Journalism in a time of crisis

By David Talbot

Published September 18, 2001 8:33PM (EDT)

Salon is working hard to cover the war between the United States and terrorism in all its vastness and complexity. We will continue to ferret out stories that the rest of the media are overlooking, and we will present viewpoints that have been ignored by the big broadcasters and newspapers.

This week, like last, Salon will make its news coverage available to all our readers, including nonsubscribers. But next week, we must return to our normal publishing plan, reserving our political columns and some of our reporting for Salon Premium subscribers only. As I've explained in past letters to our readers, there is simply no other way for Salon to operate as a viable business.

Salon Premium readers might notice some changes. We have decided to suspend our daily Bushed column so that we can marshal our editorial forces to cover the global terrorism story. Premium readers will find even more news and commentary about the Bush administration as it leads the country through this defining period.

Americans need to get as broad a range of information and analysis as possible as our government and military confront the sobering challenges ahead. We need to hear from more than just the usual talking heads. We need journalism that is as challenging as the times. Please take the time today to become a Salon Premium subscriber, so we can keep devoting resources to this expanding story.

David Talbot
Salon editor

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David Talbot

David Talbot, the founder of Salon, is the author of New York Times bestsellers like "Brothers," "The Devil's Chessboard," and "Season of the Witch." His most recent book is "Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke."

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