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media



  • His Ignominy Is His Triumph: a Counter-Obituary of Rush Limbaugh

    by A.J. Bauer

    "You’d be hard pressed to find a better popularizer of the concept of counter-hegemonic struggle (“culture war” in the vernacular), albeit on the right, or a more “organic intellectual” of the U.S. white upper middle class."



  • We Wouldn’t Have Had President Trump Without Rush Limbaugh

    by Max Boot

    Rush Limbaugh stripped conservative politics of principle, policy, and argument, broadcasting a show based on "assertion, mockery, and resentment." Donald Trump's presidency has proven that this was enough. 



  • Limbaugh Was Partly Scalia and Bork’s Fault

    by Michael Tomasky

    "The admittedly and lamentably glorious career of the most prominent racist, sexist, poisonous radio host of our time probably never would have happened if it weren’t for a policy change: the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine, under Ronald Reagan."



  • The Cost of Trump’s Assault on the Press and the Truth

    New Yorker editor David Remnick writes that while Trump is not the first president to battle the media, his apparent belief that the press exists as his public relations agency--and anger that it doesn't work that way--are leading him to attack a fundamental institution of society with deadly consequences.



  • The Outrage Peddlers Are Here to Stay

    Campus Reform seeks to "stoke outrage at ‘liberal’ professors, with the political intent of creating a viral sensation that circulates through a highly partisan right-wing media ecosystem, and into the broader public discussion,” says Isaac Camola, a political science professor who has been active in organizing professors who are targeted by outrage campaigns.



  • Elections Don’t Have to Be So Chaotic and Excruciating

    by Stephen I. Vladeck

    A uniform procedure for publicizing the vote count can eliminate the chaos of haphazard vote counts and remove the opportunity for candidates to portray the normal process of counting votes as irregular or crooked. 



  • New York Times, CNN Sullied By ‘Anonymous’ Charade

    by Eric Wemple

    Post media critic Eric Wemple says the media allowed "Anonymous" to float the belief that responsible public servants were checking the worst impulses of the Trump administration when, in fact, they accomplished nothing of the sort.


  • Where Ross Douthat Goes Wrong

    by Jim Sleeper

    Jim Sleeper argues that Times columnist Ross Douthat's brand of conservatism fixates on a supposed liberal cultural domination while ignoring the right's long path to consolidating power through the law, institutions and the threat of physical force.