Will Tucker Carlson's New Blog Succeed?

<p><img src="http://media.eyeblast.org/newsbusters/static/2009/05/tucker.jpg" alt="Tucker Carlson" align="right" height="180" width="240" />With all the news aggregator style websites around-the Huffington Post, the Daily Beast, Stimulist, and True/Slant just to name a few-why does Tucker Carlson think he can have success with a new one?</p><p>It's true that none of the news aggregator sites have a conservative slant to them, so this site may attract a crowd of conservatives, but it will require a lot of work on Carlson's part, time that he may not have with his <a href="http://tvdecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/15/tucker-carlson-turns-40-mo... to Fox News</a>. Carlson told the <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2009/05/28/tucker-carlson-plans-a-huffington... Street Journal</a>, &quot;One thing feeds the other. I wouldn't do something that wasn't too integrated into my life.&quot;</p><p>The site is going to emphasis constant updates and original reporting on aspects of Obama's administration that have been ignored by the press.  &quot;There just aren't enough people covering this administration and telling the people what's going on,&quot; Carlson said. </p><!--break--> <p>But is Carlson the right person to take on the task of launching a conservative news aggregator site?</p> <p>He is not one of the most popular political personalities to either conservatives or liberals. He was <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tD2H6AX1fE">booed at CPAC</a> for calling the New York Times an accurate newspaper.</p> <p>Carlson said, </p><blockquote><p>&quot;The New York Times is a liberal paper. ... But, it's also a paper that actually cares about accuracy. ... They are out there finding the facts and bringing them to people. Conservatives need to mimic that in their own news organizations.&quot;</p></blockquote> <p>Perhaps that is why he's starting a website to engage in original reporting.</p> <p>However, Michelle Malkin disputes the claim that conservative blogs don't do enough original reporting.</p> <p>In an <a href="http://mitchellblatt.com/blog/2009/05/michelle-malkin-interview">interview with me</a>, Malkin said, </p><blockquote><p>&quot;I think this shows a cluelessness about the blogosphere for [him] to go to CPAC and not be aware of the depth of original reporting on the right side of the blogosphere that is already going on. I think that it would be a mistake for him to pose as something new and fresh, to ignore the spontaneous order of what citizen investigative reporters are already doing.&quot;</p></blockquote> <p>Malkin said that the liberal media feeds the perception that conservative blogs do not investigate enough by ignoring conservative investigative stories. While Talking Points Memo received a lot of attention for their reporting on Bush firing attorneys, she said &quot;<a href="http://patterico.com/">Patterico</a> over the last several years has done amazing investigative work ... but he's not going to get any citizen watchdog awards for that because he's encroaching on liberal-mainstream media territory.&quot;</p> <p>Malkin posted a wrap up of <a href="http://michellemalkin.com/2009/01/04/who-says-conservative-bloggers-dont... stories reported by conservative blogs</a> in the past year this January.</p> <p>Furthermore, she said, &quot;We don't need a Huffington Post. I don't know why he didn't just sell it as ‘Tucker Carlson's website.' ... A lot of these folks who try to make a splash in the blogosphere raise expectations in an inflated way.&quot;</p> <p>Carlson responded to Malkin's comments by saying, &quot;I hope Michelle will take a close look at the site when it's out. I think she'll like it.&quot;</p> <p>Malkin did say that she thought Carlson's experience in print journalism will help and that she wished him success.</p> <p>Malkin may not think the conservative movement needs their version of the Huffington Post, but the Huffington Post has become so influential that it becoming one of the go-to places even for <a href="http://hotair.com/archives/2009/05/22/gops-new-favorite-website-the-huff... to get their message across</a>.</p> <p>It would only help to have a site focusing on original reporting that might drive news discussions. But if Carlson needs a reminder of how tough his task will be, he needs only to remember <a href="http://www.takimag.com/blogs/article/culture_snores/">Culture11</a>. Started as a libertarian news aggregator site with lots of hype and funding from Bill Bennet and Steve Forbes, the site lasted only five months from September to the end of January.</p>