The Nation magazine is in trouble and it needs your help with some “journalistic” fundraising.
So much help that Politico’s Patrick Gavin is reporting that Washington Editor, Chris Hayes has resorted to a fundraising email begging for donations to prop up the leaking flagship of liberal flatulence.
Seems that the commune of socialist ideology and aggregator of all thoughts holier than thou, is facing a real world deficit of about a million of those evil capitalistic greenbacks.
But unlike the clouds where The Nation’s editorial thoughts reside, such a shortfall has real consequences down here on planet earth.
In his plea for help, Hayes writes:
“I’ve never written a fundraising letter……I’m a journalist”.
(Even without the absurdity of Hayes labeling his scribbles as “journalistic”, does not the former negate the latter?)
So just what will a donation to The Nation do for Mr. Hayes the “journalist”?
$35 buys me dinner with a confidential source in New York
$75 pays for an interpreter for a reporter researching a story in Afghanistan
$150 covers an Amtrak ticket to Washington so a writer can testify before Congress
$300 buys a labor reporter’s ticket to Detroit for a piece on unemployment
$500 (expenses extra) rewards a brilliant article by a young journalist on Tehran dissidents
$35 bucks for a dinner in New York? I doubt a couple dogs and a brewskie is going to break open the next Pulitzer Prize winning investigative piece.
As for the interpreter, shouldn’t we be just a bit worried about the level of competency for a mere $75 bucks?
A Detroit piece on unemployment? Just take a walk around your beloved D.C., there’s plenty of unemployment right there and we can keep our $300 bucks.
With such obvious deficit of intellect is it any wonder the size of The Nation’s fiscal deficit?
It is also no surprise that when the most liberal of liberal mags finds itself in financial difficulty it does what liberals the world over do so well:
Beg other’s for a bailout rather than fix the problem themselves.
As a political addict, I have been enduring the screeching of Katrina vanden Heuvel and the whining of Chris Hayes for more years than I care to count. (A true junkie has to take the bad crack along with the good)
Only by the grace of a forgiving and most benevolent God have I not gone into unrecoverable debt replacing television sets with bricks slammed through their fronts after watching one of their segments.
Luckily Hayes is considerably younger than his mag’s matriarch (vanden Heuvel) so his time irritation index is fairly low and to date most of his ranting is relegated to the ego-fests of MSNBC’s Olberboy and Maddcow
But every so often he gets booked on a show with an audience actually larger than its production staff and I find myself as the proverbial bug to the light…………..I know listening is going to drive the blood pressure to stratospheric levels but I can’t resist.
The very idea that one so devoid of common sense, and intelligent thought has found a way to make money by polluting the airwaves with his dribblings can put even the sanest and soundest of minds into an infinite loop not easily recovered from.
But then again,
What should we expect from a publisher who equates the cost of a basket of food ingredients to the cost of one Big Mac and then blames McDonald’s for America’s obesity problem. (Ms. vanden Shovel conveniently ignores that her “basket” of ingredients can make much more than the one Big Mac she attacks.)
What should we expect from an editor who is so devoid of historical knowledge he advocates destroying the United States Senate in order to shove through a political agenda with a simple majority.
What should we expect from an editor that while he maintains a blog , it’s most recent post is dated February 26 of LAST year? (That begging for money gig must be really, time consuming.)
What should we expect from a “news” magazine that has a “Donate” link at the top of its website/ and has an entire section dedicated to “Activism”?
What should we expect from a “news” magazine that on its own “donate” page states: “we’re more interested in telling the truth than selling spin”, but then has the audacity in the very next paragraph to write:
“The Nation needs extra help—especially now that we’ve been slapped with a $500,000 postage hike, courtesy of Time Warner lobbyists.”
So now postage rates are set by Time Warner lobbyists? Nope, no spin there.
Is there any level to which these dwellers of the dark will not stoop? (Don’t even try to answer that.)
In a Dec. 9, 2005 puff piece interview by Time’s Andrea Sachs, promoting her new book, dear mother vanden Heuvel stated:
“The magazine has doubled in circulation in the last five or six years. My hope is that some day soon, what is good for the Nation is good for the nation.”
Five years later it is an embattled nation that now finds hope in Hayes stooping to such a level.
Hope that The Nation is finally getting what’s good for it and could be soon no more.
For that truly would be…….“good for the nation”.
If by some freak of nature you actually feel The Nation is somehow good for this nation and want to keep it as (in Hayes’ words) “the independent antidote to mainstream corporate media”, then by all means, click on the donate link.
But don’t blame me when a story about Tehran dissidents translated via an underpaid Afghanistan interpreter inspires an unemployed Detroiter to hijack an Amtrak train for dinner in New York.