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Writing may be fighting, as Ishmael Reed famously opined, but most
writers know the difference. There are, of course, some who blur the
line.

Of all the columns I've written, never have I gotten more mail than for
the following sentence: "It will not matter that the Dixie Chicks play
to full, cheering houses, while their current albu

Thank God for fakers! Matchless as deflaters of human and institutional
pretension, they furnish us rich measures of malicious glee at the
red-faced victims.

In the 1998 film Wag the Dog, political operatives employ special editing techniques to create phony footage that will engender public sympathy for a manufactured war.

In its first issue after the fall of the World Trade Center, The New
Yorker
published a handful of short reaction pieces by John Updike,
Jonathan Franzen and others about the horror that

So the right-wing journalist John Fund may not be a model citizen, but
contrary to the implications of many left journalists and gossip
columnists, he's likely not the kind of guy who pretends

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

The announcement a few weeks ago that Partisan Review was closing
shop after a run of nearly seventy years brought sadness--since
PR at its best was a central site of American cul

As a million Shiite pilgrims streamed toward Karbala shouting, "No to
America, no to Saddam, no to tyranny, no to Israel!" can't you just
imagine the plash of complacent I Told Him So's from th

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May 5, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 5/4/15?

May 4, 2015

The issue is the cartoons—and what they mean to ordinary French Muslims.

May 1, 2015

The police department has used social media as virtual riot gear, manufacturing the narrative of violence in the digital realm as they were escalating it on the ground.

April 30, 2015

Fox and friends are gearing up for a replay of the 1968 riots that helped bring us Richard Nixon.

April 29, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 4/26/15?

April 24, 2015

How can we judge the latest Clinton scandal when the reporting around it is so murky?

April 23, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 4/21/15?

April 21, 2015

Media fear and self-loathing are already on the campaign trail.

April 17, 2015

Doug Hughes is not a dangerous fruitcake. In fact, he is a small-d democratic idealist who went out of his way to alert the authorities in advance of his so-called “Freedom Flight.”

April 17, 2015