Better Than Netflix

Reading this email was a great way to start the day:

I just wanted to say I have been an avid follower of this blog since 2008 and will be upgrading to prime content.  I pay $15 a month for Netflix and hardly even use it, but $5 per month for a service I use multiple times per day?  Yes. Reading your content daily for almost a decade — and with countless other digital publications having come and gone in the meantime — Political Wire remains one of the very best sources for the most intriguing political stories of the day.

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Digital Media Is In a Total Meltdown

Just look at the headlines this week: Mashable sold itself for a fifth of what it was valued at two years ago. Vice and Buzzfeed missed their revenue targets by a wide margin.

Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo summed up what’s happening this way:

We’re actually in the midst of a digital news media crash, only no one is willing to say it. I’ve mentioned before that digital news media in the midst of a monetization crisis. But again, it’s a full blown crash.

The problem is that so many news sites are confused about their customer. Is it the advertiser or the reader?

If you’re an advertiser, you’ll do much better placing ads on Google and Facebook. A digital news site just cannot compete with their ability to target customers.

That’s why I moved Political Wire to a membership model a couple of years ago. I want this to be the best site for readers. But it relies on your direct support. Those who support the site get new features, a cleaner reading experience and no ads.

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‘Every Day Since the Bush Years’

This email made my day:

Political Wire has been my first source of news every day since the Bush years.  Ditto the middle of the day.  And the end.

In the past year, Political Wire has helped keep me sane while the tragedy that is Trump plays out. For weeks after the election,  I couldn’t watch the news or read the paper given the enormity of the disaster upon us.  I was able to sneak a look at Political Wire because you consistently give your readers a calm, straightforward, critical selection of news we need to know.  In case you wonder, I did find my mind before the inauguration.

Your work is not just informative for political insiders–you make it possible to be a participant in a complicated world.  Thank you, thank you.

And this one too:

I love, love, love Political Wire. I have been a quiet reader for several years then joined and am so thankful that I did. Keep doing what your are doing. We need you now more than ever.

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‘Over Half My Life’

From a happy Political Wire reader:

Thank you, as always, for all that you do. To reiterate a message you’ve apparently received from other subscribers, Political Wire is one of the first news sources I read in the morning, and the last one that I check at night. Your work and dedication in tumultuous times offers essential context that I do not find anywhere else.

And another:

I’ve loved this site ever since I was a high schooler in the early 2000’s anxiously following the ‘00 election/recount craziness from my home in Florida. Now that I’m 30, I have closely followed your work here for over half of my life. Wow.

Ever since I was a kid, you have contributed tremendously to my understanding of the world around me and the role that we as citizens can play in making justice a reality for all. I’m a better informed and more engaged participant in our democracy thanks to your work. I am truly, truly grateful. Thank you.

Thanks to everyone who spends part of their day here!

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‘The Cornerstone of My Day’

Another nice note from a reader:

Political Wire has become the cornerstone of my day — I’m scanning the stories typically within 15 minutes of waking up until about 15 minutes before turning the lights out.  All the time in between is spent keeping up with all of the current discussions in progress and waiting for the next discussion!  Political Wire has turned me into a bona fide political junkie, and I’ve never looked back!

I’m truly thankful for all of the amazing readers who make Political Wire possible.

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‘Rubbernecking the News’

This email made my day:

Since Trump was elected to office by a minority of voters, I’ve struggled, like so many others, with how much to expose myself to the daily revelations of his insanity. In some ways, keeping up with the news feels like rubbernecking — gotta slow down and see if anyone’s bleeding or mangled. It’s a gory sideshow. So, as I recently told a news junkie friend who was lamenting about how she’s not getting anything done because she spends so much time reading multiple newspapers and websites, “Stop rubbernecking the news! If there is anything worth knowing, you’ll find it on Political Wire.”

She wrote me today to say she subscribed — that it’s the best money she’s spent this year — and that she was blown away by your “None of This Is Normal” piece. We all were. Thank you for the sane perspective you offer in these deeply troubled times.

I’m truly thankful for all of the amazing readers who make Political Wire possible.

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‘Media Are First Responders Too’

This email made my day:

I’ve been reading your site since I was 13 during the 2002 election. At that point, it was simply a form of entertainment. Now I regularly read it to efficiently decipher what’s happening in what feels like a festering United States. In moments like these, I feel so grateful for all the hard work you put in to sharing us the news. People don’t always remember that the media are first responders too, which is why I’d happily sign up for your membership time after time.

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‘A Perfect Gift for the Political Junkie’

Another reader emails:

Keep up the great work. I just want to repeat what the other subscribers have been saying: Its almost as if you are the curator of my own personal daily political briefing. It’s not just the obvious stories but the interesting, out of the ordinary articles from around the country that I find fascinating. I am going to gift a subscription to a friend today. It’s a perfect gift for the political junkie.

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‘Ammunition for My Discussions’

One reader just got his annual renewal notice and sent this reply:

Political Wire is the first news source I look at in the morning and I check back several times a day. You give me ammunition for my discussions with my misguided Trumpite coworkers. $50.00 well spent. Thanks!

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‘Worth Every Penny’

From an email I received this morning with that subject line:

Political Wire has become my go-to political news source. I check your page several times a day, eager to see the latest updates. Your ability to quickly glean the most meaningful information from a wide variety of publications and distill it to its essence saves me valuable time, and your members-only analysis is excellent. Thank you.

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More Happy Readers

This email made my night:

I’ve been a Political Wire subscriber since you added the feature. I remember seeing Chuck Todd tweet the day you launched it that it was well worth the $50 and I couldn’t agree more, even all these years later! I really have been enjoying the bonus posts model you’ve been using — and posts like this Trump one — smart analysis with good data points that I haven’t seen anywhere else are a big part of the reason why.

I’ve worked in politics for almost 10 years and your site is consistently the one I turn to multiple times a day. Thank you!

And this one too:

I want to join the chorus of appreciative members and say that I am proud to support an intelligent source for understanding national politics.  The way stories appear on the front page reminds me of the tapestry of meaning woven in George Packer’s The Unwinding – the sum is far greater than the parts.

Thanks again, and keep weaving that tapestry of the unwinding.

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