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Rick Redfern has a lot of gall to criticize the young Mormon gentleman who was gracious enough to invite him to watch the debate. The strip was very close to the mark too, given the actual outcome.
Rick is going to continuously spiral downward until he has a moment where he stands on the edge of a bridge while pondering suicide. An angel will then show him how much worse life would be for everyone else if he were gone. He will then have an awesome turn-around on Halloween Day, and Jeff will say something like "Every time you hear a kid scream, a bat gets its wings." Faaaade to black.
I can relate to what is happening to Rick. He's in a changing industry in a bad economy, and so am I. There are not many similarities otherwise -- he has to compete with an Internet full of amateurs while I work industrial construction in a country that no longer wants industry -- but I don't doubt that the frustration is the same. I'm reminded of something I heard from a younger person the other day; "If I just work hard and do my job, shouldn't I be able to feel secure?" Absolutely, but that just isn't the case!
Watching Rick is like watching a very slow car crash. I can't keep my eyes off it and I can't tell who's at fault.
Some of the best journalism out there today is done at Rolling Stone. I could so see Rick joining the ever-profane but deadly accurate Matt Taibbi. Mother Jones would be a good fit, too. Go, Rick!
Even when Dave Marsh was at Playboy, he was also fronting Rock & Roll Confidential. Rick must know other outcasts who could contribute to a newsletter. He could do that and work with Mark at NPR.
When PM went down and I.F. Stone found himself on the beach he started a subscription newsletter. He relied on his sources and took the opportunity to stop going to press events and flattering suits for access. His product referred to government documents other reporters weren't using. Subscription newsletters are older in Washington than the legitimate press, which appeared late in the 19th Century. If Rick can afford to volunteer he can surely afford to sink time and money into developing a paying audience for his expertise.
Surely a smart veteran journalist like Rick would be well aware he's being blown off without having his nose rubbed in it by Roland being called in. Too bad he's too intelligent and professional to take it out on Roland's makeup. I long for the day that Hedley gets his comeuppance...
It breaks my heart to see what's happening to Rick Redfern! The guy really deserves a break, with all those years he gave to the Washington Post. The New Yorker would be a great fit for him.
You think Rick has it bad freelancing for Huffpo, try pinning your hopes on getting published on Doonesbury's Blowback page.
Ha! The Blowback advice given by IN A HEARTBEAT was turned around and stood on its head by GBT! Instead of Rick lowering himself to "skewering" for MSNBC, we have the real dirtbag, Roland, right there ready to do his duty for Fox.
Re: today's strip -- In a perfect world, this would be an actual question at the Vice Presidential debate. Here's hoping!
I really loved today's strip, but as a woman I just have to wonder: If Ryan's "personhood" bill should be passed (due to congressional insanity) does it mean that a woman who has a miscarriage, aka spontaneous abortion, would also be charged with homicide? I am past childbearing age but think this is a super important issue.
If Rick just wants to get the big bucks, he should write fiction disguised as truth. A political "expose" of the Democrats would be a best seller. Think Ann Coulter.
I'm reminded of the late Ernie Kovacs' quote about television, that could just as easily be applied to today's 24-hour news sources: "A medium, so called because it is neither rare nor well done."
I just read the Sandbox post TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN by Garrett Anderson. Great to read such a positive piece about such a terrible problem. I had to write to say that it has eerie resonance with some of the events on this side of the border. The Canadian army has failed to help or protect members who have served in Afghanistan. They have compounded the issue by either covering up incidents of suicide, or failing to inform families clearly and in full. Hats off to GBT and Slate for giving vets a place to talk. It seems all are welcome in The Sandbox.
Maybe it's time for Rick to write fiction; it obviously runs in the family. And don't novels like 1984, Frankenstein, and Brave New World, hold more persuasive power than any blog post? For one who wants to change the world, it should be the way to go.
Would someone please tell Rick that all he has to do is lug a video camera to a Scott Brown event, record the campaign workers doing something stupid, upload it to his blog, provide some skewering narrative, and BAM -- he'll be invited onto Rachel Maddow's show in a heartbeat! Use the medium, Rick, the way it was meant to be used! Enter the 21st century. You can do it, Rick!
It's wonderful to see Lucy Spraggan's "Tea & Toast" as Today's Video. I've watched her since her first appearance on X Factor UK some weeks back. After one appearance Saturday night, her indy album went to #3 on the UK iTunes, and "Last Night" was #2 on the iTunes singles chart. The next day, she had to pull the album from release as per the show's rules.
We don't think that way? We're too old? I don't think so -- not the generation of sit-ins, non-violent protest and civil disobedience. I don't want to do that work over again either. But I do think that way, and from all I see the ability to create positive change only gets better with age. And two of the most powerful and efficient tools, besides Doonesbury, are the written word and the internet.