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John Nichols

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John Nichols

John Nichols

Washington Correspondent

John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written the Beat since 1999. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress.

Nichols writes about politics for The Nation magazine as its Washington correspondent. He is a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and dozens of other newspapers.

Nichols is a frequent guest on radio and television programs as a commentator on politics and media issues. He was featured in Robert Greenwald's documentary, "Outfoxed," and in the documentaries Joan Sekler's "Unprecedented," Matt Kohn's "Call It Democracy" and Robert Pappas's "Orwell Rolls in his Grave." The keynote speaker at the 2004 Congress of the International Federation of Journalists in Athens, Nichols has been a featured presenter at conventions, conferences and public forums on media issues sponsored by the Federal Communications Commission, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Consumers International, the Future of Music Coalition, the AFL-CIO, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Newspaper Guild [CWA] and dozens of other organizations.

Nichols is the author of The Genius of Impeachment (The New Press); a critically acclaimed analysis of the Florida recount fight of 2000, Jews for Buchanan (The New Press); and a best-selling biography of Vice President Dick Cheney, Dick: The Man Who is President (The New Press), which has recently been published in French and Arabic. He edited Against the Beast: A Documentary History of American Opposition to Empire (Nation Books), of which historian Howard Zinn said: "At exactly the time when we need it most, John Nichols gives us a special gift--a collection of writings, speeches, poems, and songs from throughout American history--that reminds us that our revulsion to war and empire has a long and noble tradition in this country."

With Robert W. McChesney, Nichols has co-authored the books It's the Media, Stupid! (Seven Stories), Our Media, Not Theirs (Seven Stories), Tragedy and Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy (The New Press), The Death and Life of American Journalism (Nation Books) and, most recently, Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street (Nation Books). McChesney and Nichols are the co-founders of Free Press, the nation's media-reform network, which organized the 2003 and 2005 National Conferences on Media Reform.

Of Nichols, author Gore Vidal says: "Of all the giant slayers now afoot in the great American desert, John Nichols’s sword is the sharpest."

Articles

News and Features

McCain's march toward the Republican nomination is the year's most improbable journey.

His candidacy is ended, but John Edwards should continue his campaign to make economic justice in America the Democrats' core message.

With the Congressional race under way, the essential question is: will the Democrats be more progressive post-Bush?

John McCain is just enough of an outsider to keep the GOP competitive in a "change" election.

If we don't fix the nominating process this year, it will be even worse in 2012.

It's not Romney's Mormon faith that threatens the core values of a secular nation. It's Huckabee's messianic candidacy.

A conversation with the former President on Jonathan Demme's new film, Jimmy Carter Man From Plains, and the difficulty of talking about Israel and Palestine.

At a time when too many Democrats are prone to pulling punches, he knows how to throw them. And he has the bruises to show it.

Minnesota Senate candidate Al Franken has won wide support among voters--and conservatives are getting scared.

Hillary Clinton has recognized the value of courting antiwar voters.

Blogs

When a winter storm gridlocked Georgia, teachers and school employees proved their worth.
Opposition to free-trade policies is coming not just from factory towns but from rural regions that could decide some key Senate races in...
Now that a key player in New Jersey’s bridge scandal is challenging the governor's defenses, Christie is in for a long hard ride...
Don’t blame weather forecasters. Don’t just blame the weather. The mess in Atlanta owes a lot to wrongheaded politicians like...
The president’s “income inequality” address had plenty of strengths, but one big weakness.
The president is getting a lot right. But he cannot afford to muddle his message tonight.
“I have sung for rich and poor, for Americans of every possible political and religious opinion and persuasion, of every race, color...
Among the first challengers of the "free trade" fantasy were farmers, fisherfolk, peasants and indigenous peoples. John Kinsman...