I write a lot of negative things about journalism, because the profession is by now such a near total disgrace. But every once in awhile it’s good to give a shout out to an inspiring media professional.
That time is now and I’d like to give a huge shout out to the wonderfully funny and talented Corey Pein, who reports currently from Washington, D.C. and Portland, Oregon, writes Magical Thinking for The Baffler, and has a book on Silicon Valley coming out next year, Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey Into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley (which we’ll shill for big time as its publication date gets near).
Some might see my lauding Corey with fawning praise and adulation as a cynical attempt to promote the new episode of his brilliant, soon-to-be-award-winning podcast, News from Nowhere, which coincidentally just had me on as a guest. I’ll be the first to admit there might even be some truth to these spurious allegations.
Furthermore, in donating to Corey myself, one might think I was hoping to guilt trip him into donating to my website Washington Babylon through its brand new Patreon page, which will pay for on its upcoming podcast, to be called Washington Babylon, at Corey’s suggestion actually, and which will debut soon.
But the reality is that Corey actually is a great journalist and one of the dwindling few who are true independents. And no, that’s not just code for bankrupt, though being an independent journalist and bankruptcy typically go hand in hand.
Why? Because if, like Corey, you weren’t born with a silver spoon up your ass — like many of today’s journalists, especially at allegedly “prestige” outlets; the name Ezra Klein of Vox springs to mind here — and you write what you believe, not what your employer and potential future employers want to read, your career options tend to be limited.
Come to think of it, that may be why Corey and I periodically experience cash-flow problems. In any case, I’d urge everyone to donate generously to Corey (though perhaps at the same time, or even after, or, going down the list, an instant before donating super generously to me at Washington Babylon‘s brand new Patreon page).
You should definitely check out Corey’s podcast/interview with me, in which you will very definitely hear a man speak his mind — all of it, and about a wide range of topics, mostly my recent story at WashingtonBabylon.com, “The Hack List 2017.”
You’ll also find how to contribute to News from Nowhere — and if you don’t you won’t be able to listen to my interview. It’s premium, high-grade, highbrow content and I don’t blame Corey for not giving it away for free.