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Pajamas Media is an American-based media company that uses the Internet to present and comment on the news.

Founded in 2004 by a network primarily, but not exclusively made up of conservatives and libertarians led by mystery writer, screenwriter, and blogger Roger L. Simon, and until 2007, Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs, it was originally intended as a forum to present blogs and blog advertising "with the intention of... aggregating blogs to increase corporate advertising and creating our own professional news service." On March 31, 2009, Pajamas Media discontinued its advertising network of blogs, with the exception of those inside of its primary Website, in favor of establishing its own multimedia news and opinion outlets branching out from the original Pajamas Media.com. In 2007, PJM Political, an hour-long satellite radio show, was launched airing first on XM Radio and then on Sirius-XM. In 2008 Pajamas Medial launched an internet TV initiative called PJTV.com.

Pajamas Media's name is derived from a dismissive comment made by former news executive vice-president Jonathan Klein of CBS during the Killian documents affair involving then-CBS anchorman Dan Rather in the fall of 2004: "You couldn't have a starker contrast between the multiple layers of checks and balances at 60 Minutes and a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas". The official name of the company is OSM Media, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, qualified to do business in California as OSM Media, LLC, and it does business under DBAs of Pajamas Media and PJTV.

History

Pajamas Media completed its first round of venture capital funding on November 14, 2005. For a time in the fall of 2005, the company was known as "Open Source Media." Its launch and official rebranding as "Open Source Media" took place November 16, 2005. Launch festivities included a keynote address by former New York Times journalist Judith Miller, along with presentations from John Podhoretz of Commentary magazine, Andrew Breitbart of Breitbart.com, the Drudge Report and the Huffington Post, Elizabeth Hayt of the New York Times, David Corn of the Nation, and others.

Early criticism

Starting in October 2004, Kenton E. Kelly, who blogs as "Dennis the Peasant", claims to have entered into discussions with Roger Simon. Simon later responded on his own blog, noting that there was never much of a partnership between Kelly and himself, "no contracts were ever signed. No investment[s]...made. Nothing happened."

Another blogger, center-left media critic Jeff Jarvis, himself a principal in another blogging startup, questioned the demand for advertising on the sites of "mostly conservative political bloggers". When law blogger Ann Althouse also aired a public critique of the OSM business model, Johnson responded by directing his commenters to her post, provoking a minor "flame war" which lasted the better part of a week.

When the Open Source brand was launched, it believed that the Open Source radio program had allowed it to use its name and an Internet subdomain, opensourcemedia.net, that wasn't in use at the time. Christopher Lydon, founder of the Open Source radio program, disagreed. To avoid further conflict, OSM almost immediately returned to the name Pajamas Media, on November 22, 2005.

Despite the minimal nature of the above disputes which took place within the very early days of Pajamas Media’s existence, Pajamas Media is considered, by some detractors, to be mired in controversy.

Later online activities

In 2007, co-founder Charles Johnson and Pajamas Media parted ways.

Pajamas Media began running web-based straw polls for the 2008 U.S. Presidential race in early 2007. They were criticized by the supporters of GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul for their policy of excluding candidates (such as Paul) who gained less than 1% support in the then-most-recent Gallup Poll, while including non-candidates such as Al Sharpton and Al Gore.

Like other online polls, Pajamas Media reported on efforts by Paul's supporters to stack their polls in favor of their candidate. While no longer affiliated with Pajamas Media since 2007, co-founder Charles Johnson's Little Green Footballs website likewise took a similar stand against Paul's Candidacy.

Multimedia ventures

Concurrent with the launch of the Sirius-XM’s POTUS channel (short for Politics of the United States) in the fall of 2007, Pajamas Media debuted PJM Political, a weekly series on that channel, whose guests have included most of the 2008 Republican presidential candidates, representatives from the two chief Democratic presidential candidates, and, in a telephone interview from Baghdad, General David Petraeus.

In the summer of 2008, Pajamas Media launched PJTV.com, its high definition, subscription-based Internet television service. The Internet TV "channel" debuted at the 2008 Republican convention, where PJTV had a broadcasting booth inside of Minneapolis’s Xcel Energy Centermarker, which housed the convention. Since then, the online TV service has featured interviews with former GOP senator Fred Thompson, former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, and numerous pundits and authors.

PJTV has several satellite studios including a facility inside the Washington DC offices of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. The satellite facilities transmit high definition video via broadband to main PJTV studio in Los Angeles. There, several Pajamas Media affiliated bloggers do double-duty as show hosts and on-air pundits, in addition to PJTV-exclusive personalities, such as Alfonzo Rachel and Steven Crowder, who frequently specialize in right-leaning comedic sketches and video parodies. Pajamas CEO Roger L. Simon co-hosts a weekly series on the intersection of Hollywood and politics called "Poliwood", along with fellow screenwriter, Lionel Chetwynd. Another weekly series is "InstaVision", hosted by pioneering blogger Glenn Reynolds, based in Knoxville, Tennesseemarker, of the Pajamas Media-affiliated Instapundit.com.

On January 30, 2009, Pajamas Media CEO Roger L. Simon wrote affiliated bloggers announcing its decision to "wind down Pajamas Media Blogger and advertising network effective March 31, 2009", and expressing the company's intention to continue its online video project, PJTV. At its height, the network had 75 affiliated bloggers.

In terms of traffic and influence, as of November 11, 2009, the blog search engine Technorati listed Pajamas Media.com in its “Technorati Top 100” blogs list.

Board members

Pajamas Media Board members include many prominent bloggers and journalists, including Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds, CNBC's Larry Kudlow, Michael Barone of U.S. News & World Report, David Corn of The Nation, and Claudia Rosett (who helped investigate the United Nations' "Oil for Food" controversy).

Correspondents

Pajamas Media has had correspondents in as many as 48 countries and syndicates original content in the manner of a news service, one of the first new media companies to do this. It has also added a list of PajamasXpress bloggers including the aforementioned Rosett, historians Victor Davis Hanson and Ronald Radosh, blogger Bill Whittle, blogger/journalist Ed Driscoll, feminist psychologist Phyllis Chesler, liberal journalist Ron Rosenbaum, and until his death in 2009, actor Ron Silver.

"Joe the Plumber"

In January 2009, Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher (commonly referred to by the moniker "Joe the Plumber" during the 2008 Presidential election in which he became a minor celebrity) became a war correspondent for Pajamas Media. Wurzelbacher spent 10 days in Israelmarker covering the fighting between the Israel Defense Forces and Hamas during the 2008-2009 Gaza War. Wurzelbacher said that he took the job with Pajamas Media because the mainstream media was "demonizing Israel" and because he is an "expert on media bias."

After returning from Israel, PJTV announced that his contract would not be renewed and that he is no longer affiliated with PJTV. In May 2009, PajamasMedia CEO Roger L. Simon stated that he disagrees with Wurzelbacher's views on gays and gay marriage.

See also



References

  1. "An open letter to all bloggers" by Roger L. Simon, April 28, 2005
  2. "Protein Wisdom blog"
  3. "How the Blogosphere Took on CBS' Docs"
  4. California Secretary of State OSM Media, LLC., #200525710287.
  5. [1]stating
  6. "I don’t wear PJs" By: Jarvis, Jeff October 31, 2005 http://www.buzzmachine.com/index.php/2005/10/31/i-dont-wear-pjs/
  7. - Mattwelch.com, November 13, 2005 - Archives
  8. Pajamas Media
  9. http://littlegreenfootballs.com/showc/98/7695840
  10. "Ron Paul and the naked Pajamas Media" by Vox Day, World Net Daily, March 19, 2007.
  11. "The Ron Paul Effect" by Rick Klein, ABC News, May 7, 2007.
  12. Ron Paul in the Land of Oz by Roger L. Simon, RogerLSimon.com., June 2007.
  13. "Ron Paul Holding Steady at 0%" by Anonymous, Littegreenfootballs, July 9, 2007
  14. "USAT/Gallup Poll: Steady leads for Giuliani & Clinton" by: Memmott, Mark and Lawrence, Jill, USA Today, July 9, 2007.
  15. Joe the Plumber plunges in Israel for truth by CTV.ca News Staff, CTV News, January 11, 2009.
  16. Joe the Plumber meets Chairman Mao in Gaza by Roger L. Simon, PajamasMedia, January 12, 2009.
  17. Joe the Plumber’s views on gays by Roger L. Simon, PajamasMedia, May 5, 2009.


External links

Official site



Traditional media coverage



Blog and forum coverage



2005 flamewar



End of blogger network

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