Please don’t vote for me in the Portland Phoenix “Best of” poll (again)


Not to piss in the pool or anything, but “Best Of” polls are simply traffic generators for the publications that host them. I am flattered that anyone thinks I am “best” at anything and nominated me as such, but the new Phoenix so thoroughly bums me out that I won’t encourage you to grace their nomination form with your presence. I’ve seen my views on the paper trivialized as “elitist,” but I conflate these views with my having standards. Last I checked there were still some good folks writing for the paper, but over all I’m all set. 

Not thinking, I’d publicly mentioned the nomination on behalf of our company yesterdaywhich was also nominatedbut was quickly reminded by one of its former employees of the times the new ownership had thrown great writers and journalists under the bus. This happened, of course, after they sued their upstart rival (with which I have a whole other host of issues) to death. I’d suffered a momentary lapse of reason in that de facto endorsement. Notice of nomination retracted. Great point. I appreciate the positive recognition, but no thanks. (Again.)
Alex Steed

About Alex Steed

Alex Steed has written about and engaged in politics since he was an insufferable teenager. He has run for the Statehouse and produced a successful web series. He now runs a content firm called Knack Factory with two guys who are a lot more talented than himself.