Right now, the US is on the midst of a leadership crisis not seen since the fall of Richard Nixon in 1974. The revelations about the Trump campaign’s potential ties to the Russian government are spilling out on an hourly basis, and the Trump administration careens from one spectacular crisis after the other. The news is coming so fast and so frequently that we are having a difficult time keeping up with it here at the Banter.
We are not a breaking news organization — we never have been, and we never will be (unless of course a friendly billionaire wants to drop us a couple of hundred million to compete with the New York Times/Washington Post). Barring our own Jeff Bezos or Pierre Omidyar, what we do best here at the Banter is digest multiple news sources and attempt to help our readers think more clearly about what is happening in the world. In essence, we are a filter through which the majority of our readers build a realistic, thoughtful and intelligent perspective on the news. We take this job very, very seriously and spend long, grueling days making sure we check our sources, write well and formulate interesting opinions to share with our readers. To keep doing this during politically charged times like this, we need your help more than ever to keep going.
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Thankfully, our core readers have kept us going with their incredible generosity, and our membership base has grown significantly since last year — as sign that diminishing Facebook traffic has nothing to do with the quality of our writing.
Either way, we are looking to up our coverage of the ongoing crisis in Washington D.C over the coming months and providing as much quality insight and opinion as we can possibly muster. We have relentlessly hit this administration with everything we have, but the fight is not over yet — not by a very, very long way. We need your help to keep up the fight, so if you enjoy reading what we do here at the Banter and want to support an outlet not taking a single cent from corporations or billionaires who want to further their own political agenda, please consider becoming a paid member. Right now, it’s 35% off the regular price of a membership ($3.99 a month or the best deal, $39.99/year), and you get access to all our Members Only content and bi-monthly magazine ‘Banter M’. It’s quite literally the price of a single cup of coffee for the whole month (roughly 99c a week), so come and join one of the most intelligent, interesting communities on the web — or what we now call The Resistance — and help cover the insanity going on in the White House.
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Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.