Monday, August 22, 2005

Good luck, buddy

Tony Ortega, the managing editor of the Pitch, is moving off to greener pastures as the lead editor of the equivalent paper in Ft. Lauderdale.

Tony wrote an excellent and insightful preview of the evolution hearings, and I know he listened carefully to the science community and wasn't afraid to explain the actual state of affairs, rather than offering bogus balance where none existed.

He also coined the TfK approved term "IDolator" to refer to the lunatic advocates of IDC (non-lunatic advocates of IDC tend to stay below the radar).

He also publicized the research Red State Rabble and I did on campaign financing ties between the creationist majority on the State Board of Ed and various parts of the conservative Republican movement, including Phill Kline, the Kansas Republican Assembly, and Kris Kobach.

But his real contribution wasn't to TfK.

He was a tireless advocate for people whose voices weren't being heard, whether through investigating the incestuous relationship between developers and politicians in KC, giving a microphone to minority and local activists, or promoting the blogosphere to the Pitch's readers.

That last one is an absolutely spectacular idea, above and beyond the call of a small, local, alternative weekly, but one so natural, I'm sure history will remember the Pitch's "Net Prophet" feature as the first step toward a new relationship between print media and electronic diarists and journalists.

Ft. Lauderdale is lucky to have Tony, and I think I speak for the local blogosphere (or at least myself and Tony of Tony's KC) in saying that Tony O. will be missed.

Good luck in the land of citrus. We'll all be expecting great things.