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Maddow Hits GOP's 'Southern Strategy'—But Who Was That Enabler She Quoted?

Rachel Maddow, in strong opening segment last night on candidates getting away with racist statements this year—no "macaca" downfalls—kept mentioning a Nixon architect of the Southern Strategy, and quoted him twice. She even put his blunt words from 1970, urging the GOP to ignore blacks and focus strictly on white voters, up on the screen, but oddly failed to name him.  

This led some, in online comments, to presume it was former Nixon aide Pat Buchanan, who certainly seems capable of this in the past, perhaps even the present. Was Rachel protecting an MSNBC colleague?

That's wrong. The former GOP strategist was Kevin Phillips. So why did Maddow choose not to name him?

I can only imagine that she was kindly avoiding tarring someone who has gone to harshly criticize the GOP, appear often on Bill Moyers' PBS show, and write several valuable books, the latest American Theocracy. Still, made for an awkward moment.

Phillips did not invent the term "southern strategy" for the successful drive by the GOP to wrest control of the region from the Democrats, but became most associated with it, after he was interviewed for an article with that phrase in its headline on May 17, 1970. Phillips in that piece said, and Maddow quoted it, "From now on, the Republicans are never going to get more than 10 to 20 percent of the Negro vote and they don't need any more than that... but Republicans would be shortsighted if they weakened enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans. That's where the votes are. Without that prodding from the blacks, the whites will backslide into their old comfortable arrangement with the local Democrats." 

In fact, Phillips, in his influential book from that era, The Emerging Republican Majority, urged the politics of polarization in the north as well.

Bob Herbert in a New York Times column later observed, "The truth is that there was very little that was subconscious about the GOP's relentless appeal to racist whites. Tired of losing elections, it saw an opportunity to renew itself by opening its arms wide to white voters who could never forgive the Democratic Party for its support of civil rights and voting rights for blacks."  

A new edition of Greg Mitchell's book, "The Campaign of the Century: Upton Sinclair's Race for Governor of California and the Birth of Media Politics, winner of the Goldsmith Book Prize, has just been published

DAYBOOK for Tuesday: Maddow on Midterms, Missing Bill Moyers, Obama Aids Wiretapping, John Lennon & Chuck Berry, More

WELCOME TO DAYBOOK, our daily collection of media and politics hits/misses from a wide variety of sources plus fun videos and (at the bottom) a music pick. Return for updates during the day. Keep up with fresh items via @gregmitch at Twitter. E-mail me at: epic1934@aol.com. To increase type size, hit middle "A" above right.

TUESDAY's TOPPERS

Headline of new Charlie Savage piece for NYT says it all: "US Pushes to Ease Technical Obstacles to Wiretapping."

Rachel Maddow on midterms: it's extremistsMaddow on What This Election Is About: "It's the extremists.".... Christine O'Donnell asks, Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?.... Howie Kurtz's first Daily Beast piece: How the Media Blew the Midterms. And continue to struggle to understand what's happening.

Tribune Co. board expected to ask for CEO's resignation today after string of sexist and boorish incidents involving top execs at company.

Sharron Angle in trouble in Nevada in race vs. Harry Reid for telling Hispanic students that they "look Asian." Naturally, it's on tape.... Nicholas Lemann profiles Reid in the new New Yorker

Update: Prosecutors mulling charges after Joe Miller security people in Alaska handcuff reporter.

Transcript for my recent  NPR "On the Media" segment just posted.... In a unique move, Huff Post is carrying my daily political campaign dispatches—on the incredibly influential 1934 race featuring Upton Sinclair that I write about in this week's Nation and online. Today's coverage, for October 19, 1934, is just posted.

My updated piece on Editor & Publisher (my old magazine) firing entire editorial staff.

In mosque case, Justice Dept. rules that Islam is, in fact, you know, a religion.

WHERE HAVE YOU GONE, BILL MOYERS? Major FAIR Exposé of PBS: Taking the 'Public' Out of Public TV.

BABBLING BROOKS? David Brooks actually claims money does NOT play major role in election races. Glenn Greenwald takes quite different view here, with evidence.

OUT AT FOX NYTers hit Eliz Bumiller's appearance on Fox News—among other things, policy is to avoid hostile shoutfests.

OUR MAN IN AFGHANISTAN Jeremy Scahill tweets: "In Afghanistan, it's clear US special ops raids and strikes are increasing the insurgency & support for Taliban."

BITS & PIECES Daily Beast and Newsweek end merger talks.... GOP sex crusader turns out to be a sex toy peddler....A good "Mad Man" finale think piece from Wash Post's Ezra Klein.  

ON THE CAN-PAIN TRAIL Daily Kos political arm to release "Google bomb" against GOP candidates.... NYT on GOPers maybe taking bunch of seats in NY, including vs. Rep. John Hall... In last night's governor's debate in NY, as one tweeter put it, "Carl Paladino's Bumbling Takes Backseat To Even Zanier Cast Of Candidates."  

TODAY's LAFF

Candidate running for office on a platform of Willful Ignorance. Yeah, I know, could be real. "I am you—passionately unqualified for this job." 

 

TODAY's MUSIC

America's poet laureate Chuck Berry turned 80 yestereday. Here's John Lennon paying tribute, plus Chuck doing "Johnny B. Goode" with Julian Lennon.

'Editor & Publisher' Fires Entire Editorial Staff

Just received an e-mail from my former managing editor at Editor & Publisher (my exit came in January after 10 years) Shawn Moynihan:  "The editorial staff of Editor & Publisher has been eliminated by its new owners, Duncan McIntosh Co. inc. As such, I’m writing to let you know I am no longer E&P’s managing editor/online editor."

One of my old colleagues in the once-sturdy VNU/Nielsen magazine unit, Tony Case, was first with the news. Top editor Mark Fitzgerald and tech editor Jim Rosenberg also were axed. The new editor works for owner Duncan McIntosh who took over in January—his other titles, based in Irving, Ca., are boating and fishing magazines. Richard Prince has a more lengthy report here

As Prince notes, the once-vital E&P site was only a "shadow" of its former self.  Ads largely  disappeared. The magazine's top writer, Jennifer Saba, left months ago for Reuters and was never replaced. 

McIntosh, when he took over the magazine, vowed (in a meeting with me) that his first order of business was a complete redesign of the magazine's once-popular and influential dinosaur of a Web site. The magazine had long advocated shifts to the Web, even holds an annual new media conference, but its site continued to lack video and comments, among other modern features, and it hadn't gotten a facelift since 2002. The promised update never happened. 

In fact, the site retreated from new offerings, giving up its podcast and its most popular blog (by a wide margin), The E&P Pub. Traffic was only a fraction of that at its high point a couple of years in the past, as McIntosh and Fitzgerald focused heavily on the business side of newspapers, not content and editorial debates over  what newspapers actually produce.

The Nielsen Co. had shuttered the magazine last December, but I soon received dozens of emails from journalism outlets, foundations or investors interested in quickly reviving the magazine. Nielsen then pursued several serious offers, ultimately choosing McIntosh—which raised questions right away, given his California base and the types of publications he produces, especially since there were other offers to choose from. 

new edition of Greg Mitchell's The Campaign of the Century: Upton Sinclair's Race for Governor of California-- and the Birth of Media Politics, winner of the Goldsmith Book Prize, has just been published.  

DAYBOOK for Monday: Brokaw on Our Wars, Election Madness, Jack Black Defends Obama, Jimi Hendrix, More

WELCOME TO DAYBOOK, our daily collection of media and politics hits/misses from a wide variety of sources plus fun videos and (at the bottom) a music pick. Return for updates during the day. Keep up with fresh items via @gregmitch at Twitter. E-mail me at: epic1934@aol.com. To increase type size, hit middle "A" above right.

MONDAY WAKE-UP CALL 

Amazing stat: only one of the GOPers running for the US Senate believes in scientific consensus that humans cause global warming.... Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller, who won't talk to press, has his security goons detain and handcuff reporter for asking questions. At a pubic school, at public event, no less.

Tom Brokaw op edTom Brokaw op-ed raises constant refrain at this blog: Why aren't Iraq and Afghanistan wars a campaign issue—at all? Even though "the United States has spent more than $1 trillion on combat operations and other parts of the war effort, including foreign aid, reconstruction projects, embassy costs and veterans’ health care. And the end is not in sight."... New report on shocking effects on US soldiers: drugs, alcohol, mental disorder, suicides.

David Carr on Brett Favre outrage, what a combo. Opens: "In the last week, I’ve gotten a very clear view of two things—the male physique purported to belong to Brett Favre and the inner workings of modern media. I wish I could un-see both."

Watch highlights of one of nastiest debates of year last night, as Democrat Jack Conway mocks Rand Paul's college "Aqua Buddha" stunt over and over -- hard to believe that it helped him.

Howie Kurtz's final Wash Post column.

Andy Borowitz: "Why would you pay to see Jackass when you can watch Glenn Beck for free?"

DINESH ALREADY Even The Weekly Standard mocks D'Souza: You're a "committed party hack." 

ON AND IN THE MEDIA  It aired all weekend on NPR's "On the Media" and it's posted online now: interview with me about my new book—and amazing influence of Upton Sinclair's run for governor. Plus my new piece here at The Nation (in print this week). Today Huff Post launched something unique: I'll be covering the Sinclair race there for the next three weeks, day-by-day coinciding with the date in 1934 showdown.

THE 'MAD' HATTER: At close of Mad Men, creator talks about it all.

ON THE CAN-PAIN TRAIL Wonder if this is a record for a major party candidate? NYT poll finds only 11 percent have positive view of Carl Paladino. Cuomo to win in a walk.... Meghan McCain: Christine O'Donnell is a 'Nutjob'.... GOP senate candidate in Colorado Ken Buck says homosexuality like alcoholism....  Slate: "If there's one thing that counts against candidates this year, it's knowing what they're doing".... Maybe most polls this year on election races are "cuckoo"?

BIG LEAK COMING From the Times of London: “Wikileaks…is preparing to release hundreds of thousands of secret military files that would eclipse the recent release of more than 70,000 classified US military files on the war in Afghanistan.… A Pentagon spokesperson said that it set up a 120-person task force several weeks ago to determine the potential implications and damage of the military reports being leaked.... The documents are expected to be released simultaneously by the New York TImes, the Guardian and Der Spiegel."

NO FLY ZONE France asks airlines to reduce flights by 30-50 percent on Tuesday, when national pension protests are planned.

TODAY's LAFF

Last week we brought you Jack Black as "The Misinformant" in sendup of critics of Obama as election day nears. Now here's Part II, where he turns a little girl into Glenn Beck, sort of.

  

TODAY's MUSIC

Big NYT review of new bio of the young Jimi Hendrix, so his Dylan "Watchtower" cover seems apt:

Sunday DAYBOOK: Afghan War a Non-Issue, Frank Rich on Right-Wing Rage, Latest Odds on Elections, More

WELCOME TO DAYBOOK, our daily collection of media and politics hits/misses from a wide variety of sources plus fun videos and (at the bottom) a music pick. Return for updates during the day. Keep up with fresh items via @gregmitch at Twitter. E-mail me at: epic1934@aol.com. To increase type size, hit middle "A" above right.

SUNDAY IN PARK 

War in Afghanistan NYT poll finds only 3 percent rate US war in Afghan as top issue—even though most say it's going badly and want us out.... Nick Kristof on life for average Afghans today. 

Rude "Awakening"—Our Sunni allies in Iraq quitting to rejoin rebels. Wait, isn't this war over?

Frank Rich on right wing violence and rage—and predicts it won't end after Election Day. 

Israeli air strike kills two Palestinians in Gaza.

GOP senate candidate in Colorado Ken Buck says homosexuality like alcoholism....  Slate: "If there's one thing that counts against candidates this year, it's knowing what they're doing." .... Maybe most polls this year on election races are "cuckoo"? ...

Nate Silver's latest odds on House races (GOP still with excellent chance of seizing control). In one race I'm following, odds against Rep. John Hall in New York rise to 78 percent. Dems still expected to barely hold Senate....

Breitbart at Palin fest. You've been warned. Ditto on crazy Sharon Angle.

Airing all weekend on NPR's "On the Media" and posted online now: interview with me about my new book—and amazing influence of Upton Sinclair's run for governor.  Plus my new piece here at The Nation (in print next week) on same subject: When a grassroots movement pushed a Democratic president to the LEFT, not the right—and also inspired the birth of the modern political campaign and Hollywood's first major plunge into politics.

SATURDAY WAKE-UP

More horrid details on case of US soldiers killing Afghan civilians for sport. How could officers not have known? 

Interesting segment on Bill Maher's HBO show last night on electric cars—he just bought a Tesla. Yes, a new Volt costs about  $41,000 but he gets a $7500 tax credit from the feds and $5000 from California, if I heard correctly.

Charles M. Blow: Can the black vote decide key contests this year? 

Paul Krugman on "The Boehnerization of Barack Obama." Why has stimulus become a dirty word? he asks.

Lee Abrams, the Tribune Co. exit caught emailing raunchy video, finally resigns. The other exec who merely asked waitress to bare her breasts still around. NYT public editor wrongly hit David Carr's reporting on that yesterday. 

During meltdown by his old team, the Texas Rangers, last night, I expected to see George W. Bush, seated in the front row, to do what he always does in the midst of disaster—start reading "The Pet Goat." 

More controversy over soldiers who commit suicide not getting condolence letter.

If you can, see great documentary "Budrus," on (successful) Palestinian non-violent resistance against Israel's security wall running through a village. Trailer:  Meanwhile, today, Israeli plan to end constuction freeze clouds peace talks.

 TODAY's LAFF

Those wacky Taiwanese news/animation geniuses at it again, this time with New York candidate Carl Paladino as subject.

Friday DAYBOOK: Stewart & Colbert Combine Rallies, Dirtiest Political Campaign Ever, Palin's 'Reality' Show, More

WELCOME TO DAYBOOK, our daily collection of media and politics hits/misses from a wide variety of sources plus fun videos and (at the bottom) a music pick. Return for updates during the day. Keep up with fresh items via @gregmitch at Twitter. E-mail me at: epic1934@aol.com. To increase type size, hit middle "A" above right.

FRIDAY ON OUR MIND 

14 more US or NATO troops killed in Afghanistan in past 2 days. Is this an issue in any US election race?

Big news: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert announced last night—watch here—they would combine their 10/30 events under the banner "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear," guaranteeing even bigger turnout. Oprah helps out, too. NYT piece on rally probes media deliberations over how to cover the damn thing, plus reveals there will also be satellite events around the USA and world. Nearly 300,000 have already signed up at Facebook as certain attendees. 

My new piece here at The Nation (in print next week): When a grassroots movement pushed a Democratic president to the LEFT, not the right—and also inspired the birth of the modern political campaign and Hollywood's first major plunge into politics. Yes, the president was Roosevelt and the movement was EPIC, or End Poverty in California, led by Upton Sinclair—drawn from my book The Campaign of the Century. NOTE: I'll be on NPR's "On the Media" this weekend, check your listings or find it online.

Great updated Gilbert & Sullivan with Obama answering his critics in "I Am the Very Model of a US President." 

 

MoveOn.org polling: Voters wants to know who is funding election ads, as uproar continues over cash bonanza this year.

Banks' foreclosure frenzy:  "Hyena grabs leg of still-twitching gazelle, to pull it away from other hyenas."

FEAR FACTOR   If you somehow missed the The View  "walkout" over Bill O'Reilly statements on the mosque and Muslims, here's an update.

CHILE CON CARNIVAL Wild: Kirk Douglas compares Chilean mine media coverage to the similar scenes in his great film "Ace in the Hole." BTW, great rental.... Andy Borowitz: "Sadly, the Chilean miners are more up-to-date on current events than Christine O'Donnell."

ON THE CAN-PAIN TRAIL New poll finds Democrat Joe Manchin now with 10% lead in "hickey" W. Va.... Latest from Calif on Brown vs. Whitman.... Gallup: Obama's approval rating, historiclaly, actually very high relative to Congress.... By most accounts, Harry Reid failed to helped himself in Nevada "dud in the desert" debate last night, here are video highlights....

TODAY's LAFF

TLC has released trailer for its upcoming eight-part "reality" series, "Sarah Palin's Alaska." The following is NOT a parody video.

 


TODAY's MUSIC

There's a much-awaited tribute/collaboration CD coming for Ray Davies of the Kinks (yes, I interviewed him a couple of times for Crawdaddy during the 1970s), starring Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Lucinda Williams and more. Here's a bit of "You Really Got Me" with Metallica.

DAYBOOK for Thursday: They're Baaack—Bush, Cheney, Condi—Plus Jack Black, Jon Stewart, and More

WELCOME TO DAYBOOK, our daily collection of media and politics hits/misses from a wide variety of sources plus fun videos and (at the bottom) a music pick. Return for updates during the day. Keep up with fresh items via @gregmitch at Twitter. E-mail me at: epic1934@aol.com. To increase type size, hit middle "A" above right.

THURSDAY WAKE-UP CALLS & AFTERNOON UPDATES

Remember Cheney shooting his friend in the face? Still suffering the effects, according to Wash Post interview. Good for reminder of Cheney's media "cover-up" at the time, especially with injuries worse than we were (belatedly) told.

George Bush RangersThe one thing that could get me to root for Yankees: NYT piece on George W. Bush as chief Rangers' fan, right there in front seat. He used to own team.

Six more NATO troops killed in Afghanistan Wednesday. Jim Hightower on the war.... Report on civilian casualties in Pakistan.

Site finally posts some of those Carl Paladino "porn" emails. And they're not even the worst of them. Astounding, but a warning, pretty graphic and NSFW. 

Animal House, the sequel: Lee Abrams suspended from top Tribune Co. "innovation" job after racy memo. 

Condi Rice on The Daily Show: work after 9/11 was real burden. Too bad she did so little to prevent that....Stewart mocks CNN's coverage of the Chilean mine rescue. That safety helmet? Turned out to be a balloon.... Amazing WSJ opinion from Henninger: "Capitalism Saved the Chilean Miners." 

NPR tells staffers to stay away from Colbert, Stewart rallies.

Think Progress with another scoop of foreign donations to US Chamber of Commerce.

THEY REPORT, YOU DECIDE  McClatchy poses question, is Hank Paulson corrupt or merely incompetent?

ON THE CAN-PAIN TRAIL In Delaware debate, O'Donnell refuses to answer if she believes evolution is a myth. Follow-up question needed: What about gravity? Or maybe, Isn't the world flat?... Hot potatoe: Dan Quayle's son hit on link to sex site in candidates' debate... As their debate nears, new poll shows Angle topping Reid in Nevada....  Nate "The Great" SIlver: GOP senate takeover odds are down to 18 percent this week; they had been 24 percent last week. Still favored to take House.

THE BIG C: Cancer is a modern, man-made disease caused by environmental factors such as pollution and diet, scientists say.

AND FOR BAGS UNDER EYES? Lizz Winstead tweets: "I am seriously waiting for these airlines to start charging for emotional baggage."

BROKER FOR NOW: The Reformed Broker asks: Why are US corporations like Wesley Snipes? Used to kick ass, now avoid paying taxes. 

PAGING CHARLES DICKENS New report from Brennan Center for Justice outlines resurgence of debtors' prisons.

 TODAY's LAFF

Jack Black (as the "Misinformat" and "Spewman") and America Ferrera dispute myths about health reform and Obamacare, such as death panels.

 

TODAY's MUSIC

A new musical ode to Christine O'Donnell:  She's not so bad, just stark raving mad.

Preview: Marvin Kitman Probes Failure to 'Stop' Rupert Murdoch in Upcoming 'Harper's'

The upcoming issue of Harper's, out on October 26, features a major piece by longtime TV and media writer Marvin Kitman titled, "Murdoch Triumphant: How We Could Have Stopped Him—Twice."

The issue also feature Lewis Lapham's farewell "Notebook" column for the magazine—he started it in 1984—with Thomas Frank taking over next month.

Kitman traces Murdoch and media history from the 1970s, following the News Corp. chief's role in the decline of American journalism and rise of infotainment, not to mention Fox News. 

He argues that regulatory agencies on two occasions failed disasterously to halt Murdoch's "stranglehold" on cable news. "But both efforts failed—out of confusion, crossed loyalties, self-preservation, and a misappropriation of the idea of free speech," Kitman declares. "Had either succeeded, our most feared media villain would have been just another megalomaniacal press lord from abroad who was sent back where he came from, like Conrad Black or Robert Maxwell."

Kitman probes in-depth the Honig lawsuit—filed by a lawyer working for the NAACP in 1994 and charging Murdoch with misleading the FCC to gain a toehold by securing Channel 5 in New York—and "TIme Warner's capitulation." 

The result of this "failure to stop the barbarian at the gates of New York" was the arrival of Fox News in 1996, which also "marked the demise of Ted Turner as a player in the media wars." The cover image, in fact, shows Murdoch knocking out Turner in a boxing ring.

Kitman concludes: "Fifteen years ago, we had a chance to stop the relentless march of Rupert Murdoch.  His recent million-dollar contribution to the Republican Party is just gravy, for he was already the heaviest hitter in the race to shape public opinion around causes he championed." 

The piece actually opens with the latest development—News Corp.'s one million donation to the Repubican Governors Association—and the impact on the Citizens United court decision.

DAYBOOK for Wednesday: Preview of 'NYT' Obama Interview, DADT Injunction, Jon Stewart Rally to Go 'Live,' Much More

WELCOME TO DAYBOOK, our daily collection of media and politics hits/misses from a wide variety of sources plus fun videos and (at the bottom) a music pick. Return for updates during the day. Keep up with fresh items via @gregmitch at Twitter. E-mail me at: epic1934@aol.com. To increase type size, hit middle "A" above right.

WEDNESDAY WAKE-UP CALLS

Jon Stewart announces Comedy Central will stream his Oct. 30 rally in DC live AND show it live on cable. Also shows giant rally in N Korea, adding, "And half of those people were bused in by Huffington Post."

Mike Allen has excerpts from NYT Magazine piece on Obama by Peter Baker coming this Sunday.  President still claims he can work with Republicans even if they take Congress. Promises no new programs, just implementing what he's done. Says he should have included GOP tax cuts in the stimilus. Plus: "The thing that surprised Obama most after his first 100 days: 'The number of people who don’t pay their taxes,' he told aides." Also, doesn't like Camp David because he's "an urban guy."  UPDATE: Actual piece now online.

CNN: Six more NATO troops killed in Afghanistan today. Jim Hightower on the war. 

Yes, this is one of the greatest corrections ever in print or online: "This blog post originally stated that one in three black men who have sex with me is HIV positive. In fact, the statistic applies to black men who have sex with men."

New David Horowitz ad suggests Obama abandoning, leading to possible "second Holocaust."  Plus Nazi images.

Rachel Maddow’s report on new. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” injunction.

My GRIT TV segment w/ Laura Flanders on Upton Sinclair and one of the greatest mass movement election campaigns ever -- and the birth of media politics. Article on same coming up in The Nation next week!

Why the military needs to act more like NFL--and order troops off the field when they've had a head injury.

 Maureen Dowd on upcoming Plame / CIA leak flick "Fair Game" as good reminder of the Bush scandal -- film may be flawed but shows Plame as active CIA operative when cover blown.

PAGING CHARLES DICKENS New report from Brennan Center for Justice outlines resurgence of debtors' prisons.

LOSING THEIR RELIGION Jon Meacham & Sally Quinn publish gay-hating Tony Perkins at Wash Post—in "faith" section, no less.

PALADINO FAN? Even after all that negative publiicity about sexism from recent NYT piece, a top Tribune Co. exec sends out raunchy email to wide list, now apologizes.

TOO MUCH CONDI BAD FOR YOU? Warning: Condi Rice planning to strike tall New York buildings with...book promo. Will be on  Daily Show tonight, much more. And it's not The Pet Goat. Remember: Bush memoir coming in three weeks.

BITS & PIECES Helen Thomas on being called anti-Semitic: ‘Baloney!’... Ann Coulter defends Carl Paladino's anti-gay comments.  Also reveals, I AM a witch?...Wonderful crowd-sourced video history of the Johnny Cash.

 TODAY's LAFF

If you've ever wondered what Jon Stewart's first show for The Daily Show was like...here's how it opened, when we all had more or darker hair and Clinton faced trial for Lewisnky scandal or as Jon calls it "The Final Blow."  

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
The Final Blow - Strom Thurmond
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity

 

 TODAY's MUSIC

One of the sexiest tunes ever, from Lucinda Williams, "Essence" (even with key word bleeped near the end).

Watch When Irving Thalberg Created the First Attack Ads on the Screen

(Note:  I have not been able to post my daily election 2012 column since Monday, thanks to our new friend Sandy knocking out power, internet and so on.  So here's a golden, but very relevant, oldie.) .

In 1934, Upton Sinclair, the longtime socialist, swept the Democratic primary for governor in California, leading one of the greatest mass movements in US history—End Poverty in California (EPIC). To defeat him, his opponents (for the first time in America) turned to outside advertising, publicity, and media experts. Hollywood also took its first all-out plunge into politics, and my segment with Laura Flanders includes excerpts from the first use of the screen to destroy a candidate—faked newsreels ordered by MGM's saintly producer Irving Thalberg. 

Here's my segment below, or read more about the book and watch more of the newsreels here.

  

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