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Liberal Pundits: By Passing Tax Bill, Republicans Are ‘Looting’ America

December 21, 2017 by


By Tom Johnson ~ Congressional Republicans may not celebrate the passage of the tax bill at the inside-the-Beltway equivalent of the Bada Bing, but Talking Points Memo editor and publisher Josh Marshall nonetheless likens them to some notable patrons of that fictional North Jersey strip club. “The absolute need to pass something and to pass […]

Amanda Marcotte Links Alleged Media Sex Misconduct To ‘Baseless Campaign Of Persecution’ Against Hillary

December 1, 2017 by


By Tom Johnson ~ Matt Lauer. Charlie Rose. Bill O’Reilly. Mark Halperin. Any one of those guys is just like the others in two important and intertwined ways, suggested Salon’s Amanda Marcotte on Wednesday: each is an alleged sexual harasser who has lost at least one high-profile media gig as a result, and each had […]

Vox Writer: ‘Conservative Elites’ Have ‘Misled’ Their Followers About Climate Change

November 12, 2017 by


By Tom Johnson ~ Liberals have little chance of converting conservatives on climate change, but eventually righties will get swept to the left on the issue whether they like it or not, believes Vox’s David Roberts. In a Friday piece, Roberts maintained that “the weather is only getting worse, young people are only getting more […]

Liberal Pundit: Unpopular Trump Could Be Re-Elected, Since ‘Character Assassination Is The GOP Specialty’

October 6, 2017 by


By Tom Johnson ~ Many persons have started thinking about President Trump’s re-election campaign. One, of course, is Trump himself. Another is lefty pundit Paul Waldman, who in a September 27 column for The Week argued that while recent approval ratings for Trump don’t augur well for his winning a second term, he might pull […]

New Republic Writer: Conservative Media Have Reached Their ‘Evolutionary Endpoint: Sheer Propaganda’

August 31, 2017 by


By Tom Johnson ~ Many years ago, Rush Limbaugh started calling the MSM “state-run media.” The New Republic’s Sarah Jones indicated on Wednesday that Rush’s description might better fit righty outlets whose agendas dovetail with President Trump’s. “The Trump era has brought conservative media to its evolutionary endpoint: sheer propaganda,” wrote Jones. “It can be […]

Pundit Charles Pierce: After Charlottesville, Republicans No Longer Can ‘Have It Both Ways’ On Race

August 14, 2017 by


By Tom Johnson ~ On Saturday afternoon, an act of racist terrorism was committed in Charlottesville, Virginia. Among those responsible, according to Esquire’s Charles Pierce, were Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. “Every Republican who ever played footsie with the militias out west owns this bloodshed,” disgorged Pierce in a Sunday post. “Every Republican […]

Kos: ‘Conservatives Are Literally Pining For Dictatorship’ In America

July 29, 2017 by


By Tom Johnson ~ On Friday morning, Daily Kos founder and publisher Markos Moulitsas (pictured) faintly — very faintly — praised Republicans for their straightforwardness while damning them for their supposed hostility to political freedom. The post’s headline: “Republicans are totalitarians, and they’re being more honest about it every day.” “We’ve long known that Republicans […]

Daily Beast Pundit: Hillary’s ‘The Most Royally Screwed-Over Person In The History Of American Politics’

July 15, 2017 by


By Tom Johnson ~ You don’t have to have been president of the United States to qualify for the “Miss Me Yet?” meme, suggested Daily Beast columnist Michael Tomasky on Thursday. Tomasky called Hillary Clinton “the most royally screwed-over person in the history of American politics” and contended that it’s “a tragedy” that Donald Trump […]

Pundit: Reporters Should ‘Make Clear’ That Trump’s Treatment of the Media Is Un-American and ‘Cowardly’

July 4, 2017 by


By Tom Johnson ~ Over the past five-plus months, the political media have acquitted themselves pretty well despite having to deal with a “dark, damaged” POTUS and his “gangland” administration, believes Talking Points Memo editor and publisher Josh Marshall. “Reporters…raise a clamor at all the petty and sometimes trivial ways the Trump White House tries […]

New Republic Writer Likens GOP To A ‘Juvenile Delinquent In A Souped-Up Truck’

June 8, 2017 by


By Tom Johnson ~ Deliberately polluting the air with high-volume diesel exhaust isn’t just a pastime for nihilists — it’s an expression of “the key animating ethos in the decision-making process” of the Republican Party, claimed The New Republic’s Brian Beutler on Monday. The activity is known as “rolling coal,” and, as Beutler sees it, […]

Liberal Journalist: These Days, It’s ‘Hard To Find’ A Conservative Pundit Who Doesn’t Specialize In ‘Bulls**t’

May 21, 2017 by


By Tom Johnson ~ The Nation’s Eric Alterman doesn’t mind that a few weeks ago, The New York Times added another conservative op-ed columnist. He just wishes it hadn’t been the “awful” Bret Stephens, who used to write for “the rubes who believe what they read in Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal” but now is […]

Pundit: Trump’s ‘Stupid,’ ‘Sadistic’ Budget Inspired By The ‘Barbarians’ At The Heritage Foundation

March 18, 2017 by


By Tom Johnson ~ Esquire’s Charles Pierce is accusing President Trump of adding to something he vowed to subtract from. In a Thursday post, Pierce called the White House’s proposed federal budget a “vast, noxious swamp into which all those tributaries of modern conservative thought have emptied themselves. People die in there, swallowed up in […]

New Republic Writer Blasts GOP’s ‘Callous’ Concept Of Liberty

March 17, 2017 by


By Tom Johnson ~ In “Me and Bobby McGee,” Kris Kristofferson wrote that “freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.” In The New Republic, Brian Beutler suggested that “freedom” is just another word Republicans use to deprive Americans of health coverage. The GOP, contended Beutler on Wednesday, “coopted the language of liberty long […]

Vox Writer: CPAC Was About ‘Ideological Rigor’; Now It’s About ‘Identity Politics For Aging White Christians’

February 24, 2017 by


By Tom Johnson ~ CPAC, now going on just outside the Beltway in National Harbor, Maryland, has changed along with the conservative movement, believes Vox’s Matthew Yglesias. Old-school CPAC, Yglesias contended in a Wednesday piece, was philosophically driven, populated by the sort of activists who “helped [Ronald] Reagan mount a primary challenge to incumbent President […]

Pundit: Obama ‘Represents The Future,’ While Trump ‘Represents The Death Rattle Of A Declining Vision

February 4, 2017 by


By Tom Johnson ~ Even though Donald Trump won the presidential election, thereby causing “pessimism about the liberal project,” Barack Obama is winning the post-election, and Obama’s “vision of the country…will ultimately win out,” asserted New York’s Jonathan Chait last Sunday. Chait thinks it’s likely that the Trump administration will “carry out enormous amounts of […]

Former Newsweek Washington Correspondent Urges Media To Battle ‘Conservative Moral Relativism’

January 30, 2017 by


By Tom Johnson ~ Should the mainstream media lead, to borrow a term from religion, a great awakening? Yes, in a sense, suggested longtime journalist Steven Waldman in a Thursday Washington Monthly piece. “Donald Trump and his campaign have pushed the idea that each of us has our own truth, or ‘alternative facts,’” wrote Waldman. […]

Daily Kos Writer: Since Trump’s Obviously A ‘Sociopath,’ MSM Should Boycott His Press Conferences

January 22, 2017 by


By Tom Johnson ~ The mainstream media should practice a little benign neglect in their coverage of the Trump administration, suggested Daily Kos writer Kerry Eleveld in a Tuesday post. Eleveld wondered, “Why even send reporters to Trump press conferences?” and called President Trump “a totally repugnant human being” but conceded that he’s “a master […]

Liberal Author Neal Gabler: Trump’s Election The ‘Fort Sumter’ Of America’s Cultural Civil War

January 20, 2017 by


By Tom Johnson ~ Some liberals were disappointed by the result of the presidential election. Others were devastated. Author, critic, and former Fox News Watch panelist Neal Gabler is in the latter group. “The anguish of Nov. 8 has not subsided,” wrote Gabler in a piece that appeared last Thursday on Salon and originally ran at […]

Lefty Professor: Red States Are ‘Laboratories Of Anti-Democracy’; Blue States Should Be ‘Laboratories Of…Hope’

January 7, 2017 by


By Tom Johnson ~ The image of America as “a shining city on a hill” (or a similar phrase) has been a staple of conservative political rhetoric for several decades. In a Tuesday piece for The New Republic, Matthew Pratt Guterl, a professor at Brown University, adapted the metaphor for leftist domestic use. Guterl urged […]

Lefty Blogger Digby: Hillary E-Mail Story ‘Added Up To Nothing,’ But Media ‘Pimped It Like It Was Watergate’

December 30, 2016 by


By Tom Johnson ~ In a Sunday piece whose headline began “A Letter to Historians of the Future,” Vox’s Matthew Yglesias mused that “some of us found it hardly credible” that the key issue in the 2016 presidential election was “something as trivial as which email address [Hillary Clinton] used. Future generations must find it […]

‘What Liberal Media?’ Author: Media’s ‘Resentment Of Obama’s Thoughtfulness’ Led To Trump

December 18, 2016 by


By Tom Johnson ~ On Friday, Barack Obama held what might be the last press conference of his presidency, and, if things ran to form, The Nation columnist and What Liberal Media? author Eric Alterman was impressed. As POTUS, Obama has been “the coolest guy in the room,” wrote Alterman in the magazine’s January 2-9 […]

Slate Writer: ‘Fundamentally Dishonest’ Megyn Kelly Feeds ‘Red Meat To Her White Base’

December 7, 2016 by


By Tom Johnson ~ Megyn Kelly is a journalist, but she’s also a sort of actress, suggested Slate’s Isaac Chotiner in a Monday review of her new book, Settle for More. To Chotiner, Kelly’s a conservative who plays a nonpartisan on TV. She has “done her best to cloud her real agenda.” And it’s worked: […]

Rolling Stone Writer: ‘Thin-Skinned Baby’ Trump Is A ‘Loser, And He Can’t Stand It’

December 5, 2016 by


By Tom Johnson ~ Next month, Donald Trump will become president, just as he would have if he’d defeated Hillary Clinton in a landslide of Nixon-McGovern proportions. Nonetheless, Trump’s loss of the popular vote remains a liberal talking point, and a taunting point for Rolling Stone’s Jesse Berney. “Trump lost the vote for president by […]

Blogger: Electoral College Should Reject Trump Because He’s A ‘Menacing Incompetent’

November 30, 2016 by


By Tom Johnson ~ Hillary Clinton’s popular-vote margin continues to be a compelling news story for some, including Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig, who believes that the Electoral College should vote next month for Clinton because she was “the people’s choice.” (He also considers Hillary “the most qualified candidate for president in more than a […]