Jane Mayer was on “UP with Chris Hayes” yesterday talking about her latest article in The New Yorker The Voter Fraud Myth.
Watching her with Hayes, took me back to last May when Mayer, having read the piece I co-authored last year for the Southern Poverty Law Center about Bryan Fischer, called me for some insight and additional information on what I knew about Fischer’s activities when he was in Idaho.
Getting a call from a bestselling author and investigative journalist like Jane Mayer was a highlight for me personally and professionally.
At that time, I had put my writing on hold to take care of my parents who were living in Southern California.
Family issues were immediately placed on the front-burner while a lot of breaking news and stories I had in development got temporarily shelved.
It was a very tumultuous time, but my parents and their well-being had to come first.
Ultimately, my family and I convinced my parents to sell their California home where they lived for 44 years and relocate to Idaho.
Property deals in two states, coordinating a moving event and finding new doctors to take on my parents’ health issues was time consuming and exhaustive. I would go through the ordeal again, because it was ultimately the right decision for all of us.
I make this digression only because so many who have read my blog and articles have been wondering what became of me.
Contrary to what many rightwing conservatives like Fischer would have the world believe, gays and lesbians DO have family values! REAL family values!
I was watching Mayer talk about the lack of voter fraud, I was browsing my Twitter feed and low and behold, I see this tweet from Fischer:
Bully Pulpit, An evangelist talk-show host’s campaign to control the Republican Party.”
(Subscription required so here are the PDF’s Part 1 & Part 2)
I may have not gotten much ink or visibility in the piece but that does not matter, what did matter was how great it felt to have contributed something to Jane Mayer, who as always, did a great job.
As for Fischer’s misfired rant at Mayer, this guy is pathetic. As I told Mayer, while Fischer was in Idaho “journalists went to Fischer like a moth to a flame,” but now he is looking for a news hook to bring him back in the spotlight because his flame is burning out.
Photo credit: Alex Soth, The New Yorker