Politics & Other Mistakes: The rights of wrong writing

Jason Savage claims he’s a journalist.

I say he’s not.

We’re both kinda correct.

Savage’s regular job is as the executive director of the Maine Republican Party. No question about being a journalist there. He’s just a political hack. But “outside the scope of his employment,” to use the snappy phrase coined by his lawyer, Savage runs a website called the Maine Examiner. It features unabashedly conservative takes on current events, mixed with semi-news-like attempts to embarrass Democrats and liberals.

So, he’s a political hack there, too.

That doesn’t matter. Political hacks have the same rights as everyone else to operate propaganda sites, even if, like Savage, they’re the sorts of cowards who do so anonymously. Nowhere in the Constitution’s First Amendment does it require the exercise of free speech to be conducted ethically.

The state GOP repeatedly denied it had anything to do with the Examiner, even though it regularly reposted articles from it on social media, particularly after the Examiner published a couple of negative stories about Ben Chin, a left-wing candidate for mayor of Lewis ton. Those articles may have tipped a close runoff election in favor of Chin’s right-wing opponent. The stories contained just enough fact to convince some voters to reject Chin, even though the allegations weren’t particularly accurate or remotely fair.

That shouldn’t have been surprising, since the postings were written by a political hack. Except readers would have no way of knowing that, because Savage kept his role in the site a secret. That made it more difficult to assess the Examiner’s credibility.

A California computer geek eventually exposed Savage as the owner and operator of the Examiner. The state Democratic Party then filed a complaint with the Maine Commission of Governmental Ethics and Election Practices (motto: In Reality, Far Less Impressive Than Our Name Would Suggest), claiming the site was a thinly disguised tool of the Republican Party and an attempt to circumvent campaign finance laws. Savage defended the Examiner as “community-based news” and said he kept it anonymous because “certain people” would have attacked his stories if they knew he’d written them.

The ethics commission held a hearing on the matter in late February, and, as it nearly always does on tricky ethical issues, decided to punt. On a 3-2 vote, it opted not to investigate whether Savage was operating the site as part of his job or as the sort of bizarre hobby that only a political hack would enjoy.

This prompted all sorts of liberal handwringing. The Maine Sunday Telegram editorialized (in an ironic footnote, the editorial didn’t carry a byline, so we don’t know who wrote it) that the commission had “decided that if it looks like it came out of a newspaper, that’s good enough for them.” As a result, said the paper, “political operatives can send anything they want over the internet as long as they make it look like journalism, and the paid staffer who wrote it swears he did it in his free time.”

Samuel Nathan Kahn is a well known writer, publisher in UK working in the field for 7 years. He had worked so well in the field and earned a lot of followers. Using my knowledge of the printing industry and my educational background in business.

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Tips to Develop Writing Crafts and Technique

Writing is a skill which is hard to cultivate. Want to become a great novelist – continuous practice, discipline and willingness to learn are the keys to improve your writing crafts. In this article, Samuel Nathan Kahn has shared some tips for improving the writing craft and developing new writing techniques.

Perhaps you are a blogger, you should write well and an eye-catching blog to attract the visitors. Luckily, there are a lot of things individuals should consider to impress their audience. Scroll down for getting some ideas to augment your writing crafts. Whether you want to enhance the script skills as a creative author or to become the next great novelist, these tips will help you.


Here, are some of the tips to improve the writing crafts:

  • Think about the Readers Requirements

Whatever individuals going to write, their aim should make the content as clear as possible. This is according to Samuel Nathan Kahn that you should present your notions clearly and concisely. Moreover, avoiding ambiguity and redundancy is also vital. This is not difficult to achieve – more individuals practice on writing make them more confident about their writing style.

Here, are some basic rules that one should follow:

  1. Evade excessive long sentences.
  2. Never use complex words where the simple words will do.
  3. Correct use of punctuations.
  4. Make small paragraphs for the ease of the reader.

In order to convey information in a more appealing way, you should include the system of signposts (headings, subheadings, and table). Remember you are writing for the spectators so always take care of their needs.

  • Use Vocabulary but Do not Complicate Things

Making use of a wide vocabulary is crucial in order to become a prosperous writer. But a thing to take care is to never complicate the text by using large or unnecessary vocabulary.

Of course, using a wide vocabulary individuals may sound smart but they can lose the readers. Actually, the level of the terminology that you use varies according to the spectators you are writing for.

  • Read More and More

Reading everything enhances the writing arsenal of individuals. In fact, by reading at least one thing a day, expose you to new styles of writing, teaches new techniques and give fresh inspiration. The writers can uncover new notions that they have never thought of.

The more you read articles, business books, blogs, fiction and anything else change the way you think. Also, you can notice that your content is becoming more sophisticated day by day.

  • Exclude the Filler Words and Phrases

There are some words in our writing all the time which do not contribute much of anything. If you want to improve your writing skills, try to eliminate these words. While filler words and phrases add color and meaning sometimes, but most of the time they are meaningless.


These are some of the tips and tricks recommended by Sam Kahn which helps you in taking your content from acceptable to enviable. No one is perfect in reality, but individuals can improve their writing style by following above tips.

Originally Posted: http://samuelnathankahn.com/2018/01/tips-develop-writing-crafts-technique/

Five Easy Ways To Improve Your Blog

Five Easy Ways To Improve Your Blog

Every day, countless blog posts are being published by individuals and businesses in the industry. Of course, you want your own blog to stand out and have your readers come back for more. If so, then you should be able to give them something that would leave them wanting more.

Think of your blog as your favorite restaurant or bakery. What entices you to eat there more frequently? Your blog should:

• Look delectable. Make your title tempt them into reading the blog.
• Be easily ingested. Share information that is easy to read and digest.
• Savory. It should just look good, it needs to be good so your content must be superior.

easy ways to improve your blog
In other words, your blog post should be delicious. Samuel Nathan Kahn shared 5 main ingredients to an appetizing blog that would enchant your readers:

1. Write exceptional content :-

Though it may sound obvious, but this is one of the most important ingredients of a delicious blog. You may read blogs, or have tried to read one, that are poorly written. That is, the ideas that the author wants to share is not properly communicated. The result? An invaluable-looking blog, and at risk of damaging their own reputation or that of the product/brand they are writing.

2. Captivate your readers :-

When people conduct searches, the first thing that they will see is your article’s title. When they see something that catches their eyes as they browse through your blog, that’s what gets them hooked into reading. They read because your article looks promising and you have to deliver that promise. Titles that give them the idea that they can learn something new and learn right away is what people look for. Put some intensity in your title and give them what they want.

3. Be concise :-

Lengthy blogs can bore readers while short once may lack substance. Generally, a 400-500 word blog may be encompassing. So make your articles concise, brief in form, but comprehensive in scope.

4. Articles should be easy to read :-

Admit it or not, not everyone reads the whole article all the time. We just scan it. And with the vast resources available to us online, we wouldn’t take time to read from start to end. With this in considerations, write your article in a format that would allow scanners to get the most out of the article. You can have it as numbered/bulleted list, short paragraphs and you can use subtitles. That way, the content of your article will be easy to read, to scan and to digest.

5. Select images to go with your post :-

As much as you would like to give readers something for the eyes, you wouldn’t want to bore them with too much. Select images that would accompany your content and make sure that it connects with your target audience. Try to put at least one per blog post but don’t bombard them with more than three.

With these five ingredients at hand, you can be sure that your written and published articles represent your expertise very well, will help advertise your brand and involve your target market. Keep your articles/posts delicious, so that your readers will come back for more.