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Sarah Palin and the Demise of Tea-Party Media

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.30.2015 | 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....

The Romney 'Landslide' That Wasn't

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.07.2013 | Media
Eric Boehlert

There was no polling data to support the idea of a Romney landslide. None. Zero. It did not exist. Instead, this was a school of conservative pundits with a collective allergic reaction to reality, incapable of imaging Obama not losing in a humiliating electoral rout.

The Truly Frightening Power of the Right-Wing Mainstream Media

Nida Khan | Posted 12.09.2012 | Media
Nida Khan

The night before the coveted first presidential debate, a bit of "news" transpired. One network in particular, Fox News, led with the story on several of its broadcasts.

Romney's Right Resorts to Racial Resentment

Peter Montgomery | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

Ultimately what is offensive is not Obama's 2007 speech, but the way that right-wing pundits have resorted to a brazen strategy of stoking racial resentment, and trying to create a distraction by accusing the president of doing the same thing.

Why Religion Rules American Politics

Nigel Barber | Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics
Nigel Barber

For a developed country, the U.S. is extraordinarily high on religion. Thus 65 percent of Americans say that religion is important in their daily lives compared to just 17 percent of Swedes, 19 percent of Danes, and 24 percent of Japanese.