Mark Levin’s Conservative Review TV has just fired Mark Steyn, which seems like an incredibly bad idea, although we on the outside have no way of knowing what went on. That’s the bad news. The ostensibly good news is that with Mark Steyn out at CRTV, the new featured talent in its lineup of celebrity conservatives is the notorious #NeverTrump Steve Deace.
But Conservative Review has always been a little dodgy, in our opinion, and recent personnel decisions suggest CRTV is yet another fixture in the Conservative Celebrity Industry, existing to extract cash from naive conservatives ($99 per year) and advertisers.
One could argue that Conservative Review’s history might make President Trump’s supporters leery of the new network, and that doubt might have been tempered by Steyn’s presence.
But Steve Deace moves the needle in the opposite direction.
Credibility-wise, therefore, one could argue CRTV just created a hurdle for themselves.
Clinton is cunning. Trump is a clown. This matchup was over before it began.
Most people have no idea who Steve Deace is, but nearly all conservatives are familiar with the man CRTV let go.
That would be Mark Steyn, the columnist/humorist whose productivity level rivals that of many industrial nations.
Mark Steyn, the premier, go-to guest host for the most listened to radio talk show host in America, Rush Limbaugh.
Mark Steyn, author of several excellent books including the singular America Alone, which will be seen 100 years from now as an omen for the West.
Mark Steyn, soldier on our behalf, much more than a keyboard-and-green-room warrior, who goes repeatedly to the front lines of international debate, exposing himself to actual damage, to argue the case for reality-based, er, reality, on topics such as Islam and climate change.
Yes, Mark Steyn, whose January, 2016 report from a Donald Trump rally in New Hampshire made us, personally, take notice of what was really happening with the Donald Trump phenomenon.
Not having been to one of these events that already had given the indications of a true cultural phenomenon, we were grateful for Steyn’s summary. Steyn has the rare combination of policy and politics expertise along with a rich understanding of popular culture — and an equally rich sense of humor — so his imprimatur had us, and likely many other conservatives, taking Trump seriously before the first caucus votes were cast.
Conservative Review certainly appreciated what they were getting with Steyn when they got him. It was seen as a coup at the time, and CR capitalized on the PR.
When the channel itself was revealed last fall — as an outgrowth of Levin’s own television network — Steyn and Conservative Review Senior Editor Michelle Malkin were billed as the top talent. Current paying subscribers to LevinTV were ported over to Conservative Review Television
As recently as the evening of March 1, 2017, two days after Steyn’s firing, Steyn was featured prominently on the CRTV gift subscription promotion page.
When he announced the CRTV launch, Mark Levin credited the expansion to “a movement with millions of liberty lovers”
This is much bigger than any of us. It is about our beloved audience.
That beloved audience apparently doesn’t feel so loved all of a sudden.
Welcome to Glenn Becksville, population Glenn Beck. And you.
–unhappy CRTV subscriber after the network announced Mark Steyn’s firing on February 28.
Immediately after CRTV announced Steyn’s termination last night on their Facebook page, with zero explanation, many subscribers chimed in, the majority of whom do not seem pleased:
“Mark Steyn was the reason I subscribed to CRTV. I have little or no interest in the other shows.”
“I never missed Steyn’s show and it was a significant reason for my subscription. Not good…”
“Mark Steyn was the best on CRTV !!! He was the only reason why many viewers subscribed and me too.”
Steyn has filed a lawsuit, so apart from noting yesterday morning that the termination with several years left on his contract was a complete suprise to him, it will probably be some time before we the public hear Steyn’s side of the story.
What else do we know of Conservative Review?