It is altogether fitting and proper that, on the heels of the execrable "debate" on ABC last night, I received a snail mail today from MinnPost.com.
If you've missed it, MinnPost.com is a relatively new web journal that in its infancy is attempting to do the job that the MSM has abdicated, i.e., responsible, probing, bi-partisan, honest-to-goodness, old-fashioned journalism. They're doing a pretty good job and I suspect they're tweaking as they go.
Check 'em out here.
They've attracted some of the best and brightest from the dwindling and increasingly irrelevant and right-tilting Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press, including Joel Kramer (a former editor of the Strib) and former editorial editor, Susan Albright, along with the likes of Doug Grow, Eric Black, Joe Kimball, and Steve Berg, for starters. Real journalists! But wait, that's not all.
The letter I got today says they're launching a Watchdog Journalism Fund, the intention of which is "to help reinvigorate journalism's traditional watchdog role in reporting on public figures, institutions and businesses. The new fund will pay for the reporting and editing of investigative and enterprise stories."
They are matching all contributions made through April 30 -- just two weeks hence.
I think it's something to consider if you're as fed up and rising as I am with the state of "journalism" in the U.S. of A.
Tax-deductible donations can be made to MinnPost's Watchdog Journalism Fund. Suggested donations range from $25 to $500.
You can donate online
Snail-mailed donations can be sent to:
900 Sixth Avenue SE, Suite 220
Minneapolis, MN 55414
I think it is not hyperbole to say that these are increasingly desperate times. The final days and months of BushCo and the complicit media are apt to make all that has gone before seem like a romp in the sandbox.
BTW, other than my subscription to MinnPost.com, I have no personal reason for promoting their new initiative. I am now going to their website to make a donation. Please consider joining me in this, even if you don't live in Minnesota!! Maybe the idea will catch on elsewhere. We live in hope.