December 29, 2003
Background on Glassman
I've quoted James Glassman often before on R21 (such as here, here, and here) and so I feel obligated to point out this expose, "Meet the Press" by Nicholas Confessore, to provide the proper context. While I stand by my posts and believe that Glassman's arguments and reasonings, in the pieces I cited, were sound R21 readers can make up their own minds.
James Glassman and TCS have given birth to something quite new in Washington: journo-lobbying. It's an innovation driven primarily by the influence industry. Lobbying firms that once specialized in gaining person-to-person access to key decision-makers have branched out. The new game is to dominate the entire intellectual environment in which officials make policy decisions, which means funding everything from think tanks to issue ads to phony grassroots pressure groups. But the institution that most affects the intellectual atmosphere in Washington, the media, has also proven the hardest for K Street to influence--until now.