The Right’s Strategic Propaganda Effort

Always worth reading again: Tentacles of Rage: The Republican propaganda mill, a brief history This is a 2004 story looking at the history of how the right became so prominent in American politics in recent decades, roughtly from Gioldwater to … Continue reading

Progressive Infrastructure

This post originally appeared at firedoglake. You may have heard the term “progressive infrastructure.”  We need it.  Let me explain. Bush and the Republicans are out, but we have to consolidate that victory, keep them out and implement progressive policies.  … Continue reading

Progressive Infrastructure To Renew The California Dream

This post originally appeared at Speak Out California Markos, in a post today about the state of progressive infrastructure compared to the right’s, Building machines, [. . .] But that battle is no longer one-sided. Their machine may be bigger, … Continue reading

Why Don’t Democrats Have “Courage?”

Why does it seem that so many Democrats are “spineless” and rarely have the courage to “do the right thing?” Why does it seem they always “cave” to the right? When I hear people talking about “the Democrats” and “the … Continue reading

Comments At YearlyKos Session: Connecting Major Donors to the Netroots

Following are my opening remarks from the Thursday, August 2,2007 YearlyKos session titled, Connecting Major Donors to the Netroots: Welcome to the opening of the 2007 YearlyKos. And welcome to this early morning session titled Connecting Major Donors to the … Continue reading

Giuliani Was Handed $11 Million – For What?

Take a look at Rudy Giuliani’s speaking fees. He was paid $11.39 million in … ahem … “speaking fees” in 2006 and early 2007. After commissions he collected $9.195 million. What were they buying? What was he selling? Sage Capital … Continue reading

New Editor at Time

Stengel is named editor of Time magazine, [Richard] Stengel, who is 51 years old, had worked at Time in several different capacities, including national and culture editor and also editor of Time’s web site, Time.com. Most recently he was head … Continue reading

Abramoff and the Conservative Think Tank Racket

Bill Berkowitz, writing at Media Transparency, has a piece titled Paying to play, expanding on why the Abramoff investigation should trigger a look into the “conservative movement” think tanks that Abramoff was working with. Revelations that Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff … Continue reading

The "Conventional Wisdom" Machine

I was having a conversation today about the gap between what blog readers know and the “conventional wisdom” that the “Washington Elite” — opinion leaders, legislators, their staffs and the circles they associate with — think they know. It brought … Continue reading

Government Paying Journalists To Promote Right-Wing Policies! Are They Paid To Promote Bush, Too?

“Our” government is paying big money to journalists to promote right-wing legislation. Think about that for a minute. White House paid commentator $240,000 to promote No Child Left Behind “…the Bush administration paid a prominent black pundit $240,000 to promote … Continue reading