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What To Do Now About Fox 'News'

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Ever since Fox News Channel launched in 1996 with a slogan that was an aggressive lie -- "Fair and Balanced" -- most viewers have understood that Rupert Murdoch and his lackey Roger Ailes created a propaganda operation, not a news channel.

And yet the latest revelations of deception, hypocrisy and greed among the network's management and "...Read more

Fake Indignation Over East Palestine

From the Left / Joe Conason /

While the citizens of a small Ohio village suffer in the aftermath of a train derailment that spilled toxic chemicals there, the usual gang of noisemakers is depicting the accident as a conspiracy to harm them -- because they're white, or conservative, or residents of a red state. None of it is true, but the Biden administration's halting ...Read more

Donald Trump's Doomsday Scenario

From the Left / Joe Conason /

As Donald Trump's approval ratings plunge -- while Joe Biden's spike upward -- Republican leaders' donors fervently bet their millions on someone who might stop him from winning their party's presidential nomination again. But much as they dread his reappearance atop their ticket next year, there's another threatening scenario that they fear ...Read more

Nobody Can Ever Trust Fox News Again

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Anyone who was cynical or dismissive about Fox News Channel before now has suddenly learned that they weren't cynical or dismissive enough. Astounding evidence emerging this week from the defamation lawsuit brought by Dominion Voting Systems against Fox, Rupert Murdoch, his son Lachlan and others shows, in excruciating detail, how the "fair ...Read more

Yes, Republicans Hate Social Security

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Republicans hate Social Security. From the very dawn of America's most popular and successful government program in 1935, Republicans have always hated Social Security. It is a hatred felt not by ordinary Republican voters -- many of whom are elderly and rely on the program for survival -- but by Republican elected officials and especially the...Read more

Trump's Flawed Defender

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Down at Mar-a-Lago and anywhere else that former President Donald Trump is still venerated, he and his entourage are excited about a publication that has never before drawn his attention. The Columbia Journalism Review has just published a four-part, 24,000-word essay that purports to debunk the Trump-Russia "narrative" -- and seeks to blame ...Read more

What Does Charlie McGonigal Know About 2016?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The arrest of Charles McGonigal, chief of the FBI counterintelligence division in New York from October 2016 until his retirement in 2018, reopens festering questions about the troubled election that put Donald Trump in the White House. Among the crimes charged against McGonigal in two lengthy federal indictments is a secret financial ...Read more

Standing Up Against Debt Blackmail

From the Left / Joe Conason /

While Speaker Kevin McCarthy demands transparency from the Biden White House, he has concealed crucial facts from the American public ever since he forged the "corrupt bargain" that greased his ascension to the constitutional post he now holds. The details of the agreement that allowed McCarthy to scrape together the barest majority are said ...Read more

Kevin McCarthy Is No 'Mainstream Moderate'

From the Left / Joe Conason /

With Rep. Kevin McCarthy finally winning a ballot for House speaker, after so many humiliating delays, it is important to understand why his "victory" no longer matters much and probably never did. The Beltway narrative that positions him as a symbol of "governing" and his erstwhile opponents as isolated agents of chaos is badly mistaken.

The ...Read more



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