Soros Pushes The “Flush” Lever

The Minnesota Independent  is pining for the fjords:.

I am writing today to announce the closure of the Minnesota Independent. After five years of operation in Minnesota, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news into a single site, The American Independent at Americanindependent.com.

I love that; the “American Independent News Network”, which runs the “Colorado Independent”, the “Iowa Independent”, the “Florida Independent” and the “Texas Independent”, and ran the “Minnesota Independent” (as well as the also-closed “New Mexico Independent” and “Michigan Messenger”), allows the various regional fiefdoms about as much “independence” as the Soviet Ministry of Agriculture. The “Independent” regional media is not only being shut down…

…it’s being centralized!:

This is part of a shift in strategy, towards new forms of journalism made available as technology has advanced, and an increasing emphasis on national coverage and issue-based coverage from our network. Over the coming months, AINN will announce a number of new journalism initiatives that will continue to advance our mission of producing impact journalism in the public interest.

So that’s that!

The Mindy, as some of us called it, wasn’t always a complete waste; Paul Schmelzer was a capable writer; Andy Birkey could be a decent reporter, back before his obsession with Bradlee Dean drove him off the rails.

But from the Mindy’s breezy, amateurish start (as the Minnesota Monitor, under then-editor Robin Marty), through its history, it went from groaningly disingenuous (Marty often, absurdly denied any connection to George Soros and “liberals with deep pockets” during her reign) to curiously overstaffed (the Mindy briefly employed some very high-caliber liberal reporters and “editors” – Steve Perry, Erik Black and others – until, it seemed, moments after the 2008 elections) and its descent into near-irrelevance over the past three years, it’s always been a hothouse flower – something that couldn’t exist without massive outside support.

And that’s gone.

Going forward, an archive of Minnesota Independent’s reporting will exist on AmericanIndependent.com.

Perhaps a more interesting archive of the Mindy and MinnMon’s history is found right here on this very blog.

So just for old time’s sake, let’s go through some of the Mindy’s greatest hits:

And on, and on, and on.

One of my more solidified principles is that I never, ever do the end-zone happy dance over people losing jobs.  I do indeed hope Andy Birkey (and whoever else may still have been left at the Mindy) come up with some kind of gainful employment (and I have a hunch the Sorosphere will look out for its own).

But I come to bury the Mindy, not to praise it.

10 thoughts on “Soros Pushes The “Flush” Lever

  1. Marty often, absurdly denied any connection to George Soros and “liberals with deep pockets” during her reign
    If liberals spent time engaging in introspection they might begin by asking themselves why, if they represent the interests and aspirations of “the People”, they rely on financial support from “liberals with deep pockets” and government grant agencies that are not responsive to the will of “the People”.

  2. Terry, there’s no way liberals could spend any time in introspection of their policies for one simple reason: if they honestly looked at the results of their “beneficent policy” results they’d have to abandon liberalism.

    Consider the results of just a few of their policies.

    War on Poverty: destruction of poor families and an increase in poverty.
    Social Security/Medicaid expansions: financial destruction of the US.
    Laxity on the borders: a collapse in the wages of lesser skilled workers.
    Home financing for even financial idiots: Fannie/Freddie and the present depression.

  3. One of my more solidified principles is that I never, ever do the end-zone happy dance over people losing jobs. I do indeed hope Andy Birkey (and whoever else may still have been left at the Mindy) come up with some kind of gainful employment (and I have a hunch the Sorosphere will look out for its own).

    I hope the Sorosphere does, too — it’s a tough world right now.

  4. Nerdbert, liberals live in a bubble. Their political opinions are reinforced and presented as facts by popular culture and popular media. We are talking about people who can’t tell the difference between ostensibly non-partisan news media and comedy channel programming.

  5. “I do indeed hope……….come up with some kind of gainful employment………”
    I’m thinking something suitable to their real talents, maybe this:

    Do you want fries with that?

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