A new media company built on the ideals that were once the bedrock of American journalism.
I saw that Twitter files were being dumped this evening, came here to see if anything had been shared...then panicked when I couldn’t find COMMON SENSE anymore!
Now that I get that the name’s been changed (and hopefully ONLY your name, I can relax again.
I’m THRILLED to see you thrive. I pay to subscribe to help keep you going. I’ve little in common with you, beyond the most important trait of all...a deep and abiding love of freedom and the truth.
Best wishes and Happy Holiday!
So beyond excited for this! I applied for the copyeditor / fact checker position and it would be an absolute dream to be a part of your team at The Free Press. Please give this military spouse and former newspaper reporter a chance!
I am far from a media insider, but is it a coincidence that this announcement takes place on the same day that thousands of New York Times employees are on strike?! As a simple outsider, it sure makes me chuckle a little... turmoil at The Gray Lady while The Free Press makes a bold announcement of an organization committed to "ideals that remain the bedrock of American journalism" !
So sweet. Whether intentional or not, I love the timing :)
Any chance of adding Glenn Greenwald to this endeavor, or having him come in for guest columns? I feel like you and he are kindred spirits, Bari.
Congrats on the new form Common Sense has taken-on. I'm happy to be here, even when I disagree. Which happens, time to time. At least I know my disagreements won't be subject to "visibility filtering."
Great job Bari !
After I read your resignation letter from NYT, I knew it made sense for me to subscribe to Common Sense. You’ve done a great job in providing relevant content with varying points of view. The comments section is great as it allows subscribers to discuss the article against different perspectives. The comments are civil and allow for people to share and learn as well. It’s also great that you allow subscribers who comment to post of other articles that are relevant to the subject.
So, when do subscribers get to purchase stock in The Free Press LLC ? Surely the San Francisco start up ecosystem (see Ycombinator.com) is either knocking at your door or you have already accessed it. It would be great to allow for the purchase of shares, sort of like how Green Bay Packers fans can own a small part of their team.
I’m looking forward to reading the work of four of my favorite thinkers: Walter Kirn, Coleman Hughes, Vinay Prasad, and Michael Shellenberger. Wonderful additions!
Did Jim Baker manage to delete anything or was everything he "vetted" recovered?
From the moment I read Bari's resignation letter, I knew that this was a person who shared my values. Soon after, I wrote Bari a letter, and I signed up for the newsletter and have enjoyed everything that the Common Sense team has produced in the years that followed. I am thrilled for the success that this group has achieved. I pay for only 1 publication/app/whatever across all genres/mediums...this one. As with Rob (comment 1) my "identity" would be considered to be on the other end of the spectrum from Bari, but this is exactly the point! It should not matter what my immutable characteristics are. I want to read factual reporting and well-reasoned opinion, regardless of whether or not I agree with all of it. Bari, Nellie, Suzy -and all of the growing team of contributors to this effort have reminded me that I am not losing my mind when I scratch my head when reading 'corporate media' headlines. You have all renewed my faith that there are truly great writers and reporters who want to do justice to the term "The Free Press". I have little doubt that this enterprise will continue to thrive as people wake up to the fantastic talent and principles involved. Congratulations to the team at The Free Press!
* Someday, I hope to see a true long-form report from Bari on the Twitter Files, but I understand that the 'distribution' of such an article may have certain conditions placed on the channels in which it is distributed.
In the meantime, I will continue to enjoy the pieces produced by this talented group of contributors.
I knew you must be busy this week when I saw that you were one of the journalists being entrusted with deciphering the Twitter Files. This is an even more exciting development. Bravo, Bari!
Mazal tov on The Free Press! This feels like an historic moment. Maybe the truth will win out after all. Thank you Bari and everyone on your team for leading the way.
I was an "early adopter" on Common Sense...Really excited to see how this has developed and grown! This is so NEEDED in the era we are in.
Been wondering where the stories were this last week or so and figured you've all been baking up something special with just the Twitter Files. Really glad you're getting the reach you're getting. Maybe I'm not as crazy as I thought I was, it is SO refreshing to read news that isn't dripping with an agenda. Pls don't change.
Love the continuing evolution. Can't wait until you, Bari, and Taibbi do a podcast on this whole Twitter Files Frankenstein's Monster.
This is the single most hopeful thing I’ve read in such long time! (Not that you’re changing the name, and not that you’re moving onto your own platform, but that you are experiencing this level of support and success.)
I adore Common Sense, and I’m incredibly grateful for the existence of Substack, so I hope neither of those suffer in this transition. However, the need for a new powerful journalism platform is so overwhelming, I get why you have to make the leap.
I thought we had something in the Intercept, but they broke my heart when they proved me wrong. (PS… Glen Greenwald ❤️) Please don’t do the same.
It is not an overstatement to say we need you to succeed - the world needs real, thoughtful, brave journalism, but right now, it is largely dead (and its rotting corpse is right in front of us.)
Godspeed, everyone at The Free Press.
This is so exciting and reassuring, like an anchor in the chaotic world where information flies too fast and too hot to be comprehended, let alone digested. Thanks for being there.
What passes for the mainstream (lamestream) press is now a moral, professional, and journalistic wasteland. In my worst fever-dreams I never thought I'd see it happen in my lifetime, but there it is.
But mark my words: when the cuttin's done, if we survive, Bari's exit from the Failing New York Times and the establishment of this blog will be considered one of the - if not THE - bellwether event that started the ball rolling for the salvation of the Best Nation That Ever Was.