This is a surprise.
As many of you know, Firedoglake has been on hiatus for eight months while I recovered from hip replacement surgery. During that time I’ve been contemplating what the next chapter should be for the website. After some personal reflection, I have decided to pass the torch on to Kevin Gosztola and Brian Sonenstein, who will launch their own media organization called Shadowproof that will build on the success of FDL.
The dogs and I have really loved being a part of the FDL community for over a decade, and are so very thankful for all of the great friends we’ve made and the experiences we have had. But we feel it’s time to hand over the helm to new, young energetic voices like Kevin, Brian, Dan and Kit. Moreover, it’s the right time in their careers when they should be stepping into leadership positions. I am so proud of all of the work they’ve done, and look forward to watching their growth as they lead their own organization.
I want to thank everyone over the years who has helped to make FDL a huge success. I urge those who have supported FDL to support Shadowproof, because it’s going to be amazing.
When I first started blogging back in 2006, when I was writing at “The Populist“, Jane’s blog was one of my regular reads. I wish her the best with her hip recovery and in her future endeavors.
Skippy, The Bush Kangaroo remembers as well. Skippy is an old timer blogger like me.
UPDATE: I just wanted to share a few more thoughts here on this blog posting that I didn’t get to share earlier.
For better or for worse; Jane Hamsher has been a critic of Barack Obama. she was a critic of Obamacare, she was a critic of many of the things that went on during his administration. For that she lost a lot of friends on the liberal left and because of that she lost her status in the blogosphere as one of the great ones.
That in itself, is a demonstration of how just how partisan politics can be corrosive to the political process and also to political writing. I mean Jan Hamsher has been around since 2004 and she started blogging on Blogspot which was a long time ago in blog years and human years too and I think it’s sad that Jane basically became of pariah in the liberal blogosphere, because she dared not to go along with the group think when it came to Barack Obama.
Anyhow, I wish Jane the best and I hope she finds something good to do after blogging.