Hi. I'm Rick. I write, advise, and invest.
It is true that Teachout is not an experienced politician. The experienced politicians in New York State are hacks and criminals. That is the situation that the New York Times editorial board would like you to believe it cares about.
Yet the Times will not back the nomination of someone who comes from outside of the state’s culture of political corruption—not some reckless crank, a goldbug or anti-vaccinationist or animal-rights activist, but a degree-holding product of Yale and Duke, a former law clerk, a person who works full-time at understanding the process of political reform.
What other credentials would the Times ask a political reformer to have? What makes Teachout a quixotic candidate, while Cuomo—who would not be the governor of New York if his father had not been the governor of New York—gets taken seriously?
There’s nothing wrong with advertising, and there’s nothing wrong with creating content to gain and capture attention but that’s a game for companies with a billion users, everyone else is in the arbitrage game. But what happens when the pageview traffic doesn’t work for journalism - in cases like Ferguson, Missouri, what happens when the news trucks leave but the story (the truth) needs to be told? I’d like to find out. So would others.
If you’ve ever seen a wolf trying to live in an urban home, you know there’s nothing romantic or scary about it. Wolves cringe, flinch, whimper and hide in our world. It’s dogs who have a jaunty confidence, meeting and greeting like the people I hated in high school.