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    Forbes is a case study on how conservatives lose institutions

    Forbes is a case study on how conservatives lose institutions

    The minnow eats the whale, again

    I’ve noticed, but not commented on, how the only time I go to anymore is to read a liberal attack on conservatives.

    I’ve wondered, has Forbes changed?  Yes it has.

    We lose institutions by allowing the minnows to eat the whale.

    It happened to my alma mater, Hamilton College, which acquired the liberal Kirkland College across the street in the late 1970s, and then allowed the leftist Kirkland faculty to take over the school. Hamilton now is so unhinged that it would not allow The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization to locate on campus.  It’s a story told at campuses across the country.

    The same thing apparently has happened at Forbes, once a bastion of free market capitalism. It acquired the far left True/Slant, and then appointed the founder of True/Slant to a key position which has resulted in Forbes — at least on its highly trafficked website — becoming a vehicle to attack the right.

    Robert Stacy McCain, writing at The American Spectator, has the details:

    Over the weekend, professional golfer Phil Mickelson complained about tax increases (including state income taxes in California) that he said had pushed his marginal rate to 63 percent: “I’ve got to make some decisions on what to do.” That incited a scolding from Syracuse Universtiy professor Len Burman, who said Mickelson should “stop whining” because he was so “lucky” to be one of the world’s highest-earning athletes.

    Well, just another cranky liberal academic, eh? We are not surprised to learn that Burman served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton administration, nor are we surprised that Burman founded the Tax Policy Center at the Brookings Institute, a liberal think-tank. What is perhaps surprising is that Burman published his attack on Mickelson’s “whining” at Forbes.

    Forbes was once a leading advocate of free-market economic policy and has published such famed conservative writers as P.J. O’Rourke and Peter Brimelow. The magazine’s publisher Steve Forbes sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1996 and 2000 on a platform advocating a flat tax. His father, the late Malcolm Forbes, proudly named his private jet the “Capitalist Tool.”

    Yet in recent years, the online version of Forbes has become increasingly notorious as a hive of strident left-wing opinion. Forbes publishes environmentalist blogger Steve Zwick, who has waged a one-man jihad against the free-market Heartland Institute for its criticism of climate policy. Last February, Zwick used his Forbes blog to promote a hoax in which a fake document purported to show Heartland’s “secret strategy.” Forbes also publishes Rick Ungar, who became notorious in 2009 for a column with the headline “Send the Body to Glenn Beck,” blaming the talk-radio host for the alleged lynching of a Census worker (who, as it turned out, had committed suicide).

    What happened to Forbes? Two words: Lewis Dvorkin.

    A former AOL executive, Dvorkin got funding from Forbes in 2009 to start a Web site, True/Slant, that lasted a little more than a year before it was taken over by Forbes in a deal that brought Dvorkin into the company with the title of Chief Product Officer. (Dvorkin’s “Copy Box” column is a lot of jargon-crowded hype about the awesomeness of the “product”; he recently defended the concept of “sponsored content” in the wake of last week’s debacle in which the Atlantic published an “advertorial” for Scientology.) Dvorkin’s July 2010 deal also brought under the Forbes online umbrella several of True/Slant’s left-wing staff and contributors, including Zwick, Ungar and, apparently, Professor Len Burman.

    Can anyone cite an example of where a prominent liberal publication has brought in a conservative in a leadership position and allowed the conservative to turn the publication on its political head? I can’t think of an example.

    This is one of the reasons we lose.


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    johngalt23 | January 24, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Forbes might be losing conservatives but it’s gaining Objectivists

    snopercod | January 24, 2013 at 6:44 am

    I was going to mention Fox News, but they’ve pretty much gone over to the dark side as well. I got so disgusted with them a couple years ago that I cancelled my satellite package that included them. If I wanted to watch the likes of Juan Williams, Bob Beckel, Susan Estrich, Gerraldo Rivera, et. al., I’d watch CNN.

    cfraizer | January 24, 2013 at 7:19 am

    How could One Small Voice change a “good, solid, conservative” magazine like Forbes?

    I think it will be a Banner year for Forbes. Somebody call an EMT.

    (Does Forbes have an architecture column?)

    Third Coast | January 24, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Prior to his death in Iraq, Michael Kelly managed to turn The Atlantic rightward in the articles it ran and editorially. While he was in charge, I thought it was a very good magazine. Following his death, Fallows took the magazine back to the left and I let my subscription lapse.

    DINORightMarie | January 24, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I re-post this here, so it won’t get “lost” in the thread – this, along with the “minnow eating the whale” of the MSM (which always leaned left, but went hard left on steroids in the 1990’s, IMHO), and the education system are why we have a well-oiled machine that is so tough to fight:

    This is what the left do!

    They did it with EVERY STATE (Ohio is one great example) with our voting “system” (especially federal elections) – just check out WHO COUNTS THE VOTES and is working the ballots and machines at the polls (i.e. making sure they are printed and out on time for the military to get them; calibrating those machines and “responsible” for the absentee voting!). Check out who has control of the bowels of any government agency which makes decisions about housing, Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security (state and federal administrators), etc.

    They’ve done this with nearly all non-profit and philanthropic non-profit “foundations”, aka “charitable foundations,” too. Like the American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Society, The Annenberg Foundation (founded by liberals, in fact, for this very purpose!), which spawned The Annenberg Challenge (which Billy Ayers and Obama “chaired” and used to hand money out to leftist groups by the boat-load!), etc. Check out this list and tell me – which of these are NOT leftist money laundering/”philanthropic” groups?!
    Holder has done it with DoJ – staffing with attorneys and other staffers who basically are set in their positions for life! And they are as left or MORE left that him!! Ask J. Christian Adams if you don’t believe me.

    It’s what they do – and NO ONE has either countered them, or attempted to stop them.

    Read “Radical in Chief” by Stanley Kurtz. Really. It is sickening how the left has OPENLY, and purposefully, don this!!

    Minnows eating the whale. Perfect!

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