My name is William Rivers Pitt, and it has been my great honor and privilege over the last ten years to be a writer, editor, interviewer and advocate for Truthout. In my time with Truthout, I’ve seen and chronicled the best and worst of American politics, from the darkness of the Bush years to the day Senator Boxer said no to Ohio vote fraud, from 9/11 to the Patriot Act through two wars, from three presidential elections to the right-wing madness of today.
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