July 26, 2006
Always Love Me, But I’m A Democrat
My name is Stephen Silver, and this is my first column for the
North Star Writers Group. I’d like to thank the editors there for giving
me the opportunity to write for a wide audience, and I very much
I am a journalist and have been for many years. I’ve lived in the
Minneapolis area (where I grew up), followed by stints in
and New York, until moving to Philadelphia about a year ago. I’m the
editor of a newspaper called the Trend Leader, which is a
community newsweekly affiliated with the Philadelphia Inquirer
(and formerly Knight Ridder). And on top of being the editor and main
editorial writer, I’m also the paper’s film critic.
My writing has covered all sorts of bases over the years. In
New York I
was a business writer, covering the energy industry for an international
news service called Argus Media, and later a wide variety of niche
subjects with Royal Media Group, a publisher of business journals. I’ve
also written about the Jewish community for The Blueprint and the
American Jewish World, about pro football for New York Press,
about the wilder side of sports for SportsByBrooks.com, and about the
2004 election campaign on a special blog for the Detroit News.
And in another life, I was a copy editor for a company that produced
game-day programs for professional sports teams.
I’ve interviewed movie stars, politicians, comedians and two
different original “Star Trek” cast members. Everyone from Barney Frank
to Kevin Bacon to a Jewish klezmer musician named Benjamin “Ben” Laden.
And in addition to all that I’ve run a blog, called SteveSilver.net,
for more than four years, in which I’ve tied all of those topics, and
of my column is going to be politics, primarily through the lens of
media and culture, although I do plan to write on occasion about
specific policy issues. I am listed as a liberal on NSWG’s masthead,
which is true, and I have always been a registered Democrat. But my
politics, like most people’s, can be a bit unorthodox.
believe there is anything wrong with having strong convictions on many
different things, and for some of them to correspond to the general
views of one party and some to the other. For instance, my views on
social issues are closer to those of the Democrats, while the way I feel
about foreign policy, especially in the
Middle East, would tend not to win me many fans at most
Democratic gatherings. I frequently find myself arguing about politics
with friends and co-workers of all political persuasions.
more in line with The New Republic than The Nation or
The Weekly Standard, and my contempt for the far left and far right
is roughly equal. Depending on what I’ve written on my site, I’ve had
people refer to me both as a “lefty blogger” and a “conservative blogger.”
Much as I
may have negative things to say about Howard Dean, Michael Moore and
Markos Moulitsas, I still agree with the Democrats more often, and
that’s why I still call myself one. But beyond that, I have always
positioned myself more as an observer and “junkie” of politics than an
active participant. In elections, I often root more for an interesting
campaign than for either candidate.
I expect to
deal each week with major topics that are in the news, in the realms of
domestic politics, foreign policy, media, popular culture and other
relevant topics. I’ll talk about the war on terrorism, about the
800-pound gorilla of “media bias,” about the nexus between religion and
politics, and about the “battle for the soul” of the Democratic Party. I
also plan to deal often with the lack of civility in American politics,
and the way that disagreement has way too frequently devolved into pure
hatred. And as the summer and fall roll on, I expect to deal often with
the 2006 election campaign.
for reading, and I greatly look forward to having the chance to share my
writing with you.
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