For a conservative website, Cox Media’s Rare sure is liberal.
Today the news emerged that Will Alford has been promoted to Interim Editor. This comes after several editors, at least four, have fled the publication since it debuted last April. At Rare, everyone’s an editor. A look at the masthead shows that most employees are “content editors,” or in one case, a Strategic content editor. Another title: Executive administrative coordinator and (of course) editor.
The website fancies itself as conservative. But is it? They’ve issued memos to their reporters not to cover gay issues. They’ve called themselves a new brand of conservative — whatever that means. Alford is openly gay. He also voted for President Obama.
Of course there are gay Republicans. But should the interim editor of a supposedly conservative, rare, red meat publication have voted for Obama and instructed his staff not to present any views of gay marriage other his own? It reminds me of the era when The Washington Times wrote pro-Obama stories and even sold Obama t-shirts in the lobby.
But enough of that.
Comments from journalists who formerly worked at Rare:
Anneke Green, White House Writers Group: “At the end of the day, instead of appealing to actual conservatives, it seemed the Cox people were more interested in Rare redefining conservatism to what they want it to be than reporting on what it is.
A former Rare editor: “The editors were ordered to lay off Obama, stop being critical of Islam and were banned from social issues such as abortion and gay marriage. We were also told to take more shots at Republicans.”