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Secrecy vs. Sunshine: No Contest, Politics Wins!


Crooked as the day is long…

Originally posted on American Elephants:


This is Sunshine Week, March 16-22, 2014. “Open government is good government.” Celebrating Your Right to Know. Uh huh.

So you may be unaware that President Obama rewrote the Freedom of Information Act, without telling the rest of America.

The rewrite came in a memo from then-White House Counsel Greg Craig on April 15, 2009, instructing the executive branch to let White House officials review any documents sought by FOIA requestors that involved “White House equities.” That word is not to be found in the law, but the Obama White House effectively amended the law to justify keeping public documents locked away from the public. Cause of Action, is  a Washington-based nonprofit watchdog group that monitors government transparency and accountability.

The exception “applies to all documents and records, whether in oral, paper, or electronic form, that relate to communications to and from the White House, including preparations for such…

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TOP 60 NEWS POLITICS SITES BY U.S. TRAFFIC: IJREVIEW CLIMBS TO #3 CONSERVATIVE WEBSITE hits the #3 conservative website by monthly people who read it in the United States. It is currently the 17th “news and politics” site in the United States, including all websites who publish in that category. On a side note, new start-up cracks the Top 60. Here’s how we feel about that:

Rankings according to monthly people at Quantcast (in millions):

  1. Buzzfeed (73.5m)*

  2. Huffington Post (71-73m)*

  3. NBC News (38.6m)

  4. Reddit (34.8m)*

  5. (28.6m)

  6. Upworthy (27.3m)*

  7. Fox News (22.6m)

  8. Time (20.7m)

  9. NYDN (20.7m)

  10. NYT (20.1m)

  11. Blaze (17.8m)

  12. Today (16.6m)

  13. Café Mom (15.99m)

  14. CNN (15.1m)

  15. Gawker (14.4)

  16. IBTimes (14.1m)

  17. (14.08m)

  18. Newsmax (13.2m)

  19. Guardian (12.9m)

  20. Drudge (10.9m)

  21. LiveLeak (9.7m)

  22. (9.67m)

  23. The Verge (9.61m)

  24.  WSJ (9.5m)

  25. Forbes (9.4M)

  26. CNBC (9.27m)

  27. Jezebel (8.78m)

  28. NBC (8.7m)

  29. Politico (8.58m)

  30. (8.3m)

  31. CS Monitor (7.89m)

  32. (7.87m)

  33. Bloomberg (7.45m)

  34. Telegraph (7.05m)

  35. Policymic (6.87m)

  36. Daily Beast (6.6m)

  37. Washington Times (6.59M)

  38. (6.46m)

  39. Salon (6.3m)

  40. MSNBC (6.16m)

  41. PBS.Org (5.77M)

  42. DailyMail (5.74m)

  43. (5.68M)

  44. (5.5M)

  45. (5.38M)

  46. (5.31m)

  47. ABC News (4.8M)

  48. Star Tribune (4.66M)

  49. Oregon Live (4.64M)

  50. Daily Caller (4.5m)

  51. CBS News (4.4m)

  52. Think Progress (4.3M)

  53. LA Times (4.3M)

  54. Mercury News (4.25M)

  55. Daily Kos (4.18M)

  56. MiaMI herald (4.14M)

  57. (4.138M)

  58. USA Today (4.1m)

  59. Breitbart (Hidden – Appx.)

  60. The Week (4.06M)

*These websites’ traffic are not completely driven by news and politics, but it is difficult to disaggregate. One statistic for Huffington Post, for example, is that HuffPo Politics has less than 500K likes. Buzzfeed and Huffington post add political comment sparingly to a broad variety of content – cultural, entertainment, and cat videos.



Independent Journal Review climbs to the #22 ranking by number of monthly people who read it in the United States. It is currently the fifth largest conservative website by U.S. traffic behind Fox News, The Blaze, The Drudge Report, and Newsmax.

For some perspective, more people in the U.S. currently read every month than the Wall Street Journal,,, Bloomberg, Forbes, Slate, Salon, Breitbart, and the Daily Caller.


Rankings according to monthly people at Quantcast (in millions):

  1. Huffington Post (78.3m)

  2. Buzzfeed (68.2m)

  3. NBC News (42m)

  4. Upworthy (40.5m)

  5. Reddit (31.4m)

  6. (27.3m)

  7. Today (22.3m)

  8. Fox News (21.2m)

  9. Time (21.7m)

  10. NYDN (20.6m)

  11. NYT (18.7m)

  12. Blaze (15.4m)

  13. Café Mom (14.75m)

  14. Gawker (14.6)

  15. Guardian (13.1m)

  16. CNN (12.8m)

  17. IBTimes (12.7m)

  18. Newsmax (12.3m)?*

  19. Drudge (11.16m)

  20. LiveLeak (9.7m)

  21. The Verge (9.61m)

  22. (9.6m)

  23. WSJ (9.49m)

  24. NBC (9.42m)

  25. CNBC (9.1m)

  26. Policymic (8.6m)

  27. (8.3m)

  28. Bloomberg (8.325m)

  29. CS Monitor (7.7m)

  30. Jezebel (7.7m)

  31. Forbes (7.6m)

  32. (7.58m)

  33. (7.56m)

  34. Slate (7.5mm)

  35. Telegraph (7.05m)

  36. (6.7m)

  37. (6.4m)

  38. CBS News (6.3m)

  39. Salon (6.18m)

  40. Politico (5.9m)

  41. Washington Times (5.27m)

  42. DailyMail (5.05m)

  43. Atlantic (5.08m)

  44.  MSNBC (5.01m)

  45. Daily Caller (4.9m)

  46. (4.76m)

  47. Daily Beast (4.6m)

  48. Seattle Times (4.28m)

  49. USA Today (4.2m)

  50. Breitbart (4.1m)

*Estimated as of last credible December Quantcast rating.



Top 100 News & Politics Websites by U.S. Traffic

The following news and politics websites are ranked by U.S. traffic in millions (m) of unique people. IJREVIEW.COM breaks the Top 50.

  1. HuffPo (57m)
  2. NBC News (43m)
  3. Buzzfeed (24m)
  4. Reddit (27m)
  5. Upworthy (22m)
  6. Examiner (20m)
  7. Today (19.4m)
  8. Fox (19.2m)
  9. NYDN (19.1m)
  10. NYT (18.6m)
  11. Time (17.9m)
  12. CafeMom (16.7m)
  13. Guardian (14.4m)
  14. CollegeHumor* (14.2m)
  15. Gawker (13.3m)
  16. CNN (12.9m)
  17. MSNBC (12.4m)
  18. Drudge (12.2)
  19. Blaze (11.4m)
  20. CNBC (9.99m)
  21. IBTimes (9.7m)
  22. (9.4)
  23. DailyBeast (8.29m)
  24. CSMonitor (8..27m)
  25. WSJ (8.1m)
  26. Politico (7.89m)
  27. Forbes (7.79m)
  28. Live Leak (7.7m)
  29. Newsvine (7.5m)
  30. Telegraph (7.4m)
  31. Washington Times (7.4m)
  32. RollingStone (6.86m)
  33. Bloomberg (6.84m)
  34. Daily Caller (6.4m)
  35. Daily Mail (6.3m)
  36. PolicyMic (6.3m)
  37. Atlantic (5.7m)
  38. CBSNews (5.5m)
  39. Salon (5.4m)
  40. Reuters (5.1m)
  41. PBS (5.0m)
  42. Breitbart (4.95m)
  43. CBS (4.67m)
  44. Independent (4.47m)
  45. Townhall (4.46m)
  46. Snopes (4.45m)
  47. Comedy Central* (4.2m)
  48. (4.18m)
  49. Funny or Die*(4.01m)
  50. USAToday (3.98m)
  51. Variety (3.92m)
  52. Star Tribune (3.86m)
  53. Think Progress (3.62m)
  54. (3.58m)
  55. Seattle Times (3.55m)
  56. WND (3.49m)
  57. The Hill (3.44m)
  58. Fox Business (3.4m)
  59. The Week ( 3.38m)
  60. Chicago Tribune (3.38m)
  61. RawStory (3.37m)
  62. Miami Herald (3.34m)
  63. LATimes (3.25m)
  64. Daily Kos (3.27m)
  65. (3.1m)
  66. Newsmax (3.1m)
  67. (3.06m)
  68. DenverPost (3.051m)
  69. BBC (3.05m)
  70. Inquistr (3.04m)
  71. Washington Examiner (2.89m)
  72. National Review (2.97m)
  73. (2.87m)
  74. (2.75m)
  75. (2.7m)
  76. Heritage (2.67m)
  77. Business Week (2.6m)
  78. (2.59m)
  79. (2.56m)
  80. New Yorker (2.48m)
  81. (2.3m)
  82. DailyCurrant* (2.3m)
  83. Boston Herald (2.28m)
  84. (2.27m)
  85. India Times (2.2m)
  86. Deseret News (2/17m)
  87. (2.16m)
  88. WaPo (2.13m)
  89. Weekly Standard (2.11m)
  90. (2.08m)
  91. GlennBeck (2.08m)
  92. Business Insider (2.00m)
  93. Mediaite (1.95m)
  94. Pew research (1.94m)
  95. Fiscal Times (1.93m)
  96. Pennlive (1.92m)
  97. Sac Bee (1.89m)
  98. Post Gazette (1.87m)
  99. (1.86m)
  100. New Republic (1.85m)

Based on Quantcast U.S. rankings on 10/18/13. All websites within Top 900 overall (U.S.).


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Americans Warned of ‘Revolution from Above’and the Appearance of the ‘Messiah’

Anyone that has spent more than five minutes delving into the background of the progressive media’s appointed Messiah — the self-professed Marxist radical community organizer and “regular” attendee of the Jeremiah Wright school of America-hatred — a man so well-versed in the tactics of the leftist agitator Saul Alinsky that he was dubbed “the master” — current American president Barack Hussein Obama is wholly unsurprised by the authoritarian and borderline totalitarian trajectory of the nation.

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Conservatives Should Not Give Up

After President Obama came to power, he ran trillion dollar deficits every year, doubled spending, exploded the national debt, downgraded the country’s credit rating, and sought to remove the debt limit, permanently.

Unemployment slowly declines because of the record numbers of Americans giving up, joblessness is endemic in the black community, women are losing their jobs in droves, and over half of young grads won’t find a job in their fields. Although the president and his Democrat Party have had majority control since 2006, the Republicans are blamed for all that goes wrong and the Democrats receive credit for all that somehow goes right (and notice there’s not a lot of that going around).

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Whistleblowers: Hillary Clinton Did Not Convene Counter-Terrorism Group During Benghazi

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ‘sought an end-around‘ the Counterterrorism Security Group during the Benghazi terror attacks on the eleventh anniversary of September 11th.

On Wednesday, three whistleblowers are slated to testify to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and give testimony that may shed light on why the Obama administration deliberately withheld intelligence and military assets from aiding U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens when he came under attack at a diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

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Former Gov. Richardson on Sen. Ted Cruz: ‘I Don’t Think He Should Be Defined as a Hispanic’

You’ve got to love how Democrats get to define who is authentically Latino, Hispanic, black, female, gay and what-not, simply based on if they subscribe to a certain ideology. That’s quite a trick.

Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson insulted Texas Senator Ted Cruz repeatedly, while laughably claiming Cruz introduces a measure of incivility to political discourse. The following is the video and description from ABC:

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Red Line: President Obama’s Statement on Syrian WMDs Lingers as 49,000 More Died

President Obama shared a much-needed laugh with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu while in Israel about the ‘red line’ (see video below) but after revelations that Syria’s dictator Bashar Assad likely used sarin gas on his own people, the phrase has become gravely serious.

In August 2012, President Obama spoke about the ongoing civil war in Syria: “We have been very clear to the Assad regime, and also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch [sic] of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.”

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James Carville: Cruz ‘Most Talented & Fearless Politician’ in 30 Years

Democratic strategist James Carville appeared on ABC’s “This Week” and had high praise for up-and-coming GOP Senator Ted Cruz, despite their ideological differences.

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President Obama Tells College Grads Not to Worry About Tyranny

President Obama gave a commencement address to graduates of Ohio State University, and delivered some memorable political phrases that have little to do with the meager job market they are heading into.

Let’s rebut the sophistry point-by-point:

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IJReview Ranked #19 on List of Conservative Websites


Independent Journal Review is listed as the 19th ranked conservative website in the United States, according to the monthly report of It is the first month has been listed.

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Explosive Details From Benghazi Whistleblowers Revealed by Issa

Congressional hearings on Benghazi will be held Wednesday featuring whistleblowers who witnessed the White House’s mishandling of the terror attack and the ensuing cover-up.

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Senator Ted Cruz Challenges Joe Biden to a Gun Control Debate

At the NRA Leadership Forum, Texas Senator Ted Cruz issued a challenge to Vice President Joe Biden to debate the causes of gun violence. The following is from Senator Cruz:

“If Vice President Joe Biden really believes the facts are on his side and this is not simply an exercise in political power by the administration, then I would think he would welcome the opportunity to talk about the sources, the causes of violent crime, who’s carrying it out, and how we could do everything humanly possible to stop it.”

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Benghazi Whistleblowers Revealed

The terror attack on Benghazi, Libya is the story that is not going away. Four American servicemen were inexplicably denied military support on September 11th, 2012 and were killed in a raid on a diplomatic mission.

The career politicians in the Obama administration may think they can continue to distort the record and avoid having to discuss what happened. But the White House made several obvious and intentional attempts at misleading the public, such as:

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Citizens Encouraged to Snitch on Anti-Government Neighbors in Florida

Citizens are being encouraged to snitch on their “anti-government” neighbors in the sunshine state of Florida, according to an article by the Save America Foundation:

A new $1 million dollar program led by Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw aimed at “violence prevention” is encouraging Floridians to report their neighbors for making hateful comments about the government, a chilling reminder of how dissent is being characterized as an extremist threat.

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Obama Campaigns in Mexico: Immigration Reform Provides Citizenship for 11 Million ‘In This Country Illegally’

President Obama let slip some uncharacteristic truth on his recent campaign trip visit to Mexico. Americans are supposed to trust this guy on immigration reform?

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The Epic Presidency of Barack Obama

Epic16Min from Kyle Becker on Vimeo.

This short video documentary cut for garnered second in its time slot in a syndicated network including ABC, CBS, E! and Breitbart.


Top 40 Conservative Websites in the United States

Independent-Journal-ReviewThe following is a list of the Top 40 Conservative Websites, according to Alexa rankings in the United States over the last three months (full disclosure, I’m currently Assistant Editor at

  1. Fox News (44)
  2. Drudge Report (94)
  3. Daily Mail (99)
  4. WSJ (118)
  5. The Blaze (240)
  6. NY Post (294)
  7. Breitbart (379)
  8. The Daily Beast (384)
  9. Washington Times (592)
  10. Daily Caller (716)
  11. ZeroHedge (728)
  12. Townhall (898)
  13. The Hill (982)
  14. Weekly Standard (990)
  15. RealClearPolitics (1050)
  16. National Review (1065)
  17. Hot Air (1132)
  18. Independent Journal Review (1183)
  19. PJ Media (1220)
  20. OC Register (1407)
  21. Free Republic (1481)
  22. Washington Examiner (1529)
  23. IBD (1565)
  24. Twitchy (1649)
  25. Newsbusters (1659)
  26. The Week (1788)
  27. Rush Limbaugh (1925)
  28. American Thinker (2473)
  29. Reason (2,553)
  30. Western Journalism (2918)
  31. Human Events (2945)
  32. Free Beacon (2976)
  33. Gateway Pundit (3037)
  34. Red State (3633)
  35. Lucianne (3679)
  36. Freedom Outpost (3988)
  37. Powerline (4083)
  38. Ace of Spades (4225)
  39. Michelle Malkin (4795)
  40. Heritage (5201)