I just answered a question from a reader. He/she wondered if it was really me writing this blog. He/she wondered if there would be a little line somewhere saying that I was funded by some foundation.
I answered the question but thought it was a good idea to answer it in a blog.
It is just me. Or, to be grammatically correct, it is I. And I alone.
No one writes for me, and I am not funded by any foundation.
I write every word of my books. I write every word of my articles. I write every word of my blogs. I write every word of my tweets.
I know that most if not all of the other voices in the national debate have a staff. Some have a large staff. Some have a “social media” person who writes their tweets and interacts with the public for them.
Last summer, when I debated Wendy Kopp at the Aspen Ideas Festival, I found myself in a three-way interchange, emailing with the moderator James Bennett’s secretary and Wendy Kopp’s secretary. I don’t have a secretary.
It is I and my pen, or to be more accurate, my computer and my iPad.
I write as I think, I write what I believe. I try to stick to the facts, as I know them. If I make an error, I’ll say so. I avoid ad hominem comments, and please let me know if I have not stood by that principle.
There’s lots more I could say on this subject, but the bottom line is this: It’s just me.