MoJo Video Contest: Goodbye, George W. Bush


If you had 30 seconds to say goodbye directly to Bush, what would you say?

We asked MoJo readers in December for their YouTube video responses to this question; today we’ll start posting our favorites on motherjones.com.

You can still participate: Just put your 30-second (or so), PG-13 video on YouTube labeled “Mother Jones Goodbye Bush Video” and send us the link at:

mojobushvideo@gmail.com

All styles of video are welcome, from simply talking at the camera to fancier stuff. Bring it on, we say. Just don’t forget to include your snail mail address when you email us if you want to win MoJo swag.

Below, the first MoJo Video community tribute to Bush’s departure:

DOES IT FEEL LIKE POLITICS IS AT A BREAKING POINT?

Headshot of Editor in Chief of Mother Jones, Clara Jeffery

It sure feels that way to me, and here at Mother Jones, we’ve been thinking a lot about what journalism needs to do differently, and how we can have the biggest impact.

We kept coming back to one word: corruption. Democracy and the rule of law being undermined by those with wealth and power for their own gain. So we're launching an ambitious Mother Jones Corruption Project to do deep, time-intensive reporting on systemic corruption, and asking the MoJo community to help crowdfund it.

We aim to hire, build a team, and give them the time and space needed to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We want to dig into the forces and decisions that have allowed massive conflicts of interest, influence peddling, and win-at-all-costs politics to flourish.

It's unlike anything we've done, and we have seed funding to get started, but we're looking to raise $500,000 from readers by July when we'll be making key budgeting decisions—and the more resources we have by then, the deeper we can dig. If our plan sounds good to you, please help kickstart it with a tax-deductible donation today.

Thanks for reading—whether or not you can pitch in today, or ever, I'm glad you're with us.

Signed by Clara Jeffery

Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

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