CPAC hasn’t even officially started and already its making news. Mediaite has learned that leading center-right web site Hot Air has been acquired by Salem Communications for an undisclosed sum. Sources close to the deal claim that Michelle Malkin, the conservative pundit and sole owner of Hot Air, has been in talks with Salem for some time, but the announcement was timed to coincide with the Conservative Political Action Conference, which opens tomorrow in Washington D.C.
Hot Air is one of the biggest, most influential conservative sites on the Web and was launched on April 24, 2006, with Michelle Malkin as founder/CEO (though she remains editorially focused on her own blog MichelleMalkin.com and her own writing and television appearances.) Hot Air is managed on a day-to-day basis by editors Ed Morrissey and the mysterious AllahPundit, who are reported to be part of the deal in the sale of to Salem, and absolutely essential to the core value of Hot Air. We are told that, from a user’s perspective, Hot Air will remain the same despite the change in ownership. [...]
Oh well...more at Memeorandum...and here...Doug Powers: Congrats to Michelle Malkin: Hot Air Sold to Salem - Gateway: Salem Communications Buys HotAir Blog - Ace: Crazy Blog Money: Salem Communications Buys Hot Air for Undisclosed Sum - Hot Air: Open thread: Hot Air acquisition - Good News! Allahpundit Now Employed by ‘Christian and Family-Themed’ Media Conglomerate! - 'Hot Air' Sold to Salem Communications! - Ed Morrissey: Welcome to the new Hot Air! - Allahpundit: More on the Hot Air acquisition - still waiting for the Michele Malkin article - Confirmed: Salem Buys Michelle Malkin’s Hot Air Blog -
Michelle Malkin explains: A note on the acquisition of Hot Air
What a great week it was for Hot Air. And what a great future lies ahead for Allahpundit, Ed Morrissey, and the new Salem team!
My thanks to Salem’s David Evans, Jonathan Garthwaite, Tom Perrault, Bob Mesrop, and especially Rick Killingsworth, for their work on the acquisition, for recognizing the value of our company, for understanding what makes Hot Air tick and click, and for having the vision and skills to take Hot Air to the next level as a conservative multimedia powerhouse with the 2010 and 2012 elections just around the corner. [...] Go read the rest! More at Hot Air
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