Opinion: It is important for citizens to remain informed, says Morristown resident
Friday, August 11, 2017 - 8:02 am

To The Editor:

When the sitting Commander in Chief is, in the words of former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett, “a fascist Hamburglar whose addled, racist, narcissistic mind last picked up some information from the New York Post in 1987,” it is as important as ever for the citizenry to remain informed. Especially when said Dear Leader uses his tiny fingers to tweet, “The fake news media (failing @nytimes, @CNN, @NBCNews and many more) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people. SICK!”

Childish Tangerino wants the American public to distrust the very institution that was specifically given a particular freedom to act as government watchdog in the First Amendment to the Constitution. Which is why, now more than ever, we need to depend on the courageous, hard working reporters who are trying to shed light on this shady administration. I’d like to share a little of what I read and listen to in my effort to stay politically informed.

The New York Times and Washington Post are go-to news sites each morning for deep investigative reporting. That the sitting President hates them is a plus, not a minus. Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and Nobel winner in economics Paul Krugman is the best in the business. For politics, read Charlie Pierce’s Esquire blog.

To understand the corruption on Wall Street, there’s Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi. For the intersection of politics and culture, read The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates, especially his book “Between the World and Me,” and MSNBC and The Nation’s Chris Hayes and his books “Twilight of the Elites” and “A Colony in a Nation.” Smaller sites I like include the blog Lawyers, Guns, & Money, with regular contributers like Rhode Island University history professor Erik Loomis and College of Saint Rose political science professor Scott Lemieux. Some good writers I follow on Twitter include Jamelle Bouie, Erin Ryan, Amanda Marcotte, and Melissa McEwan.

If you need to rest your eyes, listen to the podcast Pod Save America. It is cohosted by Jon Lovett (see above) and fellow former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, along with former Obama advisor Dan Pfeiffer and former Obama NSC spokesman Tommy Vietor. The podcast, which has interviews with everyone from Chuck Todd and Katie Couric to Evan McMullin and Barack Obama and Seth Meyers, is friendly, conversational, and breezy, a stark contrast to the angry talk radio tones of Rush, Hannity, and Levin.

Sean Pidgeon

Morristown