Criticized on a Wikipedia page as a “fake” news site and in articles by the venerable Post, Liberty Writers News grew out of the Tea Party energy and has attracted a loyal fan base with a number of page views per month that surpasses the 1,640,169 likes on the Facebook page.
Ben Goldman and Paris Wade, who live in Long Beach, run the 21st century website with the 18th century colonial name and have faced fierce criticism for their approach to journalism. The controversy doesn’t deter them. “We probably produce less fake news than the Washington Post.”
The duo isn’t afraid to admit that they’re tops at what they do and offer some of the reasons that they’re beating Big Journalism for fan appeal. And the weakness they’ve uncovered in the marketplace has meant an entrepreneurial opening that they’re taking to the bank.
Americans don’t trust major outlets much more than they trust those overseas phising emails asking for money. About two months before the general election a Gallup Poll proclaimed, Americans’ Trust in Mass Media Sinks to New Low.
In September 2016, researchers from Gallup concluded that only 32% of respondents have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. That figure was down 8% from 2015.
Gallup started surveying trust in news media in 1972 and trust hit its peak way back in 1976 with 72% of respondents saying the media was trustworthy.
Liberty Writers News has become a trusted source for many who feel left out by the mainstream media, leftward outlets like Vox but even conservative outlets like the Weekly Standard who disparaged Donald Trump and have been waiting for his downfall ever since he declared his candidacy.
One could argue that Liberty Writers News is riding the Trump wave, which is a substantial one, and when he is no longer visible then their fan base will move on.
Or has the wave already crested? Both men agree that 2014’s mid-year election was the “biggest year” for the Tea Party.
Like good businessmen, they’re making plans to remain relevant beyond the president’s tenure. Pop culture and politics is dynamic and so is their ability to adjust with society’s pulse.
Why do so many readers connect easily with Liberty Writers News?
Here’s a hint from a recent article: Trump just showed up the Supreme Court and gave Gorsuch the SURPRISE of the …
It’s the headline, the same element that print newspapers have relied on to sell bundles and bundles of papers. Using an ellipse makes it a bit more tempting to click. “Modern news demands headlines that pull you in and aren’t boring,” said Paris.
Not everything’s perfect, though. Paris admitted they went through their own learning and says, “we learned every way not to write a headline.”
WHO ARE BEN AND PARIS?
A sales problem brought them together. Ben was selling bottles of water outside the University of Tennessee’s stadium when he stumbled across Paris, who had the skills to move the merchandise.
Ben’s business acumen is organizational. Liberty Writers News began via a Tea Party site in Tennessee that was struggling. Ben became the COO and grew the outlet and, along with Paris, created actual news pages. Facebook Likes “blew up” and the two kept the site running even as they moved to California, following Paris’ father.
Their mission is to inform the populace and inform readers about the political process.
Critics aim verbal barbs at their journalistic integrity but they remain focused on what they do well: write and remain connected with their audience.
For Paris and Ben, each day brings fresh news from Washington, DC with its related drama. Relaying that news in their unique style is a labor of love that’s also profitable.