Type of site
|Owner||Media Research Center|
|Editor||Terence P. Jeffrey|
|Alexa rank||16,990 |
|Launched||18 June 1998|
CNSNews.com (formerly known as Cybercast News Service) is a politically conservative American news and commentary website founded by L. Brent Bozell III and owned by Media Research Center, Bozell's Reston, Virginia-based organization.
CNSNews.com was founded by L. Brent Bozell III on June 16, 1998, under the name Conservative News Service and the domain conservativenews.org. According to Bozell, the website would "report news ...not touched by traditional television news outlets" and "fill the growing news void left by the establishment media in their chase for the sensational." On its first day of operation the website had 61,000 hits.
The name "CNSNews.com" was first used on June 15, 2000.
As of 2007, CNSNews.com described its role as serving an audience which puts a "higher premium on balance than spin."
"In response to these shortcomings, MRC Chairman L. Brent Bozell III founded CNSNews.com in an effort to provide an alternative news source that would cover stories that are subject to the bias of omission and report on other news subject to bias by commission. CNSNews.com endeavors to fairly present all legitimate sides of a story and debunk popular, albeit incorrect, myths about cultural and policy issues."
CNSNews.com's motto is "The Right News. Right now."
CNSNews.com's editor from 1998-2005 was Scott Hogenson, who took a leave of absence in November, 2003 to serve as the director of radio and online operations for the Republican National Committee in the 2004 election cycle. Hogenson's leave of absence expired on November 15, 2004 when he returned to CNSNews.com in his original capacity. CNSNews.com has staff in Washington, D.C., London, Jerusalem and the Pacific Rim. David Thibault became top editor in April 2005 when Hogenson accepted an appointment as a deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Public Affairs. Thibault died on July 20, 2007 from leukemia.
Terence P. Jeffrey became editor-in-chief in September 2007. Jeffrey was and remains an editor-at-large for the conservative weekly newspaper Human Events. He wrote editorials for The Washington Times from 1987-1991 and was research director for the presidential campaign of Pat Buchanan in 1992. Jeffrey was Buchanan's national campaign manager in his 1996 campaign.
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The website started with two editors and four reporters, and a three-year budget of $5.46 million entirely funded by private donations. In 2005, the majority of CNSNews.com's sales revenues were from subscription sales by client Internet sites.