Don’t know what the Pentagon/Rendon Controversy is? Neither did we, until we asked John.

JohnKnefelOk. Check that. We heard of it, we just didn’t care that much. But John does. Here he is, in his own words.

Hi, everyone!  I’m John, your newest addition to this webpage jobber.  I’ve known the Schad crew for years, so when Stephe asked me to start submitting to this site, I figured, “Well, I’ve got nothing against those guys.  What the hell.”  I kid, I kid.  I love all of them, and if you’re reading this post I probably love you too, or I would if we ever got a chance to meet.  

I focus mostly on politics and media criticism, which I’ve found to be a cornucopia of topics on which to comment (read: get very frustrated about).  If you’re curious about my style, you can read a recent, fairly representative post of mine here concerning the Pentagon/Rendon Group controversy, and the larger structural problems it highlighted.  If you’re unfamiliar with that issue, the long and the short of it is that a few months ago, the Pentagon hired the Rendon Group–a PR firm that helped sell bogus intelligence in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq–to rate reporters’ war coverage as either “positive,” “negative,” or “neutral.”  This created a justified backlash, and the Pentagon recently canceled the contract.  That’s an outcome we should celebrate, but we need to remember that the media still suffers from more subtle forms of self-censorship.  At least, that’s what my post argues.

As I said, I’ve known Schadenfreude for years, and we’ve shared many comedy stages and drunken shenanigans together.  I’m happy to be here, so let’s have a good time, YES?!