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Will the Media Call Out Donald Trump on His Anti-Vaxxer Nonsense?

Dan Kennedy | Posted 09.18.2015 | Media
Dan Kennedy

By any reasonable standard of what constitutes acceptable public discourse, Donald Trump's presidential campaign should have ended on Wednesday at about 10:50 p.m. That's when he set his extravagantly sprayed hair on fire by indulging in some truly dangerous myths about vaccines.

How to Know if the Iran Deal Is a Good Deal

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

World leaders are close to an historic agreement that would roll back and contain Iran's nuclear program. In order for the deal to succeed, however, it must deliver on three core issues.

Is Anyone Listening to Irwin Stelzer's Sound Advice?

D. R. Tucker | Posted 03.01.2015 | Green
D. R. Tucker

A revenue-neutral carbon tax is a wise and bold idea, but there is a need for wise and bold individuals to embrace it and fight for it.

New Benghazi Spin: Republicans Are in on the Cover-Up, Too

Eric Boehlert | Posted 02.08.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

A Republican-chaired committee report that debunks Benghazi conspiracies is now being used as a rallying cry for conservatives who are convinced the report raises more pressing questions. Do you see where this closed, hermetically sealed loop is designed to lead us?

Bruce Springsteen Performs Anti-War Anthem At Veteran's Day Concert

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 11.12.2014 | Entertainment

Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, Zac Brown and a few more high-profile artists took the stage at the "Concert for Valor" in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday...

Michael Calderone

Hillary Clinton Spokesperson: 'No Clue' Who Leaked Anti-Clinton Book | Michael Calderone | Posted 07.14.2014 | Media

NEW YORK -- A spokesman for Hillary Clinton said Monday that he has "no clue" who leaked a copy of Clinton, Inc., a forthcoming book by Daniel Halper,...

Jason Linkins

Dick And Liz Cheney Are Not Well | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics

At all....

The Pot Is Calling the Kettle Black in This Feigned Obamacare Outrage

Wendell Potter | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Knowing I've been both a critic of insurance company practices and a supporter of efforts to reform the industry, a FOX news producer reached out last week to get my take on accusations by conservatives that Obamacare will actually result in a bailout of big insurance companies.

David Brooks Explains More Than He Intended

Jim Sleeper | Posted 02.16.2014 | Media
Jim Sleeper

What makes the column still more revealing and sad is that, far from serving up an older but wiser man's humility, it recycles what Brooks has been saying quite often since even when he was younger and, one might have hoped, less cynical.

Krauthammer's Climate Crack-up

D. R. Tucker | Posted 07.08.2013 | Green
D. R. Tucker

Conservative columnist Steve Chapman recently advocated this alternative vision. Krauthammer should use his platform to do the same. Why not do that? What's the worst that could happen? It's not like he'd lose his Fox News gig or anything.

Chinese Newspapers Battle Over China Censors

AP | By DIDI TANG | Posted 03.05.2013 | Media

BEIJING (AP) — In a rare move, some Chinese journalists are openly confronting a top censor after a southern newspaper known for its edgy reporting ...

Elise Foley

Bill Kristol: 'It Won't Kill The Country If We Raise Taxes' On Millionaires | Elise Foley | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Conservative commentator and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol said Sunday the Republican Party should accept new ideas, including the...

Worse Than Losing: How Obama Changed the Media Narrative

Dan Kennedy | Posted 12.04.2012 | Media
Dan Kennedy

You're going to hear a lot of talk from President Obama's supporters today about why Romney's vastly superior performance didn't matter. Don't believe it. In fact, the first debate is going to matter a great deal in the days ahead.

Limbaugh: Video Is "Golden Opportunity" For Romney

The Huffington Post | Michael Calderone | Posted 09.18.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- Rush Limbaugh advised Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to double down on his controversial remarks made at a closed-door fundra...

Michael Calderone

Paul Ryan's New Reality | Michael Calderone | Posted 08.16.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski had a message Wednesday for the Romney campaign: "Let Paul be Paul." The "Morning Joe" crew was ...

Michael Calderone

Bill Kristol: 'We Began to Break' Paul Ryan VP News | Michael Calderone | Posted 08.11.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- On Thursday, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol and senior writer Stephen Hayes urged Mitt Romney to choose Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as h...

WATCH: The Cowardly Lions of 'Free Speech'

Bill Moyers | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Conservatives across the country are fighting legal battles to keep their sugar daddies secret. Why? The right wing opposes disclosure laws because the super-rich just might be bullied and harassed by the rest of us who want to know who's buying our elections.

Dear Libertarians: Stop Being Nuts

Eli Lehrer | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

Simply wishing that government would vanish is no substitute for figuring out how to run it. If libertarians want the fusionist alliance to keep going and the political right to remain in power, they're going to have to stop being nuts.

Jason Linkins

The Less Shocking Photo That The Weekly Standard Doesn't Want Its Readers To See! [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.14.2012 | Media

Back in the day, you could typically count on the Weekly Standard to produce long and complicated arguments designed to build the case for getting the...

Michael Calderone

Message To Young Conservatives: Pursue Journalism | Michael Calderone | Posted 02.13.2012 | Media

WASHINGTON -- While Republican candidates score points slamming the media from the stump, prominent conservatives, gathered in Washington D.C. for the...

Obama Sics Media On Romney

Dan Kennedy | Posted 03.26.2012 | Media
Dan Kennedy

The media are having no problem decoding the not-so-secret message from last night. Obama wants us to know that Mitt Romney is what the president's new role model, Theodore Roosevelt, would have called a "malefactor of great wealth."

Grumpy Conservatives Survey Post-Iowa Scene

Dan Kennedy | Posted 03.05.2012 | Media
Dan Kennedy

The Pollyanna award goes to Ross Douthat of the New York Times, who thinks caucus-goers did themselves proud last night. "Presented with the weakest presidential field of any major party in a generation," he writes, "they made the best of a bad situation."

PolitiFact and the Limits of Fact-Checking

Dan Kennedy | Posted 02.12.2012 | Media
Dan Kennedy

Perhaps the biggest lie of all is that fact-checking can act as some sort of short-cut to the truth.

Sam Stein

DNC Whacks The Weekly Standard | Sam Stein | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Weekly Standard put up a blog post on Thursday questioning why, at a time when the White House was pushing for humility following Os...

Conservatives Ignore Their Own Recent Views of Gaddafi

Jackson Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jackson Williams

Let's by God hear it for cowboy decision-making! We've taken over Iraq, and already we're scaring other Muslim potentates into submission. It's that easy.