Problems At Politico: New York Times Story Divides Newsroom

By: Wednesday April 24, 2013 10:31 am

  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 [...]


By: Friday December 21, 2012 1:45 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 [...]

A Programming Note

By: Thursday December 6, 2012 6:23 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. This was an agonizing and difficult decision that I made over the course of many months. Those of you who have been kind enough to read [...]

Responding to Comments on the Future of the Postal Service

By: Friday August 3, 2012 8:55 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. First of all, I think there’s wide agreement on the left that the postal service doesn’t actually have a funding problem at the current time. This recent default stems [...]

Off to Netroots Nation 2012

By: Wednesday June 6, 2012 6:10 am

As you read this, I’ll be boarding a plane to Providence, Rhode Island, for the 2012 edition of Netroots Nation, the annual gathering. Obviously the Wisconsin recall results and the nail it has begun to put on the coffin of organized labor will put a damper on the mood somewhat. But that makes it perhaps [...]

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

By: Monday May 7, 2012 8:41 am

My reporter hat was squarely off during my two-week stay in Spain. But you cannot spend time in a country at the heart of the global discussion without picking up some signals. Over those two weeks, the Spanish government definitively announced that they had slipped back into recession. They said that 5.6 million of their [...]

Programming Note: Announcing the FDL News Guest Posters

By: Thursday April 19, 2012 12:15 pm

So I’m going to be stepping away from the blog for a couple weeks as I take a long-delayed vacation. But as I’ve said, I won’t be leaving you empty-handed. I have assembled a diverse group of writers to hold down the fort over the next two weeks. Kathleen Geier: You may remember her from [...]

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

By: Tuesday February 28, 2012 12:22 pm

Apropos of our discussion about membership and sustaining progressive support, here’s an example of the corruption of that process, and how worthiness of support can get conflated with how well you regurgitate talking points: The Democracy Alliance, a private network of major progressive and Democratic donors, has dropped a number of prominent organizations, according to [...]

FDL Membership Drive: The Spirit of Community

By: Tuesday February 28, 2012 6:17 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. Dedicated local activism, thought-provoking talks and great new benefits! I want to share briefly an example of community-building from [...]

Briefly Responding to Glenn Thrush

By: Thursday February 23, 2012 6:19 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. Miller, who has clashed with Schneiderman over the terms of the releases with [...]

Bill Black Stopping by FDL for Special Salon Today at 2:00pm ET

By: Friday February 17, 2012 8:15 am

Programming note: later today, I’ll be hosting a special FDL Salon with William Black, professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One. Black specializes in white-collar criminology, and in his time as a federal regulator, he helped put over 1,000 financial [...]

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