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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

Eight state legislators who are making a difference.

Important battles are being waged--and won--far beyond the Beltway.

John Nichols and Robert W.
McChesney are founders of the media-reform
network Free Press, one of the groups named in this article.

The Democratic Leadership Council, the lost-inside-the-Beltway group
that last fall championed the disastrous Democratic strategy of cozying
up to the Bush Administration on military issues whi

"This is what democracy looks like" chanted twenty-four antiwar
demonstrators as they were arrested outside Toledo's Navy and Air Force
recruitment office on the day George W.

How an antiwar initiative is turning into a way to strengthen democracy.

War may or may not be inevitable, but a one-sided discussion of US
policy toward Iraq appears to be all but guaranteed on network
television.

Considering the fact that the Bush Administration is the planet's primary proponent of war with Iraq, Nancy Lessin wants to know why the US Congress has failed to follow the example of parliament

The day before MSNBC announced that it was pulling the plug on Phil Donahue's nightly show, the man who pretty much invented talk TV was interviewing actress and author Rosie O'Donnell.

Blogs

Tomas Young accuses the White House of war crimes and murder, including that of “the thousands of young Americans—my fellow...
Republicans know they must turn toward supporting gay marriage—evidence of how much progress LGBT activists have made.
Catholic Sisters say the Budget Committee chairman’s plan would “create untenable situations for those struggling to survive...
The Budget Committee chairman has produced a budget that only makes sense to the conservative base. And that’s fine by him.
While unions have taken a battering in recent years, the US once exported labor rights to the world.
Rand Paul provided an illustration of what filibuster reformers have been seeking.
The Republican governor seeks to give an “emergency manager,” not elected officials, authority over the city.
The House Budget Committee chairman is so determined to advance his austerity agenda that he’s talking about abandoning commitments...