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Note from the Publisher: Website Changes and Whatnot

Dear Readers,

Hope this finds you healthy and well. We’re plugging along here. The American Spectator staff is COVID-19-free and working from home.

You may have noticed a couple changes to the website. We’re trying to improve your experience, and we welcome your feedback.

The biggest change is that rather than updating once, early in the morning (shortly after midnight), we’re going to publish new pieces throughout the day. That means you’ll see fresh new content at all hours. This was always true of our blog posts, by the way. Now it’s true of our main content as well. So check back often!

For subscribers, we’re offering conference calls with your favorite writers. We started those as an experiment to see how you all liked them. So far, they’ve been an overwhelming success. Here are some of the upcoming Computer-Side Chats (I just made up this term), so you can add them to your calendar now. We’ll be sending updates via email, too. If you ever wanted to ask your favorite American Spectator author questions, this is your chance. We also cover the news of the day. It can be a relief from screaming at the television.

We’re also working on putting together a podcast for you. Back in the day, I had a podcast, and the only place to listen to it was on iTunes. Now, there are other places to find and listen to them. Do you have a favorite podcast platform? I use Spotify a lot. Please let us know where you find your favorites, in the comments or by emailing, and we’ll do our best to serve that platform.

Have you noticed the stellar content lately? We’re proud of our writers’ work. On the front page right now, you can find news and opinions about Kim Jong-Un, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook, the government’s response to the Wuhan virus, the economic implications of the oil market falling apart, Holocaust Memorial Day, the fear of being unemployed, and a book review on a tome discussing the architecture of Mies van der Rohe. That is a lot of content for one day!

Thank you all for being loyal and dedicated readers. We know that you have many choices (not many great choices, mind you, but lots of them.) We’re a small journalism outfit doing big things, and we thank you for being a part of it!

Please do give us your thoughts on podcast platforms and the kind of podcast content you’d like to hear. We’ll keep you updated as we make progress.

Stay healthy, friends!


Melissa Mackenzie


P.S. We are taking submissions for our Coronavirus Diaries. Do you have an experience you’d like to share? Submit to We’re also accepting Letters to the Editor and publishing the most interesting ones each Friday!

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Melissa Mackenzie is Publisher of The American Spectator. Melissa commentates for the BBC and has appeared on Fox. Her work has been featured at The Guardian, PJ Media, and was a front page contributor to RedState. Melissa commutes from Houston, Texas to Alexandria, VA. She lives in Houston with her two sons, one daughter, and two diva rescue cats. You can follow Ms. Mackenzie on Twitter: @MelissaTweets.
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