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Instead of rape, let's just call it, "unilateral, physical intimacy." Instead of torture, let's just call it, "enhanced interrogation techniques," and pretend that it's not morally wrong.

The White House press corps is entirely focused on what happens inside the White House. While that's not irrelevant, it's not what's really important.

Lawrence Lessig and Glenn Greenwald debate their positions on Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court nomination.

The mainstream media track Fox News as if it were the Sixth Estate. Does that benefit us—or Fox?

When Bruce Springsteen became a political "Boss" he could not have imagined that the lyrics from one of his most famous songs would be cited by one American president and used to lampoon critics of another.

The seventh anniversary of the start of the Iraq war dawned today with very little notice in the media--but at the start of the war, many more newspapers opposed it than we now remember.

The Nation is adding an essential new voice to TheNation.com--Greg Mitchell, former editor of Editor & Publisher. Mitchell will be blogging as writer and editor of the new "Media Fix" blog, a snapshot of the best and worst each day in media and journalism.

Nation writers Robert McChesney and John Nichols support
government subsidies to sustain journalism in the future.

Bill Moyers's emphasis on dissenting views must live on at PBS.

Blogs

As pundits droned on about Eric Cantor, Iraq descended into ever greater chaos.

June 12, 2014

Have the media grown up half as much as Monica Lewinsky?

May 12, 2014

“New players are boosting reporting power, technological talent and financial resources going into news, creating a level of energy not felt for a long time,” said Amy Mitchell, Pew's director of journalism research.

March 26, 2014

Eric with the latest reviews and Reed on the media’s coverage of the missing Malaysia Air Flight 370. 

March 25, 2014

Eric with the latest reviews and Reed on the “nuclear option” and the media.

March 12, 2014

The Times raises a red flag over the mayor’s appointments.

March 3, 2014

Are Alec Baldwin and Bill Maher right about the network?

February 28, 2014

This week, Nation contributing editor Stephen Cohen appeared on the John Batchelor Show and The O'Reilly Factor to discuss the geopolitical stakes of the unrest in Ukraine. 

February 19, 2014

The New Jersey governor still looks like a front-runner for 2016.

February 17, 2014