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Hendrik Hertzberg

Reflections on "the Crisis"

Murray Fromson | Posted 12.19.2013 | Politics
Murray Fromson

Our democracy thrives on a vibrant two party system. We have endured with it before and we need it restored again, something I am sure serious Democrats would welcome.

The Election: The New Reality Show

Susan Berger | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Susan Berger

Millions would not think of missing the Kardashian wedding or Real Housewives of New York reunion. But there is an even bigger reality to get engaged in.

Losing Smith Bagley

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

His money and his advocacy of fairness and civil rights helped push political and policy needles, and like the great, massive, history-laden trees at his old family estate of Musgrove, Smith Bagley will be impossible to replace.

Think Again: Money for Nothing?

Eric Alterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Alterman

While most in the media prefer to focus on personalities of these influential "consensus builders," "moderates," and "conservatives," they would be wiser to obey that old Watergate adage and "follow the money."

Emerging GOP Theme: Nullification

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The code words change over time (from "nullification" to "states' rights" to Pawlenty's "state sovereignty"), but the idea is the same -- we retain the right to ignore any laws we don't feel like following.

Faint Praise

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Even if we insure more people, as President Obama hopes to, a fragmented, profit-oriented system simply cannot yield the most efficient use of health outlays.

Corporate Government Reform

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Harry Moroz

Debate about the House tax bill and about earmarks is a striking reminder to us that governance in this country is at risk of going off track.

My April Fool's Prank on NPR

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

On NPR yesterday, I revealed that the U.S. Treasury is also running an elaborate Ponzi scheme, selling worthless pieces of paper called "U.S. Treasuries" to unsuspecting investors.

Obama Opens Chevy Dealership on White House Lawn

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Borowitz

Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said that all Cabinet members were taking turns running the dealership, and that Vice-President Joe Biden was manning the customer service hotline.

CIA Following Bin Laden on Twitter

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Borowitz

The decision to track Mr. bin Laden's movements, moods, and musical tastes came late last week after the agency discovered he was using the popular social networking utility.

White House Replaces 'War on Terror' with Symbol

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

The White House announced today that it would no longer use the phrase "war on terror" and would instead replace it with a cryptic symbol once used by the funk rocker known as Prince.

Madoff to Help U.S. Sell Bad Assets

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

"Desperate times call for desperate measures," White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said on CNN last night. "If anyone can convince investors to buy a worthless piece of paper, it's Bernie Madoff."

NCAA Renames March Madness 'March Bipolar Disorder'

Andy Borowitz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Andy Borowitz

The name-change, which both surprised and outraged devotees of the annual ritual, came after the National Institute of Mental Health demanded that the NCAA drop the "Madness" tag.

Jason Linkins

Hertzberg: Obama's Bipartisan Outreach "Gandhian Hardball" | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Hendrik Hertzberg has a piece up in the New Yorker about the efforts undertaken by the White House to place a bipartisan sheen on the stimulus package...

In New Terror Video, AIG Demands Huge Ransom from U.S.

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

In the four-minute tape, a man believed to be the chairman of AIG says that if his organization is not paid its ransom, "chaos and destruction will rain down on the American economy."

Obama Seeks New Commerce Secretary on Craigslist

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Borowitz

The president's online gambit seemed to pay off early in the day, when Josh Hurtstein, an indie rock musician from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, tentatively accepted the post.

Obama Considers Tax on Cabinet

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Borowitz

President Obama is mulling a controversial new tax program that would require members of his Cabinet to pay taxes owed under the Federal tax code, the White House confirmed today.

Phelps Congratulates Cardinals on Super Bowl Win

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

"The Cardinals really tore it up last night," said Mr. Phelps, who said he saw almost the entire game until he got "a wicked attack of the munchies" late in the fourth quarter.

Starbucks Eliminates Coffee, Cups, Stir-thingies

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

In an official statement, a company spokesman said that Starbucks "wrestled long and hard" with the decision to eliminate the three items, "especially coffee."

Poll: Obama Even More Awesome Than Originally Thought

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Borowitz

Mr. Obama receives higher approval ratings in the new poll than either leprechauns or unicorns, mythical beings that almost everyone agrees are totally awesome.

O'Reilly Ambushes Hendrik Hertzberg (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Update, 4:20 pm Michael Calderone at the Politico has posted a response from Hertzberg: New Yorker writer Hendrik Hertzberg told Politico that...

Obama Is Dominating in the Polls, but Four Things Keep Me Awake at Night

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

As a lifelong Democrat who has seen my party lose winnable races, I can't help thinking about how things can go wrong this year. These are the four factors that keep me up at night.

New Yorker Fest Campaign Trail: Nouns Are Not Enough

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I attended the "Campaign Trail" panel at last weekend's New Yorker festival, with Rick Hertzberg, George Packer and Ryan Lizza, moderated by Dorothy W...

The New Yorker vs. The Media Channel on

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Laura Flanders

2008-07-16-ny.jpg Information or Inflammation? Hendrik Hertzberg and Danny Schechter went at it on GRITtv.

New Yorker's Hertzberg: "Washington Post's Editorial Page Has Been Pathetic. Really Pathetic"

Radar | Charles Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Hendrik (Rick) Hertzberg is one of the giants of the mainstream media. A two-time editor of the New Republic and an off and on contributor for nearly ...