There’s been some confusion about this new vertical at Business Insider: Politix. Let me try to answer some of the questions that readers have asked:
1. What’s with the spelling of Politix? Back in the day, the AP used to “slug” stories by type. The slug for political stories was “Politix.” Thus the spelling.
2. What’s with all the coverage of “unfunded liabilities” and “state and muni” debt? It’s our view that the central political story of our time is an avalanche of public debt coming home to roost. Things we used to take for granted, we can no longer take for granted, because at every level of governance, we are broke. All of us are now living through the reckoning (all the debt coming home to roost) and the restructuring (how we deal with it). That’s the domestic story we will focus on, day in and day out.
3. What’s with all the coverage of Mexico and Ray Davis? The other major story of our time is what we call “threats.” The threat of terrorism is obvious. The threat of failed states is likewise obvious. If Pakistan’s government collapses, an arsenal of nuclear weapons is up for grabs. If Saudi Arabia’s monarchy falls, US energy costs skyrocket. If Iran acquires a nuclear weapon, the Middle East becomes exponentially more volatile and dangerous. If Mexico breaks apart, border security becomes a US military issue.
It is our view that the national security challenges facing the United States and the “developed world” have never been more complex or more difficult. We will cover those challenges every day.
4. Where’s the political coverage? We will cover the 2012 presidential campaign closely. We will also be covering the race for control of the United States Senate. We don’t expect that the 435 Congressional races will do much to change the current make-up of the US House of Representatives. The GOP will almost certainly remain in control after the November elections in 2012. We will not pay too much attention to the 2012 gubernatorial races. We will cover various state and municipal initiatives and referenda as they develop.
We will cover all this with an eye towards (1) debt and restructuring, and (2) threats. We expect that this is pretty much all the candidates will end up talking about.
5. What are the regular features of Business Insider Politix? We offer a morning news summary called “Politics In 60 Seconds,” which you can read on the site or have emailed to your inbox. It collects what we think are the top 10 (plus or minus) political stories of the day. On Fridays, we offer a “Weekend Reading” feature (and email) that provides links to longer form pieces that (we think) provide superb analysis and commentary on the issues of the day. As the campaign heats up, we will probably add a weekday (mid-day) feature called “Campaign Round-up,” which will collect the five or seven key “horse race” stories of the day. We’ll keep you posted on that.
6. What else have you got to offer? Basically, what we are trying to do is to (1) keep you apprised of important news stories, and (2) connect you to the best analysis and commentary of what’s going on in the political world. We’re not really interested in opinion journalism, there’s more than enough of that. If you think of journalism as four parts — reportage, analysis, commentary and opinion — our focus is on the middle two.
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