"a smart, combative, burly man with a booming voice [bringing] an intense competitiveness, an aggressive news instinct, and a willingness to provoke."
--The New Yorker on JP Lindsley
(31 January 2011)
A native of Toledo, Ohio, JP Lindsley, the eldest of five children, grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. He studied the Great Books and Philosophy, Politics, & Economics at the University of Notre Dame. There, he was a sportswriter until he founded the Irish Rover, an alternative campus newspaper. Post-college, Lindsley worked at the Weekly Standard in Washington, D.C., before serving as the executive director of the Collegiate Network, an old-guard conservative journalism institution, which Lindsley revamped with a goal of remaking the American media. In that position, he created training seminars in the U.S. and a foreign correspondence course in Prague, Czech Republic, for talented right-of-center collegiate reporters. He also place top reporters in jobs at prominent media institutions worldwide.
Frustrated with what he saw to be the lethargy and wastefulness of the American conservative movement, he left to start his own nonprofit to promote excellence in reporting. At this point, Roger Ailes, the founder and chairman of the Fox News Channel, hired Lindsley as editor-in-chief of two weekly newspapers in New York’s Hudson Valley, the Putnam County Courier and the Putnam County News & Recorder. Lindsley also became Ailes’s protégé and aide-de-camp. After two years, for reasons unexplained, Lindsley fled. Media worldwide reported that Ailes dispatched henchmen to chase Lindsley through the Hudson Valley.
Meanwhile, Lindsley lived in Austin, Texas, and Philadelphia, PA, while working as a writer and consultant for philanthropist Foster Friess, before becoming manager of a gypsy bluegrass rock band. After leading a tour of Ireland with 100 American fans in tow, Lindsley began writing Fake News, True Story.
Lindsley is also the former managing editor of the University Bookman, a conservative journal of thought and literature founded by the late political philosopher Russell Kirk.