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Will Bunch is author of the soon-to-be-published 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. The book, published by HarperCollins on Aug. 31, 2010, is based on extensive interviews and travels from the hot spots of Arizona to Beck's American Revival to Kentucky's Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot.

Will is also author of 2009's Tear Down This Myth: How the Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our Politics and Haunts Our Future. He is senior writer for the Philadelphia Daily News and author of its popular blog, Attytood, and a senior fellow for Media Matters for America.

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, and he is author of one other book: Jukebox America: Down Back Streets and Blue Highways in Search of the Country's Greatest Jukebox.

Entries by Will Bunch

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

(315) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 9:48 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 | 7:52 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 | 7:29 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 | 9:28 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 | 9:57 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 | 10:32 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 | 10:55 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 | 8:46 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 | 8:49 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 | 10:39 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 | 7:13 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 | 8:34 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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Bob Costas Learns the Right Time to Talk About Guns in America: Never

(2541) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 7:47 AM

Bob Costas is very, very silly man. The pro football world is still reeling from the tragedy in Kansas City, where 25-year-old Chiefs' linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, the mother of their infant child, and then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and shot and

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McGovern's Patriotism -- And How the 2012 Campaign Dishonors It

(72) Comments | Posted October 21, 2012 | 10:33 PM

In the literature and music of our children we are told, to everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven. And for America, the time has come at last. This is the time for truth, not falsehood. In a Democratic nation, no one likes to...
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The Real Victims of Romney's America

(62) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 11:49 AM

The worst thing about Mitt Romney's condescending Ayn Randian rants down in Boca Raton wasn't the part where he makes the novel argument that it's easier to become president when you're a Hispanic (because... we've had so many of these?) or where he claims that it's...

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From Miami Beach to Tampa, 40 Years of Fear and Loathing Democracy

(14) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 8:50 AM

The last time they held the political conventions in Florida was 1972. It was the summer that I turned 13 years old, and I was falling in love for the first time.

With politics, that is.

Forty years ago, Miami Beach -- a half-day's swamp drive across the sweltering Sunshine...

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You Know Who Else Needed to Learn 'How to Be an American?' Dwight Eisenhower!

(153) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 9:00 PM

News item from earlier today:

A high-profile surrogate for Mitt Romney's campaign said Tuesday that he wished President Obama "would learn how to be an American" and argued he doesn't understand the U.S. economy because he spent his youth "smoking something."


Former New Hampshire Gov. John...

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What Woodward and Bernstein Got Wrong About Watergate

(182) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 8:51 AM

At 2 a.m. yesterday, the Watergate scandal turned 40. Maybe it was appropriate that most of America slept through the occasion.

I can tell you exactly where it was the night when it all went down, when those burglars were arrested inside the Watergate Hotel. I was asleep...

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The NFL: The No Future League

(20) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 10:12 AM

The news should have been a total shock. A great American athlete, a feared and revered defensive superstar of the National Football League who walked off the field for the last time just over two years ago, was dead.

He was just 43.

And it was an apparent...

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A Pennsylvanian's Guide to the Rick Santorum You Don't Know

(105) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 9:51 AM

You've probably heard all the good ones about GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum by now. The one about his "Google problem." The one about the "man-on-dog sex" (prompting the greatest journalistic response ever, when the reporter told Santorum that he was "sort of freaking me out.")...

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