The Right’s Playboy Problem

A supporter of President Trump wearing a QAnon shirt confronts police on the second floor of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 6, 2021. (Mike Theiler/Reuters)
The conservative movement, its allied media outlets, and the political apparatus with which it is associated have an existential choice to make.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O ne of the surprising things I have learned while writing about the pornography business is that it is not easy to make money in porn, which is one of the many things that industry has in common with political journalism.

That wasn’t always the case. Magazine publishers such as Hugh Hefner and Bob Guccione grew vastly wealthy on the skin trade, and less glamorous film producers and videotape distributors made splendid fortunes in the heyday of the industry, which modern pornography entrepreneurs still wistfully describe as the “golden age.” The sweet spot was the years between the widespread availability of VCRs


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