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The Origins of Intolerance in America

John Tirman | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics
John Tirman

In the last few weeks, the alarming rise of vitriolic anti-immigrant, xenophobic rhetoric from the right wing has alarmed a large segment of the American people, but equally disturbing is how much support these noxious views are getting from the public. After the civil rights achievements of the 1960s, it was widely assumed that tolerance and diversity would win the day. Many studies show that growing familiarity with the "other" typically yields more tolerant attitudes. But this recent spasm of hatred is shocking in its intensity and in the apparent rejection of that decades-long progress toward social peace. Many even call it fascism. Why has this reversal suddenly appeared?

Is Right Wing Extremism the Biggest Danger Facing America?

Marvin Meadors | Posted 09.06.2015 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

Just after President Obama took office, a Department of Homeland Security report recognized that the combination of a tanking economy together with the election of America's first African-American president might trigger right-wing violence. The report was later withdrawn, given the headwinds of conservative criticism.

How to Steal a Democracy

Andy Schmookler | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

Imagine that you are a group of rich and powerful people eager to be still richer and more powerful. But you live in a democratic society that gives each citizen an equal vote and thus sets sets limit on how much power you can amass. So you decide to steal the people's democracy. How can this be done?

"A Conservative Government Is Organized Hypocrisy." Benjamin Disraeli

Dave Helfert | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Dave Helfert

Of all the more popular political sins, my personal favorite has always been hypocrisy. One of the wonderful things about hypocrisy is that it so often comes around to bite the hypocrite on the butt.

Sarah Palin and the Demise of Tea-Party Media

Eric Boehlert | Posted 04.01.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Palin's accelerated descent this week represents a larger trend within the conservative media. It represents the decline of the tea-party wing of the right-wing press and how a once-flourishing enterprise of outside upstarts, with their eyes on disrupting the GOP hierarchy, have in recent years faded in terms of importance and prestige within that sphere.

My Brief Encounter with Hillary-Basher and Scandal-Monger Edward Klein

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

It is two years before the next presidential election, and the anti-Hillary hit squad is already revving up its engines. But the various efforts by the professional Clinton-haters to demonize Hillary have already been exposed to the light and rejected by the public.

Obama Africanus the First

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

No president in our nation's history has ever been castigated, condemned, mocked, insulted, derided, and degraded on a scale even close to the constantly ugly attacks on President Obama. From the day he assumed office -- indeed, even before he assumed office -- he was subjected to unprecedented insults in often the most hateful terms.

Ebola, Gay Marriage and Global Warming

Nick Desai | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Nick Desai

So long as we have a free media, hate and fear will be sold in prime time. But why does the fear sell so well in some areas -- climate change and guns, for example -- and why does common sense and freedom prevail in other areas, like gay marriage?

The Crackpot Index for Media Content

Bob Seay | Posted 11.03.2014 | Media
Bob Seay

The Media Outlet Crackpot Index measures the potential credibility -- or the lack thereof -- of a given media source. The higher the score, the more likely it is that the story or media outlet is the work of one or more crackpots.

Ding-a-lings of Spring

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

The rain of ridiculous ravings from America's political right continued unabated as spring took hold. Let's look at a few examples.

Time to Turn Down the Benghazi Rhetoric

Rep. Gerry Connolly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rep. Gerry Connolly

It's remarkable that even after these explosive revelations about the veracity of the 60 Minutes report, some wish to continue to waste time, energy, and taxpayer dollars to continue this misguided crusade.

Will You Lose Your Insurance By January? The Oct. 31 Deadline Insurers, Obama and the Media Aren't Telling You About

Art Levine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Art Levine

Just because the Tea Party extremists and their right-wing media allies have spewed essentially nothing but lies and distortions since Obamacare was first proposed, still doesn't mean that the critics are completely wrong about the dangers these changes could pose.

The Benghazi Hoax

David Brock | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
David Brock

That Benghazi would remain at the forefront of the contentious American political conversation speaks less to any special circumstances of the attack, and more to the insidious nature of a Republican noise machine that has grown in size and decibels over the last four decades.

Bigger and Badder Than Before: The Second Coming of Ted Cruz

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Ted Cruz is on hand to embrace all those brave right-wingers who have been thus stabbed in the back. The extremist right will see the debt-ceiling struggle not as a loss, but as a battle they have only begun to fight.

Gresham's Law: How Bad Info Beat Good, Made Fox and Rush Rich, and Ruined the GOP

Spencer Critchley | Posted 12.18.2013 | Media
Spencer Critchley

Since sound money is expensive, and bad money is cheap, bad money proliferates and drives good money out of the marketplace. Economists and sociologists have extended this principle to information: Bad information drives out good, and for similar reasons. This is what has happened in the age of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and their ilk.

One Thing All Parents Should Know

Jonah Edelman | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
Jonah Edelman

Right now, most Americans are still in the dark about what the Common Core Standards are. Only 38 percent of Americans have even heard of them.

Richard Bey: I Worked With Sean Hannity, He Knows Nothing!

Posted 06.06.2013 | Media

Sirius Left host Richard Bey appeared on HuffPost Live Wednesday with Jeremy Newburger, the director of "Evocateur: The Life Of Morton Downey Jr.," to...

Think Again: Real Reporting and Right-Wing Ideology Don't Mix

Eric Alterman | Posted 05.14.2013 | Media
Eric Alterman

There appears to be a genuine and unbridgeable conflict between reporting and right-wing ideology. You can see it in action nearly every day, just by briefly surfing the Internet.

As Sequester Looms, Signs of Defeat in the GOP War on Reality

Spencer Critchley | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

After fighting the stimulus that spared our economy from disaster, the Party of No has threatened new ones in the form of the debt ceiling crisis, the second debt ceiling crisis, and now the sequester crisis.

The Sound and Fury of the Right-Wing Echo Chamber (Ranting at an Empty Chair)

Matt Jordan | Posted 03.30.2013 | Media
Matt Jordan

The right-wing echo chamber needs scapegoats dressed up in ready-made cliches to function effectively. And it hit me: I had become an empty chair for angry men to rant at.

America's Greatness

Gary Hart | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics
Gary Hart

Until the government haters get specific, name the programs they want to get rid of, and find a majority of Americans who agree with them, things will remain pretty much the same.

Behind Right-Wing Media, An Elaborate Get-Rich-Quick Scheme

Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics

The conservative media movement exists primarily as a moneymaking venture. As Rick Perlstein explained in the Baffler, some of the largest conservativ...

The GOP's Lost Year in the Fox News Bubble

Eric Boehlert | Posted 03.01.2013 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The grand experiment of marrying a political movement around a cable TV channel was a grand failure in 2012. But there's little indication that enough Republicans will have the courage, or even the desire, to break free from Fox's firm grip on the party.

The Right's Propaganda Victory Over the 'Liberal' Media

Larry Light | Posted 02.10.2013 | Media
Larry Light

Congratulations are in order. The conservative movement that rules the GOP has successfully undermined a vital American institution -- journalism.

Why Progressives Should Love Right-Wing Media

Rory O'Connor | Posted 01.08.2013 | Media
Rory O'Connor

Thanks so much, Roger Ailes -- we couldn't have done it without you! And all praise to George Will, Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, et al. -- if not for you, and your legions of credulous friends and followers, we never could have re-elected Barack Obama....