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9/6/2019

So Long, ThinkProgress

Filed under: General — JVW @ 3:29 pm



[guest post JVW]

Faced with ongoing red ink and the inability to find a new left-wing sugar daddy, er, corporate buyer, the progressive website ThinkProgress will be closed down today according to an announcement from the Center for American Progress, its current owner. The CAP, which lest we forget is a policy research center with close ties to the Clinton Crime Family, as told The Daily Beast that the site will henceforth be used as a vehicle for disseminating the left-wing opinions of CAP researchers, rather than disseminating the left-wing opinions of journalists.

ThinkProgress launched in 2005, and almost since then this blog has chronicled some of their partisan lies, tendency to cry wolf, odd choice of victims, outright garbage, double-standards, and woke nonsense that they have spread among their gullible readers. ThinkProgress has been the launching pad for Faiz Shakir, currently Bernard Sanders’ campaign manager; Alyssa Rosenberg and Andrea Peterson, last seen slinging nonsense for The Washington Post; and the increasingly tiresome Vox juiceboxer Matthew Yglesias. Their slanted reporting was received favorably by and often mindlessly repeated in mainstream media outlets, even after it became clear that Legum and CAP staffers were oftentimes little more than thinly-disguised political operatives rather than the progressive policy wonks they desperately tried to portray themselves as. Considering the fact that today’s media is now almost completely bifurcated between MAGA and Resistance, it would seem that ThinkProgress was no longer needed in these increasingly dumb times.

– JVW

22 Responses to “So Long, ThinkProgress”

  1. Think Progress wasn’t “Smart” merely partisan.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  2. If Wikipedia is to be believed, TP had 47 employees as recently as 2017 in the aftermath of the Trump inauguration. Today the last remaining 12 people were pink-slipped.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  3. The secret password is “learn to code”…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  4. If you tweet that at them Col u in big Twitter trouble.

    harkin (58d012)

  5. Incoming more calls for govt. to subsidize journalism…..

    harkin (58d012)

  6. TP learned that readers want hyper partisan opinions dressed up as news, and NYT/WaPo already had that market cornered.

    Munroe (732181)

  7. 4… my Days of Tweets and Roses are long gone, harkin.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  8. I loved this Twitter exchange with Legum and Jake Tapper. You can almost feel Tapper’s eyes exasperatedly rolling into the back of his head.

    Dana (fdf131)

  9. Funny the hacks didn’t try Go Fund Me

    mg (8f83ac)

  10. but they made it into the mainstream press, where you can’t tell the difference, the reliable gate keepers,

    narciso (d1f714)

  11. among the last staffers they last laid off, was a young pregnant Asian woman, I guess when the uae and the Saudis aren’t springing for equipment or salaries,

    narciso (d1f714)

  12. but they made it into the mainstream press, where you can’t tell the difference, the reliable gate keepers,

    I think that’s a really important point. In a small but significant way, ThinkProgress has won the war.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  13. Ah yes, a bunch of conservative commentariat, congratulating themselves on a rare victory in the culture war.

    Still Witing for John Galt, I see.

    Lit3Bolt (c4cf18)

  14. #6 – Exactly. NYT and WaPo are now unpaid agents of the DNC. TPM was no longer needed. Look at the CNN’s Left-wing Climate Change summit – disguised as a Candidate Debate.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  15. Lit3Bolt,

    Personally, I don’t like seeing publications have to shut down. But it’s a good sign that there is such a vast array of competition on the web, that media outfits are pushed to compete and be better than, or lose out. I was easily able to predict which arguments that were going to be made to support a particular POV in TP, it was the insular tone-deafness that left me bored.

    Dana (fdf131)

  16. Ah yes, a bunch of conservative commentariat, congratulating themselves on a rare victory in the culture war.

    Still Witing for John Galt, I see.

    What a dumb comment, replete with the anti-Randian nonsense. (Yeah, this site is just crawling with disciples of Ayn Rand.) Dana paid this commenter the respect of taking him seriously and actually making a salient point. I’m just going assume we have a new troll (or an ex-TP writer with time on his hands) in our midst.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  17. The only name I recognized of those you mentioned in your post was Yglesias. I object to calling him “increasingly” tiresome. He hit maximal tiresomeness several years ago.

    Kishnevi (2a9a02)

  18. There job was done Dana, it was a carrier of leftist memes into the major outlets, they are ubiquitous, this journoliat 2.0 echo chamber.

    Narciso (52211c)

  19. So Soros stopped writing checks to keep them afloat. Good news. They were just a bunch of Soros-funded hacks.

    Paul Montagu (a2342d)

  20. It’s cinch you won’t read about this in The Weekly Standard. 😉

    DCSCA (797bc0)


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