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Why are we doing this, and why are we doing it the way we are? The internet puts an unimaginable amount of information at our fingertips, but it makes knowledge and wisdom harder to grasp. Social media connects people in meaningful ways but also manages to make it more difficult for us to understand each other. It is less a World Wide Web linking us all together than an accelerant, quickening trends long in the works. Our confidence in the institutions that once anchored us was declining even before the internet became a fixture in our lives, but its arrival has only made us feel even less fixed to a common landscape. 

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Nowhere is this more true than in the world of journalism.  Not only do we have too much noise and not enough signal, but the signals we should be heeding are often discounted as noise and the noise is marketed as prophecy. A great deal of excellent journalism is still available to those who want it, but one has to seek it out like a tourist trying to find a chapel amid the neon signs of some dystopian red-light district. 

We don’t apologize for our conservatism. Some of the best journalism is done when the author is honest with readers about where he or she is coming from, and some of the very worst journalism hides behind a pretense of objectivity and the stolen authority that pretense provides. When we provide analysis, we will endeavor to describe the opposing points of view with honesty and charity. When we report, we will do so without concern for whether the facts prove inconvenient to any party or politician. We’ll test our own assumptions and, we hope, challenge our readers to do the same. We expect people to disagree, but we hope they will see that we come to our positions honestly, without some unstated agenda.

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Steve Hayes
Steve is the CEO, co-founder, and editor of The Dispatch. He is also the author of two New York Times best sellers.
David French
Senior editor of The Dispatch. He’s also a columnist for The Atlantic. He’s the author of Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore, and Divided We Fall, among others. 
Chris Stirewalt
Chris Stirewalt is a contributing editor of The Dispatch and senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Read his weekly column here on Mondays and his politics newsletter, Stirewaltisms, on Thursdays.
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Haley Byrd Wilt
Haley Byrd Wilt is an associate editor for The Dispatch. She previously reported on Congress for CNN and The Weekly Standard.
Rachael Larimore
Managing editor of The Dispatch and supervising editor of The Dispatch Fact Check. She held similar positions at The Bulwark, the Weekly Standard, and Slate.
Kevin D. Williamson
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Klon Kitchen is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a former national security adviser to Sen. Ben Sasse, and a 15-year veteran of the intelligence community. Follow him on Twitter @klonkitchen.
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Digital producer for The Dispatch. He worked on live shows and documentaries for Axios on HBO, CNN and NBC News, and was a news editor for Haaretz. He also produces the Uncertain Things Podcast.
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Editor in chief & co-founder of The Dispatch and Remnant podcast host. A scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, an L.A. Times columnist, CNN commentator, and author of three NYT bestsellers. Goldberg worked at National Review for two decades.
Andrew Egger
Andrew Egger is an associate editor for The Dispatch. He previously covered the White House and campaign politics for The Weekly Standard.
Charlotte Lawson
Charlotte is a reporter for The Dispatch. She is a recent graduate from UVA, where she double-majored in Global Security and History.
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Alec Dent is the fact check editor and culture editor for The Dispatch. He is a graduate of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at UNC Chapel Hill.
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Khaya Himmelman is a fact checker for The Dispatch. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and Barnard College.
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Scott Lincicome is the author of Capitolism, a senior fellow in economic studies at the Cato Institute, and a visiting lecturer at Duke University Law School.
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