TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013
And our plans for the upcoming year: At this time of the year, we ask you to consider supporting our site. For the record, this is our fourth or fifth “annual” fund-raising drive in what is now fifteen years!
We pledge to be less unpleasant this year, especially about our own tribe’s leaders. That said, we see four basic areas we plan to explore this year.
This is the first of the four:
The ongoing growth of liberal media: The liberal world was asleep in the woods when we started this web site during the Clinton/Gore years. No matter how much bullshit the mainstream threw, you simply couldn’t raise a complaint from the liberal world.
That’s how George Bush got to the White House. To this day, the career liberal world refuses to discuss or explain the process by which this happened.
In the aftermath of Iraq, a liberal world began re-emerging. We think this is still the most important ongoing development in our political media.
What will MSNBC turn out to be like? What sorts of issues will end up on the liberal world’s play list? To what extent will the liberal world eschew the practices of Fox? What kinds of forums will we build for outreach to non-liberal voters?
We still think these are the most important issues floating around in political media. We’re going to continue to ask you to critique and challenge the work of your team as the liberal world reinvents liberal media.
In our view, our tone has been too negative in this area—but liberals should challenge the conduct of liberal media. We’ll still regard that as Mission One in the coming year.
Tomorrow, we will continue our list of emphases for the coming year. But we’re asking you to support this site. Nexis ain’t free, to cite one example. We’ve used it for all these years.
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