State political blogs LouisianaVoice and Something Like the Truth were among 97 political blogs named as best in the nation this week by The Fix, the news blog of the Washington Post.
“After weeks of combing through, literally, thousands of nominations we are ready to unveil the Fix’s 2013 list of the best state-based political blogs,” The Fix said in making its announcement. “In many states we got so many nominations that we had to name more than one blog as best. In three states—Alaska, Hawaii and West Virginia—we got no nominations.”
The Fix, in releasing its list, said all the winning blogs were nominated by Fix readers. “Many of them are partisan—on both sides—and it should go without saying that we don’t endorse the opinions expressed in them,” it said, adding that it eliminated blogs “that regularly publish potentially offensive content.”
Something Like the Truth is an insightful blog hosted by Robert Mann, a journalist and political historian. He holds the Manship Chair at the Manship School of Mass Communication at LSU and is director of the school’s Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs.
He is the author of outstanding histories of the U.S. civil rights movement, the Vietnam War and his most recent book, Daisy Petals and Mushroom Clouds: LBJ, Barry Goldwater and the Ad that Changed American Politics, was named by the Washington Post as one of the best political books of 2011.
Mann, who spent more than 20 years working for U.S. Sens. Russell Long, J. Bennett Johnston and James Breaux and as communications director for former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, is often critical of the policies of Gov. Bobby Jindal.
“I’m keeping the phone lines open so I don’t miss Gov. Jindal’s congratulatory call,” he quipped. “But let me quickly say that I’m gratified that mine and Tom’s efforts to shine some light on Jindal’s misrule are catching the eyes of the national media.”