Open thread: Hot Air acquisition

posted at 9:30 am on February 17, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Many Hot Air readers have begun responding to the following Mediaite story:

CPAC hasn’t even officially started and already its making news. Mediaite has learned that leading center-right web site Hot Air has been acquired by Salem Communications for an undisclosed sum. Sources close to the deal claim that Michelle Malkin, the conservative pundit and sole owner of Hot Air, has been in talks with Salem for some time, but the announcement was timed to coincided with the Conservative Political Action Conference, which opens tomorrow in Washington D.C. …

Salem Communication defines itself as a leading U.S. radio broadcaster, Internet content provider, and magazine and book publisher targeting audiences interested in Christian and family-themed content and conservative values. Perhaps their most relevant property to this transaction is Townhall.com which claims itself to be the #1 conservative website. The “About Us” section of its website claims “Townhall.com pulls together political commentary and analysis from over 100 leading columnists and opinion leaders, research from 100 partner organizations, conservative talk-radio and a community of millions of grassroots conservatives.”

I’m going to open a thread on this in order to keep the rest of our comment threads on topic.  Neither Allahpundit nor I will have any official comment on this until tomorrow, but if you read our Twitter feeds last night, you already knew that a big announcement about Hot Air’s business status was on the way.  What I can tell you now is that Hot Air’s current mission and direction will not change, and that both AP and I will continue being part of Hot Air for the foreseeable future.  Other than that …. have at it!

Update: Michelle will be posting something about the acquisition soon, too, either here or at michellemalkin.com, or both.

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Anyone know what ever happened to Entelechy?

F15Mech on February 17, 2010 at 11:12 PM

I’ve asked the same question a time or two and haven’t found anybody with an answer.

FloatingRock on February 17, 2010 at 11:25 PM

ManlyRash has his own blog now.

HornetSting on February 17, 2010 at 11:26 PM

No QOTD with the new management?

thomasaur on February 17, 2010 at 11:15 PM

It seems that Ed and AP both had short days today.

FloatingRock on February 17, 2010 at 11:27 PM

Maybe I’ll get off with a spanking and a stiff warning for being a bad girl….
Who knows?

HornetSting on February 17, 2010 at 11:23 PM

Now you’re making my nipples hard.

russcote on February 17, 2010 at 11:28 PM

Maybe I’ll get off with a spanking and a stiff warning for being a bad girl….
Who knows?

HornetSting on February 17, 2010 at 11:23 PM

Can I get a job on the newly formed HA commenter discipline task force?

F15Mech on February 17, 2010 at 11:29 PM

IIRC, Bryan left to work on Laura Ingraham’s show. He was a good guy.

ReubenJCogburn on February 17, 2010 at 11:24 PM

He put together the Vents and I don’t think there’s been one since he left.

FloatingRock on February 17, 2010 at 11:30 PM

Am I gonna hafta open my wallet to stay on board?

The bottom line and all.

Sherman1864 on February 17, 2010 at 11:32 PM

HornetSting on February 17, 2010 at 11:23 PM
Can I get a job on the newly formed HA commenter discipline task force?

F15Mech on February 17, 2010 at 11:29 PM

LOL~yeah, just don’t ban me.

HornetSting on February 17, 2010 at 11:34 PM

F15Mech on February 17, 2010 at 11:29 PM

yeah but then you’ll have to wear the uniforms with the kacki pants

FontanaConservative on February 17, 2010 at 11:36 PM

Welcome back to corporate America, Ed and AP.

First thing to go — Allah’s atheism posts.

DaydreamBeliever on February 17, 2010 at 9:35 AM

You said it!! And how!!

Sherman1864 on February 17, 2010 at 11:36 PM

Sherman1864 on February 17, 2010 at 11:32 PM

Personally I would be open to that more then turning this site into another townhall.com, which I have not gone to since MKH left. Regardless their is always Ace.

F15Mech on February 17, 2010 at 11:37 PM

Townhall is lame…probably because EVERYONE can just hop on….
Aces, well, when I’m REALLY amped up about something, I go over THERE and vent…and the pudding is good.

HornetSting on February 17, 2010 at 11:38 PM

But please know this blog is important to me. And Michelle is smart and attractive! And the reverse. I didn`t join this community of commenters for Michelle, but hate to see her go. But there it is. C`est la vie and all . . . .

Sherman1864 on February 17, 2010 at 11:41 PM

Anyone know what ever happened to Entelechy?

F15Mech on February 17, 2010 at 11:12 PM

I remember comments full of restlessness and fury
I remember comments that were intoxicated on dreams
I remember someone who hungered for the return of the county’s glory
I remember her

PercyB on February 17, 2010 at 11:41 PM

HornetSting on February 17, 2010 at 11:38 PM

The pudding is ball dipping good.

F15Mech on February 17, 2010 at 11:42 PM

F15Mech on February 17, 2010 at 11:42 PM

How about you and the cougar get a room?

Bradky on February 17, 2010 at 11:43 PM

FontanaConservative on February 17, 2010 at 11:36 PM

Damn their is always a catch.

F15Mech on February 17, 2010 at 11:44 PM

800 comments barrier officially broken
/OT

FontanaConservative on February 17, 2010 at 11:44 PM

F15Mech on February 17, 2010 at 11:42 PM
How about you and the cougar get a room?

Bradky on February 17, 2010 at 11:43 PM

How about you stop sniffing your mom’s toys.

HornetSting on February 17, 2010 at 11:46 PM

Bradky on February 17, 2010 at 11:43 PM

While the buzz-kills will certainly be present.

F15Mech on February 17, 2010 at 11:46 PM

HornetSting on February 17, 2010 at 11:38 PM
The pudding is ball dipping good.

F15Mech on February 17, 2010 at 11:42 PM

I prefer the whipped cream…

lovingmyUSA on February 17, 2010 at 11:48 PM

I’m sure this has been asked, but too many comments to sift through.

Did Allah hold out for the Gold Plated IPhone in the negotiations?

Jason Coleman on February 17, 2010 at 11:49 PM

F15Mech on February 17, 2010 at 11:42 PM
How about you and the cougar get a room?

Bradky on February 17, 2010 at 11:43 PM

What’s the matter–did your blow-up doll spring a leak?

lovingmyUSA on February 17, 2010 at 11:50 PM

Jason Coleman on February 17, 2010 at 11:49 PM

Yes, it was that, or the iPad

FontanaConservative on February 17, 2010 at 11:51 PM

I’m sure this has been asked, but too many comments to sift through.

Did Allah hold out for the Gold Plated IPhone in the negotiations?

Jason Coleman on February 17, 2010 at 11:49 PM

No. I heard he got a date with Meghan McCain, though. They’re meeting at Sea World.

HornetSting on February 17, 2010 at 11:51 PM

Did Allah hold out for the Gold Plated IPhone in the negotiations?

Jason Coleman on February 17, 2010 at 11:49 PM

Not sure if he got a gold plated iPhone, however his parents gave him a regular one for Christmas when they first came out.

(God I have been on this site too long).

F15Mech on February 17, 2010 at 11:52 PM

lovingmyUSA on February 17, 2010 at 11:50 PM

The only thing leaking is the desperate craving for attention you and HS keep displaying.

Bradky on February 17, 2010 at 11:53 PM

The fact that Hot Air is owned by GOP-cozy evangelicals is hardly a similar goes-without-saying circumstance, especially given the atheism of AllahPundit.

Grow Fins on February 17, 2010 at 12:33 PM

That Ronald Reagan tent has still not collapsed…makes you nervous, doesn’t it?

Schadenfreude on February 17, 2010 at 11:56 PM

Bradky on February 17, 2010 at 11:53 PM

If that is true then why do you keep indulging them? (you forgot to mention my cry for attn BTW).

F15Mech on February 17, 2010 at 11:56 PM

lovingmyUSA on February 17, 2010 at 11:50 PM
The only thing leaking is the desperate craving for attention you and HS keep displaying.

Bradky on February 17, 2010 at 11:53 PM

Humm, desparate? What’s the matter, your boyfriend say he
s not that into you!

lovingmyUSA on February 17, 2010 at 11:58 PM

lovingmyUSA on February 17, 2010 at 11:50 PM
The only thing leaking is the desperate craving for attention you and HS keep displaying.

Bradky on February 17, 2010 at 11:53 PM

We don’t need the attention, sweetheart. Jealous much? Quit huffin’ your mom’s spermicide. It’s gross.

HornetSting on February 17, 2010 at 11:59 PM

How about you and the cougar get a room?

Bradky on February 17, 2010 at 11:43 PM

Bait…

…we’re gonna need a bigger boat.

russcote on February 17, 2010 at 11:59 PM

No. I heard he got a date with Meghan McCain, though. They’re meeting at Sea World.

HornetSting on February 17, 2010 at 11:51 PM

I also heard about a date but that Megan had insisted that they meet at Brother Jimmy’s all-you-can-eat BBQ in New York.

Jeckle on February 18, 2010 at 12:17 AM

No. I heard he got a date with Meghan McCain, though. They’re meeting at Sea World.

HornetSting on February 17, 2010 at 11:51 PM
I also heard about a date but that Megan had insisted that they meet at Brother Jimmy’s all-you-can-eat BBQ in New York.

Jeckle on February 18, 2010 at 12:17 AM

They better purchase another ranch….

HornetSting on February 18, 2010 at 12:19 AM

This is like New Year’s Eve, or the night Scott Brown won (The Humpbot rules!). Congratulations to MM, Ed and AP. Here’s hoping HA doesn’t change. The posters and commenters are like family-funny and talented family. Just a little twisted though…

indypat on February 18, 2010 at 12:20 AM

That Ronald Reagan tent has still not collapsed…makes you nervous, doesn’t it?

Schadenfreude on February 17, 2010 at 11:56 PM

Hahahaha!!

Texas Gal on February 18, 2010 at 12:23 AM

Oh well, I guess I might as well plug some of my recent bloggings. Let’s see…

From my politics blog: Israel refutes the Goldstone report.

From my comics blog: Geoff Johns continues with his aggravating sledgehammer tactics, one more reason why I stopped reading his works.

And, from my game blog: Mega Man: The Power Battle.

Avi Green on February 18, 2010 at 12:26 AM

While I hope our resident beta-male got some money from the deal, I doubt it would be enough/match Megan’s or KP’s (AOL) money so the sale would not help him at all.

F15Mech on February 18, 2010 at 12:29 AM

The posters and commenters are like family-funny and talented family. Just a little twisted though…

indypat on February 18, 2010 at 12:20 AM

Hey… ;D

lovingmyUSA on February 18, 2010 at 12:37 AM

I guess I might as well add a few more:

Politics blog: federal judge rules in favor of Gaubatz pere & fils in one of the case involving CAIR.

Comics blog: Boom Studios, where Mark Waid is now EIC, is launching anti-conservative comics of its own as a companion piece to the monstrosity Marvel Comics cooked up.

Game blog: recording of Front Line.

Avi Green on February 18, 2010 at 12:38 AM

The posters and commenters are like family-funny and talented family. Just a little twisted though…

indypat on February 18, 2010 at 12:20 AM

I resemble the remark.

F15Mech on February 18, 2010 at 12:42 AM

The only thing leaking is the desperate craving for attention you and HS keep displaying.

Bradky on February 17, 2010 at 11:53 PM

Billions of places on the internet for you to be a dickhole, and you have to pick Hot Air.

MadisonConservative on February 18, 2010 at 12:42 AM

The posters and commenters are like family-funny and talented family. Just a little twisted though…

indypat on February 18, 2010 at 12:20 AM
I resemble the remark.

F15Mech on February 18, 2010 at 12:42 AM

Yeah~we’re all sick, twisted freaks, but we LOVE OUR COUNTRY!
Thank you to the boss, the one that will ALWAYS be the boss…Michelle, for giving us a place to gather, chew the fat, drink, and celebrate.
It’s going to get really loud and really wild up in here come November…I hope the new owners can handle it.

HornetSting on February 18, 2010 at 12:44 AM

It’s going to get really loud and really wild up in here come November…I hope the new owners can handle it.

HornetSting on February 18, 2010 at 12:44 AM

I agree. I hope the new owners keeps the avg commenter stocked up in pudding.

F15Mech on February 18, 2010 at 12:47 AM

Wow, cool! Seeing another American Dream forge ahead must be painful for the oh-so-progressive liberals. It must suck to be them.
Congratulations to the entire HA Team!

redwhiteblue on February 18, 2010 at 12:55 AM

Is Michelle going to report the jobs created/lost?

F15Mech on February 18, 2010 at 1:01 AM

I agree. I hope the new owners keeps the avg commenter stocked up in pudding.

F15Mech on February 18, 2010 at 12:47 AM

…and popcorn…

lovingmyUSA on February 18, 2010 at 1:05 AM

I probably pay to read Ed’s writing but not Allahpundit nonsense.

Anyhow, Allahpundit might not stay if it’s family oriented radio company; isn’t he pro-abortion and pro-embryo stemcell research?

father on February 18, 2010 at 1:11 AM

…and popcorn…

lovingmyUSA on February 18, 2010 at 1:05 AM

Damn how did I miss that?

F15Mech on February 18, 2010 at 1:11 AM

Damn how did I miss that?

F15Mech on February 18, 2010 at 1:11 AM

Your brain on pudding…heh–I blame hornet…

lovingmyUSA on February 18, 2010 at 1:22 AM

Michelle is doing what free people do…
You come up with an idea, risk some money to see if it will fly, and then you sink or swim.
You go girl!!!

shorebird on February 18, 2010 at 1:25 AM

Speaking of old names…

Anyone know what ever happened to Entelechy?

F15Mech on February 17, 2010 at 11:12 PM

I’m pretty sure she’s still with us, only with a different handle. Either that, or another poster has her style of writing and turning a phrase down pat. I’m not going to say any more; if she wants to make her presence known, I’m sure she will — with aplomb.

hillbillyjim on February 18, 2010 at 1:30 AM

Anyhow, Allahpundit might not stay if it’s family oriented radio company; isn’t he pro-abortion and pro-embryo stemcell research?

father on February 18, 2010 at 1:11 AM

I believe you are mistaken about the pro-abortion part; I have no recollection one way or the other on his stance on embryonic stem cell research. You can find out in the archives or google if you are so inclined.

hillbillyjim on February 18, 2010 at 1:35 AM

I’m pretty sure she’s still with us, only with a different handle. Either that, or another poster has her style of writing and turning a phrase down pat. I’m not going to say any more; if she wants to make her presence known, I’m sure she will — with aplomb.

hillbillyjim on February 18, 2010 at 1:30 AM

That’s cool I was just curious about what happened to her or as Tony737 called her “My Romanian buddy”.

Glad to know that she may be still around and reading this.

F15Mech on February 18, 2010 at 1:46 AM

Your brain on pudding…heh–I blame hornet…

lovingmyUSA on February 18, 2010 at 1:22 AM

LOL she did bring it up.

F15Mech on February 18, 2010 at 1:48 AM

Nite all….

lovingmyUSA on February 18, 2010 at 1:50 AM

nite lovingmyUSA

F15Mech on February 18, 2010 at 1:52 AM

I’m not going to say any more; if she wants to make her presence known, I’m sure she will — with aplomb.

hillbillyjim on February 18, 2010 at 1:30 AM

You’re probably right that it’s best not to say whom you suspect without permission, but I tend to think she’s not posting under a different pseudonym. She had a very distinct writing style that I sometimes had to read a few times to fully understand and I think I would have picked up on it…maybe not.

But I don’t think she would have been banned, and she was too strong a person to be embarrassed into changing her moniker, so I don’t think she’d be secretive about a change.

My theory has been that, during and after the election, Entelechy expressed disappointment about there being so much infighting here, which she felt allowed Obama to win, so she moved on. At least I hope that’s all there was to it.

FloatingRock on February 18, 2010 at 2:05 AM

Glad to know that she may be still around and reading this.

F15Mech on February 18, 2010 at 1:46 AM

If she is, I wish she’d fess up. It’s not like she’s going to be banned because she changed her moniker.

FloatingRock on February 18, 2010 at 2:10 AM

My theory has been that, during and after the election, Entelechy expressed disappointment about there being so much infighting here, which she felt allowed Obama to win, so she moved on. At least I hope that’s all there was to it.

FloatingRock on February 18, 2010 at 2:05 AM

That was my basically my theory as well. Much to my disappointment.

F15Mech on February 18, 2010 at 2:15 AM

I’m pretty sure she’s still with us, only with a different handle.

hillbillyjim on February 18, 2010 at 1:30 AM

Ethel in the skies, Watson?

semloh on February 18, 2010 at 2:33 AM

G’night and good luck.

russcote on February 18, 2010 at 4:52 AM

I guess it’s a done deal.

tai-pan on February 18, 2010 at 6:42 AM

I guess it’s a done deal.

It would be great to see Ed & AP finally get some decent cash for blogging and online radio opinions. This should make things easier for them. They have alot of original stuff. Heck, I have to chuckle when Limbaugh or Hannity start talking about a subject and I can tell that they got their material from Hot Air.

percysunshine on February 18, 2010 at 7:38 AM

I question the timing.

You guys are just trying to steal the attention away from Tiger’s 11:00am presser.

BacaDog on February 18, 2010 at 8:14 AM

I am waiting for the form to fill out so they can send us all that money…aren’t we kind of like stock holders in this site?

right2bright on February 18, 2010 at 8:40 AM

I have to chuckle when Limbaugh or Hannity start talking about a subject and I can tell that they got their material from Hot Air.

percysunshine on February 18, 2010 at 7:38 AM

Beck has done that I imagine, hard to be “original” in this electronic age.
I only listen to Rush about 20 minutes a week (on the way to a meeting) and I often read on HotAir a subject he brings up. The fact is, we are all looking at similar issues, and have immediate responses.
But no doubt, HotAir drives a lot of cutting issued, especially for Hannity…he just won’t admit it. O’R is in the same boat, but he often takes an slightly opposing view to look “balanced”.

right2bright on February 18, 2010 at 8:43 AM

What ever the new deal for HA is; if Ed’s on board I’m confident it will remain a quality site. If not, I sure hope Ed returns to Captains Quarters.

Keemo on February 18, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Congrats to all! I love the posts on here and i love the comments! Plz dont change too much@!

becki51758 on February 18, 2010 at 9:27 AM

It’s been awful quite on HA this morning…meetings? Parties? Running to the bank?

right2bright on February 18, 2010 at 9:29 AM

If Michelle receives half of what her creation and your narration are worth, she’s gonna be racing Bill Gates for that richest individual award. It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving bunch. By the way… You two are buying the next round with your new raises, right…?

Rugged Individual on February 18, 2010 at 9:35 AM

ReubenJCogburn on February 17, 2010 at 8:24 PM, Echos my feelings.

Michelle, Ed, and Allah deserve all the accolades and rewards for their efforts. I too, have been here since the beginning.

The combination of commentary, news, video, humor, and real life experiences do not appear anywhere else, to my knowledge. So please do not try to fix something that is not broken. Because it would be like an outsider coming and breaking up a family.

MSGTAS on February 18, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Hmmm… Are we famous yet?
Well change can be upsetting, but also uplifting.
I always like to read what Ed’s take is on things, Allah not as much, but Allah adds a RINO-ish skeptical element that I think keeps staunch conservatives a bit more honest.
Somebody’s got play in the middle of the road.

Badger40 on February 18, 2010 at 10:06 AM

I saw Michelle on TV last night, and she looked pretty upbeat about something. It looks like her and Jessie might have gotten a nice payday. I knew Michelle started Hot Air, but I didn’t know she was sole owner. Way to go.

I wonder if the dems will tout the success of a “Minority” Business Woman making it big in the USA.

Doubt it.

saiga on February 18, 2010 at 10:26 AM

There is no doubt that conservative blogs haven’t cracked the ceiling that Huffington Post has done.

I don’t think Townhall is remotely close to the right format, however.

AnninCA on February 18, 2010 at 1:01 PM

There is no doubt that conservative blogs haven’t cracked the ceiling that Huffington Post has done.

AnninCA on February 18, 2010 at 1:01 PM

I am not surprised by that at all.
I would wager it’s bcs liberals are consistently angry all the time & are either independently wealthy, or leeching off the govt teat in order to have enough time to blog & protest that much.

Badger40 on February 18, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Just want to pile onto the congratulations and hope to gawd the new landlords don’t trash the place.

And my 2c:

I’m not going to say any more [on Entelechy's whereabouts]; if she wants to make her presence known, I’m sure she will — with aplomb.

hillbillyjim on February 18, 2010 at 1:30 AM

You’re probably right that it’s best not to say whom you suspect without permission, but I tend to think she’s not posting under a different pseudonym. She had a very distinct writing style that I sometimes had to read a few times to fully understand and I think I would have picked up on it…maybe not.

But I don’t think she would have been banned, and she was too strong a person to be embarrassed into changing her moniker, so I don’t think she’d be secretive about a change.

FWIW I agree. I haven’t read anything that sounds like Entelechy lately — if posting under a 2nd handle it’s because she really doesn’t want to be found.

My pet theory was, maybe she let enough time go by that the password slipped her mind (if so maybe something could be worked out?).

My theory has been that, during and after the election, Entelechy expressed disappointment about there being so much infighting here, which she felt allowed Obama to win, so she moved on. At least I hope that’s all there was to it.

FloatingRock on February 18, 2010 at 2:05 AM

It definitely got worse after successive open registrations. Frequent troll hijacks were the usual result, though regular discussion suffered too. I just hope she’s okay and will check in once in a while. :)

RD on February 19, 2010 at 12:16 AM

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