|Privately held company|
|Founder||Roger L. Simon|
|Products||PJ Media, PJTV|
PJ Media (originally known as Pajamas Media) is a media company and operator of an eponymous conservative opinion and commentary website. Their purpose is to broadcast news exclusively via the Internet and YouTube, focusing primarily on politics.
Founded in 2004 by a network primarily, but not exclusively, made up of conservatives and libertarians led by writer Roger L. Simon, it was originally intended as a forum to present blogs "with the intention of...aggregating blogs to increase corporate advertising and creating our own professional news service." Its original name was derived from a dismissive comment made by former news executive vice-president Jonathan Klein of CBS during the Killian documents affair involving then-CBS anchorman Dan Rather in the fall of 2004: "You couldn't have a starker contrast between the multiple layers of checks and balances at 60 Minutes and a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas."
- 1 History
- 2 PJTV
- 3 PJmedia.com
- 4 PJM Political
- 5 News coverage
- 6 Leadership
- 7 Personalities
- 8 Partnerships
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Name and the Killian documents controversy
Charles Johnson, the blogger behind Little Green Footballs, teamed up with Roger L. Simon to create PJ Media after his contribution to the Killian documents controversy investigation helped lead to the retraction of a 60 Minutes story critical of President George W. Bush's service in the Air National Guard and Dan Rather's resignation from CBS News. Johnson and Simon set out to replace the mainstream media with a network of citizen-journalists.
According to Simon, PJ Media was founded to take advantage of the "immediacy" unique to citizen journalism. He told the New York Sun, "Our affiliates will have a physical proximity, language and cultural knowledge" that traditional media lack. Responding to criticism of PJ Media and blogs in general, Glenn Reynolds, then an advisor to PJ Media, said, "it is a tired cliche that because there won't be newspaper editors at PJM, somehow the product will be diminished. We do not need four of five layers of editors to screw this up like they have at the L.A. Times."
The name "Pajamas Media" is a reference to "Pajamahadeen," a portmanteau of pajamas and Mujahideen, meaning "bloggers who challenge and fact-check traditional media," according to The American Dialect Society, which voted it the Most Creative Word of 2004.
PJ Media completed its first round of venture capital funding on November 14, 2005. Pajamas used this funding for its operations and marketing while expanding its news and opinion coverage. Investors in this round of financing included Aubrey Chernick, an angel investor and technology entrepreneur, James Koshland, a venture capitalist, and a partnership formed by DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary.
In the fall of 2005, the company was known as Open Source Media. Its launch and official rebranding as Open Source Media took place November 16, 2005. Launch festivities included a keynote address by former New York Times journalist Judith Miller, presentations from John Podhoretz of Commentary magazine, Andrew Breitbart, Elizabeth Hayt of the New York Times, David Corn of The Nation, and others. Less than a week after its official launch Open Source Media changed its name back to Pajamas Media after discovering that Public Radio International distributed a radio show called Open Source produced by Open Source Media, Inc.
In 2007, co-founder Charles Johnson sold his stake in PJ Media after growing increasingly disillusioned with the direction Pajamas Media was going, likening it to conservative website WorldNetDaily.
In October 2011, Pajamas Media changed its name to PJ Media. In a press release announcing the change, CEO Roger L. Simon said, "This evolution of our brand ushers PJ Media into a new era. We saw that people were worried that their rights and freedoms were deteriorating, and the next generation was going to be shackled with massive government debt. We heard people's concerns about how the country was moving away from its founding principles and watched as Tea Party activists and others protested these changes. It was clear that the time had come to shed our pajamas, change our name to PJ Media, and renew our commitment to the issues of freedom and liberty."
In the summer of 2008 PJ Media launched PJTV.com, its high definition, subscription-based Internet television service. The Internet television service debuted at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, where PJTV had a broadcasting booth at Minneapolis's Xcel Energy Center, which housed the convention. The online TV service has featured interviews with former Republican senator Fred Thompson, former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, and numerous pundits and authors.
PJTV has several studios including a facility inside the Washington, D.C. offices of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. PJTV's studios transmit high definition video via broadband to the main PJTV studio in Los Angeles. There, several Pajamas Media affiliated bloggers do double-duty as show hosts and on-air pundits, in addition to PJTV-exclusive personalities, such as Alfonzo Rachel and Steven Kruiser, who specialize in comedy sketches and video parodies. Pajamas CEO Roger L. Simon co-hosts a weekly series on the intersection of Hollywood and politics called "Poliwood," along with fellow screenwriter Lionel Chetwynd. Another weekly series InstaVision is hosted by blogger Glenn Reynolds of the PJ Media-affiliated Instapundit.com.
Afterburner with Bill Whittle
In Afternurner Bill Whittle challenges conventional wisdom on politics and society from a conservative's (his) perspective, often focusing on ethics to counter liberal ideologies and progressive social policies.
Hosted by Scott Ott, Freedom's Charter describes the history of the U.S. Constitution with a particular emphasis on its drafting. The twenty episodes of Freedom's Charter are described by PJTV as a "personal tour guide" to the drafting of the Constitution, "exploring the personalities, the fights, the compromises and the consequences surrounding the Federal Convention of 1787 and the subsequent ratification process."
PJTV says, "With lively stories, engaging graphics and high-def video from inside the Assembly Room at Independence Hall and Signers' Hall at the National Constitution Center, Freedom's Charter with Scott Ott will captivate young students, Tea Party people, and anyone who shares this same passion for liberty."
Founder of Machosauce Production, Black conservative Alfonzo "Zo" Rachel provides commentary on politics and social issues. His popular rapid-fire rants against Modern Liberalism in the United States have now found a home on PJTV.
On Trifecta, "Vodkapundit blogger" Stephen Green, ScrappleFace.com editor Scott Ott, and Live Wire blogger Tammy Bruce comment on current events. Afterburner host Bill Whittle is also an active Trifecta commentator.
PJ Media decided on weekly straw polls in order to address some of the problems that make it possible for campaigns to manipulate online polling. Roger Simon said, "Online polls have gotten a bad rap and, in some cases, deservedly so. By continuously allowing people to weigh in, we believe the true picture of the races will quickly take shape and we will be able to provide the public with consistent, accurate snapshots of where the races are and the trends that are emerging."
Concurrent with the launch of the Sirius XM's POTUS channel (a corruption of the usual acronym for "President of the United States," here short for "Politics of the United States") in the fall of 2007, PJ Media debuted PJM Political, a weekly series on that channel whose guests included most of the 2008 Republican presidential candidates, representatives from the two leading Democratic presidential candidates, and in a telephone interview from Baghdad, General David Petraeus.
In December 2005 PJ Media teamed up with its affiliate blog "Iraq the Model" and numerous other Iraqi reporters and bloggers to provide online "comprehensive coverage" of the war in Iraq. PJ provided news-style text reports, video clips and still photography from eight provinces.
PJ Media provided equipment, technical support, and financial assistance to its Iraqi partners. Roger Simon said, "By any standard, the Iraqi election is historic, and the opportunity to provide additional insight is a privilege. We are honored by the efforts of our affiliates, and by the commitment of bloggers and citizen journalists everywhere, without whom none of this is even conceivable."
PJ Media has extensively covered the rise of the Tea Party movement in the United States. In August 2010, PJ Media launched a tracking poll to study the Tea Party movement in depth. Pajamas Media also created a show hosted by Vik Rubenfeld called Tea Party TV. Roger L. Simon said, "Inspired by the actions of our Founding Fathers, members of the Tea Party movement have circumvented the Mainstream Media and have taken their grievances directly to the people. As we approach the upcoming election, the Tea Party's influence is yet unknown, but by tracking and reporting nationwide attitudes toward the movement, we hope to better calculate the strength and power of this truly American movement."
PJTV has taken a leading role in covering what some see as pro-Islamic censorship by the American government. In an April 2010 report PJTV showed how the federal government removed references to Islam from the report on the 2009 Fort Hood shooting and other national security documents.
After former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for opponents of the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque" to be investigated, Roger L. Simon called for a congressional investigation into what he described as censorship of discussions of Islam among law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Simon said, "Given these new circumstances, I would like to renew my call for a congressional investigation. In addition to the original request which urged Congress to investigate the possible censorship of Islamic terminology among government workers, I would like to request an examination of whether freedom of speech on similar matters is potentially being restricted – intentionally or unintentionally – by members of Congress."
Aaron Hanscom is the Managing Editor of PJ Media. He formerly worked as an elementary school teacher in Los Angeles. Hanscom graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in economics. His writing has been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Orange County Register.
PJ Media has had correspondents in as many as 48 countries and syndicates original content.
Roger L. Simon, a cofounder of PJ Media, served as its CEO of until his resignation in February 2013. Simon remains with PJ as a co-host of Poliwood and a blogger. He is the author of numerous books, including the Moses Wine series of detective novels, and six screenplays, including Enemies: A Love Story. He served as president of the West Coast branch of PEN and as a member of the board of directors of the Writers Guild of America. Simon was on the faculty of the American Film Institute and the Sundance Institute. He is an alumnus Dartmouth College and the Yale School of Drama.
Klavan is an author and screenwriter of "tough-guy" mysteries and psychological thrillers. Two of Klavan's books have been adapted into motion pictures: True Crime (1999) and Don't Say A Word (2001). He has been nominated for the Edgar Award four times and has won twice. Playwright and novelist Laurence Klavan is his brother. Klavan has been a regular contributor of short video commentaries under the general title "Klavan on Culture", posted at PJTV.com. He also became a contributor to the center-right social networking and blogging Web site Ricochet.com on May 17, 2010.
Ed Driscoll is an editor at PJ Media. A veteran journalist, Driscoll has contributed to National Review Online, The Weekly Standard, Tech Central Station (now Ideas in Action.tv) and "dead tree" publications ranging from PC World to Guitar World. He has been blogging since early 2002.
David P. Goldman
David Paul Goldman is an economist, author, and blogger for PJ Media. As a religious Jew, Goldman says that he writes from a Judeo-Christian perspective and often focuses on demographic and economic factors in his analyses. He says his subject matter proceeds "from the theme formulated by Rosenzweig: the mortality of nations and its causes, Western secularism, Asian anomie, and unadaptable Islam".
Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in 2002. Green's writing has been featured in publications and websites such as Guard Experience magazine, The New Individualist, and TCS Daily, in addition to Pajamas Media. In addition to frequent appearances on PJTV, Green also hosts PJM Political for XM Satellite Radio. Green lives with his wife and two sons in Monument, Colorado.
Victor Davis Hanson
Victor Davis Hanson is a military historian, columnist, political essayist and former classics professor, notable as a scholar of ancient warfare. In addition to his work for Pajamas Media Hanson has been a commentator on modern warfare and contemporary politics for National Review and other media outlets. He was for many years a professor of classics at California State University, Fresno, and is currently the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Hanson was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007, the Claremont Institute's Statesmanship Award at its annual Churchill Dinner, and the $250,000 Bradley prize from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in 2008. Hanson is also a farmer (growing raisin grapes on a family farm near Fresno, California) and a critic of social trends related to farming and agrarianism.
Michael Ledeen is specialist on foreign policy. His research focuses on state sponsors of terrorism, Iran, the Middle East, Europe (Italy), U.S.-China relations, intelligence, and Africa (Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe) and is a leading neoconservative. He is a former consultant to the United States National Security Council, the United States Department of State, and the United States Department of Defense. He has also served as a special adviser to the United States Secretary of State. He held the Freedom Scholar chair at the American Enterprise Institute where he was a scholar for twenty years and now holds the similarly named chair at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He is a contributing editor to National Review, contributes to the Wall Street Journal, and regularly appears on Fox News and on a variety of radio talk shows. He has been on PBS's NewsHour and CNN's Larry King Live, among others. Ledeen regularly blogs for PJ Media.
Ronald Radosh is a writer, professor, historian, former Marxist, and neoconservative. He is known for his work on the Cold War espionage case of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg and his advocacy of the state of Israel. Radosh co-authored the book A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel with his wife, Allis.
Ron Rosenbaum is a journalist and author. He graduated from Yale University in 1968 and won a Carnegie Fellowship to attend Yale's graduate program in English Literature, though he dropped out after taking one course. He wrote for The Village Voice for several years, leaving in 1975 after which he wrote for Esquire, Harper's, High Times, Vanity Fair, New York Times Magazine and Slate. Rosenbaum spent more than ten years doing research on Adolf Hitler including travels to Vienna, Munich, London, Paris, and Jerusalem, interviewing leading historians, philosophers, biographers, theologians and psychologists. Some of those interviewed by Rosenbaum included Daniel Goldhagen, David Irving, Rudolph Binion, Claude Lanzmann, Hugh Trevor-Roper, Alan Bullock, Christopher Browning, George Steiner, and Yehuda Bauer. The result was his 1998 book, Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil.
Claudia Rosett is journalist-in-residence at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a policy institute based in Washington, D.C. A former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, she writes a weekly column for Forbes, blogs for PJ Media, and makes guest appearances on television and radio.
Barry Rubin is the Middle East Editor for PJ Media. Rubin is a professor at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel, the director of the Israel-based Global Research in International Affairs Center (GLORIA) of the IDC, and a senior fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center's International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism. He is also Research Director of the IDC's Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy; the editor of the journal Turkish Studies; the editor of The Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA); a member of the editorial board of Middle East Quarterly. He blogs regularly at Rubin Reports for Pajamas Media.
Totten is a regular blogger for PJ Media. Totten describes himself as an "independent journalist". He travels extensively around the Middle East and other trouble spots around the world. Totten's work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, City Journal, the New York Daily News, The Jerusalem Post, the Daily Star of Lebanon, Reason magazine, Commentary, LA Weekly, Front Page, Tech Central Station, and the Australian edition of Newsweek. Totten's first book, The Road to Fatima Gate: The Beirut Spring, the Rise of Hezbollah, and the Iranian War Against Israel, reports his experiences in the Middle East, primarily Lebanon.
Bill Whittle is the host of Afterburner with Bill Whittle, a PJTV program. He is a pilot, photographer, blogger, and video editor from Los Angeles, California.
In 2006 PJ Media announced that it was partnering with news aggregator Breitbart.com. Both sites showcase the RSS feeds from the other. Andrew Breitbart said, "Some call them bloggers, but to me Pajamas Media are reliable and compelling first-responders to real time world events as they occur. I am proud to now be featuring PJM's exceptional news content at Breitbart.com."
In January 2008 PJ Media announced that they were working with Vividas, a company specializing in streaming video technology, to bring viewers high-quality news coverage in full-screen, high-definition video. Vividas' streaming technology ensures a smooth and enjoyable viewing experience without the need for any dedicated video player software.
- "An open letter to all bloggers" by Roger L. Simon, April 28, 2005
- "How the Blogosphere Took on CBS' Docs"
- Andrew Leigh (2005). "Pajama-Clad Revolutionaries". National Review (November 15, 2005).
- Peter Hannaford (May 12, 2005). "Pajama Game". The American Spectator.
- American Dialect Society: 2004 Words of the Year.
- "Pajamas Media Closes $3.5 Million Venture Round" (Press release). Pajamas Media. November 14, 2005.
- ANICK JESDANUN (November 22, 2005). "Media Web Site Reverts Back to Old Name". Associated Press.
- "LGF Comment". Littlegreenfootballs.com. September 14, 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-23.
- "Charles Johnson And His Little Green Footballs: Holding Down The Center | Neon Tommy". Blogs.uscannenberg.org. Retrieved 2010-07-23.
- "Pajamas Media Becomes PJ Media" (Press release). PJ Media. October 25, 2011. Retrieved April 10, 2012.
- "New Media 2.0 Venture to Cover RNC; Pajamas TV Internet Service Created in Response to Eroding Public Confidence in Mainstream Media" (Press release). Pajamas Media. September 3, 2008.
- "Afterburner with Bill Whittle". PJTV. Retrieved September 9, 2011.
- "Freedom's Charter". PJTV. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
- "Trifecta". Pajamas Media. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
- "Pajamas Media Announces Weekly Online Presidential Straw Polls; Blog Media Company Will Regularly Survey Preferences and Trends Among Voters as Presidential Race Takes Center Stage" (Press release). Pajamas Media. December 4, 2006.
- "Pajamas Media Debuts XM Show" (Press release). Pajamas Media. October 3, 2007.
- "Pajamas Media Enlists Iraqi Bloggers, Reporters To Cover Iraq Elections; New Ventures Tests Ability to Bring Real-Time Coverage, Commentary From Eight Iraq Provinces" (Press release). Pajamas Media. December 14, 2005.
- "PJTV Rolls Out Weekly Tea Party Poll" (Press release). Pajamas Media. August 4, 2010.
- "Speaker Pelosi Extends Government Censorship to the Public" (Press release). Pajamas Media. August 24, 2010.
- Biography. By M. Wallace. IMDB.com Retrieved July 6, 2009.
- "About Us". Retrieved April 25, 2011.
- 2007 National Humanities Medal winners at the National Endowment for the Humanities' website
- 2008 Bradley Prize Winners at The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation's website
- "Flirting with Fascism", John Laughland, The American Conservative, June 30, 2003.
- "Foundation for Defense of Democracies". Defenddemocracy.org. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
- "Q&A with Ronald and Allis Radosh". C-SPAN. 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
- The Truth Laid Bear[unreliable source?]
- Rosett's biography at the FDD website
- The third lens: multi-ontology sense ... – Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
- Claudia Rosett In the Media at the FDD website
- Elliott, Justin (January 31, 2011) Fox analyst: C'mon, there aren't that many protesters ..., Salon.com
- Barry Rubin. "RubinReports". Rubinreports.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
- The Explosive Caucasus, Michael J. Totten, August 2008
- Book review by Michael Totten of Mirror of the Arab World: Lebanon in Conflict by Sandra Mackey, The New York Times, March 30, 2008
- "Frontline Lessons from the Iraq Surge", Michael Totten, New York Daily News, August 29, 2007
- "The Worst since 9/11", Michael J. Totten, Commentary, August 22, 2007
- "Pajamas Media Announces Alliance with Breitbart.com" (Press release). Pajamas Media. October 24, 2006.
- "Pajamas Media Takes Online Video to Hi-Def; Pajamas Media (www.pajamasmedia.com) is now working with Vividas, a leading provider of video streaming technology, to bring online news consumers its top-notch video news coverage in full-screen, high-definition" (Press release). Pajamas Media. January 9, 2008.