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Jonah: That tech writer asks: “The right wing gets the web in a way that the left simply doesn’t (as far as I can tell). And what I’m wondering is: why?” I’ll offer a suggestion. Conservatives, locked out of the mainstream media for so many years, have become very good at speaking to their base and the public generally by other means. This is why conservatives pioneered direct mail. It’s why Newt Gingrich and his allies were so clever about using CSPAN in the 1980s and 1990s. It’s where the whole conservative talk-radio phenomenon comes from. And it’s also why we’ve migrated to the web. I don’t think the Right is beating the Left on the Internet the way the University of Michigan beat Notre Dame yesterday (38-0; Go Blue!), but I do believe there are reasons why conservatives have been clever about alternative forms for media.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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