Why we didn’t cover the gorilla story


Over the weekend, we received a handful of emails asking why we weren’t covering the death of a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo. After all, it was the top story on Drudge for over 24 hours and every other news outlet was hyping it up as a huge controversy. Experts were weighing in. Politicians were getting involved. Twitter was exploding. At The New Americana – nothing.

The answer is two-fold. First and foremost, we cover conservative news. We try to hold the left accountable for their actions and we do what we can to highlight the shift towards the middle by many Republicans. We address issues that influence the lives of the masses as it pertains to politics, religion, domestic, and foreign affairs. The gorilla’s death, while tragic, will fade into irrelevance like Cecil the Lion and other interesting but ethereal news.

The second reason lies in the importance of details and discernment. One of the reasons that the majority of the stories we post are not from sources you’d see on Google News is because we isolate important issues that require more volume in order to break through the noise. This often means posting stories that get buried on other sites because they’re not in the best interest of mainstream media’s liberal agenda. Other times, we find perspectives that break down an issue through commentary to find the takeaway that is most important to America and conservatism.

We want our readers to be informed. More importantly, we want our readers’ opinions to be challenged, enhanced, or reinforced by engaging with intriguing opinions by pundits, journalists, and bloggers.

The gorilla story didn’t meet those criteria.

The reason that the gorilla story topped Drudge and so many other publications is because it caught the public’s eye. It’s the power of the almighty page-view that drives the majority of publications today. We won’t go down that road. If we wanted to draw in visitors at all costs, we’d hop on the Trump Train and call for unity like so many other “conservative” websites.

We’re not here to report the news. We’re here to highlight news that favors conservatism and America’s future. No gorilla deaths, Kardashians, or tabloid content will ever reach these pages unless doing so can influence one or more important issues.

RIP Harambe.

JD Rucker

JD Rucker is Editor of this site as well as Soshable, a Federalist Christian Blog. He is a Christian, a husband, a father, and co-founder of the Federalist Party. Find him on Twitter or Facebook.

  1. I would not be shocked if some group did not claim that the gorilla’s right-to-life was unjustly denied. After all, with all the recent claims about animal intelligence and even court cases raising issues about the rights of animals, one would expect that some might claim that the gorilla was denied due process and, essentially, murdered — perhaps even claiming that the human being infringed upon its habitat and perhaps was perceived as some sort of threat!

    This type of nonsense is rampant these days — given the increasing view that man is simply a highly developed animal, thereby having no inherent rights superior to those of any other primate species.

    For the record, these sorts of views arise from a materialistic interpretation of Darwinian evolution — a view which dominates the secular scientific media as seen on programs, such as those typically found on taxpayer supported PBS stations.

    Elsewhere I have published an article that destroys the mythology that puts apes on an existential plane similar to man: http://godandscience.org/evolution/ape-language.html.

  2. Great response. If I want tabloid nonsense, I’ll go elsewhere. Thanks for maintaining a website I look forward to surfing.

  3. RIP …. for a gorilla? A wild animal (even though in captivity.)
    Really? (Are you sure you are a conservative?)

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