It's no secret. Conservative media mogul Andrew Breitbart and
libertarian commentator Conor Friedersdorf like to fight. Whether it's
about journalistic ethics
or left-wing media bias
, the two spar relentlessly, passionately and intelligently. Last week, however, emotions got the best of them in a Twitter spat
that regressed to "my Web site gets more traffic than your Web site":
Breitbart: "no one cares about your respective approach to journalism. earn your place at the podium & ill be there."
Friedersdorf: "I write for sites with more traffic than yours. How exactly do I earn my place? You're all bluff -- but savvy!"
Breitbart: "which site has more traffic than mine?!"
"AOL, Newsweek, The Guardian, and Sullivan, I'm guessing. The Daily
Beast? Dunno. Certainly I've earned a place at table."
So who's right? Publicly available data can't settle the matter of "who's on the podium," but it can tell you something about traffic. Breitbart's blog empire--Big Hollywood, Big Government, Big Journalism--is nested under a large news site frequently linked by the Drudge Report. Friedersdorf's contributions have also appeared on very large sites. Available data on unique visitors from
Quantcast gives you a rough sense of their respective sizes. What it can't tell you about, of course, is what they're really concerned about: clout.
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