WaPo Opinion Columnist E.J. Dionne took the scenic root in a recent column in which he urges readers of good quality journalism to invest in the The American Prospect, which could close in June if it doesn’t raise the funds it needs to survive.
Dionne never even mentions The American Prospect until the fifth graph. Instead he talks about his love of opinions — all opinions — and reading those with whom he disagrees like National Review and Human Events. Once perched on the Prospect, he spends the remaining five graphs explaining why he is pleading for you to save it.
He even gives a major shout-out to budding opinion journos like our Ezzy (WaPo‘s Ezra Klein) and more.
“The maddening aspect of The Prospect’s crisis is that it has been innovative in dealing with the new online world that, as an opinion-lover, I also appreciate (even if I would insist that opinionated writing can never substitute for the relentless daily reporting of the traditional news outlets). The magazine gave a start or a big push to some of the best younger progressive online writers now gracing us with their views. They include Ezra Klein, Matt Yglesias, Jonathan Cohn, Kate Sheppard, Dana Goldstein, Laura Secor and Jonathan Chait.”