Almost four years ago, after I was getting fed up complaining about the Bush administration, a friend of mine suggested that I channel my frustrations into writing.  The first thing I wrote was about the Bush administration’s utterly failed response to Hurrican Katrina.  I sent it to commondreams.org, they posted it, and I was hooked.  I’ve been blogging ever since, first on my own, at a site that used to get about a dozen visitors on a good day, and then with The Seminal.  I’m truly thrilled and honored to have the chance to write here.

I like to write about whatever catches my attention–sometimes it’s a moment of sheer hypocrisy on Morning Joe, other times it’s an observation of the pattern of racist comments made by Republican elected officials, staffers, and activists.    I tend to be moved by things that I find outrageous–Pat Buchanan defending an accused Nazi war crminal, the mainstream media ignoring candidate McCain’s close personal relationship with convicted Watergate felon G. Gordon Liddy.  I think the idea I have in my head is that I’d like to be a kind of bizarro-world Winston Smith–the polar opposite of the protagonist in Orwell’s 1984.  Smith’s job in the book is to bury the truth, to re-write the past to hide truths embarrassing to political rulers.  My goal is to do the opposite–to expose hypocrisy and reveal truths that may be missed by the traditional media.

I am grateful for the opportunity to be here and look forward to continuing to have the chance to channel my outrage with media and politics into blog post form.

Chris Edelson

Chris Edelson

Chris is a lawyer and professor at American University who writes frequently about current political and media issues. His writing has also been published in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Metroland (Albany, NY), and at commondreams.org

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