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The Daily Banter was founded in 2006 after I got fed up with watching the corporate news in America fail to report properly on the Iraq war, or point out the very obvious fact that “both sides” were not the same.

I was a Brit working as a boxing and MMA journalist in Los Angeles at the time, but getting started in political journalism meant going it alone. Journalists were being fired in droves as the news industry was collapsing due to the proliferation of online content. So that meant trying to figure out “blogging” — learning html, how to edit photos, run ads, build an audience, and keep up a relentless pace of publishing for almost no money.

After several years slogging away as a solo blog, I relaunched in 2012 bringing on several prominent columnists, including Bob Cesca, Chez Pazienza and White House reporter Tommy Christopher. We grew month after month, year after year and became a significant voice in the political media landscape. That was until Facebook wrecked our business model by cutting access to almost all of our followers on their platform.

In February of 2019, we moved permanently to a newsletter format on the Substack platform in order to avoid reliance on social media platforms and their continually changing algorithms. It was renamed as ‘The Banter’ and is completely subscription funded.

Today’s iteration of the blog I founded in 2006 is, I like to think, a more mature version. Less partisan, less shouty, slower paced, more in depth, and more nuanced. While we focus more of our attention on the frightening rise of right wing identity politics, we also take on ideologues on the left. We strive to be truly independent, and that means saying things some of our readers don’t always like. The Banter is a community though, so we engage with our readers regardless of their perspectives. “Banter” after all, is a term for a playful, friendly exchange.

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Editor of The Banter Newsletter, Brit living in Washington DC, occasional contributor to The Daily Beast, former boxing and MMA scribe for ESPN (many moons ago).