Why I’m at The Dispatch

I remember the first time I thought about joining the new media project that would become The Dispatch. I was sitting in a recliner in my living room late on a Friday night, reading that day’s G-File from Jonah Goldberg.

Like a lot of other editors across the country, I had been running Jonah’s columns faithfully each week in my newspaper. I had also kept up with The Weekly Standard and its demise. 

So Jonah’s mention of his new media venture with Steve Hayes immediately piqued my interest, and I fired off an email asking to join their mailing list.

Then, 10 minutes later, I emailed again with, “Perhaps a dumb question, but … ” and told them of my desire to work for a publication like the one they described. Thus began a long, fortuitous conversation between us about the ethos of The Dispatch and the value of journalism in an increasingly fractured society.

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