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Television news and analysis from The Nation

  • September 14, 2006

    A Klatch of Civilizations

    As Survivor races to the bottom by dividing this season's contenders into race-based tribes, perhaps we can look to Starbucks for new models of how to blend in.

    Patricia J. Williams

  • September 13, 2006

    Bush’s Sitcom Nominee

    Warren Bell honed his reputation writing sitcoms and lobbing politically incorrect bombs for National Review Online. Now he's Bush's nominee for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's board of directors.

    Celia Viggo Wexler

  • September 11, 2006

    ABC 9/11 Docudrama’s Right-Wing Roots

    How conservative zealot David Horowitz produced and promoted ABC's flawed docudrama, The Path to 9/11.

    Max Blumenthal

  • December 8, 2005

    Pop Torture

    Pop culture does more than validate the claim that torture could help foil bombs seconds before detonation.

    Richard Kim

  • December 8, 2005

    Rogue Scholars

    Defenders of torture dwell not only in the White House and Pentagon, but in the halls of academia. When prominent law professors and academics cite the fantastic "ticking-bomb theory," they not only spread misinformation and foster a perpetual state of fear, but they use their credentials to legitimize a culture of torture.

    Tara McKelvey


  • December 1, 2005

    The Putsch at Public Broadcasting

    With professionals at the top forced out and replaced by GOP fundraisers, the right-wing takeover of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is now plain to see. Though CPB's Inspector General has exposed former chair Kenneth Tomlinson's ethical transgressions, what else are they hiding?

    Eric Alterman

  • November 17, 2005

    President Thelma

    Is Commander-in-Chief softening up the country for President Hillary? Americans may not not be ready to put a woman in the White House, but they may have calmed down enough to contemplate the pleasures of female power.

    Richard Goldstein

  • October 27, 2005

    Madam President, Madam President

    As the backlash against women gets daily more open and absurd, our real-life female politicians seem paralyzed. It's up to television now: Run, Geena, run!

    Katha Pollitt

  • September 14, 2005

    Out of Touch on ‘The OC’

    What makes Fox's The OC so addictive is its California-kissed story lines and appealing characters. But what is it about women the show doesn't understand?

    Christine Smallwood

  • September 6, 2005

    Kanye West, Unplugged

    NBC took offense when Kanye West took an unscripted swipe at President Bush during a benefit concert for hurricane victims. But somebody had to say it.

    Adam Howard