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Report: Trump Was Right About the Washington Post

Former president Donald Trump often said he was “the best thing to ever happen” to mainstream media outlets such as the Washington Post and CNN. Recent events and revelations suggest Trump was right.

The New York Times, one of the only mainstream outlets to thrive in the post-Trump era thanks to its non-political content including games and recipes, detailed the Post‘s struggles in a report published Tuesday:

The Post’s efforts to diversify its journalism beyond political coverage extends back until at least the summer of 2016. At that time, senior editors considered a plan that would expand the newspaper’s coverage to temper a decline in readership during what they thought would be the presidential administration of Hillary Clinton, according to two people with knowledge of the proposal.

The plan, code-named Operation Skyfall, was set aside after Mr. Trump won the presidential election.

As the importance of moving beyond Washington coverage became more urgent over the past year, [chief executive and publisher Fred] Ryan has given some mixed signals about how ambitiously he wanted to move.

Read the full article by Andrew Stiles with the Washington Free Beacon here.


The New American System: Trade for Workers in the 21st Century

A speech from Robert Lighthizer, former U.S. Trade Representative, on how trade policy can serve American workers.

The following is adapted from remarks that former Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer delivered at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s “American Economic Forum” at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., on July 29, 2022. Lighthizer served as the 18th United States Trade Representative (USTR) in the Donald Trump administration.

It is a great pleasure to be here. The loss of our institutions to extreme liberalism is one of the great crises of our day. The work of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute to counter this decline is noteworthy and admirable. For almost 70 years the ISI has been on the front lines in defense of freedom and American values and I am honored to be here to speak to you today. I am proud to be a part of this battle and to work with you to retake our country.

I am of the age that grew up with William F. Buckley. I read his works, I watched his TV debates and I quoted his witticisms. He was wise and entertaining—no easy combination. I can remember the debates with Gore Vidal. Has there ever been a more perfect foil for a conservative champion? Those performances between two clever, brilliant men were fun and informative. Like so much in life they were about confirmation bias, and as a young conservative, I always came away surer of my principles.

Read the full article from the American Conservative here.


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