Tangle is a non-partisan politics newsletter that summarizes the best arguments from the right and the left on the big debate of the day. We're 100% independent, with no ads and no investors. All of our revenue comes from reader subscriptions and donations. First time learning about us? Sign up here.
Why trust us?
If I were you, I wouldn't. Media outlets face all sorts of challenges today, from overt bias to corporate interests to the basic dereliction of good journalistic practices.
But we earn our readers trust in a very simple way: By providing views from across the political spectrum in every single edition, and clearly labeling what is opinion and what isn't.
This is not "both sidesism" or giving equal weight to conspiracies and facts. Instead, we search the world for the best arguments we can about the debates of the day, and then we show them to you. Side-by-side. So you can decide.
Here is our "bias rating," according to AdFontesMedia:
And here is our rating from AllSides, another prominent media bias rater:
How do we do it?
The Tangle format is our special sauce. We have a Monday through Thursday newsletter that is free for everyone, and we put our Friday editions behind a paywall.
Whenever you get an email from us, here is what it will look like:
What D.C. is talking about: We tell you the biggest political news story of the day. The basic, indisputable facts in the most neutral language possible.
What the left, right and center are saying: We give you a round-up of three arguments from the left and three from the right, spanning from the center to more fringe of each side.
My take: As an open-minded politics reporter, I’ll share my honest, unfiltered thoughts about those arguments.
Your questions, answered: Almost every day, we answer a reader question.
A story that matters: One major news story that’s being drowned out by all the noise.
Numbers: The most interesting numbers from the last 24 hours.
Have a nice day: A good news story to wash it all down.
Plus... Every newsletter is about a 10-minute read. We are more in depth than a lot of newsletters, because we want our readers to embrace the nuance. But it won't take you more time than is necessary to consume our content.
Transparency... If we get something wrong, we’ll correct it at the top of the newsletter, and let you know how many corrections we've had since Tangle started. And if you write in to criticize something we published, there’s a good chance we’ll share your feedback with our readers!
Who runs this thing?
My name is Isaac Saul. I am a politics reporter who grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, one of the most politically divided counties in all of America. I have lived, studied, traveled and written all over the U.S., Canada, China, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Singapore and Thailand, among others.
After college, I helped build A Plus, a solutions journalism media outlet, alongside actor and entrepreneur Ashton Kutcher. I worked as an editor and politics reporter for A Plus while I freelanced all over. You may have also seen my work in TIME Magazine, Vox, Independent Journal Review, The New York Daily News, HuffPost, or The Forward. My reporting has been cited by Fox News, The New York Times and The Washington Post.
In 2016, Yahoo News named me one of the 16 people whose writing shaped the 2016 election. In 2020, Forbes Magazine called me one of the 1,000 “upstart entrepreneurs redefining the American dream.” You can read more about my career as a reporter here or follow me on Twitter.
Tangle is also produced by a social media manager, three editors, a podcast editor, and a team of research assistants and interns with educational and professional experience across the spectrum who all work part-time on helping produce the newsletter. And, of course, the opinions and feedback from readers are included in almost every newsletter.
If you'd like to give it a shot, you can subscribe to Tangle for free here.
Because you probably hate the news. And I don’t blame you. Political news is broken in our country: Just 13% of Americans have a “great deal” of trust in what they read in the papers, watch on television or hear on the radio. For the first time ever, fewer than half of Americans trust traditional media. That number only goes down when you narrow the focus to politics, and the credibility of news organizations continues to plummet every day.
In today’s political discourse, the most popular thing to do is to elevate the worst arguments the other side is making and then eviscerate them. The tactic is used across politics, partisan media outlets and it is employed religiously by political pundits. Americans from the right and left think negatively of people with different political views than them because all they see are the worst actors on the other side. Additionally, most political reporting today has a slant, lacks context, lacks transparency or fails to answer fundamental questions that readers want to know.
We're trying to fix this.
In the news world, most journalists, media outlets, television networks and podcasts survive on advertisement revenue. Ad revenue is driven by viewership. That means the more people see an advertisement, the more valuable it is. This creates incentives for reporters, editors, radio hosts, television stations and news outlets to make their content as viral, explosive and sensational as possible.
It’s why television news and clickbait exist the way they do. It also creates conflicts of interest between publishers and the people paying them to run their advertisements.
My dream for Tangle is to avoid all of that at all costs. So, instead, Tangle is entirely subscriber-supported. By asking my readers to support this newsletter instead of advertisers or investors, I am incentivized to create good content that you love, that keeps you happy, not content that is clickbait or designed to go viral or make an advertiser happy. Doing it this way fulfills the promise of Tangle, it gives you the power and makes you an investor in this news outlet.
If you want to learn more about how the media space is broken, you can read my piece on media bias.
What subscribers say.
“Tangle is restoring my trust in news and media. Any good argument looks at both sides. Any good news source looks at both sides and digests an objective viewpoint for its viewers. Tangle does this in every report.” — Alexis, Kansas City, Kansas
“My favorite read of the day. Tangle is reflective, nuanced, and self-aware. It challenges my beliefs and broadens my horizons. Reading Tangle makes me feel better informed about the country and world.” — Adam, San Francisco, California
“Tangle is the rational, reasoned read that helps me focus on the signal of current events rather than the noise.” — Michael, Buda, Texas
“Dangerously close to becoming the highlight of my day.” — Pranav, New York, NY
“Tangle is the best discovery I've made in the last month. Isaac Saul has the remarkably unique ability to summarize what both sides of the political aisle are saying in his own words, in a fair and charitable way. Tangle is a daily read for me because it helps me avoid the confirmation bias of just listening to what 'my side' is saying, helping me to draw my own conclusions in a more informed way.” — Josh, Charlotte, NC
“As a right-leaning, Libertarian, Trump supporter I catch myself only listening to ideas I want to believe. I find the Tangle arguments that lean left are well reasoned and thought out, allowing me to broaden my thought processes.” — Todd, Manchester, NH
“The Tangle newsletter is my favorite email of the day. When it arrives, I stop what I’m doing and dive in. For the first time in a long time I enjoy reading the news again.” — Jennifer, Paducah, KY
“Hands down the best daily news wrap-up out there.” — Scott, Los Angeles, CA
“The only newsletter I’m reading daily.” — Brendan, Madison, WI
“The political reporting you want. Good, not flowery, writing. Facts where the story is. Analysis in a separate place. Both sides presented without the spin makers doing the presenting.” — Michelle, San Francisco, CA
"I love reading Tangle every day and it has become my foremost source of news. It's important for me to keep up with it as a CFP and financial consultant because I speak with clients daily about their investments, coronavirus, politics, and the economy.” — Sean, Morristown, NJ
“I’ve recommended Isaac Saul’s newsletter Tangle to family, friends and coworkers. It’s refreshing, it’s honest and it provides a different lens for opposing viewpoints.” — Andrew, Tampa Bay, FL
What about industry leaders?
“Ike Saul’s bipartisan newsletter is so worth the subscription. I am always genuinely excited when it hits my inbox.” — Jill Thaw, Senior Editor for The Athletic
“My friend and chronic comrade-in-arms Isaac Saul has built an incredible politics newsletter from scratch. It dives deep into 2020 (and the many narratives underpinning it) every day. All those hours and all that work have resulted in something special.” — Cate Matthews, Senior Editor for TIME Magazine
“Talking politics without personal bias is tough. That’s why we let Tangle do it for us.” — The Hustle
"Most of my news consumption makes me feel like I'm getting yelled at. Tangle reduces the temperature and gives me information in a relaxed, level-headed way from a variety of perspectives. It's pretty rare that reading the news makes me calmer. But Tangle makes me calmer. It makes me feel like I can take a breath." — Will Leitch, Founding Editor of Deadspin, a contributing editor at New York Magazine
“Tangle helps me be a better citizen -- understanding the facts of the day's most pressing issue, understanding it from multiple perspectives, and learning about issues that might otherwise slip by me. It's my daily must-read.” — Sean McComb, 2014 National Teacher of the Year
“Tangle is worth my time. Isaac catches me up on key national and political news stories percolating on the Internet, explaining the details that often pass me by when news is chaos.” — Laura McGann, Politics Editor for Vox
“My new favorite newsletter to follow is @TangleNews by the wonderful @Ike_Saul. It helps me stay up-to-date with the day's big complicated story — and also encourages me to check my biases. Highly recommend.” — Brendan Harvey, Founder of Good Good Good Newspaper
“Excellent resource for anyone looking to understand U.S. politics -- impeachment, 2020 presidential campaign, etc -- in smart yet easily digestible daily emails.” — Ben Van Heuvelen, Editor-in-Chief of Iraq Oil Report
“Really love this idea from my friend @Ike_Saul. A smart political newsletter that's heavy on reader interaction and answering questions, and adds a dose of positivity to the political grind.” — Jonathan Tamari, national politics reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer