column for TWT? Cliff May.

The Washington Times added a new opinion writer to their staff yesterday. Cliff  May, President of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and a former foreign correspondent for The New York Times will write a new weekly column called “Foreign Desk.” The hire comes a week after TWT brought on Steve Deace, a conservative radio host from the Midwest.

“I’m excited to be writing for The Washington Times, a venerable and increasingly important journalistic institution,” May said. “I look forward to engaging with the Times’ readers on foreign affairs, national security and America’s role in the world.”

Aside from The New York Times, May has also written for the National Review, the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, USA Today, The Atlantic. He is also the co-editor of a book on the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as a book on energy policy.

Congratulations Cliff, and we look forward to reading your stuff!

Conservative Talkers Get Columns at TWT and The Hill

David Webb

David Webb

It’s a good day to be a conservative, syndicated radio show host. Both The Hill and The Washington Times announced today the addition of conservative radio personalities to their stable of opinion columnists.

David Webb‘s first column for The Hill starts running today and will alternate every Wednesday with a column from James Carville. Webb is a Fox News contributor, host of his own SiriusXM radio show, and a spokesman for the National Tea Party Federation.

And Steve Deace, a rising conservative voice in the Midwest, is joining TWT as a regular contributor to its opinion team. Deace, will contribute to a re-vamped Washington Times’ Communities portal, which is slated to launch later this month. Communities was temporarily shuttered last month following a spate of incidents involving inaccurate reporting. Deace will also provide TWT readers with regular updates about the early stages of the 2016 presidential caucuses in his home state of Iowa, and there are plans to distribute his nationally-syndicated program to TWT audience later this spring.

Steve Deace

Steve Deace

Both hires come as several DC pubs attempt to diversify the platforms across which they distribute content. The Hill has started producing web videos to accompany much of their online content, for example. And TWT Editor John Solomon recently initiated a re-org at that paper which, among other changes, replaced their traditional Copy Desk with a “platform agnostic” Universal Desk. Moreover, tapping into the large talk-radio audience is smart business for an industry that’s seeing print circulation drop year after year.