QubeTV, the new video-sharing destination for political conservatives, recently got a wave of traffic from a link on the Drudge Report. The brainchild of Republican veterans Jeff Lord and Charlie Gerow, the site is a reaction to the perception that YouTube is biased against the conservative message. The goal is to enable “a conservative army with cameras.”
The front page features a clip from Michelle Malkin which was banned by YouTube for terms of service violations for being “inappropriate,” like due to its astringent anti-Islamic tone. Interestingly enough, another of her videos is getting help from the Electronic Frontier Foundation in a fair-use fight against a takedown request from Universal Music Group.
According to the March 1 announcement post from QubeTV, CEO Lord and Chairman Gerow also both work for Quantum Communications, a public relations firm. Beyond that, it’s unclear how the site is being funded — there’s currently no advertising.
User-uploaded clips can be found on the site, and besides Malkin, clips featuring politicians like Mitt Romney, broadcasters like Sean Hannity, and think tanks like the Heritage Foundation are currently available.
Otherwise, the site is fairly bare-bones, with video and photo sections as well as a basic “groups” forum. By comparison, GodTube, a Christian-focused YouTube clone which has been around a bit longer, has a much slicker and more YouTube-like interface.
What both the offline Christian and political conservative communities are experiencing is that early technology adopters often determine the tone of discussion on the site, and as Digg and YouTube have demonstrated, early adopters are a largely left-wing, atheist crowd.