By NICKY DIAZ
John Amato has an impressive resume. Not only is he the co-author of a best-selling book, but he is also a professional musician who has played with Ringo Starr, Duran Duran, The Goo Goo Dolls and Eddie Money, just to name a few.
But success in music and writing wasn’t enough for Amato. In 2004, he founded a blog that has since been recognized by The New York Times, Forbes, USA Today, the Washington Post and Huffington Post. The site, CrooksandLiars.com, made it on Time magazine’s list of top 25 blogs of 2009 as well.
Crooks and Liars was actually one of the first political blogs to use video blogs (also known as vlogs) in its posts; Amato is even referred to as “The Vlogfather.” The blog focuses on political news and features clips from radio and TV shows. It features original material as well. But if you’re easily offended or extremely conservative, this may not be the site for you; the writers aren’t very subtle about their political stances.
The blog is free and open to all visitors. However, users are restricted to opening only one account on the site. And if you subscribe, you can also receive daily emails from Crooks and Liars.
Although the site’s usability isn’t the best, it gets the job done: It tells readers what’s going on in the world. It’s interesting to see how technology has changed from newspapers to online stories to online videos. And Crooks and Liars is a perfect example of this transition. Amato utilizes several types of media to inform visitors of breaking news and political events.