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Studies show that insiders at Google could, if they wanted, covertly alter voter preferences. The very possibility is a threat to democracy.

Rinku Sen on the Associated Press's decision to "drop the 'i' word," Robert Dreyfuss on Hagel's bad budget rhetoric, and the editors on a prize for Nation illustrator Steven Brodner.

GOP-Fox Circus Act

Post Election Day, is the network's huge audience tuning out?

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

Comcast Center

In her book Captive Audience, Susan Crawford shows how media giants exert a stranglehold over consumers and government.
 

survivalism

Prophecies of government tyranny, financial meltdown and violent anarchy featured on Doomsday Preppers are being absorbed into contemporary conservatism.

David Stockman

 Reagan's former budget director's outrage over crony capitalism and bank bailouts is right on, but the pundits don't like it.

Trent Mays (L) and Ma'lik Richmond (R) sit in juvenile court in Steubenville, OH

Decades of work to change rape laws has done little to change culture.

Anthony Lewis

For more than three decades, he was perhaps the most prominent establishment voice for the antiwar, human rights and civil rights movements.

Blogs

Eric on this week’s concerts and releases and Reed on how the gaffe-obsessed political press is doing a disservice to democracy.

October 20, 2014

Fox needs Shep’s anti-Fox narrative now more than ever.

October 16, 2014

After thirty years in the Senate, Mitch’s loss would make MSM Rolodexes obsolete.

October 15, 2014

But mainstream media find it hard to admit. 

October 14, 2014

Eric on The New Yorker Festival and Reed on the lazy Beltway boosterism of Leon Panetta's new book.

October 14, 2014

Many journalists went after Webb, destroying his reputation and driving him out of the profession and into a suicidal depression. Now they’re at it again.

October 10, 2014

Agree with this ad, or else.

October 9, 2014

When it comes to Ebola, ISIS and other perceived threats, the right basically wants us to build a higher dang fence and then Otherize the heck out of everything on the other side.

October 8, 2014

Eric on this week's concerts (plus some upcoming events) and Reed on Matt Bai's treatment of the Gary Hart-Donna Rice affair.

October 6, 2014

Do we dismiss sentimentality in media too easily—or not enough?

October 3, 2014