(PROOF) ICYMI: "Some Say the Criminal Justice System Will Save Us From Trump—But Can It?" sethabramson.substack.com/p/some-say-the…
(PS) Apropos of this essay from a few days ago, Maddow now reports that Georgia Republicans are trying to change Georgia's Constitution to make it impossible to indict him for election interference. They appear not to have the votes—but it underscores my point in the essay above.
(PS2) Maddow also reports that the DOJ under Joe Biden hasn't yet taken certain evenhanded actions that could help advance a civil lawsuit in Manhattan that could eventually transform into criminal charges. So here too we see the wheels of justice grinding to a halt to aid Trump.
(PS3) It almost feels like—no, it's exactly like—the moment the political danger looked to be gone for Trump, GOP operatives (and anxious Democrats) set about ensuring there wouldn't be any criminal consequences for Trump, either. This is exactly what my essay above warned about.

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17 Feb
(ESSAY) Charles Euchner has published a dozen books, has taught writing at Columbia and Yale, and has directed a think tank at Harvard. He now runs THE ELEMENTS OF WRITING. His just-published essay about my work is illuminating, and I hope you'll share it. theelementsofwriting.com/slot-man/
(PS) I agree with the few critiques Euchner offers of my work. I get myself in trouble by bringing jargon into popular media, though I do it because I think certain words—if they crystallize and become ubiquitous—can help us have conversations we presently don't know how to have.
(PS2) Euchner also notes, rightly, that independent journalists end up being their own PR reps; and the more they get attacked, the more they have to do it. I hate (more than I think any reader would guess) self-promotion and defensiveness. But attacks seem to come in near-daily.
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17 Feb
(THREAD) The main problem with that @DanDrezner piece in the Post is that it's an international politics prof writing about the field in which I'm a professor—communications. No one in communications would *ever* compare the blogosphere to either Twitter or Substack. Here's why.
1/ Back in the mid-aughts, I was a Koufax Award-nominated political blogger (I don't know what Drezner was doing then; I first heard of him about a year ago). So I was into the blogosphere pretty deep, as I also ran a second high-traffic blog that was focused on the art world.
2/ The "blogosphere" was an outgrowth of MySpace and LiveJournal, inasmuch as in the heady early days of the internet people suddenly realized that they could engage in private diaristic writing—a very specific subgenre of writing—in the public square, and it was suddenly "okay."
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16 Feb
(THREAD) On February 11, CJR published a piece on me by Lyz Lenz (@lyzl). It had been informed in writing months earlier—before Lenz began her work—that Lenz felt malice toward me. I requested a different interviewer. The request was ignored. This is the story of what came next. Image
1/ I tell this story not just because it's shocking, but for three other reasons. Columbia University wishes for me to itemize my complaints with the piece—having already declared it will make no changes to it—and I see no reason why I should do so privately rather than publicly.
2/ Second, what happened to me at the hands of CJR—defamation—has happened to many other independent journalists at the hands of other media outlets. Right now there is a needless war between Old Media and New Media, and Old Media is fighting dirty. It has to stop, and right now.
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15 Feb
Today I learned Lenz (@LyzL) approached CJR to write a hitpiece on me—now proven to have 25+ lies in it—a matter of *days* after getting fired by the CEDAR RAPIDS GAZETTE (I don't know if her infamous racist questioning of VP Harris played a role). Now we know what motivated her.
I learned a lot about myself and media and what I want for my future over the last week, though the work to get accountability for what CJR and Lenz did to try to rescue Lenz's career continues. Still, knowing I was maliciously lied about to distract from a firing helps me heal.
I had no idea the person who lied to me and about me for 2 months has a documented history of racism. Nor did I know she'd lost her job as a journalist and started a Substack at the moment she tried to destroy my life as a journalist and *my* Substack. Really, really scary stuff.
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14 Feb
🔹 "A fire-breather—we need his passion."—CNN
🔹 "Urgently important work."—Politico
🔹 "Very good at connecting dots."—Vanity Fair
🔹 "A deep thinker."—Rolling Stone
🔹 "He has come to prominence in the collective American consciousness."—Washington Post sethabramson.substack.com
🔹 "A cult-favorite author."—NY Magazine
🔹 "An underdog who became a hero."—Der Spiegel
🔹 "A serious researcher."—NY Journal of Books
🔹 "A virtuoso."—LA Review of Books
🔹 "Careful and exhaustive."—Kirkus
🔹 "Deserves something akin to a Medal of Honor."—Prof. Laurence Tribe
(MORE) When you write very publicly on controversial topics, much gets written about you. The same outlets whose employees laud you have other employees who attack you. So it goes. If you want the truth about me, it's *always* public, 24/7/365. Right here: sethabramson.net/bio
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14 Feb
You read about it at PROOF. Now it's in the New York Times. nytimes.com/interactive/20…
PS/ Remember—as discussed at PROOF first—that Roger Stone suddenly decided not to lead the march and indeed to flee the area not long after corresponding with these men. He abandoned a speech he was going to give. He knew what was coming. What we don't know is if he warned Trump.
PS2/ We *do* know his fellow Stop the Steal organizer and paramilitary aficionado Ali Alexander was in touch with Donald Trump Jr's girlfriend Kim Guilfoyle the night before. We do know his fellow Stop the Steal organizer Alex Jones was in touch with Michael Flynn the day before.
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