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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

Republican aides and allies must not be allowed to control PBS.

Chastened by voter response to their earlier errors, many legislators push reform.

What will Dean do with the DNC?

Her votes thrilled supporters and put some backbone into Senate Democrats.

On the long list of resignations of Cabinet members, agency heads and political appointees that has accompanied the launch of the second Bush term, no member of the Administration's team left und

He can help mount an effective opposition.

George Bush had best be careful when he fiddles with the radio dial in the presidential limousine on Inauguration Day.

The results of the last election of 2004 could foretell the first serious defeat for the Bush Administration's agenda in the new Congress.

Howard Dean elbowed his way into the 2005 contest for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee with the same unbridled energy, litany of ideas big and small and outsized self-confide

Blogs

The thirty-second president used Dickens’s tale to make the case for programs to aid the dispossessed. We should do the same.
The ACLU accuses Walker of “bogus appropriation” of free speech arguments to defend offensive acts by government.
The strange tale of the Senate candidate’s spouse reminds of how absurd most fraud claims are.
The former German chancellor still calls us to “ build a world in which sharing, justice, freedom and peace might prevail.”
Federal jurist raises profound constitutional concerns, saying the agency uses “almost-Orwellian technology.”
Republicans and Democrats in the House vote 332-94 for a bad budget plan.
Budget negotiators are patting themselves on the back. But what they've agreed to is a lousy deal for jobless workers, federal...
The anti-apartheid hero asked world leaders to “have the courage to ensure that, at last, we build a human world consistent with the...