It was on Sept. 5, 1998, that I launched Online Journal to
offer readers an alternative to the corporate media and to encourage citizen
In some ways, it seems as if that were yesterday. In others,
given what has happened over the course of the past eight years, it seems like
eons. From day one, though, Online Journal's reception exceeded my wildest
Online Journal stands as an example of what people can do
for themselves: from professional to citizen journalists, from readers who
spread the word and support our work with their hard-earned dollars. The
Internet has made us a worldwide community in the pursuit of freedom, peace and
There were only a few pro-people online publications when
Online Journal came aboard, but now there are many more voices speaking out
against the forces of tyranny, much to the chagrin of those in Washington and
elsewhere, and their sycophants in the corporate media, who think they can
silence us by labeling us "conspiracy theorists," "unpatriotic,"
"un-American," "anti-American," "anti-Semites,"
even "terrorist sympathizers" and the latest from the Bush gang, the
true terrorists and fascists: "fascists."
Sorry, boys and girls, the name-calling won't work. Online
Journal will be here as long as its readers support it and I have the stamina
to publish it, unless Washington finds some way to directly or indirectly pull
tomorrow, Online Journal begins its ninth year. My thanks and appreciation to
all the writers and readers who have helped Online Journal get this far with
their contributions, support and donations.