|Type of site||Blog|
|Created by||Joshua Treviño, Ben Domenech, and Mike Krempasky|
|Alexa rank||21,159 (March 2014[update])|
The site is a subsidiary of Salem Communications. Erick Erickson is the Chairman of the Board and Editor-in-Chief of RedState, and Dan McLaughlin, Victoria Gardner Coates, and Mike Krempasky are on the Board of Directors. At the time of the purchase, Eagle Publishing agreed to let RedState maintain its editorial constructs as a collaborative blog.
According to Erick Erickson, RedState is conservative in the primaries and Republican in general elections. It was the first major blog to endorse Republican candidates Marco Rubio and Doug Hoffman. Its front page is written largely by volunteer contributors.
In March 2006, co-founder Domenech was hired as a blogger by the Washington Post Online, but was criticised for alleged plagiarism in some of his prior writings during college. At the end of his first week, Domenech resigned, eventually admitting to plagiarism. He took a leave of absence from RedState at the time, from which he returned in July 2006 under a new handle (his own name), and is still listed as a Senior Editor for RedState.
On November 16, 2006, former congressman Tom DeLay posted a diary, and he has followed up multiple times. Several other members of the House of Representatives and the US Senate are regular diarists at RedState.
On July 12, 2008, RedState launched a new version of its site, called RS3, introducing new features such as the ability to organize contributor and user diaries by state; action centers allowing users to take action related to emerging political issues; links to share posts via other networking sites such as Facebook, Digg, and MySpace; and easier searching between related content on the Internet.
On August 13, 2011, Texas Governor Rick Perry announced his candidacy for President of the United States at RedState's 2011 RedState Gathering. The Austin American-Statesman reported that this was due to the growing influence of the site and Erickson.
RedState has also created numerous offshoot blogs on specific political topics, including a site opposed to then Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Arlen Specter and a site supporting the judicial nominees of President George W. Bush.
The site is run and operated by Erick Erickson, but due to extensive demands on his time, the site is maintained by Moe Lane and Neil Stevens.
In 2010 the blog banned new contributors who were posting in support of Ron Paul. The announcement on the blog read, "Effective immediately, new users may *not* shill for Ron Paul in any way shape, form or fashion."
In 2011, one contributor suggested that conservatives 'infiltrate' liberal blogs by pretending to be progressives to 'hurt the democratic party.'
In June 2011, Politico reported that an account executive from Eagle Publishing sent an email advertising a "RedState Endorsement Program Featuring Erick Erickson", including "Erick's Video Endorsement (subject to final approval by Erick)". Erickson said that neither he "nor his boss at Eagle" had seen the email before it went out and that "[his] endorsements are not for sale".
Responses to any viewpoints deemed unwanted by site moderators include banning and replacing all of a person's diaries with messages designed to be offensive. Banned users may be accused of being "progressive trolls" or "moby," the latter being a person with over-the-top political positions making conservatives look bad. Erick Erickson and others with RedState were enthusiastic supporters of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but did not serve in either of those wars. After receiving numerous charges of being "chickenhawks," RedState began banning those who engaged in "chickenhawking." However, RedState's oversensitivity to the charge of being chickenhawks has led its moderators to ban even conservative users for merely mentioning that they had served in the U.S. military. For example, moderator Neil Stevens banned a former Marine after the latter bested him in a debate concerning the Sedition Act of 1798. Prior to banning the former Marine, Stevens had called several users "moron." After the former Marine was banned, moderator Bill S. called the former Marine "douchebag." RedState's own posted rules explicitly state that "Name-calling and personal attacks directed at other users is [sic] not allowed." Banned users may be greeted with an error message reading "601 Database redigestation error." The site moderators' behavior is a topic of discussion among moderate conservatives and internet discussion sites.
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