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PJ Media
Privately held company
Industry Media
Founded 2004
Founder Roger L. Simon
Products PJ Media, PJTV
Website PJ Media

PJ Media (originally known as Pajamas Media) is a media company and operator of an eponymous conservative news, opinion and commentary website. Founded in 2004 by a network primarily, but not exclusively, made up of conservatives and libertarians led by writer Roger L. Simon, it was created "with the intention of...aggregating blogs to increase corporate advertising and creating our own professional news service."[1] 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."[2]

History[edit]

Name and the Killian documents controversy[edit]

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.[3]

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."[4]

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."[5] The name "Pajamas Media" was 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.[6]

Funding[edit]

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.[7]

Launch[edit]

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.[8]

PJTV[edit]

PJTV
Type Internet streaming
Television Network
Country United States
Availability Worldwide
Launch date
2008
Official website
PJTV.com

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.[9] 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 PJ 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.

Afterburner with Bill Whittle[edit]

In Afterburner 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.[10]

Freedom's Charter[edit]

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."[11]

ZoNation[edit]

Founder of Machosauce Production, black conservative Alfonzo "Zo" Rachel provides commentary on politics and social issues. His popular rapid-fire rants against liberals have now found a home on PJTV.

Trifecta[edit]

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.[12]

Instavision with Glenn Reynolds[edit]

Instavision with Glenn Reynolds is a mix of libertarian political commentary, popular science, and culture.[13]

The Rundown[edit]

The Rundown is a news program that airs every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Host John Phillips speaks with a panel of expert commentators and guests about politics and culture. The show also covers major news stories, "under the radar" stories, and presents its weekly "Heros or Zeros."[14]

Poll Position[edit]

Poll Position is hosted by John Phillips. The show uses polling and surveys in order to illuminate elections and political issues.[15]

Up or Down[edit]

Up or Down, hosted by various PJTV personalities, is a Siskel-and-Ebert style commentary on current events.[16]

The Odyssey of Western Civilization[edit]

The Odyssey of Western Civilization' is hosted by Victor Davis Hanson. This eight-part series provides an overview of Western culture from the Greek and Roman empires to the present.[17]

The Western Story[edit]

The Western Story' is a series of eight video lectures contrasting ancient Greek and Roman culture with modern western culture. This series is hosted by Victor Davis Hanson.[18]

PJmedia.com[edit]

PJmedia.com provides news, commentary and analysis via blogs, streaming video and podcasts.

During the 2008 presidential campaign PJ Media conducted weekly online straw polls. 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."[19]

PJM Political[edit]

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.[20]

News coverage[edit]

Iraq war[edit]

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."[21]

Leadership[edit]

Aaron Hanscom[edit]

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.

Glenn Reynolds[edit]

Glenn Reynolds
Main articles: Glenn Reynolds and Instapundit

Glenn Reynolds, a law professor at the University of Tennessee, is best known for Instapundit, one of the most widely read American political weblogs.[22]

Personalities[edit]

PJ Media has had correspondents in as many as 48 countries and syndicates original content.

Roger Simon[edit]

Main article: Roger L. Simon
Roger L. Simon

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.

Andrew Klavan[edit]

Main article: Andrew Klavan

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.[23] Playwright and novelist Laurence Klavan is his brother.[24] 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.[25]

Ed Driscoll[edit]

Main article: Ed Driscoll

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.[26]

David P. Goldman[edit]

Main article: 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[edit]

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[edit]

Main article: Victor Davis Hanson
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,[27] 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.[28] 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[edit]

Main article: Michael Ledeen

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.[29] 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.[30] Ledeen regularly blogs for PJ Media.

Ronald Radosh[edit]

Main article: Ronald Radosh

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.[31]


Ron Rosenbaum[edit]

Main article: Ron Rosenbaum

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[edit]

Main article: Claudia Rosett

Claudia Rosett is journalist-in-residence at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a policy institute based in Washington, D.C.[32][33] 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.[34]

Michael Totten[edit]

Main article: Michael Totten

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.[35] Totten's work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times,[36] City Journal, the New York Daily News,[37] The Jerusalem Post, the Daily Star of Lebanon, Reason magazine, Commentary,[38] 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[edit]

Main article: Bill Whittle

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. He is a former National Review Online contributor and has been a guest on the Fox News Channel, The Dennis Miller Show, Sun TV, and national radio programs. His first book, Silent America: Essays from a Democracy at War, was published in 2004. Since 2009, Whittle has been a featured speaker at universities and a number of Republican and Tea Party events throughout the United States. He is also the co-founder of Declaration Entertainment, an independent film studio, and a narrator for Encounter Books.

Tammy Bruce[edit]

Main article: Tammy Bruce
Tammy Bruce

Tammy Bruce is a radio host, author, and political commentator. Her nationally syndicated talk show, The Tammy Bruce Show, airs online via TalkStreamLive. She is a frequent on-air contributor to Fox News Channel, and writes material for the Fox Forum blog.

Bruce's website describes her as a "gay, pro-choice, gun-owning, pro-death penalty, Tea Party Independent conservative" who "worked on a number of Democratic campaigns in 1990s, including the 1992 Boxer and Feinstein Senate races and the Clinton for President campaign" and "also has a history of supporting Republicans as well, including President Reagan, both Presidents Bush and, quite reluctantly, John McCain during the 2008 presidential campaign."[39] In 2003, Bruce was appointed to serve on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Transition Team after his successful recall election against Gray Davis.[40] She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Southern California and is currently a PhD candidate at Claremont Graduate University.[41]

Helen Smith[edit]

Dr. Helen Smith is a forensic psychologist from Knoxville, Tennessee. She has a Ph.D. from the University Of Tennessee and masters degrees from the New School for Social Research and the City University of New York. She has appeared on numerous television and radio shows to discuss the topic of violence. She wrote “The Scarred Heart: Understanding and Identifying Kids Who Kill,” and produced the movie, “Six,” a documentary about juvenile violence.[42]

Partnerships[edit]

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."[43]

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.[44]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "An open letter to all bloggers" by Roger L. Simon, April 28, 2005
  2. ^ "How the Blogosphere Took on CBS' Docs"
  3. ^ Andrew Leigh (2005). "Pajama-Clad Revolutionaries". National Review (November 15, 2005). 
  4. ^ Peter Hannaford (May 12, 2005). "Pajama Game". The American Spectator. 
  5. ^ "Pajamas Media Becomes PJ Media" (Press release). PJ Media. October 25, 2011. Retrieved April 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ American Dialect Society: 2004 Words of the Year.
  7. ^ "Pajamas Media Closes $3.5 Million Venture Round" (Press release). Pajamas Media. November 14, 2005. 
  8. ^ ANICK JESDANUN (November 22, 2005). "Media Web Site Reverts Back to Old Name". Associated Press. 
  9. ^ "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. 
  10. ^ "Afterburner with Bill Whittle". PJTV. Retrieved September 9, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Freedom's Charter". PJTV. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Trifecta". Pajamas Media. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  13. ^ "PJTV - Glenn Reynolds". PJTV. PJ Media. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "PJTV - The Rundown". PJTV. PJ Media. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "PJTV - Poll Position". PJTV. PJ Media. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  16. ^ "PJTV - Up or Down". PJTV. PJ Media. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  17. ^ "Freedom Academy". PJTV. PJ Media. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  18. ^ "Freedom Academy". PJTV. PJ Media. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  19. ^ "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. 
  20. ^ "Pajamas Media Debuts XM Show" (Press release). Pajamas Media. October 3, 2007. 
  21. ^ "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. 
  22. ^ The Truth Laid Bear[unreliable source?]
  23. ^ Frontpagemag.com
  24. ^ Biography. By M. Wallace. IMDB.com Retrieved July 6, 2009.
  25. ^ Ricochet.com
  26. ^ "About Us". Retrieved April 25, 2011. 
  27. ^ 2007 National Humanities Medal winners at the National Endowment for the Humanities' website
  28. ^ 2008 Bradley Prize Winners at The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation's website
  29. ^ "Flirting with Fascism", John Laughland, The American Conservative, June 30, 2003.
  30. ^ "Foundation for Defense of Democracies". Defenddemocracy.org. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  31. ^ "Q&A with Ronald and Allis Radosh". C-SPAN. 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  32. ^ Rosett's biography at the FDD website
  33. ^ The third lens: multi-ontology sense ... – Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  34. ^ Claudia Rosett In the Media at the FDD website
  35. ^ The Explosive Caucasus, Michael J. Totten, August 2008
  36. ^ Book review by Michael Totten of Mirror of the Arab World: Lebanon in Conflict by Sandra Mackey, The New York Times, March 30, 2008
  37. ^ "Frontline Lessons from the Iraq Surge", Michael Totten, New York Daily News, August 29, 2007
  38. ^ "The Worst since 9/11", Michael J. Totten, Commentary, August 22, 2007
  39. ^ "Tammy Bruce: Biography". Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  40. ^ Nicholas, Peter; Gold, Matea (2003-10-11). "Schwarzenegger Team Focuses on 2 Key Posts". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  41. ^ "Tammy Bruce". Fox News. 2011-01-13. 
  42. ^ "PJTV - Ask Dr. Helen". PJTV. PJ Media. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  43. ^ "Pajamas Media Announces Alliance with Breitbart.com" (Press release). Pajamas Media. October 24, 2006. 
  44. ^ "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. 

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