Scoop: Steve Hayes and Jonah Goldberg to launch The Dispatch

Source: Axios | October 8, 2019 | Mike Allen

Two of the biggest names in conservative journalism — Steve Hayes, formerly of the now-defunct Weekly Standard, and Jonah Goldberg, a longtime National Review star — will launch The Dispatch, a digital media company, on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The Dispatch, citing “worrisome” trends in journalism on the right, is plunging into a tough space — conservative, but not a booster of President Trump. “The conservative movement was not intended to be a handmaiden to a single political party,” the co-founders say in a letter to readers.

The website will go live today, the first in a string of newsletters begins tomorrow, and Goldberg has begun the first podcast, The Remnant.

– Hayes told Axios the hallmark will be “reporting from the center right”: “We’re unapologetically conservative, but … these have to be fact-based arguments.”

– The Dispatch, based in Washington, begins with 8 full-time staffers — “a pirate skiff with limited provisions amidst choppy waters.”

– The co-founders raised roughly $6 million from a few dozen investors.

– It’s partnering with Substack, the paid newsletter publishing platform, which will begin hosting Goldberg’s “The G-File” newsletter Friday.

Hayes and Goldberg — along with their senior editor, former National Review senior editor David French — are longtime critics of Trump.

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