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Best of Enemies: The State of Debate

Robert Rosenkranz | Posted 08.26.2015 | Politics
Robert Rosenkranz

What William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal did for discourse in America was unprecedented. They proved there was a time not so long ago we relished hearing both sides of political arguments. And there is a time -- call it the present -- when a hunger for authenticity seems to be driving both parties in unexpected directions.

Buckley vs. Vidal in Best of Enemies

Brad Schreiber | Posted 08.04.2015 | Entertainment
Brad Schreiber

I've been saying its like a forest fire of redwoods. If the redwoods were burning, that's them (Buckley and Vidal). And what networks took away was the flame. And that it's devolved into flash paper. Not even any ash. No content, just the explosion.

Marlon Brando Speaks for Himself: Listen to Me Marlon Premieres

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.30.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Stevan Riley's achievement in making a biopic about a great subject, Marlon Brando, who, despite having died in 2004, nevertheless comes fully alive in his own voice. Brando's life was complicated.

"Best of Enemies:" Film Review

Ira Israel | Posted 07.13.2015 | Entertainment
Ira Israel

"Best of Enemies" is an extraordinarily timely, provocative, powerful, poignant and important film. But its overarching themes are so subtle that the film is not about what you think it is about and you will not comprehend its magnitude until the final sixty seconds and closing credits.

Alec Baldwin Shows Up for Summerdocs: William F. Buckley vs. Gore Vidal on Television in Best of Enemies

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.13.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The first of three documentaries in the Hamptons International Film Festival's Summerdocs series hosted by Alec Baldwin, Best of Enemies was sure to be a hit with the East Hampton crowd.

How Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Brought on the Era of Angry, Partisan Television "News"

Nell Minow | Posted 06.30.2015 | Media
Nell Minow

Once upon a time, network television news was dignified, objective, and delivered in stentorian, voice-of-God tones by white, vaguely Protestant men, in half-hour increments at the dinner hour.

AFI Docs Fest Wraps Up

Michael Rose | Posted 06.26.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Rose

Last week I was able to view a handful of the 81 films from 25 countries, at the five-day long AFI Docs festival that attracted filmmakers, national policy and opinion leaders, journalists and a large crowd of viewers to the 13th annual running of the event in the Washington DC area.

William F. Buckley vs. Gore Vidal: Television's Verbal Fisticuffs

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.07.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

In an age when a coinage such as "frenemies" has meaning, the operative word in the title of a new documentary, Best of Enemies, is the word "best." The film is about a particular historic event of verbal jousting between two very well-matched public intellectuals, the "best" practitioners of the English language of their time.

The American People: Larry Kramer's Blistering Magnum Opus

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 05.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

The American People is predictably commanding and passionate, its insights are stunning and endless, its narrative consistently compelling. But how much of the history it recreates is true?

The United States of Gore Vidal

Michael Conniff | Posted 11.27.2013 | Denver
Michael Conniff

It's not every day that you get to see the original video of William F. Buckley Jr. calling Gore Vidal "a queer" on network television, but people in ...

Brooks Brother

D. R. Tucker | Posted 11.19.2013 | Media
D. R. Tucker

Right-wing ideologues don't like what Brooks said about Cruz? Too bad. Get over it, and get over yourselves.

Republicans' Inability to Understand Their Basic Flaws

Paul Abrams | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Do Republicans care? I would give most of them the benefit of the doubt, they probably do care in a cosmic sense. Will they do anything about it? No.

Cruz vs. Clinton in 2016

Brent Budowsky | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

For Democrats this is too good to be true. While Republicans continue to try to smear former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over Benghazi, she long ago accepted her share of responsibility, and her popularity continues to tower above all national figures in American public life.

Faith And Political Rhetoric

Michael Jinkins | Posted 01.05.2013 | Religion
Michael Jinkins

This political season, we've heard politicians argue that if persons do not have the means to afford health insurance society should, essentially, let them die. This unyielding position is correlated with the rise of politicians who refuse to work together.

Mr. Akin and the Apocalypse of the Republican Mind

Nina Burleigh | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
Nina Burleigh

An Akin can only rise when it no longer matters in political debate whether there are facts on one side and falsities on the other.

The Precision of Gore Vidal, Broadcaster

David Tereshchuk | Posted 10.02.2012 | Media
David Tereshchuk

Gore Vidal was -- for all his elegant door-stops in print, many of them lauded as superior American historical novels -- absolutely a creature of popular mass media. Of television most of all, I'd say.

Latin America Wants Drug Peace; Washington Demands More War

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.11.2012 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The Drug War is over. The U.S. government hasn't stopped arresting people for using pot and other illicit substances. But no one seriously believes Washington is going to "win," whatever that means.

GOP Hopes USA Fails

Brent Budowsky | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Never in the history of the nation has any great party dreaded good news for America the way Republicans do today.

No More Drama

D. R. Tucker | Posted 07.29.2012 | Black Voices
D. R. Tucker

I could spend months detailing my differences with John Derbyshire regarding American race relations. However, one of his observations about politics and race is uncomfortably true.

Mind Games

D. R. Tucker | Posted 05.27.2012 | Politics
D. R. Tucker

Facts destroyed 'motivated reasoning' in my case. Could this happen to other conservatives? That depends on conservatives being willing to subject the views they hear and read to strict scrutiny, to ask themselves if they're really hearing the truth from the talkers.

4 Kinds of Republicans

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

The Republican Party elite is depending on uneducated aging frightened white males and radical anti-abortion females for their votes. Long term the party is doomed.

Conservatives in Crisis

Brent Budowsky | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

As conservatives prepare for an urgent meeting this weekend to discuss their options in the 2012 campaign, they face an epic crisis of identity and el...

Is Rick Perry Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? Not When It Comes To Science

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.24.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Perry's past record clearly demonstrates both a dangerous misunderstanding of the nature of science and a willingness to jettison science when its conclusions are at odds with his politics.

With Release of Atlas Shrugged Movie, a Rise in Rand Rants on Reason

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 06.12.2011 | Books
John Wellington Ennis

The idea that sides must be chosen in advance of the release of the film Atlas Shrugged feels a little frivolous. With the look of a TV movie, I doubt that the "leftists" will be out in force telling Rand fans how bad this movie it is.

Creeping Socialism at The National Review

Harvey J. Kaye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Harvey J. Kaye

I don't like to psychologize. But from what I can tell, the magazine's new ambivalence is nothing less than what conservatives in the 1950s referred to as "creeping socialism."