Problems at Politico: New York Times Story Divides Newsroom

By: Wednesday April 24, 2013 3:56 pm

A story on the New York Times by Politico’s Media Writer Dylan Byers has set their newsroom on fire, literally. Screams, gun shots, and white on white racial epithets are flying as the reporting staff at Politico tries to pray their way through an existential crisis. How can a political blog keep making things stories that are not stories? I gchated with people who should have know better to find out.


A Mother’s Lament: Johnny’s Gone for a Soldier

By: Thursday January 3, 2013 4:47 pm

Oh my dear Johnny, my dear son,

At least I can understand why your decision had been made by the time you told us that in another week you’ll be heading off to boot camp in Georgia. Then off to officer training school, if the recruiter you so foolishly trust is right in his assurances, which military words I can hardly type, much less utter…they are that foreign to me, belonging to a language I never intended to learn.


By: Friday December 21, 2012 1:51 pm

It is with a heavy heart that I wrap up these eight-plus years of writing things on the Internet. The concurrence between my last day and the end of the Mayan calendar, by the way, is purely coincidental; I do think there will be news after today, and most likely people covering it (anyway, the whole world-ending thing is a great big misunderstanding, I guess). Anyway, there are a lot of people who deserve to be mentioned.

A Programming Note

By: Thursday December 6, 2012 7:25 am

I want to share some news. I am going to be ending my association with FDL News Desk. My last day will be December 21, two weeks from tomorrow.

Responding to Comments on the Future of the Postal Service

By: Friday August 3, 2012 10:13 am

My article about the postal service got an unusually robust amount of play among the blogosphere, so I thought I’d respond to some of the comments.

Sketches of Spain: Observations of a Country in Austerity-Led Depression

By: Monday May 7, 2012 10:10 am

Over those two weeks, the Spanish government definitively announced that they had slipped back into recession. They said that 5.6 million of their citizens were out of work, a number that represents nearly 1/4 of the labor force. Among the young, the jobless are a majority. As a tourist, it’s actually quite easy to go through your travels without a deep awareness of any of this. But a closer look begins to reveal the signs of a nation losing hope.

Democracy Alliance Pulls Support for Organizations that Don’t Play Ball

By: Tuesday February 28, 2012 2:45 pm

Concerning membership and sustaining progressive support, the Democracy Alliance’s decision to pull funding from may progressive groups is an example of the corruption of that process, and how worthiness of support can get conflated with how well you regurgitate the Party’s talking points. The money is being drained from progressive organizations that do good work, and it’s being channeled almost wholly to party-building organizations or groups that support that objective or the Administration.

FDL Membership Drive: The Spirit of Community

By: Tuesday February 28, 2012 9:00 am

It’s Membership Drive time here at FDL. Ryan Cook has all the details. Membership here is about building community, as this is not a one-way megaphone but a two-way channel that fosters greater engagement and activism, as I’ve learned from my own experiences here. So join the FDL community by becoming a member today.

Briefly Responding to Glenn Thrush

By: Thursday February 23, 2012 6:54 am

There’s nobody who hates navel-gazing more than I, so I will try to dispense with this quickly. Glenn Thrush thinks I’m wrong to attribute the same perspective on Eric Schneiderman to Tom Miller, who dissed him on the record, and Shaun Donovan.

The Spirit of Madison – FDL’s Founding Membership

By: Friday March 11, 2011 8:16 am

The spirit of Madison is on display here on a rolling basis. And everyone has a role to play, a way to engage more deeply in the community. By becoming a member of FDL you can get not only discounts on progressive events and activities, but ways to interact at a greater level with our writers and editors. More than anything, membership will foster ways to get involved. Just like I saw in Madison.

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