Cybercast News Service

Cybercast News Service

The (or Cybercast News Service), formerly called the Conservative News Service, is an American news website owned by the Media Research Center.[1]



The site was founded on June 16, 1998 under the name "Conservative News Service", using the domain name[2] Back then, it had a three-year budget of $5.46 million, funded entirely by private donations, and a staff of four reporters and two editors.[2] It was later officially named the Cybercast News Service,

As of 2007, 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 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. endeavors to fairly present all legitimate sides of a story and debunk popular, albeit incorrect, myths about cultural and policy issues." [3]'s motto is "The Right News. Right now."[4]'s editor from 1998-2005 was Scott Hogenson, who also worked as the chief of radio operations for the Republican National Committee in 2004. has staff in Washington, D.C., London, Jerusalem and the Pacific Rim. Editor-in-chief David Thibault (deceased) became top editor in April 2005. He died on July 20, 2007.[5]

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 Patrick J. Buchanan in 1992. Jeffrey was Buchanan's national campaign manager in his 1996 campaign.


A July 15, 2005, CNS article claimed that Democratic strategist Paul Begala said that Republicans wanted to kill him and his family.[6] (The article is no longer available on the CNS website, but it is summarized by SourceWatch,[7] and quoted in full on another website.[8]) Begala vehemently denied this, claiming that when he said, "They want to kill me and my children if they can," he was referring to terrorists, not Republicans.[9] CNS refused to retract the claim, insisting that "[t]here was nothing unclear about what Begala said."[10][11] Then-CNS editor in chief David Thibault challenged Begala for his "unmistakable and outrageous coupling of terrorists and Republicans."[12][13]

A January 13, 2006, CNS article assailed the military record of Democratic Rep. John Murtha, a former Marine who has heavily criticized the Iraq war. The article quoted people who were either former political opponents of Murtha or who were dead or incapacitated casting aspersions on the two Purple Hearts Murtha earned while serving in the Vietnam War.[14] The next day, the Washington Post repeated the article's allegations.[15] Critics likened the CNS article to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attacks on the war record of Democrat John Kerry during the 2004 presidential campaign as another example of conservatives attempting to discredit the military credentials of Democrats in order to blunt their criticism of the Iraq war.[16]


  1. ^ Kurtz, Howard; Murray, Shailagh (January 14, 2006). "Web Site Attacks Critic of War". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Hafner, Katie (1998-06-18). "New Conservative News Site Will Fill a Void, Founder Says". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-28. 
  3. ^ "History of Cybercast News Service". Archived from the original on 2007-08-18. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  4. ^ "Main Page". Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  5. ^ "David Thibault, RIP: Farewell to a Friend". Archived from the original on 2007-09-04. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  6. ^ "Ex-Clinton Aide Charges Republicans 'Want to Kill Us'". Archived from the original on 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  7. ^ "False claim about Paul Begala". Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  8. ^ "Ex-Clinton Aide Charges Republicans 'Want to Kill Us'". Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  9. ^ "Right-Wingers Don't Want to Kill Me; Just Lie About Me". Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  10. ^ "Begala Now Says Republicans Want to 'Lie About Us'". Archived from the original on 2007-05-21. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  11. ^ "Begala Now Says Republicans Want to 'Lie About Us'". Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  12. ^ "Paul Begala Needs a Lesson in Civility". Archived from the original on 2007-05-20. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  13. ^ "Paul Begala Needs a Lesson in Civility". Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  14. ^ "Murtha's War Hero Status Called Into Question". Archived from the original on 2007-09-12. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  15. ^ Kurtz, Howard; Murray, Shailagh (2006-01-14). "Web Site Attacks Critic of War Opponents, Question Murtha's Medals". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  16. ^ "Why Do Republicans Hate America's Veterans?". Retrieved 2007-09-26. 

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