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Fri Apr 10, 2020, 06:46 PM

 

It seems that David Sirota still needs an audience...

(email I received)

Subscribe to TMI - Dispatches From the Dystopia

David Sirota
Apr 10

So youíre feeling bad that the campaign is over. Youíre feeling angry at the state of the world. Youíre feeling scared about whatís on the horizon. And youíre feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of new, terrifying information hitting you every day. Youíre Howard Beale ó youíre mad as hell and youíre not gonna take it anymore, etc.

Yeah, OK, me too. So Iím going to try to start a little newsletter here to see if we canít make a little sense of this garbage fire of an era on a regular basis ó and I hope youíll click here to subscribe and pitch in to help.

If youíre reading this, you probably know the kinds of things Iíve focused on in my 20+ years of a journalist and in politics. The topics vary, but the focus is the same: power ó who has it, who doesnít, and how that disparity shapes our dystopian world. Thatís what Iím going to try to write about here (and hopefully Iím going to have some other journalists and writers help too).

For the last year during the presidential campaign, my writing was confined and constrained in a way it has never been ó so Iím eager to start afresh.

Sometimes Iíll write shit you donít like. Sometimes Iíll curse, like I just did right there. Sometimes it will be super serious and dour. Other times it will be fun and frivolous. Youíll laugh, youíll cry, and all that ó but all the time Iíll try to unearth and spotlight truth and facts that need more attention in this noisy moment.

Now for some details:

What the hell is this?

Itís a regular newsletter. By regular, Iím not sure what the publishing schedule will be ó at times it may be daily, at other times it may be once a week. Hell, I even may go dark for a few weeks if I am working on something long-form, or if I am overwhelmed home schooling the kids during a lethal pandemic. I plan on making this a part of a larger set of projects, including other writing/reporting, podcasting and some film stuff.

How can you help?

You can click here to subscribe ó you can be a free subscriber, or if you want, you can pitch in as a paying monthly subscriber and/or a founding subscriber, which would help support my larger journalism work. Paying subscribers will be able to add comments and get a bit of exclusive content, etc. Iím not committing to any specific publishing schedule, and who knows ó if this fails, it may be short lived. But the more subscribers that end up supporting this, the more time I can devote to it.

Who the hell am I?

I was Bernie Sandersí presidential campaign speechwriter and senior adviser, and on that campaign I wrote the Bern Notice. Before working on the campaign, I was an award-winning investigative journalist and radio host, and I also worked on a bunch of underdog political campaigns that simultaneously sapped my soul and made me feel alive because they were all fighting the good fight. If youíre really bored or masochistic, you can read my full bio here.

Is this gonna be some Bernie thing?

Working for Bernie was one of the great honors of my entire life. Heís been a hero and an inspiration to me for literally 20 years. So yeah, I may begin by writing a tad about the campaign in this newsletter, because a lot of people seem interested in that right now, and I have a whole lot of thoughts about this past excruciating year. And yeah, the themes, issues and policies that defined the campaign will obviously be a huge part of this ó but sorry, no, the Bernie 2020 campaign wonít be the long-term focus here.

Iím already overwhelmed by the Internetís glut of content, is this gonna overwhelm me?

Right now, lots of people are spamming the Internet, and I find Iím spending as much time figuring out what to read or watch or listen to as I am actually reading, watching or listening. Weíre all searching for the signal in the noise, and it feels like there are 500 billion channels and nothingís on.

So yeah, Iím going to try to write with respect for your time. Lots of times this is going to be short ó because, as the TMI name implies, thereís too much information out there, and things need to be boiled down. Sometimes it will be long ó and if itís too long, you should yell at me.

Some of you may already be ready to yell at me because this is already too long. So with that, Iím going to end this by saying: subscribe, and then go annoy your friends to subscribe.

More soon,

Sirota
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Apr 10, 2020, 06:50 PM

1. trying to help him? or just use this to get your own audience?

 

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Apr 10, 2020, 06:50 PM

2. He's right about too many people spamming the Internet, so

 

I think I'll skip his spam, too.
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Apr 10, 2020, 06:57 PM

3. How did he get your email?

 

Is he using the Sanders campaign email list to solicit interest in his next grift? Speaking of which, will Sanders let Democrats use his email list to help GOTV and fundraise for Democratic candidates this time around or is it just going to be used to for these snake oil salesmen to swindle even more money to pay for their newfound lifestyles?
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Apr 10, 2020, 06:59 PM

4. Sounds Like A Man Who's Out Of a Billet, Sir

 

"When things are not called by their right names, what is said cannot make sense. When what is said does not make sense, what is planned cannot succeed. When plans do not succeed, people become uneasy. When people are uneasy, punishments do not fit crimes. When punishments do not fit crimes, people cannot know where to put hand or foot."
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Apr 10, 2020, 06:59 PM

5. A missive from someone looking for a job.

 

Considering that newspapers are laying off journalists it might be time for Sirota to explore new career options.
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