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.