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Will Bunch
Will Bunch is a veteran political journalist and author of three books -- most recently The Backlash: Right-Wing Radicals, High-Def Hucksters and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama -- an in-depth look at the rise of the New Right, including the Tea Party, Glenn Beck, the Oath Keepers, and radical extremists in Congress. Will is also author of 2009's Tear Down This Myth: How the Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our Politics and Haunts Our Future as well as 1994's Jukebox America and two Amazon Kindle Singles, October 1, 2011: The Battle of the Brooklyn Bridge, about Occupy Wall Street, and Give It To Steve! about the 1948 NFL champion Philadelphia Eagles. He is senior writer for the Philadelphia Daily News and author of its popular blog, Attytood.

He has won numerous journalism awards, including a share of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting when he worked for New York Newsday. His articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, American Prospect, American Journalism Review and elsewhere.

Entries by Will Bunch

From Howard Stern to Donald Trump as Democracy Amuses Itself to Death

(127) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 12:13 AM

I caught a few minutes of an incredible spectacle on cable TV news on Friday night. Donald Trump had just held court with reporters in New Hampshire and now he was giving a speech in prime time -- and the punditocracy was as giddy as 13-year-old girls reading...

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President Obama Won't Get a Chance to Visit Sandra Bland Behind Bars

(135) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 10:27 AM

It's time, y'all. It's time...This thing that I'm holding in my hand -- this telephone, this camera, it is quite powerful. Social media is powerful. We could do something with this. If we want a change, we can really, truly make it happen. You know, we can sit here and...
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O que Mad Men nos ensina sobre os Estados Unidos

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 6:49 PM

Em uma série de TV que mostra um cortador de grama decepando o pé de um executivo num escritório da Madison Avenue e um funcionário desconsolado entregando seu mamilo numa caixa para sua colega - e dezenas de outros momentos memoráveis em mais de 80 horas de um...

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'Mad Men' and When America Is Shocked How Much This Never Happened

(51) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 12:49 PM

In a television show that depicts a lawnmower severing a key executive's foot in a busy Madison Avenue office and a forlorn co-worker delivering one of the key female employees his severed nipple in a box -- and dozens of other memorable moments in more than 80 hours...

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America, It's Been a Privilege

(24) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 4:37 PM

You really can buy anything in America in 2015 -- even things you would never guess in a million years that someone wanted to buy. Who knew, before this weekend, that if you donate enough money, you can even become a quasi-cop and go chasing down criminals and assorted poor...

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Torture and Police Killings Cut From the Same Cloth of Injustice

(45) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 11:36 AM

America's snooze alarm went off again yesterday. Slowly, fitfully, people are starting to wake up from a long national slumber. Our psychic clock radio switched on this time to a Middle Eastern jazz riff, punctuated by the screams of the tortured. The powerful damnation of the Senate's lengthy...

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How Robert McCulloch Indicted Himself

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 8:09 AM

Each and every minute felt like an hour. The first bulletin on Monday that the Ferguson grand jury had reached its decision -- and that it would be announced that night -- came around lunch time. All through the day, news anchors jumped back on CNN after every commercial break...

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'How to Get Away With Murder:' Ferguson

(3) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 8:16 AM

The shorter version of this week's news out of Ferguson is basically this: Tin soldiers and Nixon coming. The grand jury investigation of the shooting of teenager Mike Brown, by the Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson has dragged on for weeks, from the hot summer...

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Gary Webb, Jon Stewart, and the Stories That Are Too True to Tell

(16) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 3:40 PM

I cut out on my Saturday chores this weekend to spend a couple of hours watching Kill the Messenger, the big-screen re-telling of the sad story of the California journalist Gary Webb. It was Webb (pictured at top) who poked a giant hornet's nest in 1996...

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The Black and White Resignation of Richard Nixon

(14) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 1:27 PM

Forty years ago this Friday, President Richard Nixon resigned... in black and white.

At least, he did in my house in Don Draper's old stomping grounds of Chilmark, on a small, fuzzy black and white TV set that we propped up on the big living room windowsill. We...

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Casey Kasem and the Death of American Mass Culture

(26) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 5:10 PM

This weekend I had to do some boring Saturday chores -- hardware store, oil change, that sort of thing -- so I made sure I left the house right at noon, as I often do. That's because that's when the weekly re-broadcast of the original Casey Kasem American...

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America... What the Hell Is Wrong With Us?

(28) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 10:44 AM

A politician who's in a tough re-election fight deleted a Twitter posting earlier today because he thought it would offend voters in his home state. I know, I know, these days "politician-deletes-thoughtless-tweet" articles are the dog-bites-man stories of American journalism. So let's see what outrageous and offensive thing...

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'Injustice Anywhere': A Philadelphia Story of Justice Denied

(8) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 11:40 PM

It's now been more than six years since the night that Dagma Rodriguez, a 33-year mother of three from the rugged neighborhood of West Kensington, said that she was sexually assaulted. Her assailant, she alleges, was a man who pressed her against a wall and began to fondle her.


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'Then They Fight You' -- Why The 1 Percent Is In Full Panic Mode

(315) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 10:48 PM

It was nearly a century ago that a trade union leader said this: "And, my friends, in this story you have a history of this entire movement. First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they...

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America's Cruel Political Math -- Where the Working Poor Equal Less Than Zero

(173) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 8:52 AM

Remember the 2000 presidential campaign and the whole flap about "fuzzy math"? Those were the days, huh? In the 2010s, America's political math is not fuzzy but hard, cruel to the point of nearly inhuman, and so unrooted in common sense it makes the Flat Earth Society look...

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The World's Next Mandela Is Rotting in Jail Somewhere

(99) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 8:29 AM

I was offline, at least metaphorically, when news broke that Nelson Mandela had passed away. Thus, I had the luxury of reflecting for a couple of days... and watching a flurry of other stories whiz past in a blur. It's remarkable how in our digital 21st century that any global...

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Atlanta's Turner Field Is Dying -- And American Sanity Is Dying With It

(85) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 10:28 PM

I'm know I'm going to sound like an old man again, but I can remember 1997 like it was yesterday. I can almost taste it, smell it -- the time when a couple of Yankee kids named Jeter and Rivera ruled the baseball world, when Hillary Clinton was strolling the...

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U.S. Government Tech: Lousy at Health Care, Great at Flying Death Robots

(185) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 10:57 PM

Hey, remember that time when the U.S. had a Predator drone hovering over a suspected terrorist's house in Yemen for four hours, and nothing happened because the 20-year-old junior officer with the missile-firing joystick couldn't log into the damn operating system? How the entire system of fighting al-Qaeda around the...

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What the Media Won't Say About Chris Lane's Murder

(2044) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 11:32 AM

On an average day, about 40 people are murdered every day in the United States. That, in and of itself, is unconscionable, but there are some killings that are so beyond awful that they reach out -- sometimes from the other side of America -- and punch you in the...

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From Istanbul to Rio to Philly, This Democracy Thing Is Broken

(489) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 11:55 PM

It was just the other day that we were celebrating the 24th anniversary of the unknown hero that the world knows simply as Tank Man. You know exactly what I'm talking about, the solitary protester in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, who refused to move in the face of four...

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