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William F Buckley Jr

PBS Revisits Vidal/Buckley Debates, When TV Realized Yelling is More Fun Than Thinking

David Hinckley | Posted 10.01.2016 | Entertainment
David Hinckley

I'm not sure we need to celebrate the point at which socio-political commentary on television devolved into two people shouting at each other. But it...

Movie Review: Best of Enemies, Listen to Me Marlon -- Tasty Slices of History

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.27.2016 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Half the struggle in documentary filmmaking is finding the right material. The other half is figuring out what to do with it.  Two new documentaries...

Buckley and Vidal: Best of Enemies and the Dawn of Theatrical Journalism

Jon Eig | Posted 06.22.2016 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

The realization that two such brilliant minds -- the brightest of their generation -- could allow personal hatred and the burning desire to win at all costs completely derail any semblance of useful debate is the real heartbreak of Best of Enemies.

Sundance Interview: Best of Enemies Directors Morgan Neville & Robert Gordon

Kristin McCracken | Posted 03.30.2015 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

When you read the description of Best of Enemies, which had its world premiere this week in the U.S. Documentary competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, "hilarious" is not the first word that springs to mind.

Thankful For Conservative Thought?

Jerry and Joe Long | Posted 01.26.2014 | Comedy
Jerry and Joe Long

Six thousand years ago, Jesus' dad formed untold universes in order to designate the mid-latitude region of the North American landmass as the only important place in a trillion galaxies. Everybody knows that.

Maddow's Mission

D. R. Tucker | Posted 11.04.2013 | Media
D. R. Tucker

Maddow has become for this generation what William F. Buckley Jr. was for a previous generation -- the embodiment of the American public intellectual. Of course, because her politics are the opposite of Buckley's politics, this fact drives the right wing up the wall.

Susan Sontag, William F. Buckley, Jr. and Care at the End of Life

Andrew Stark | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Stark

It seems as if witnessing aggressive, life-prolonging care actually makes people more likely to want it for themselves -- even with all its miseries and ultimate failure -- than they would if they hadn't witnessed it. That's a puzzle. What might be going on?

Gore Vidal (1925-2012): He Did It His Way (And Loved Every Minute)

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 08.01.2012 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

Vidal had no self-doubt. He used his legendary intellect in the service of opinions that drew blood. Feuds thrilled him. And he never lost the swagger that comes from knowing that -- at least in his youth -- he was a stunner. Want a guided tour?

It Cannot Be Denied

D. R. Tucker | Posted 09.07.2012 | Green
D. R. Tucker

How about setting a similarly themed film in Oklahoma, beginning with residents discussing their feelings about Senator James Inhofe's insistence that climate change is all a big hoax that Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI somehow fell for?

Pat Moynihan's Letters Illuminate an Extraordinary Life

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michael Sigman

Daniel Patrick Moynihan's career combined the intellectual, the moral and the political in a wholly original way that would be unimaginable for a significant contemporary politician.

The "Mad" Party -- When the Base Goes Beserk

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

With six weeks to go before the mid-term elections and 110 before the next presidential one, those who don't think we should go back to the '50s -- the 1850s or 1950s -- can get off the couch to do six things.

Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, Joe the Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream (Austin, Texas: PearlGate Publishing 2008) 192 pp.

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Joseph A. Palermo

Wurzelbacher's deep understanding of the intellectual umbilical cords of modern conservatism is why Mike Gallagher and Sean Hannity have offered their high praise of his work.

Silence is Golden, Unless You're Chris Matthews

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tom Alderman

If you're a political talker, there is one media venue where you will never hear the sound of silence -- MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews.

Pat Buchanan, William F. Buckley Jr., and Right-Wing Anti-Semitism

Ariel Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ariel Gonzalez

World conquest was a pipe dream for Hitler, but Buchanan's whitewashing is an unconscionable distortion of the truth. Why did Hitler invade Poland? Easy. Because it was there.

Change, Not a Restoration: The Death of Conservatism and Rebirth of Reform

John R. Bohrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John R. Bohrer

The lies and the screaming that captured the health care discussion in August have a lot of Republicans thinking they've got the Democrats right where they want 'em. They are wrong.

William F. Buckley Left Illegitimate Grandson Out Of His Will: "I Intentionally Make No Provisions For Said Jonathan, Who...Shall Be Deemed To Have Predeceased Me"

New York Post | Dareh Gregorian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Before he died, William F. Buckley Jr. put his young grandson on the firing line. The intellectual conservative icon - renowned for his erudition and...