My Think Again column: “Pity the Poor Folks at Fox News.” It’s here.
My Nation column: “The Missing Link in Obama's Liberalism.” It’s here.
And a special extra: “Brooklyn College and The BDS Debate” done for OpenZion.com and that’s here.
Actually, I don’t feel like doing any reviews this week. I saw Richard Thompson at Joe’s Pub the other night but I’ll give the CD another week to arrive before I write about it. I tried to see the Greg August Four by Six Sextet at Smoke last night but they had no seats and so I went home. (He’s in JD Allen’s band so that’s a good sign.) Tonight I’m looking forward to another Southside Johnny show at City Winery but I’ll write that up next week with Mr. Thompson. I guess I want to mention that I recently finished listening to the newly rescued James M. Cain novel, The Cocktail Waitress, which was a lot of fun, and a labor of love for Hardcase editor Charles Ardai, read by Amy Rubinate for Harper Audio. Check it out.
What Fox News Lost in the 2012 Election
by Reed Richardson
In both politics and the media, one might be tempted to look back at all the turbulence of the past year and claim that the events of 2012 didn’t really change anything. In Washington, DC, after all, the GOP neither gained nor lost power; Speaker Boehner was—and still is—Speaker Boehner, and the same goes for President Obama. Likewise, in the TV news ratings battle, Fox News retained its overall standing as the most-watched cable network with CNN and MSNBC fighting it out for second. At the ballot box and over the airwaves, one might argue, the status quo remained intact.
For a few days in the election’s aftermath this past November, this Pollyannaish take was popular among Republicans, and understandably so. However, once a full accounting of the demographic and ideological challenges facing the party became clear, it didn’t take long for some clear-eyed members of the GOP to backpedal from this unjustifiably positive spin. What had been a realistic expectation—back in the summer of 2011—of a return to a grand unified Republican government somehow unraveled into a second term for Obama, a squandered opportunity to take over the Senate, and a diminished (and increasingly unmanageable) majority in the House. Even now, months later, the high price the GOP paid just to maintain this status quo is still being tallied up.