Twitter, Generals, and the Limits of Public Discourse

In the weeds of civil-military relations.

Today’s Reverse Freedom Rides

A shameful stunt reminiscent of an even darker era.

FBI Raids Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Home

The former President and his supporters are crying “weaponization of the justice system.”

The January 6 Committee’s Audience

It was yuuuge! And nobody saw it!

January 6 Committee Public Hearings: Day 1

The laying out of the case begins.

Mass Shootings, Ideology, and Mental Illness

We know a lot less about the motives of spree killers than the public discourse suggests.

Monday Morning Tab Clearing

For your consideration.

Tucker Carlson White Supremacist Messaging

The face of Fox News is not the bow-tied buffoon from his “Crossfire” days.

Tucker Carlson’s Testicles

The craziest damn thing you’ve ever heard of or a secret message to the crazies?

Republican Congresspeople Can’t Define ‘Woman’ Either

Hoisted by their own petard.

Chris Wallace Found Fox News’ Relationship with Truth ‘Unsustainable’

The network’s longtime weekend anchor couldn’t take it anymore.

The Propagandists Among Us

Whether dupes or active participants, the damage is real (and points us back to 2016).

RVA Pro Gun Rally 2020-11 Streets of Richmond, VA RVA Pro Gun Rally 2020-11 Streets of Richmond, VA

Vigilante Politics

We’re likely to see more instances like the Capitol Riot and the Kyle Rittenhouse shootings.

Nobody Watches Cable News

A media critic argues we pay outsized attention to the goings-on at Fox, MSNBC, and CNN.

Patriots Leave Fox After Patriot Purge

Two NeverTrump Republicans have had enough.

Rittenhouse, Competence, and Crusade

A contrast in styles.

Let’s Go Brandon

An amusing incident highlights how far we’ve fallen.

Ivermectin and Irresponsible Infotainment

Sound decisions require sound reporting.

“Why do Liberals Hate Orban?” is not the Right Question

The right questions are: 1) why do some some on the right like him, and 2) should this concern us all?

Douthat Misses the Point on Hungary

Hungary is part of a broader global trend, but the real issue isn’t Hungary, it is the Americans who praise Hungary.

Red Lights on the Dashboard

Some recent news items that add to concern about American democracy.

Capitol Riots Day 1 Analysis

An emotional day set the tone for the investigation.

The Reality Show Party?

Another R/D cleavage?

The Stupid, Evil Party

It’s not getting any better, folks.

Ohio, Trump, and the Primaries

Thinking about party evolution and behavior going into 2022.

Friday Tab Clearing

Stories, links, and brief observations from the week that never grew into posts.

How Critical Race Theory Suddenly Hit the Mainstream

A pandemic and the rise of Zoom meetings unleashed an academic theory into the wild.

Texas Democrats Deny Quorum, Delay Elections Bill

A special session looms. (And how this is not like the filibuster in the US Senate).

US Herd Immunity Unlikely

Covid appears here to stay, so the goal is management.

Rudy Thinks he has an “Out” Clause

Rudy may not be a very good lawyer…

The Dishonesty is Exhausting

Foolish lies are for foolish liars.

Fox News Purging ‘Real Journalists’

Losing viewers to fringe networks, the Fair and Balanced team is joining them.

Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

Trump’s Final Meltdown

The President of the United States is an existential threat to the Republic.

Trump’s Legal Team Imploding

We won’t have Sidney Powell to kick around any more.

The Two Sides of Fox News

Last night amplifies a long pattern.

UPS ate my Propaganda

The ongoing pathetic attempt to create a scandal around Hunter Biden.

Glenn Greenwald Quits Intercept

The iconoclastic journalist is out at the publication he founded.

Trump Bans ‘Critical Race Theory’ in Federal Training

As Election Day draws closer, the President is doubling down on stoking racial resentment.

Pronouncing ‘Kamala’

I’ve been thinking it wrong for years.

President Donald J. Trump participates in a FOX News Channel virtual town hall entitled America Together: Returning to Work, with co-moderators Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum live from the Lincoln Memorial Sunday, May 3, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) President Donald J. Trump participates in a FOX News Channel virtual town hall entitled America Together: Returning to Work, with co-moderators Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum live from the Lincoln Memorial Sunday, May 3, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Fox News is Leading Prime Time Network

Preying on the fears of old white people is good business.

Data Collection/Analysis and Covid-19

Critics of the modeling and of the data analysis are being too simplistic.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of Texas and the Elderly

On Tucker last night, Patrick made an odd appeal (to be kind).

The GOP Is Now The Party Of Putin

Much like the President they obsequiously defend, Republicans have become useful idiots in Russia’s war on Western liberal democracy.

Sean Spicer Finally Booted From Dancing With The Stars

We won’t have Sean Spicer to ikick around anymore.

Jeff Sessions Enters Alabama Senate Race With Obsequious Trump Praise

Jeff Sessions entered the race for the GOP nomination for Senate in Alabama by heaping obsequious and pathetic praise on a man who had spent two years insulting him publicly and privately

Jeff Sessions Running For His Old Senate Seat

Jeff Sessions is running to win back his old Senate seat, putting into play the possibility of a clash with President Trump.

Shepard Smith Out at Fox [UPDATED]

The longtime anchor is leaving the network, ostensibly at his request.

Fox News Now Little More Than Trump Propaganda Machine

Fox News Channel in general, and Fox And Friends in particular, have become nothing but a propaganda network for the White House and the President.