THIS PAST YEAR has been the best ever for FrontPageMagazine.com.
When we ran our "Best of 2000" edition last year, we were delighted to report an 85-percent increase in average daily page views – that is, in the number of pages on our Web site viewed by readers each day -- just in the last six months of 2000.
This year has seen continued growth. Average daily page views have increased by another 75 percent since January, while the average number of unique visitors per day increased by 72 percent.
Today, over 23,000 people visit FrontPage on an average weekday.
Not all news organizations are enjoying this kind of growth. The liberal media are facing a crisis. Newspapers, television networks and Web sites that offer a leftist slant on the news all face sagging profits and dwindling audiences. It’s not hard to figure out why.
On September 21, 2001, the Associated Press reported that ABC News was discouraging its reporters from wearing flag pins, ribbons and other patriotic paraphernalia on air.
NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw agreed with the policy.
"I don't think a journalist ought to be wearing a flag, because it does seem to be, to me at least, a sign of solidarity toward whatever the government is doing, and that is not our role," said Brokaw.
"It’s hard to be a patriotic journalist," CBS anchor Dan Rather told NBC’s "Access Hollywood." "Journalists need to be skeptical. Not cynical but skeptical. And they need to be independent."
Just how "skeptical" and "independent" network newscasters aspire to be was demonstrated by ABC News president David Westin at a lecture he gave at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
"Do you believe the Pentagon was a legitimate military target?" one questioner asked him.
"The Pentagon as a legitimate target?" Westin responded. "I actually don’t have an opinion on that… for me to take a position this was right or wrong, I mean… as a journalist I feel strongly that’s something that I should not be taking a position on."
This is the kind of journalism that Americans don’t want anymore. They don’t want journalists who, when faced with the mass murder of their countrymen, decline to say whether "this was right or wrong." They don’t want newscasters who, in a struggle between the USA and the Taliban, can’t figure out which side they are on.
Americans want news they can trust. They want journalists who share their concerns, their loyalties, their hopes and fears. They want journalists who are on their side.
That’s what we try to offer here at FrontPage. The numbers show that people are responding to our message.
With your help, we will continue offering the kind of news and commentary that is not afraid to take sides. To all our readers, both old and new, we extend our best wishes for the holidays, and a warm invitation to join us again in the New Year.
Thank you all for a great 2001. With your continued support and contributions, we hope to make 2002 even better.