This publication began with a question: do Americans still want real journalism? Nearly 450,000 of you are answering: yes.
I’m a paid subscriber from the early Common Sense days and I’ll never be without the FP. If it weren’t for publications like this and Racket News we’d never be exposed to these stories. I’m so happy that the tremendous work that Bari and team put forth is flourishing.
Bari, Nellie--The Story is the Biden corruption machine. And it’s not being covered. Why not?
I think it’s fine to take a bow for the stories you have covered, but if aren’t willing or interested in covering what looks like massive corruption in the White House, do you really get to call yourself the antidote to the NYT?
I subscribed to the Free Press because the Free Press searches for Truth. And, yes, there is a Truth out there, not just my truth or your truth but a real truth.
Bari, ever since Jordan told you to always speak truth, I think that is what pushed you out of the New York Times. Of course, I could be very wrong. It probably was festering for a long time. There is only so much propaganda one can stomach.
* I hope the Free Press (and others) displace the New York Times.
* I hope University of Austin displaces those propaganda and accreditation mills that are so called Universities.
* I hope your success wakes up Journalism schools where they MUST cover you instead of trying to bury you in their devotion to the New York Times and Washington Post. If they do that, some college students might be saved.
The corporate media is a corrupt cabal and the true enemy of the people. Its a shame so many are completely captured by these organizations. Thank goodness we have The Free Press, Public, Racket News and others or we'd continue to be manipulated and misled by the lies and deceit peddled today at CNN, MSNBC, Fox, NY Times, WaPo and others. Lets hope that platforms like Substack, Rumble and Spotify don't cave.....it seems we may have already lost X (Twitter). Keep up the great work Bari!
I am a subscriber and on balance am gratified that somebody is still trying to do their effing job, as I put it. I was raised to do my job--whatever it was, and it would not matter even now--ethically, as well as I could, and to take pride in those facts.
What I will suggest is that Bari and others read two books: The Fatal Conceit, by Friedrich Hayek, and "Intellectuals", by Paul Johnson. There are certain aspects of your world view, as I see it, that will not stand those shocks, but will nonetheless be better for it.
By today's standards I am extremely right wing. But I see myself as a middle of the road moderate, in a world that has lost its effing mind. There is so much crowding at the far left that people's brains seem to be popping from the congestion.
In my own view, the "right wing" is monarchism and theocracy. It is kings, and compulsary membership in one church or another. The Iranian theocracy, for example, is right wing, as are most Arab governments.
And the left wing is dictatorship, and utopianism, which are equally oppressive, but which, rather than point to a religious text or history, simply decide each and every day what reality is going to be that day for the world, and it punishes anyone stubborn enough or who lacks agility, for the "crime" of momentarily getting out of step with their Dance of the Dead.
Everything in between is Liberal. Functionally, Liberalism in our world is the CAPACITY to engage in honest and open conversation, knowing at the outset that the ending will likely remain disagreement, but with understanding added on both sides, and the implicit promise that we will both think about it, and possibly move closer over time.
My particular liberalism is rooted in the work of Hayek, Thomas Sowell, Paul Johnson, Murray Rothbard, and a few others. And my views on science are rooted in SCIENCE. The Global Warming Cult is not science at its political roots. And the COVIDIan madness was not science either. If you understand the scientific method, you understand that data speaks, and anyone who does not listen is not practicing science. And anyone saying they are scientists but not adhering to data based positions is corrupt. Fauci is not stupid: he is corrupt. He is a paid liar, for whom mass death was not even a factor. Just not something that was going to cause him to lose sleep.
But I will say again that, while I wish this place would go farther on stories like the Biden family corruption, you all are still doing vastly better than most of your competition. In some respects, you have a niche that has no competition. Kudos for that.
You had me with your NYT resignation letter. I haven’t been disappointed.
I am a staunch red-blooded white male (with a penis) conservative. I subscribed knowing BW is a liberal/progressive. BW shows that even liberals can tell the truth, especially when they have been stomped on themselves. Show us where it hurts, Bari.
OG Common Sense subscriber. I have spent a lifetime reputation as a conservative, a Christian, a devotee of thinkers like WFB, Thomas Sowell, Hayek. My right-of-center priors are well-established, in other words. I tell people that my favorite media is led by a woman who, as laid up against all of those priors, is just about my polar opposite. And yet, she exemplifies everything that I admire in our world, and she leads a team that produces the most deeply thoughtful, utterly respectful and fiercely courageous journalism extant. I was inspired to happily pay in the early days in hopes the stated purpose would hold fast. My faith in Bari, and the people around her, is weekly justified. They operate on the leading edge of the news, as the editorial above notes.
I’m usually a very late adopter, but proud to be an early one with independent journalism on Substack. With Bari, Taibi, Berenson, and a couple of others -even if I don’t read every article I am proud to sponsor it all --I see it as an investment in the future of the USA. I also find it funny that I as a conservative have paid for journalism from 3 liberals (who realize what has happened to journalism) --I do not want journalism that feeds my beliefs --I want stuff that makes me think. Congrats to you all!!
My Free Press subscription is money well spent. I am a right leaning independent from a bi-racial family who has become outspoken on issues of race and the transgender assault on children. The work of the Free Press has proven to be extremely valuable in my fight for normalcy. I don’t agree with everything that is written, but I am not supposed to. Common Sense, as this started, is so critically important in today’s world. Thank you Bari and all for taking the difficult path but the open and honest path.
People crave truth over deception. Mainstream media deals in deception and is too arrogant to acknowledge we know it
At a time when the modern hysteria seemed to be at its peak, Bari published this:
Lincoln Isn't Evil. Neither Is the West. Stand Up to the Woke Lies (https://www.thefp.com/p/lincoln-isnt-evil-neither-is-the)
There it was, in all the darkness, a ray of light. A sane voice from a mainstream news outlet, and one with real authority. If Bari speaks up, I thought, surely more mainstream media actors will wake up from their collective insanity.
Not nearly as many have woken up as I'd hoped, but as this article points out, the work often comes with far more jeers than cheers at first but the impact is eventually there.
Keep up the great work, our great country is lost without it!
A fan here from the first day. Thank you for all this, thank you for real journalism.
On 7/11/22, my dental hygienist told me about Bari and sent me the link to her address to the students at The University of Austin and everything changed. Reading it was like a cool pool on a blistering hot day. I was refreshed and energized... I was full of hope. I never looked back. Thank you, Bari, for opening doors and uncovering windows.
The Free Press often speaks for me. It also often doesn't. This is ultimately what keeps me coming back. Whereas almost every major news outlet tolerates almost no dissent from the chosen narrative, the Free Press's narrative is that the truth is almost always somewhere outside the narratives you hear most often.
The FP will provide many stories I find enlightening, sometimes even exhilerating to read (recent example being A Church Grows in Brooklyn) while at the same time posting articles that frustrate me while still providing new perspectives on subjects I don't know nearly enough about (What Happened When One Illinois Town Passed Reparations).
Every week, I look forward to the next article and the further insights the commentors will provide. It's a community I'm proud and thankful to be a part of.
I am a conservative Republican who can’t stomach either the current POTUS or Trump. I joined in the Common Sense days and was drawn to Bari when I saw that a left, progressive journalist like her was canceled by the NYT. I have not regretted subscribing because of her willingness to go for the facts, the truth, without worrying about any predetermined narrative. There is one hot-button issue that I wish Bari and company would pursue with an open debate about facts, science, philosophy and theology—abortion. Bari has made it quite clear that she and her partner are pro-abortion, but the lens of abortion usually presented here is strictly political, I.e., what abortion restrictions, or lack thereof, and what political groups, or the average American, willing to accept in our current political landscape and modern culture. What I would like to see/hear instead is an honest, civil discussion of the emerging science of what exactly is an “aborted 12-week” fetus? Is it a person, a genetically unique human being, a glob of biological matter w/o any dignity of its own! Hard issues I know, but let’s have a science-based debate before politics,