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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

He’s not the only Republican governor who has abused his office to destroy political enemies.

We celebrate these heroes both for their accomplishments of the past year and their determination to do even more in 2014.

Kshama Sawant’s City Council victory reflects broad trends: polls show voters are increasingly immune to redbaiting.

It’s time to get back to our roots—the grassroots—to fight for reform of an increasingly monopolistic and manipulative media.

Special interests dominate Washington and undermine our democracy.

The citizens of one of our largest cities are being shut out of the decisions that will affect their future.

The governor needs to peddle a moderate image to win re-election in New Jersey, but on everything from reproductive rights to the environment to austerity, he’s very conservative.

For half a century, Bob walked with the movements for economic and social justice, for peace, and above all for democracy.

His next appointee for FCC chair could determine whether robber barons consolidate their domination of the public discourse.

How many dysfunctional election cycles are we going to endure before we accept the necessity of this reform?

Blogs

Of course, Elizabeth Warren should be considered, but so should Sherrod Brown and Jeff Merkley.
The Congressional Progressive Caucus’s alternative budget was the best proposal. But only ninety-six Democrats backed it.
The newspaper warns it would be “a big mistake” for Democrats to “let Hillary Clinton coast to the presidential...
He criticized old media, he created new media and he knew the necessity of a free and freewheeling press.
Want higher turnout? No problem. Automatically register voters and allow them to vote by mail.
The Maryland congresswoman who led the way in opposing Citizens United bids for the newly open seat.
In Wisconsin, where another African-American man has been killed, a new law requires outside review of officer-involved deaths.
Former Bill Clinton cabinet member calls for “a tough primary challenger.”