Greg Mitchell writes a daily blog for The Nation focusing on media, politics and culture. He is the former editor of Editor & Publisher and author of thirteen books. His latest book, on the 2012 Obama-Romney race, is Tricks, Lies, and Videotape. His other books include Atomic Cover-Up, The Campaign of the Century (winner of the Goldsmith Book Prize), two books related to WikiLeaks and a pair of books with Robert Jay Lifton on Hiroshima and the death penalty in America. His Twitter feed is @GregMitch and he can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org. His personal blog is Pressing Issues.
"Fair Game," the first celluloid probe of the case, starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, was screened today at the Cannes Film Festival. What do the critics think? So far, they're with Roger Ebert: thumbs up.
What you need to know today, featuring in this edition Maddow vs. Rand Paul, Bill Kristol pushing Campbell Brown for Senate, more puffery on Rush Limbaugh from the TImes, Roger Ebert gets the Cannes do spirit, and much more!
Your morning cheat sheet, today featuring winning Democrats, Dan Rather in "Pornland," Glenn Beck going for the gold, Campbell Brown replaced by Betty White (?), and much more!
As a historian and activist on the subject of the atomic bombing of Japan, I was relieved to watch the HBO series conclude two days ago with an unusually non-triumphal treatment of the subject. And here's why that still matters.
Today's politics and media roundup features a "family values" rep quitting over an affair, a Democrat in trouble in Connecticut over Vietnam, and 1000th U.S. military death in Afghanistan.
A painful reminder of how long the debacle has dragged on. Newspaper editorials failed for years to advocate a phased U.S. withdrawal, and there was no "Cronkite moment" coming from TV. In fact, the first MSM legend to come out for a pullout was an unlikely advocate.
Your morning "cheat sheet," today featuring "60 MInutes" on the oil slick, David Carr on SEO, Pete Seeger on newspaper workers, the New Yorker on Andrew Breitbart, Rachel Maddow commences, and much more.
Our daily updates, this time featuring Frank Rich on rent boys, Sarah Palin on rednecks, Bill Moyers on film censorship, Georgia says no to Colbert and much more.
The oil leak gets (even) worse, Colbert on Beck, Chomsky on the Tea Party, Studs Terkel returns, conservatives rake muck, cable news on Kagan and softball, Elizabeth Warren on cover of TIME, and much more.
Today starring Elena Kagan, Nick Kristof, Lewis Black, Naomi Watts, Russell Crowe and more. And return later for afternoon updates!