I began my professional life as a paralegal.  After corporate attorneys wore me down in the fight for We, the People (as was their goal), I obtained a Master Gardener degree and owned a professional gardening business with an emphasis on xeriscaping.

In early 2004 I was a researcher for Robert Greenwald’s documentary, Outfoxed:  Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism.  On the heels of that, I joined my fellow researchers and became a — “liberal bomb thrower” (h/t Bill O’Reilly) — at the News Hounds, monitoring David Asman, Linda Vester and, for four years, “business news” right wing propagandist, Neil Cavuto.

You might find me walking in the Rocky Mountains with my two English setters, in the garden or in the kitchen trying new Vietnamese or Thai recipes (mashed potatoes and gravy are good too, as is bacon!), or stocking shelves and being a “walker” at my local food bank.

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27 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dr. Juno  |  April 16, 2009 at 2:08 PM

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  • 2. ChrisH  |  June 17, 2009 at 12:17 AM

    Melanie, do you have comments turned off? ‘Cuz I can’t leave one.6/15/09

  • 3. Say It Ain't So Already  |  June 17, 2009 at 8:44 AM

    ChrisH –

    I don’t have them turned off but they ARE turned off. I’ve contacted WordPress for help.

    Thanks for letting me know.

  • 4. Say It Ain't So Already  |  June 17, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    ChrisH –

    The comment problem has been fixed on today’s posts (and hopefully on all future posts). In order to allow comments on old posts, I have to manually open each one and change the settings. Which post did you want comment on? If you let me know, I’ll do what I need to do so you can.

  • 5. Rio  |  April 24, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    I am a liberal. Always have been. I can understand your apprehension about the departure of Mr Moyers. I have him enjoyed him for years. However, let’s give Mr Meecham a chance. I enjoy watching and listening to him. (Never on Scarborourghs show though…ugh) I enjoyed his book, “American Lion”. Let’s give him a chance. In this world of black or white, there is always room for intelligent discourse.

  • 6. alan  |  May 4, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    some countries walked out on irans presidents speech, was it because he spoke the truth? the us does have a huge stockpile of wmds, and they are the only country to have used them

  • 7. alan  |  May 4, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    too much truth huh

  • 8. scriptorobscura  |  December 19, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    You have a great blog! I was reading your blog posts and I could not find even one that I disagreed with. Keep up the good work.

  • 9. Say It Ain't So Already  |  December 19, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Wow. Thanks!

  • 10. scriptorobscura  |  January 20, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    I absolutely love your blog. Keep up the good work!

  • 11. akarmin  |  January 21, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    curious and compelling background

  • 12. Say It Ain't So Already  |  January 21, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Thanks, I guess.

  • 13. Naveen  |  February 13, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    I think you have a fascinating blog that touches on a lot of subjects. It is really well organized and clear. I agree with most of it. I am doing a blog on how CNN and Fox News cover the news. I would appreciate any comments that you can make on my blog to make it better.



  • 14. Zack  |  May 10, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Nice Site! I like it a lot!


  • 15. Gina van Hoof  |  October 12, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    There appears not to be a way to privately email you from here, sorry it will show up as a public post, do remove it once you read it and get back to me.
    I must admit I am schocked to read you began as a paralegal.
    I wish you had the intellectual honesty to cite your references and images.
    You have a blurry cropped version of my copyright protected photograph of Matthew Shepard on your blog. Please be so kind as to use the whole uncropped version citing my copyright with the image, or be so kind as to remove it.
    Best, Gina van Hoof

  • 16. Say It Ain't So Already  |  October 12, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    I’m very sorry Gina. I have removed the photo. I don’t know why I didn’t give you credit — crediting photographers is something I totally believe in doing — so again, my apologies.

  • 17. Dave Weaver  |  November 11, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    I have observed no reporting on Fox Bus. News concerning claims by some experts that for many recent months that gold & silver futures markets have suffered from market manipulation via large concetrated short positions held by a few large commercial investment banks and bullion banks. It would be very interesting if you were to invite Gary Gensler from CFTC to appear with Ted Butler who regularly claims that the CME is a criminal conspiracy and questions why the CFTC has taken 3 years to investigate this subject and produced no findings!

  • 18. Say It Ain't So Already  |  November 11, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    I think you may have me confused with ah, Fox Business News?

  • 19. chardbuddha richard breed  |  January 12, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    heya…we gotta become friends…I’m Chard…songwriter/singer who makes guitars in Saigon…where I have this creazy free school to teach american…and gotta mission in the islands…non-denominational…teaches the rural folks how 2make$ with their land…instead of selling it 2make sneakers… I’m a budding writer, in search of Mentoring. on facebook and my space…there some insight, but time reveals people. off to my guitar and songs…I’ll pop one out for ya! chard

  • 20. chardbuddha richard breed  |  January 12, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    and all your readers are so right on…I also have been building a political party, for 18 years: only purpose is to found new parties..I think this duopoly is too corrupt to save…and to End War. More good new to you! This blog, could be the core…of us who save the world! I wonder..how old/young are you? r u thai or viet? no idea..just a stumbled. chard breed on facebook… and all over the web

  • 21. Liz  |  January 12, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    In 2003, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) rejected a Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association (CCTA) application to bring Fox News to Canada because Fox News U.S. and Global Television were planning to create Fox News Canada, a combination of U.S. and Canadian news. However in 2004, after a Fox U.S. executive said there were no plans to create the combined channel, the CRTC approved an application to bring Fox News to Canada.[77]

    Fox News Channel is currently offered by Access Communications, Bell TV, Cogeco, Eastlink, Manitoba Telecom Services, Rogers, SaskTel, Shaw Cable, Shaw Direct and Telus TV. A notable exception is Vidéotron, Canada’s third largest cable company, which has not added Fox News Channel to its lineup.

  • 22. goodscott  |  April 12, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Hi, I am a college student who is very politically active. You’re blog looks like it is full of great stuff. I have only just recently started my blog and only have a few posts, but you’re welcome to read and comment.

  • 23. Say It Ain't So Already  |  April 12, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Good luck.

  • 24. latebloomershow  |  September 13, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    So glad I found you via My Sister’s Pantry reblogging the WF ricotta recall. I look forward to your blog and hope you will check me out. I’m a first-time gardener, though a food activist and environmentalist for decades. I created a web series to document my progress, and hopefully entertain in the process, LATE BLOOMER. Best, wishes, – Kaye

  • 25. Say It Ain't So Already  |  September 13, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Hi Kaye – Glad you’re here and yes, I’ll definitely check you out!

  • 26. Tim Lee  |  March 22, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    I love the color of your orchid cactus, I have red , and pink, very beautiful, I would like to trade, I will send you red, and pink cactus , you send me that color cactus…Let me know…my email : timleo20002gmail.com

  • 27. Say It Ain't So Already  |  March 23, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Sorry but I don’t have that plant anymore.

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