I have followed the editorial writings of the Dutch political commentator Leon de Winter with much interest over the last few years (since about 2001). So I was very pleased to see that he had begun blogging his ideas on his new blog, The Free West, on a blog platform that is hosted by Die Welt, one of Germany’s premiere newspapers. Check out the announcement of de Winter’s blog at Die Welt for an idea of what de Winter’s wants to do with his blog and for his explanation for why he wishes to blog in English, even though he is Dutch and writing for a German newspaper. The introductory post new journalism is interesting and the comments quickly turned into a fight about why de Winters is writing his blog in English even though it is hosted at a top German newspaper. Comment 25 on that thread is very insightful. . . .