Phil Donahue

Not With a Bang, But a Whimper: The Long, Slow Death Spiral of America’s Labor Movement
June 06, 2012

Many commentators have correctly observed that the reelection of Governor Scott Walker is a grave blow to unions, especially public sector unions. They went all in to defeat Walker and, despite the great outpouring of protest last year against his collective bargaining bill, he won by a greater margin this time than he did in 2010. But something else was exemplified by the Wisconsin results. It’s not that unions can’t win a defensive fight.

Why MSNBC Isn't Like, And Can't Beat, Fox News
October 06, 2010

My favorite moment in Gabe Sherman's account of the cable news network wars is a return to the days when MSNBC was terrified of allowing any liberals on the air: And with the surge in patriotism following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, NBC CEO Bob Wright told Shapiro that MSNBC should try and outflank Fox on the right. “We have to be more conservative then they are,” Wright told Shapiro pointedly.

Stagestruck
June 21, 1993

Wilson examines politicians and their public images in his review of Kiku Adatto's book.