A Top White House Reporter Is Taking Over The Washington Free Beacon - 2019-09-04

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F0.png A Top White House Reporter Is Taking Over The Washington Free Beacon September 4, 2019, Ben Smith, BuzzFeed News

The Beacon launched in 2012 as somewhere between a traditional news organization and a high-concept prank, with a promise to "take the fight to the Left." Alternately parodic and wire-service serious, it has broken major political news, mostly negative, about Democrats like Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris, and occasionally members of rival Republican factions, like Rand Paul; and maintained a drumbeat of national security reporting sympathetic to Israel's government and hostile to China's. The Beacon is privately held but has confirmed its backers include the hedge fund figure and Republican megadonor Paul Singer.

Its parody is also, sometimes, misunderstood, as when it crowned the pro-Trump Charlie Kirk 2018's Man of the Year, with jokes that were largely missed on Twitter. ("In marked contrast to the effete, wrinkled pundits of the Old Right, Kirk infuses his conservatism with a distinctly millennial panache, deploying edgy memes and viral video clips in the war for America's youth.")

Unlike some of its pro-Trump rivals, the site occupies an ambivalent relationship with the Trump movement. That's in part because of its roots in a neoconservative wing of the party, many of whose members openly loathe the president, and partly because the Beacon played a role in the prehistory of the legendary Steele dossier, initially hiring the research firm Fusion GPS to research Trump.

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