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The raison d'être of the Republican Party for much of the past 100 years has been to slam the brakes on anything that would make the poor and middle class feel more secure and prosperous.  Look at the list of popular government programs and initiatives they’ve decried as “socialism”: unemployment insurance, Social Security,...

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  • May 1, 2021

He’s not the only one, of course. For instance, I’m convinced Matt Gaetz has the largest head-to-brain-size ratio in the animal kingdom and that Louie Gohmert is the lamentable result of a failed attempt to breed a white supremacist lemur with a bowl of beets. Then there’s Lauren Boebert and Marjorie...

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  • March 21, 2021

I’ll just get this out of the way at the outset. I doubt that Donald Trump will ever go to prison. It’s just too hard to imagine a former U.S. president breaking rocks — or whatever the equivalent for a bone spur-riddled silver spoon might be. Crocheting doilies, maybe? I don’t...

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  • October 2, 2020

Trump has always brayed like a dopey ass on Twitter, but in the wake of the seismic New York Times report about the ocher abomination’s taxes, the rejoinders kind of write themselves. In other words, Trump is a risible fool who pays just $750 a year in federal taxes. Seven-hundred...

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  • September 28, 2020

Jennifer Rubin gets a lot of flack here over the suspicion that she isn’t really on our side, she’s just against Trump, and will go back to screeching at us the way she screeches at him now. That’s possible, maybe even probable. But let’s not be so suspicious that we...

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  • July 7, 2020

That is the first sentence of an op ed now up at the website of The New York Times, whose title is America, This Is Your Chance and which is subtitled “We must get it right this time or risk losing our democracy forever.” The author is Michelle Alexander, perhaps...

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  • June 8, 2020

As snarky as I like to get vis-à-vis the ocher abomination, I really can’t say I know the answer to this. But now that The New York Times appears to have temporarily removed its paywall, everyone should read this story, which the paper published in October 2019, long before the...

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  • March 21, 2020

Because now more than ever. Press Run is my proudly progressive dissection of the political press. And in this crucial election year, I feel like it's more important than ever. Press Run promises fearless media criticism. It will be a community where we'll find fault, sing some praise, and search...

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  • February 6, 2020

With Donald Trump becoming the first American president to be impeached in his first term, while holed up in the White House tweeting endless attacks around the clock like some internet troll, 2019 should have been the year the Beltway media finally shed its signature timidity and forcefully stood up to...

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  • December 31, 2019

The impeachment of Donald Trump was always going to be a messaging war, and on paper it should have been a rout for Republicans. With his Twitter megaphone reaching more than 60 million followers, Trump should have been able to use his uniquely digital White House bully pulpit to sway...

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  • December 22, 2019

Firmly adopting Republican spin as the best way to view the House impeachment of Donald Trump, The New York Times in recent days appears to have forfeited much of its news coverage to the GOP. Adopting Republican talking points that impeachment is “a political plus” for Trump; “risky” for Democrats; that the...

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  • December 16, 2019

Poised to pass two articles of impeachment in the full House this week, Democrats have remained extraordinarily united throughout the process while nearly half the country stands in favor of taking the drastic action of removing Donald Trump from office. Yet press coverage in recent days has suggested (surprise!) that Democrats...

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  • December 15, 2019

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Republicans have had less than nothing (or nothing real, anyway) to fall back on in their defense of Donald Trump during the recent impeachment imbroglio. What they do have amounts to repeating Hunter Biden’s name into a mirror over and over again...

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  • December 14, 2019

A gigantic double standard was on display in The New York Times on Wednesday as the newspaper reported on articles of impeachment brought against Donald Trump. It's a disturbing double standard that revolves around the paper's stubborn refusal to call Trump, who is a congenital liar, a liar. The Times' front-page...

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  • December 11, 2019

With the House Judiciary Committee poised to take up the impeachment baton and hold a new round of public hearings this month, the Beltway press continues to absorb and echo Republican talking points that claim the inquiry isn’t resonating with Americans. Because impeachments aren’t legal proceedings, the messaging wars that surround them...

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  • December 2, 2019

Okay, so they appear to have changed this headline since Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall screen-grabbed it. But it raises an important question — and that question is: “What the ever-living fuck, New York Times?” x lol nytimes 😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/fOqoUebjR3— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) November 30, 2019 < p class=”is-empty-p”> Everyone knows...

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  • December 1, 2019

It turns out the media's obsession with the superrich isn't confined to the world of celebrity and entertainment. In politics, the press also seems utterly fascinated with how the 0.1% live, and especially what their political leanings are. For the 2020 campaign, that means a barrage of coverage about what...

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  • November 27, 2019

Wasting untold time and energy, New York Times newsroom leaders continue to struggle with the not-very-difficult question of whether they ought to refer to Donald Trump as a racist. More than four years after Trump entered our national political conversation by announcing his candidacy for president, the Times still can't figure...

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  • November 24, 2019

Four months after the Beltway press badly failed in its coverage of special counsel Robert Mueller's congressional testimony on the Russia scandal, the D.C. press corps has a chance at redemption this week with the first public impeachment hearings of Donald Trump. Hopefully, newsrooms will be up to the important task at...

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  • November 12, 2019

Campaign Action It’s gone from bad to worse: After spending years refusing to call Donald Trump a liar, the press is now toasting his reelection campaign, which is built on lies. “That campaigns are now being fought largely online is hardly a revelation, yet only one political party seems to have...

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  • November 4, 2019

Nancy Pelosi called the GOP's impeachment bluff this week, and in doing so she completely undercut the “process” attacks they have been making about the House inquiry. Demanding that a formal House vote be held on impeachment, Republicans have insisted the lack of a vote represents a tell-tale sign that...

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  • October 29, 2019

Ooh, boy. Trump is going to lose whatever scintilla of a mind he has left. The senior Trump administration official who wrote that anonymous (and utterly scathing) New York Times column in 2018 — come on, you remember the one — is publishing a new insider’s account of the Trump administration...

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  • October 22, 2019

So, in case you missed it yesterday, Hillary Clinton has been cleared of all wrongdoing in the “big” email controversy that sent both right-wing propagandists and the mainstream media into histrionics prior to the “Jesus Christ, I can’t believe this is even close” election of 2016. As fresh scandals popped...

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  • October 19, 2019

At the outset of his presidency, several major news outlets eagerly and proudly announced that they were going to fact-check Donald Trump's every utterance and document all the misinformation he was spreading. To their credit, news organizations set aside considerable resources to dutifully unpack Trump's “falsehoods,” as the press preferred...

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  • October 12, 2019

In a two page letter to NY Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet, Biden Campaign Comms Director Kate Bedingfield slammed the paper for amplifying Don the Con’s phony controversy against Joe Biden Op-Ed by running an Op-ed written by “discredited right-wing polemicist”  Peter Schweizer, who pushed the now debunked Uranium One “scandal” against Hillary Clinton in the...

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  • October 10, 2019

now up at the New York Times website and titled The Rich Really Do Pay Lower Taxes Than You. I strongly urge everyone to read it. There is a mobile graphic that runs from 1950 to 2018 by mobile I mean the line showing the effective rate of taxation across...

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  • October 7, 2019

Donald Trump's stupefying public performances last Wednesday as the widening collusion scandal continued to gain momentum were stunning, even by his erratic standards. Trump uncorked rambling, incoherent, angry, whiny monologues that were filled with lies and rattled conspiracy theories. That's when he wasn't yelling at a Reuters reporter and threatening...

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  • October 6, 2019

Donald Trump's stupefying public performances last Wednesday as the widening collusion scandal continued to gain momentum were stunning, even by his erratic standards. Trump uncorked rambling, incoherent, angry, whiny monologues that were filled with lies and rattled conspiracy theories. That's when he wasn't yelling at a Reuters reporter and threatening...

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  • October 6, 2019

Adopting a warped view of the Ukraine collusion scandal that's engulfing Donald Trump's presidency, The New York Times seems to think that it's Democrats who are caught in a “tricky” political position. The coverage highlights how in moments of Republican crisis, the Beltway press remains oddly fixated on how events...

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  • October 3, 2019
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Adopting a warped view of the Ukraine collusion scandal that's engulfing Donald Trump's presidency, The New York Times seems to think that it's Democrats who are caught in a “tricky” political position. The coverage highlights how in moments of Republican crisis, the Beltway press remains oddly fixated on how events...

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  • October 3, 2019

Openly colluding with a foreign government to dig up dirt on his political opponent, while offering up the assistance of the Department of Justice. Freezing U.S. foreign aid to make sure the overseas dirt gets dug. Hiding transcripts of presidential calls on secret servers in hopes of covering up the collusion. Publicly...

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  • October 1, 2019

Openly colluding with a foreign government to dig up dirt on his political opponent, while offering up the assistance of the Department of Justice. Freezing U.S. foreign aid to make sure the overseas dirt gets dug. Hiding transcripts of presidential calls on secret servers in hopes of covering up the collusion. Publicly...

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  • October 1, 2019

Matt McDermott is a democrat friendly pollster and director of Whitman Insight Strategies. x No, the New York Times did not talk to six “swing voters” about impeachment. The article quotes a handful of devout GOP voters who the NYT has repeatedly interviewed multiple times. A thread…. https://t.co/QYKCWB9V5I — Matt...

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  • September 26, 2019

Fox News has never cared about having a coherent and consistent message. As a propaganda and disinformation network, it's not Fox News' job to make sense: It's Fox News' job, these days, to cover for Donald Trump. Yet in the wake of the unfolding Ukraine collusion scandal, where Trump has admitted...

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  • September 24, 2019

Fox News has never cared about having a coherent and consistent message. As a propaganda and disinformation network, it's not Fox News' job to make sense: It's Fox News' job, these days, to cover for Donald Trump. Yet in the wake of the unfolding Ukraine collusion scandal, where Trump has admitted...

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  • September 24, 2019

NY Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger wrote a piece in his own newspaper yesterday stating the government of drumpf’s favorite dictator, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, was about to arrest one of his reporters, Declan Walsh, in 2017, and that he received a clandestine call from an anonymous someone in the administration...

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  • September 24, 2019

Tapped to handle damage control on the stunning revelation that Donald Trump aggressively tried to pressure a foreign country to dig up dirt on his possible 2020 Democratic opponent, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo engaged in reckless bouts of misinformation during appearances on Sunday morning shows yesterday—and the hosts did...

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  • September 23, 2019

Tapped to handle damage control on the stunning revelation that Donald Trump aggressively tried to pressure a foreign country to dig up dirt on his possible 2020 Democratic opponent, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo engaged in reckless bouts of misinformation during appearances on Sunday morning shows yesterday—and the hosts did...

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  • September 23, 2019

Signaling that it's going to work hard to elevate Donald Trump during the upcoming presidential campaign, The New York Times recently suggested that Trump and Elizabeth Warren are politically similar because both offer up a version of “populism.” They just do it from different perspectives, the article posited. Specifically, the...

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  • September 22, 2019

Signaling that it's going to work hard to elevate Donald Trump during the upcoming presidential campaign, The New York Times recently suggested that Trump and Elizabeth Warren are politically similar because both offer up a version of “populism.” They just do it from different perspectives, the article posited. Specifically, the...

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  • September 22, 2019

Oh, look! A Biden scandal, once removed, that kind of looks like something resembling a scandal — even though it’s already been thoroughly debunked by numerous fact-checkers! Let’s spend the next six months navel-gazing about it. Hey, it worked with Hillary! She’s not president, is she? x Here's @kenvogel of the...

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  • September 21, 2019

x …She can never recover, and will never return to Greatness, under current Management. The Times is DEAD, long live The New York Times! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019 x If you really want everybody at the New York Times to resign, you can’t just “call for”...

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  • September 17, 2019

Sometimes it feels like the press has just completely surrendered to Donald Trump's relentless lies, and that reporters have essentially thrown up their hands, signaling that Trump has complete permission to fabricate whatever wild fantasies he wants and journalists won't really do much. Perhaps it's one part laziness, one part...

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  • September 15, 2019

Sometimes it feels like the press has just completely surrendered to Donald Trump's relentless lies, and that reporters have essentially thrown up their hands, signaling that Trump has complete permission to fabricate whatever wild fantasies he wants and journalists won't really do much. Perhaps it's one part laziness, one part...

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  • September 15, 2019

So remember Brett “Bart O’Kavanaugh” Kavanaugh? He’s on the Supreme Court now because he screamed a lot at one of his hearings and the FBI did at most a 1/16th-ass investigation of the sexual assault and attempted rape claims against him. Today, in a feature on Kavanaugh accuser Deborah Ramirez, who...

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  • September 15, 2019

The good news is cable news channels, even including Fox News, no longer treat Donald Trump rallies as must-air events. The bad news is that news outlets still cover the redundant, news-free rallies religiously and in the process help spread unchecked Trump lies. This week he was in North Carolina falsely claiming that “America-hating”...

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  • September 11, 2019

The good news is cable news channels, even including Fox News, no longer treat Donald Trump rallies as must-air events. The bad news is that news outlets still cover the redundant, news-free rallies religiously and in the process help spread unchecked Trump lies. This week he was in North Carolina falsely claiming that “America-hating”...

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  • September 11, 2019
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