iOS app Android app

Birther Movement

The Paranoid Style in [Twenty First Century] American Politics

Jake Whitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Whitney

There is a startling degree of anger in America right now. Pick an issue and you'll find people of all political persuasions yelling about it. But it remains primarily those on the far right that couch their vitriol in what the historian Richard Hofstadter referred to as the "paranoid style."

Dan Rather Wins Big Round In CBS/Bush National Guard AWOL Case

Jackson Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jackson Williams

Dan Rather won't let go of his 2007 lawsuit against CBS. There's a reason. He's holding a decent hand, and he's got sticktoitiveness.

Brown's Birther Endorsement Debacle

Talking Points Memo | Rachel Slajda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Yesterday, a Republican candidate for the U.S. House announced that he had been endorsed by Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R-MA) just a day after Brown was n...

Palin Goes 'Birther': Obama Birth Certificate 'A Fair Question' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sarah Palin declared on Thursday that the legitimacy of President Obama's birth certificate is "rightfully" an issue with the American public, and tha...

The Tea Party's Takeover Of The GOP

Mother Jones | Stephanie Mencimer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

You have to hand it to Michele Bachmann: She has succeeded in turning the GOP into one big Tea Party. This past weekend, the Minnesota Republican we...

The Demonization of Barack Obama

Sheldon Filger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheldon Filger

While wrapping their vituperation in the American flag, these extremists masquerading as patriots are actually damaging the heart and soul of the conservative movement in the United States.

Nathan Deal Birther Letter Sent To Obama, White House Confirms

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House last week confirmed that U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.) made good on a promise he made in November to formally raise questions of Presi...

We Are the Obama Effect

Sara Haile-Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Sara Haile-Mariam

Derrion Albert's death should resonate from coast to coast, because his early departure represents a lost opportunity; a life that could have given back has been taken.

Orly Taitz: Washington Post Profiles 'Birther Queen'

The Washington Post | Liza Mundy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif.-The dental office of Orly Taitz, DDS, Esq., is in a low-slung complex in a quiet planned community in Orange County, al...

A Government Takeover of the Government

B. Jeffrey Madoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
B. Jeffrey Madoff

As we had our holiday dinner together, my kids asked me why billions can be spent on an expanding war, bailing out the auto industry and the banks, but when it comes to health care, people are afraid of a "government takeover."

Death Toll Increases to Over 5,000 and Counting

Mary Ann West | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mary Ann West

The deaths of unauthorized migrants have been a predictable and inhumane outcome of border security policies on the U.S.-Mexico border over the last fifteen years.

Birther Billboards Spring Up In Colorado

The Colorado Independent | Joseph Boven | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

According to billboard owner Phil Wolf, Denver's "birther boards" will go up mid-day today at Kipling and I-70 on the north side of frontage road. Wes...

Orly Taitz Rambles, Is Yelled At By Dylan Ratigan (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Chief 'Birther' Orly Taitz appeared on MSNBC Friday morning either to defend her increasingly derided conspiracy theories or, as she seemed to see it,...

DC or Bust: Lou Dobbs and His Hate Groupies

Karl Frisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Karl Frisch

If Dobbs won't end his association with FAIR, which the Southern Policy Law Center has designated as a hate group, CNN should do the right thing and end its association with Dobbs.

Apparently, You CAN Fool All of the People All of the Time

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

We are a fear-driven culture. There is a large segment of the population that, no matter how well you document it, will not let a good fact get in the way of their fears about health care reform.

Jason Linkins

Pro-Birther Movie Steals Media Matters Content (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Once you get to know the "birthers," you become aware that a singular trait that they all share is a chronic and indefatigable laziness. After all, w...

Con Games: The Birth, err, of Death Panels

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Conniff

For too long politicians of every persuasion have hewed far too closely to inconvenient and ultimately unfungible truths.

The Tyranny of the Tantrum

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

What we're seeing from the health care town halls and what we've seen from the "birthers" is essentially what I call the Tyranny of the Tantrum, which many parents encounter during the "terrible twos."

Firing Squads and Death Panels

B. Jeffrey Madoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
B. Jeffrey Madoff

My grandmother was one of the first people a pacemaker was used on. A lot of very sincere people believe that if Obama's health care reform bill passes, old people will essentially be facing death panels and denied care.

The Republican Party Is Turning Into A Cult

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Johann Hari

Since Obama's rise, the US right has been skipping frantically from one fantasy to another, like a person in the throes of a mental breakdown.

Your Town Hall Screamfest Handbook

Bennet Kelley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

The sad reality is that the current town-hall screamers are being embraced by Republicans not as champions of free speech, but rather as cannon fodder in their fight to block any bill.

Birthers, Town Hall Hecklers And The Return Of Right Wing Rage

Washington Post | Rick Perlstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

So the birthers, the anti-tax tea-partiers, the town hall hecklers -- these are "either" the genuine grass roots or evil conspirators staging scenes f...

Liz Cheney: Favorite Pretty Princess (VIDEO)

Warren Holstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Warren Holstein

Why Liberals May Be More to Blame for the Birthers

Dan Pashman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Pashman

The level of press attention devoted to the birthers -- far more than left wing crackpots ever get -- seems to be a sign of liberal media bias.

Fringe Benefits (or The New Confederacy)

Steven Weber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Weber

These birthers are throwbacks, confederate civil war re-enactors, desperately trying to get back to the America of their dreams rather than dwell in the America that is their reality.