Jason Hart is a reporter for Watchdog.org and Ohio Watchdog, and an occasional contributor to a handful of other center-right publications. Links to his latest work can be found on the home page.
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My initial plan circa 2001 while I was in the Management Information Systems program at Miami University was to build a site for music, movie, and game reviews with a couple of high school friends who were at Ohio State. Gradually the focus shifted, and then shifted again. We talked about a web comic, and one of the guys drew some characters and scenes for a boring story I drafted.
Through college and for several years after, I might’ve spent more time developing graphics, CSS, and HTML than I did actually making content for the site. This wasn’t a total waste, given my MIS degree and subsequent paid web development work.
For the most part, “thathero.com” – shortened from the original URL “iamthathero.com,” which was inspired by a phrase from a Veggie Tales cartoon which itself was doubtless a tribute to some old movie or TV show – wound up serving as a political blog for yours truly.
This also was not a total waste, as my work on public-sector unions in late 2010 and throughout 2011 landed me a position running the Ohio office of Media Trackers, a website reporting on news and politics from an openly conservative perspective with the goal of providing more accountability in government and political media.
None of what you see here should be presumed to reflect the opinions of any of my employers from any point on the space-time continuum. If you’re scrounging for details about my shadowy political background, look no further.