Prntly has a long history of providing news to readers online and in social media. Prntly was started in 2014 in New Hampshire has an online printing website for conservative and libertarian candidates for office. The goal was to provide affordable, discounted campaign materials to both movements’ candidates, as an army marches on what it’s equipped with.
As a side service to our customers, Prntly decided to start a news and politics blog to inform them of conservative or libertarian events. The blog was so popular, Prntly ended up moving to focus solely on the news blog. It was started by Alexander Portelli and Joshua Barton. Prntly employed over half a dozen staff and worked around the clock to bring the right news that was unbiased.
It wasn’t long before our unbias reporting of Donald Trump’s campaign caught the attention of many conservative Trump supporters. Trump supporters who felt they had no voice in the media, and those who would watch Trump speak in person and then see fake news reports contradicting what they actually saw be reported on mainstream fake news, found Prntly to be their most trusted source in news. Prntly gained a following of hundreds of thousands.
Prntly was the most vigorous defender of Donald Trump. Even when other mainstream right wing news sources continued to push out fake news on Trump, Prntly maintained unbiased reporting. For this, Prntly faced a large blowback from both left and right wing media outlets. In the end, President Trump won the election, in part due to our unbiased journalism being able to reach his audience.
The media was outraged that news sites like Prntly could be allowed to report on President Trump in a manner that wasn’t negative. To them, if you didn’t report negatively about Donald Trump, you shouldn’t exist. The media called Prntly fake news, and accused online giants like Facebook and Google of sheltering us. They wanted to crush free speech and with it, Prntly.
The media called out Facebook and Google so much, they began to respond. After years of high social media readership, Prntly articles ceased being seen. An article posted would get 1 or 3 shares and then reders wouldn’t see it on their timelines any longer, when just a few weeks or months before, an article could be published and share thousands of times. Google meanwhile caved to media pressure, and put a stop to Prntly articles showing up on their search engines. All at once in December 2016, the walls were caving in on Prntly.
But Alexander Portelli didn’t want to quit. To do so would mean to let mainstream fake news media win. With millions of viewers lacking a voice, Alex Portelli relaunched Prntly, to surprisingly positive results. Today, the site is doing better than ever, and is currently reinvesting resources into creative new ways of ensuring that it’s news will always reach it’s audience, no matter how hard big tech and mainstream media tries to silence us.