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Fri Sep 6, 2019, 01:48 PM

Leading Progressive News Site ThinkProgress Is Dead. Why Progressives Should Care.

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Source: Blue Virginia

So now, it appears that ThinkProgress’ 14-year run has come to an end, and it kind of feels like the T.S. Eliot line, “not with a bang but a whimper.” I mean, since the Daily Beast article, it’s difficult to find much of anything else written about ThinkProgress’ imminent demise. Perhaps, at this point, people are just overwhelmed with so much crazy stuff going on, but it seems to me that the demise of such a high-quality source of news and analysis, from a progressive perspective, should not be brushed off as just another media outlet going under – whatever. To the contrary, I’d argue that this is a significant loss for progressives, both nationally and here in Virginia, and that progressives definitely should care. Why?

For starters, ThinkProgress got a lot of traffic (at least in its heyday; apparently, it’s declined in recent years, in part due to changes in Facebook’s “algorithm”). According to its Wikipedia entry, ThinkProgress was averaging “8 to 10 million unique page views per month” as recently as 2017, and was ranked “among the ten most popular news blogs on the Internet.” That included coverage of topics ranging from the climate crisis to healthcare to immigration to LGBTQ issues to…you name it, pretty much.

Also among the many topics ThinkProgress covered was…yep, Virginia politics. See below for a screen-shot sampling of the breadth of ThinkProgress’ Virginia coverage, starting more than a decade ago. Back when, Matthew Yglesias (now with Vox, which he co-founded in 2014), was busy writing about Ken Cuccinelli, “Bob McDonnell’s Thesis,” how “Northern Virginia Doesn’t Need New Highways,” etc. In recent years, Josh Israel took on a lot of the Virginia politics beat – and did an excellent job at it! Unfortunately, that’s not going to be the case anymore, at least not at ThinkProgress (note: Josh Israel announced the other day that he’ll be joining liberal news site Shareblue Media). I’d argue that losing ThinkProgress’ coverage of Virginia politics is very bad news, particularly when one considers the decline in coverage of Virginia politics at the Virginian-Pilot, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, etc. – let alone the relentless (and mindless and cowardly…) “both sides” false equivalency in the corporate media. At this point, facing dire threats to our democracy, our climate, our rights, etc., it seems to me that one of the last things we need is to lose a leading progressive news site.

Which, of course, raises the question – as a very smart, national progressive friend of mine asked me (rhetorically) the other day: “What is wrong with our donors?? They saw we had one policy shop 1/10 of the size of Heritage and that was too much??” Yet, even as the right continues to invest in “conservative” (or whatever it is these days) media, while dominating talk radio (and arguably, cable “news”), the Democratic Party and wealthy progressive donors don’t seem to have any interest in building progressive communications infrastructure. The result: in most states, if you want to read or hear about politics, you’re a lot more likely to get a right-wing view than a progressive one. Here in Virginia, for instance, there are multiple conservative blogs, as well as a right-wing/Trumpster radio network, far outnumbering the progressive side of things (e.g., there’s no progressive Virginia politics radio to speak of). And it’s even worse in many other battleground states. The question, as usual, is WHY? And more to the point, what if anything are Democrats and wealthy progressives going to do about it?

Read more: https://bluevirginia.us/2019/09/leading-progressive-news-site-thinkprogress-is-dead-why-national-and-virginia-progressives-should-care

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Reply Leading Progressive News Site ThinkProgress Is Dead. Why Progressives Should Care. (Original post)
lowkell Sep 6 OP
RAB910 Sep 6 #1
eppur_se_muova Sep 6 #4
RAB910 Sep 6 #6
cannabis_flower Sep 6 #7
tblue37 Sep 6 #2
msongs Sep 6 #3
Maggiemayhem Sep 6 #5
Brainfodder Sep 6 #8
LiberalLovinLug Sep 6 #9
appalachiablue Sep 6 #10
Yonnie3 Sep 6 #11

Response to lowkell (Original post)

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 02:24 PM

1. What am I missing?

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Response to RAB910 (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 02:50 PM

4. That there are no posts dated more recently than Sept 4 ? nt

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 03:03 PM

6. Thank you

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 03:05 PM

7. It's only the 6th today and

I clicked on the first three links and they were dated the 5th.

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Response to lowkell (Original post)

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 02:39 PM

2. K&R for visibility. nt

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Response to lowkell (Original post)

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 02:40 PM

3. nice editorial/analysis/opinion piece nt

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Response to lowkell (Original post)

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 02:55 PM

5. I see Joe Romm is still on the masthead.

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Response to lowkell (Original post)

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 03:10 PM

8. Corporations don't have rainy day funds, the end?

When backers stop backing....

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Response to lowkell (Original post)

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 04:35 PM

9. In battleground States, all they hear are RW talking points

Not only do they never get a true picture, but there's a tendency in human nature to ASSUME that the weakest voice obviously has the weakest position. That if the Democrats are right, you'd think they'd hear about it.

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Response to LiberalLovinLug (Reply #9)

Fri Sep 6, 2019, 04:57 PM

10. 'That if the Democrats are right, you'd think they'd hear about it,'

I never thought of it that way, interesting. The media disparity should have been addressed years ago, or never begun. Look at what 25+ years of consolidation has done to the US mainstream media. Somebody should have picked up TP, I saw the notice several months ago.

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Fri Sep 6, 2019, 04:57 PM

11. Locking after a review by Forum Hosts

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This article is analysis

Blue Virginia is not considered a reputable source for Latest breaking News.

The non-analysis part of the article is a duplicate of https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142364281

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