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Three Generations of Beltway Inbreeding Are Enough


On a disturbingly regular basis, Washington Free Beacon publisher and Omni Consumer Products junior vice president stock character,  Matthew Continetti, shows up on the teevee machine to say remarkably stupid shit like this:
Which leads a lot of people to wonder why this idiot is on the teevee machine at all.

Except, of course, the reason a seat is reserved for Mr. Continetti at the mainstream media table is one of those well-known-but-never-spoken-of arrangements which dictate so much of what we see an hear on teevee packaged and sold as "news".  From Jonathan Chait in 2014 (edited slightly to eliminate the time-line error in the original):
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After graduating from college, [Matthew] Continetti received a well-funded fellowship at the Weekly Standard financed by a wealthy organization, founded by William Simon and Irving Kristol, which is dedicated to subsidizing conservative journalists. Book editor Adam Bellow had an idea for a project, and asked Bill Kristol, Irving’s son, for a name. Kristol suggested his young charge, Continetti...

Continetti nurtured early dreams of writing for magazines like The New Yorker, but instead gravitated to movement journalism. He authored a hagiography of Sarah Palin (who, like Continetti, is a Kristol patron), started up the Free Beacon, along with lobbyist Michael Goldfarb, with a memorable clarion call, headlined “Combat Journalism,” which explained the publication’s credo. Starting from the premise that the liberal media consists of “hackneyed spin, routine misstatements, paranoid hyperbole, and insipid folderol,” he set out to create an equally hackish version for the GOP: “At the Beacon, we follow only one commandment: Do unto them.” And so he has done it again...
In fulfillment of Beltway prophecy, Mr. Continetti went on to marry Bloody Bill Kristol's daughter,  thus ushering in 1,000 years of hippie punching, MAGA hats and boffo cable news ratings.