Alt-News Publication In Philadelphia Aiming To Shed Light On Conservative Voices

( An alternative news publication in the city of Philadelphia is doing something different to ensure it is giving people who are disregarded a voice — it is becoming conservative.

Philadelphia Weekly has been in publication in the city in some form since 1971. It was known as the Welcomat from 1971 to 1995 and then became known as Philadelphia Weekly at that point.

Throughout its entire history, it has always taken a different approach to covering the news in the city. The paper has always “prided itself on doing things differently,” one of its former writers, Joy Tomme, once wrote.

Now, with a new chairman and publisher at the helm, the publication is set to do things differently once again. Dan McDonough Jr., who took over Philadelphia Weekly within the last year, said of the paper’s move to a conservative-leaning publication:

“For the people who called Philly home and didn’t have a voice — against city hall, against whomever — we were there. Always have been. But, then something happened in Philly: Alt became mainstream. We elected a DA who is anti-cop and doesn’t want to prosecute crimes. We elected a mayor who protects homeless encampments instead of local residents.

“Being ‘alt’ in 2020 is different than it was years ago. Conservatives are the ones who no longer have a voice — especially here in Philly. People enraged by an inept and ineffectual city government are routinely rejected by the powers-that-be. If you oppose a socialist and intrusive government, your views are rejected by the city’s mainstream media.”

There was a time when the “alt” issues in the city of Philadelphia surrounded abuses that police officers committed as well campaigns for civil rights. But the “alt” has changed significantly in 2020.

Now, a major publication in a major city is finally doing something about it, giving a voice to conservatives who for too long have been silenced in an extremely liberal-leaning city.

McDonough took particular aim at Philadelphia’s city government in saying he hopes the publication will provide “thorough, honest and dogged coverage” of the government, which has only gotten worse since the coronavirus pandemic.

He said:

“From poverty to record-setting violent crime to the heroin crisis, city leadership continues to fail residents. It’s a time for a different approach.”

Some of the goals the chairman and publisher said his publication has include “bring transparency to nonsensical public health policies” and “demand answers to the city’s growing and aggressive street homeless population.”

Mainstream media and liberal people attacked and lashed out at Philadelphia Weekly’s decision, aiming negative messages on social media toward the publication. Even still, McDonough said:

“We’re excited about the long-term growth prospects for PW (Philadelphia Weekly).”

The National Review asked McDonough if this move of a well-known and respected alt-news publication to the right was the biggest professional risk he had taken in his career. He replied:

“Not even close. In fact, this seems in many ways to be an obvious decision to make.”