Our Critics Were Wrong

After spending 21 years in the full-time practice of law, I’m often asked the difference between law and journalism. My answer is simple—lawyers don’t hate each other and hope their competitors fail. Oh sure, there might be an individual attorney here and there who earns their wrath, but you can spend years locked in tense litigation, and the response of opposing counsel isn’t, “I want you to lose. I want you fired. I want people to hate you.”

Journalism is just a bit different. When we launched The Dispatch, there were many, many folks who didn’t just deride our efforts, they actively wanted us to crash and burn. They couldn’t wait to see us lose our jobs. While I couldn’t quite understand the vindictiveness, I could understand the competitiveness. We were putting our careers on the line to prove an idea—that there was room for conservatives to found and run a media company fundamentally dedicated to fact-based reasoning and analysis, not to hot takes and clickbait. 

And even though we faced a pandemic in the first six months of operation—a pandemic that cost us our single-greatest planned source of revenue, live events—we’ve thrived. We have a growing, loyal base of members. In fact, our memberships exceeded our most optimistic expectations right from the start. Our podcasts are growing. And it’s all happened exactly as we hoped, by focusing on facts and rigorous analysis. 

So now we’re bulking up, as they say. The midterms are coming, and they’re going to be extraordinarily consequential. The primary season will help define the Republican Party, the November election may well end Democratic control of the federal government. We’ll be there, every step of the way, with new member benefits. 

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