May 05, 2011
Joseph Margulies asks if torture was used to find Osama bin Laden.
The Koch Brothers' Self-Exposé
March 28, 2011
The right-wing libertarian billionaires Charles and David Koch have been the subject of enormous controversy recently. Liberals have fiercely attacked them, and conservative and libertarians have defended them with equal passion. Now we have Matthew Continetti of the Weekly Standard joining in with an 8,000 word cover story. Continetti is the author of “The Persecution Of Sarah Palin,” and in this piece he reprises his role as ghost author for a popular conservative victim-hero.
Death Hug For Cutie
March 11, 2011
Mitt Romney is probably not grateful for this: “That work inspired our own health-care plan,” Mr. Axelrod told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday. “I think it’s been a great boon. Ninety-eight percent of the people are insured up there. People in the state like it, and he ought to be proud of it and he ought to embrace it and I’m sure some day he will.” It's all fun and games until the economy double-dips, Michelle Bachmann captures the GOP nomination, and Axelrod spends 2013-1016 shivering on a remote mountaintop subsisting on grubs and the occasional wild berry.
Wisconsin As Egypt
February 18, 2011
The labor fight in Wisconsin may appear divisive, but fortunately, both sides can agree on the metaphor and who represents which side: Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the Republican chairman of the budget committee in the House, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that “It’s like Cairo has moved to Madison these days.” ... Former Representative David Obey of Wisconsin on Thursday accused Mr.
Cairo, That’s In Egypt…
February 11, 2011
Over the course of the Egypt crisis, it’s become clear that the Washington-centric cable talk show format is ill-equipped to handle a foreign revolution. The logical thing would have been to book experts on say, Egypt. Instead, shows like MSNBC’s “Meet the Press” and Fox’s “Hannity” often just rotated in their regular go-to guests, asking former politicians, political pundits, and at least one NASCAR driver to share their insights on the latest developments in the Middle East. Some of the answers were vague, some woefully uninformed, and others made no sense at all.
From Mississippi to ‘The Corner’: A Tale of Right-Wing Wrongness
February 08, 2011
By now, it’s easy to be cynical about the Internet’s ability to degrade rational argument. After all, one can only read so many birther blogs without starting to go numb. Still, once in a while, the foggy chaos that is the online world parts, and we catch a glimpse of how the realm’s worst ideas form, adapt to the environment, and, despite their utter lack of fitness anywhere else (well, with the popular exceptions of AM radio and Fox News), thrive in cyberspace. Perhaps the best recent example is a chart that has been racing around the conservative blogosphere for the last few months.
The Legacy of Larry King and Oprah
January 17, 2011
The end of Larry King Live, after 50 years and a steep drop in ratings, was inevitable in a cable news climate that values mindless partisanship over mindless nonpartisanship. In contrast to the likes of MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and Fox’s Glenn Beck, CNN’s middle-of-the-road tack was flailing. King’s farewell aptly coincided with the end of another institution in softball interviewing: The Oprah Winfrey Show, that stronghold of cheery neutrality and generic goodwill.
In Her Own Words
January 09, 2011
WASHINGTON—There is one commentator whose words should enlighten us on the meaning of Saturday's shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the savage murders that took the lives of, among others, a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl.
A gunman shot Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Federal District Judge John Roll, and more than a dozen bystanders at a public event in Tuscon, Arizona on Saturday morning. At least five people have died, according to multiple media accounts, including Judge Roll and a nine-year-old girl. But the exact number is not clear. Several victims are at hospitals, in critical condition and undergoing treatment. Giffords survived the attack and, according to a physician from University Medical Center at Tuscon, is recovering from neurosurgery.
It’s one thing that the United States will soon be taking orders from China (or already is). But what about when we’re becoming less forward-thinking than England? That’s the only possible reading of the fact that there, the former top drug official Bob Ainsworth has addressed the House of Commons and argued for the legalization of all drugs. Not just pot—all of them.