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

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

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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.

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Media-savvy conservative think tanks take aim and fire at progressive power bases in the states. 

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The New York Times’s new ombudsperson keeps the Gray Lady honest.

Sheryl Sandberg

Feminists were quick—too quick—to question the Facebook COO's motives for writing Lean In, her self-help manifesto.

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As the GOP’s ideological center hurtles into the farthest reaches of the universe, the MSM still strives for “balance.”

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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