What is Public Notice?

Public Notice is the new online home for Aaron Rupar’s coverage of politics and media. (I’ll stop writing in the third person now.)

Why subscribe?

Over three years at Vox, I established myself as one of the foremost chroniclers of Trumpism, explaining what’s happening on the American right for a largely progressive audience. I immersed myself in right-wing media and watched Trump rallies so you didn’t have to.

I’m fair, but not impartial. I think democracy and fair elections are good things and, unlike a lot of mainstream coverage, am not shy about saying so — or about holding major outlets accountable when they equivocate.

My writing has always been iterative and had explanatory depth, so as the 2022 midterm elections approach, I decided this independent newsletter thing is perfect for me. But independence does not mean that you won’t hear from other voices in Public Notice. In addition to my own reporting and analysis, I regularly publish expert Q&As and post discussion threads where subscribers weigh in.

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I think the biggest story in American politics today is the Republican Party’s turn against democracy and embrace of authoritarianism. Public Notice is in part about situating day-to-day developments and media coverage of them within that macro context.

What do I get if I subscribe?

Public Notice hits your inbox three times weekly. At least two editions are totally free, but paid subscribers get an exclusive column each week, as well as subscriber-only newsletter sections that are sprinkled throughout the week.

Press the button above to subscribe and never miss a thing. Every new edition of the newsletter goes directly into your inbox. My first one explained in more detail why I’m doing this, and the second featured a Q&A with political scientist Brian Klaas about the fragile state of American democracy. I’ve also grappled with the complexities of covering Trump in 2021, gone deep on American kleptocracy, and detailed how Republicans have degraded congressional hearings into opportunities to create soundbites for Fox News.

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Follow me on Twitter (@atrupar) for lots of live video, commentary, and occasional snark. Email me (atrupar@gmail.com) to pitch ideas or just get in touch.

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This newsletter will evolve over time. But I’ll never pull punches, and I’ll always work hard to make sure subscribers get their money’s worth.

The next few years in American politics promise to be a bumpy but fascinating ride. I hope you’ll join me as we navigate it together.

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Aaron Rupar 

Independent journalist covering US politics and media and author of Public Notice.

Lisa Needham

Lisa Needham is an attorney and freelance writer specializing in covering reproductive health issues and the federal courts. You can find her other writing at Rewire, Balls & Strikes, and Dame Magazine.

Noah Berlatsky 

Noah Berlatsky is a freelance writer in Chicago.

Scott G. Nelson

Scott G. Nelson is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Virginia Tech. He is the co-author (with Bradley S. Klein) of "Citizenship After Trump: Democracy versus Authoritarianism in a Post-Pandemic Era."