Let's just say that Amanda has a mind of her own and she's a steady presence on the alternate side of things. She is co-editor for politics of something called Clamor magazine (ah, that's with a"C"); webmaster for the Brooklyn Rail; and, since The Newstandard was revived in June, has published over 80 articles in it. Like others who've revived Newstandard, she had worked with Z Magazine. Earlier, her story for Pulse about the Bush administration's discouraging an FBI investigation into Osama bin Laden's terrorist activities won recognition from Sonoma State University's Project Censored. So, my inside source for news at the Republican convention is something of an outsider.
Update: Andrew Sullivan is back just in time to cover the convention story; and, at Mode for Caleb, G. K. Chesterton and Caleb McDaniel reflect on journalism's focus on the exceptional, when it is the usual that gets things done.