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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

Torture and Police Killings Cut From the Same Cloth of Injustice

(44) 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

(98) 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

(2) 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

(27) 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?

(216) 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.

"He...

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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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The Day the Obama Administration Went All Nixon On Us

(1163) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 9:46 AM

Spoiler alert: That day was May 7, 2012... but first a quick history lesson.

Okay, I'm one of those folks who obsesses about the late 1960s and early 1970s, but this time it's really important. Because today that is the rallying cry for any presidential scandal, that this...

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Of Course the Media Failed in Iraq -- Here's Why

(133) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 9:49 AM

So we have this never-ending controversy -- more than 10 years in the making -- over whether or not the media botched its job in covering the run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion and, if so, whether that was a big deal, It boiled over this weekend when

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Reagan Would Be 102 -- and Against Obama's Drone Policy

(104) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 11:39 AM

Ronald Reagan was born on this date 102 years ago today. He died in June 2004 -- but I've written quite a bit about him in the intervening years, especially while and after I wrote a 2009 book about Reagan and his legacy called "Tear Down This Myth."...

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Aaron Swartz and the Questions That None Dare Ask Obama

(216) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 8:13 AM

President Obama had a press conference yesterday, billed as the last one of his first term. He was asked the predictable questions, mainly about the debt-and-spending battle with Congress, with one off-speed pitch, a query about a lack of White House diversity and also why he doesn't socialize...

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How to Marginalize an Extreme Fringe Group Called the NRA

(140) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 9:34 AM

"The election season's overheated political rhetoric is adding fuel to the fire," [said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center.] The more polarized the political scene, the more people at the extremes." Many Americans are enraged by what they see as America's decline, and opportunistic politicians...
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