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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

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.

Three days after he sued the President to force a Congressional vote on
whether to attack Iraq, and one day after hundreds of thousands of
antiwar demonstrators in New York cheered his call to

Few of George W. Bush's judicial nominees have generated as much
opposition as has Miguel Estrada.

Suddenly, there are serious discussions about the danger of monopoly power.

The debate over the dangers of media monopoly got a lot less theoretical
in the last week of January, when Comcast, the nation's No.

Arnie Arnesen does not know exactly when the political wind shifted. It
might have been on the day Trent Lott was forced to step down as Senate
majority leader.

If Congressional Democrats want to be more than George W.

When plants in Nebraska carrying swine diarrhea drugs mingled with food for humans, all hell broke loose.

Blogs

The Texas senator wants to change Senate rules so his anti-Obamacare strategy can “win” even when it loses.
In a remarkable interview, Pope Francis calls for a “new balance” on issues such as abortion and LGBT rights. Has he opened the...
The American Legislative Exchange Council has always been secretive, but now officials are moving to prevent open-records requests for...
The top candidate for the Federal Reserve chair withdraws his name from consideration after key Democratic senators said they would oppose...
A previously unknown “secret bank” funds massive projects to overturn Obamacare, mangle Social Security and advance austerity.
A big primary lead for Bill de Blasio, who ran on a promise to tax the rich.
The president is right to embrace prospect of removing chemical weapons without military intervention.
The president can and should explain the necessity of negotiation in the pursuit of a “just peace.”