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Want to be a better progressive? Actively avoid committing microaggressions

As progressives, we say we’re against racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, ableism, or bigotry in any form. We don’t use bigoted language or hate speech,...

The "H-ll No We Aren't Looking At Pics Of Trump Anymore Nope All Done With That" Initiative

Another short diary, this one definitely grown from a comment. I would like to invite diarists to join, if they wish, the “Hell No We...

Dear readers, 'Karen' is not a slur. Time to move on and focus on actual injustices.

Hi! I’m Publisher here at Daily Kos. Over the past year or so, we’ve had several comment sections blow up on stories about racial injustice. I...

Moderation in all things: Why satire isn't for everyone, and isn't always a good choice/plus FYI OT

Every year we get between 15 and 30 diaries with “Modest Proposal” somewhere in the title. The majority of them are satire, or at...

Community Spotlight: In open threads, we talk all through the day and night

One of the most important things that sets Daily Kos apart from other political news and opinion sites is the Community. We pull together...

Community Spotlight: We’re back to normal, whatever that is. How could things still be so alarming?

Looking over the list of rescued Community stories this week, I thought “whew, back to normal” because fear, fatigue, anger, and outrage no longer...

Friends, We Need Your Help. Coronavirus Is Ravaging Finances, Ours Included

The ancient caveat Beware The Ides Of March is going to take on a secondary meaning in history books of the future when the year 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic is discussed. Mid March of this year was when the father of all lies, Donald Trump, finally realized that he couldn’t sweep COVID-19 under the rug anymore and had to come clean — relatively speaking. I know you remember well when Fox News got whiplash from the 180 degree turn it did from mocking the virus as a Deep State conspiracy and reporting zero deaths to saying how they had “always reported the seriousness” of it, when Trump finally declared a national emergency. The reality of coronavirus was conveniently ignored until it couldn’t be any longer. Then, like a huge boulder thrown in a lake, the economic ripples started going out immediately. It has just taken a while for them to reach out this far to PolitiZoom, or as I like to think of us, the Little Political Blog That Could (hence the image above of the Little Engine That Could encountering an obstacle on her journey.) And so the ripples are shaking us up, and we’re taking it in the pocketbook — as are a lot of much bigger and more established sites. So for us to stay afloat, I am forced to do a fundraiser. But before I ask you for money, let me give you a little more background so that you get the big picture in focus and know why we are where we are. And it’s not just us, it’s everybody. Media outlets all over the country are putting stories behind paywalls, increasing subscription rates, or sending donation emails to readers, “Our hair is on fire and the sky is falling.” Well, we’re not quite there yet, but in order to keep us from getting there, I’m asking for this community effort to establish a small slush fund to keep the Little Political Blog That Could chugging down the tracks. This is from the March 18 edition of the Washington Post where they reported that World News Tonight had gotten bigger ratings than The Bachelor or American Idol due to the coronavirus. The program’s rapid ascension to the top of the Nielsen rankings was the most visible sign of the tsunami that has hit the news industry. With millions of people isolated at home and hungry for the latest information about the pandemic, the covid-19 outbreak has sent a surge of viewers and readers to some media organizations. But it is also threatening to drown others outright amid an economic crash. The outbreak has created massive uncertainty about the future, including questions about whether advertisers — some of which are shutting down — will maintain their support in the face of deepening economic peril. The pandemic has already tipped some smaller news outlets into suspending publication or laying off staff, an especially agonizing decision as they struggle to cover a story with implications global and local. “Everyone here is working not for the paycheck but because we give a damn, and that’s why we do the journalism we do,” said Kevin Moran, executive editor of New England Newspapers, which on Tuesday announced a one-week furlough of its entire staff. I put that sentence in red, because that is […]

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