July 7, 2010

Web Site Move

I recently announced that this Web site will be moving to Pajamas Media. We still have a few technical database issues to iron out before going live, and once that happens you should be automatically re-directed from here to there.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at July 7, 2010 10:28 PM
Comments
cool. Do we get a background on how it happened and why?

And a book update...?
Posted by: Abu Guerrilla at July 7, 2010 11:29 pm
Abu Guerrilla,

I was invited over there for the additional exposure. Supposedly my traffic will go up a lot, but we'll see.

I just signed my book contract today, so now it's official. I'm make a formal announcement after the site move.

You'll be in the book as long as my editor doesn't cut you. It's just one sentence, but you're in there, under your real name rather than Abu Guerrilla. The quote I'm using is actually the last sentence of one of my set-piece chapters. You used a nice turn of phrase that fit perfectly.
Posted by: Michael J. Totten at July 7, 2010 11:38 pm
Michael, some of the people who write over there are pretty crazy, but you're probably going to do fine.
Posted by: Ali at July 8, 2010 12:19 am
Shame really, but I suppose you have to go with the money.

I've tried the PM site a few times but can't get with their presentation, its just boring.
Posted by: Jabba the Cat at July 8, 2010 3:21 am
just something to think about, PM is a heavily slanted ideological group of sites, your journal will automatically be written off as 'right wing, etc etc'.

They also have some bona fide kooks as part of their network (climate change deniers, flat earthers, creationists, neo-libertarians, etc). Not exactly a Pulitzer prize winning group.
Posted by: Mike R at July 8, 2010 8:04 am
Any time you throw in your lot with Victor Davis Hanson, you could be doing a whole hell of a lot worse.
Posted by: Will at July 8, 2010 8:30 am
I agree with Mike R. Association with Pajamas is going to put a big "far right-wing" label on your head, whether you want it or not.
Posted by: Ivan N at July 8, 2010 9:03 am
over at Pajamas "search" doesn't know your name and the RSS-feed ends in February 2010
come back please!
Posted by: Silke at July 8, 2010 10:03 am
Ivan N
I agree with Mike R. Association with Pajamas is going to put a big "far right-wing" label on your head, whether you want it or not
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Should Michael have gone to KOS or Move on???? If the left doesn't like what you say, your a nut.

Simple as that.

PS.... Congrats Michael from a former Dustoff medic (57th) and a long time reader.
Posted by: Dustoff at July 8, 2010 10:10 am
I think your work is very close to dead center and I think if you maintain that position it will improve PM which at times is less than convincing because of clear ideological spin. I hope it works out for you.
Posted by: Lorenz Gude at July 8, 2010 10:49 am
Michael T, before you make the move over to PM, you should read this,

http://marccooper.com/pajamas-media-drops-trou/
Posted by: Mike R at July 8, 2010 11:12 am
Silke: over at Pajamas "search" doesn't know your name and the RSS-feed ends in February 2010
come back please!


It's not live over there yet. I haven't gone anywhere.
Posted by: Michael J. Totten at July 8, 2010 1:34 pm
Shrug. Like any other buffet, you take what you like and you skip the rest.

Yes, there's some right-wing histrionics going on at PJM that I avoid. There's also some incredibly thoughtful, educational throughput that makes the endeavor worth some of my time each day.

Mike will always - ALWAYS - have immense crediblity in my eyes, no matter what his URL says. I'd lay any amount of money on the fact that, should any outside influence attempt to make him slant his work, he'll be a solo act again in as long as it takes to change his DNS entry. Whether he's at PJM or HP, he's still must-read to me.
Posted by: Nate at July 8, 2010 1:54 pm
Ivan: Association with Pajamas is going to put a big "far right-wing" label on your head, whether you want it or not.

But writing for Commentary doesn't?

Every political magazine and Web site tilts to the left or the right, and I get nothing but crap from the left. So....whatever.
Posted by: Michael J. Totten at July 8, 2010 1:57 pm
If it's true that he gets nothing but crap from the left...well, it's their loss! From what Michael says about himself I've always figured he leaned leftward himself, but unlike many journalists he admits it and does his best to check his politics at the door. He does his best form his views based on the evidence in front of him rather than interpret the evidence in front of him to fit his views. As often as not, his conclusions are "I don't know what to make of it all" or "I have no idea where the answer lays". That's why I trust him. He's not trying to tell us what to think. He's trying to tell us what he sees.

But in addition, I think Michael also realizes that trying to describe the Middle East in terms of American politics (ie. what WE mean by left and right) is about as effective as trying to describe the moon in terms of Coke and Pepsi: it may be an interesting intellectual exercise, but would get you no closer to the truth.
Posted by: Thom at July 8, 2010 3:09 pm
Thom,

I used to lean left--far to the left, actually--but I don't anymore.
Posted by: Michael J. Totten at July 8, 2010 3:34 pm
We're all adults (I'm assuming...) who can pick and choose content we think is worth our time. If Michael gets more eyeballs somewhere else, good for him, his bank account and his valuable work. The ME not being on my regular viewscreen, I wouldn't have found this address initially without a recommendation.

I laugh and learn at PJ, and click off what gives neither. Funny to me what "far" right is to some, but that discussion goes nowhere useful.
Posted by: Paul S. at July 8, 2010 3:39 pm
"form his views based on the evidence"

Michael,

Your interviews in Iraq ("glass half full" followed later by "half empty" perspectives, so to speak; I think I got the sequence right) was when I started telling people, see, this is how a reporter worth your time does it.
Posted by: Paul S. at July 8, 2010 4:02 pm
"glass half full" followed later by "half empty" perspectives, so to speak; I think I got the sequence right

Yes, that's the right sequence.

Iraq is far too complicated for a "full glass" or "empty glass" perspective.
Posted by: Michael J. Totten at July 8, 2010 4:13 pm
I've been a longtime reader and so I appreciate Michael's move to PJTV. After leaning to the left for years, I've now started appreciating certain right wing views, especially as the liberalism I so admire from the left has become increasingly anti-western.

PJTV, like the HuffPost always have their radical commentators from both ends of the political spectrum, and to dismiss PJTV because it happens to have a few loonies there is to give credence to one end of the political spectrum while demonizing the other. Both conservatives and liberals are needed in our robust democracy, and PJTV's attempt to attract more people in the center and center left should be seen as a positive thing.

So to all those who are upset about him going to PJTV all I have to say is this: get over your political alliances and continue to support one of the few journalists out there who endeavor to get the facts and the context right and not push their own political agenda.
Posted by: Perat at July 8, 2010 5:39 pm
Thanks, Perat.

Though to be clear, I'm not going to the TV part of Pajamas Media, just to the Web site. They're going to host my blog, but that's it.
Posted by: Michael J. Totten at July 8, 2010 5:57 pm
As someone who does frequent Liberal sites, today's progressive climate on Michael's subject matter would draw fire should he hook up with KOS or HUFF.

Today I learned that as 1000 top minds are soon to be without jobs at NASA, the mission should be to make Muslims feel better about themselves. I also learned that NEOCONS are circulating false stories about Hizb'Allah in Mexico to stir up anti-immigration sentiment. Zionists are trying to defeat the Democrats by putting pressure on American Jews. I didn't realize how confused I was...

Right now, I think Michael is making a smart tactical move.
Posted by: Maxtrue at July 8, 2010 6:26 pm
"anti-immigration sentiment"
Note the convenient absence of the modifier "illegal."

Noticing the voting history of American Jewry, I'd say the Zionists have done a piss poor job thus far.

Madness, Max; if we don't keep our heads screwed on tight, who will?
:-)
Posted by: Paul S. at July 8, 2010 6:54 pm
PJM is exposing the dirty dealing in BO's Justice Department, like dropping the Black Panther case and refusing to go after ineligible and even dead voters on the rolls - "doesn't increase turnout". This makes PJM a "far-right site" that must be demonized and crushed.
Posted by: Gary Rosen at July 8, 2010 10:03 pm
MJT,

ha, wonderful.

I have no idea what crazed phrase you've picked up from my wordom... but if I had to guess (I'll buy your book) I'd say it's this:

"Objective journalism in the Middle East is determined by who has The Guns."
Posted by: Abu Guerrilla at July 9, 2010 12:25 am
When I was younger I thought objectivity was just a matter of conscientious effort. But none of us can park our experiences, reactions, all our memories on a shelf; we accommodate them as our sense of ethics dictates (or doesn't.) Maybe an anchor in ethics is the most fallible humans can hope for.
Posted by: Paul S. at July 9, 2010 1:52 am
Gary you can do that (exposing dirty dealings) without accusing Obama of being a communist, Kenyan/Indonesian, Muslim, Manchurian candidate.

You can also do that without being a creationist or a climate-change denier.
Posted by: Ali at July 9, 2010 2:41 am
On the other hand, Michael can't do his wonderful dispatches if he keeps running out of money, so I support his move to PJM.
Posted by: Ali at July 9, 2010 2:44 am
Ali - Indeed one can do that, but one will inevitably be accused of any or all of those things anyway.

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Posted by: Render at July 9, 2010 6:20 am
Paul, you are right about that. It is one reason I post. American Jewry should take a good look at itself.

Ali, very true.
Posted by: Maxtrue at July 9, 2010 9:58 am
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0710/39510.html

Look at it this way: we won't have to drink this Kool Aid in buckets.

Yes we did what?
Posted by: Maxtrue at July 9, 2010 10:05 am
As someone else has said, if you're with VDH, you're in good company. I'd also say that with Michael Ledeen, Claudia Rossett, Richard Fernandez, and Bill Whittle there, you'll be in a good neighborhood.

As long as you keep writing, Michael, we'll keep reading. You're a breath of fresh air in the blogosphere. I've been a reader since before Charles redesigned your page. (Or have I embarassed myself in getting that wrong? Oy!)

The bottom line is there are numerous people from all walks of life who respect you and your work. May the hits keep on coming and your pocketbook get fatter. Looking forward to the book.

Will you be offering signed copies like Steyn? LOL!

Cheers!
Posted by: Grantman at July 9, 2010 11:18 am
Grantman,

Yes, I will be offering signed copies. They'll be available for pre-order before the book is available anywhere else.
Posted by: Michael J. Totten at July 9, 2010 11:44 am
Pajamas or not, sleeping with Dogs leads to fleas.

Sorry to see you go MJT. I have always considered you well above the idiots at Pajamas Media, Daily KOS and all the other echo chambers.
Posted by: Ratatosk at July 12, 2010 10:31 am
"Idiots" at PJM like Richard Fernandez aka Belmont Club??? That's rich, especially considering the source.
Posted by: Gary Rosen at July 13, 2010 12:48 am
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