Dan Gainor, The Boone Pickens Free Market Fellow and Vice President for Business and Culture for the Media Research Center, is a veteran editor with two decades’ experience in print and online media. He has served as an editor at several newspapers including The Washington Times and The Baltimore News-American. Mr. Gainor also has extensive experience in online publishing – holding the position of managing editor for CQ.com, the Web site of Congressional Quarterly, and executive editor for ChangeWave, published by Phillips International. He has worked in financial publishing in his last two positions, launching new services for ChangeWave and Agora Inc. Mr. Gainor holds an MBA from the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business and a master’s in publications design from the University of Baltimore. As an undergraduate, he majored in political science and history at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Mr. Gainor volunteers as a media and issues speaker with the Close-Up Foundation.

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February 10, 2017, 6:49 AM EST

The alt-left has lost its … it. Whatever it is, they have lost it.

We have “journalists” saying fake news is, “the equivalent of the N-word for journalists” or even questioning whether President Donald Trump is going to go full Putin and start killing journalists. Both those things happened … in one week. There’s more triggering in your average newsroom than there is at an NRA target-shooting competition.

January 28, 2017, 3:30 PM EST

Poor Mike Godwin. Godwin is the creator of “Godwin’s Law.” It started as a guide to online discussions, making it clear that the longer a debate went on, the more likely someone was to invoke Hitler or Nazis. The rule grew to include the idea that such a statement ended the debate and the first person to Hitler lost.

Fast forward to 2017 and politics looks like a Producers casting session, with the singing Hitlers in one conversation and the dancing Hitlers in another. (If you were unfortunate enough to see the Mel Brooks remake, I feel sorry for you. Go watch the original.)

January 20, 2017, 8:19 AM EST

Free speech is a concept lost on liberals. Left-wing Fusion proved that the morning of the presidential inauguration by asking Twitter to delete the account of the president elect.

The network, run by top Hillary funder Haim Saban, responded to a Trump Tweet with a video calling for Trump’s account to be shut down. The video features Romina Puga, host of Fusion Now saying the president elect should be banned for “repeatedly violating Twitter’s terms of service.” The site went so far as to call for Trump to be banned again if he used the official @Potus account in ways Fusion didn’t like.

January 13, 2017, 9:14 AM EST

It’s hard to focus on how insane the alt-left is in a week where pretend journalists from BuzzFeed post an unverified dossier accusing President elect Trump of bizarre sex habits. I set a bar for how crazy liberals have become and try to focus on stories that hurdle the bar. For all that I have zero respect for anyone or anything connected to Buzzfeed, I didn’t expect them to crawl underneath.

January 9, 2017, 8:41 AM EST

It’s no surprise actress Meryl Streep leans left … like much of Hollywood. Golden Globes viewers got proof of that as they watched the Academy Award winner spend six minutes skewering Donald Trump and his supporters. What’s notable is that she is also a major Democrat funder -- giving $113,810 to Democrats since 2012.

January 6, 2017, 8:46 AM EST

It’s time once more for the Great Race! No, not the excellent Jack Lemmon/Tony Curtis comedy. I mean the media/alt-left’s quest to make everything in America about race -- except when it’s about race in a way they don’t like.

Then it’s not about race at all.

December 30, 2016, 9:21 AM EST

Media types continue to duke it out labeling anyone and anything they can as alt-right. As long as it’s bad. A quick Google finds lefty journalists obsessed with the term. The Atlantic warning of another Boys From Brazil reality: “Will the Alt-Right Peddle a New Kind of Racist Genetics?” Or The Daily Beast upset about, “The Jews Begging to Join the Alt-Right.”

December 16, 2016, 8:22 AM EST

Note: Normal people might find some of this offensive. (We hope. Dear Lord, please!) Call it high anxiety or mass psychosis, but the alt-left has taken the idea of poor losers to new heights (or lows). Everywhere you look, they continue the National Freakout.

December 9, 2016, 8:51 AM EST

We’ve come a long way from the hope of the ‘60s and ‘70s to the hate of the hate of 2016. No, I’m not talking about the media’s favorite Boogeyman -- the altright. I’m talking about the altleft’s BS that conservatives are one big Bund rally.

November 25, 2016, 9:14 AM EST

Call it a big-league freakout (in tribute to our new PeOTUS). Or maybe mass insanity. I prefer to call it the National Tantrum.

It’s hard to tell which group has lost its grip on reality more -- liberal activists or their brothers and sisters in arms in the media. The activists are protesting, marching, rioting and vandalizing their way across lefty America, because conservative America wouldn’t tolerate it. Meanwhile, journalists are almost acting worse.

November 18, 2016, 8:22 AM EST

My friend and Houston talk radio star Sam Malone and I got talking this week about how insane the left has become. He used a term that’s been floating around a bit lately -- the Alt Left. After months of media whining about the Alt Right, we discussed whether we start branding whacko libs as the opposite of the media’s favorite target on the right.

November 4, 2016, 9:51 AM EDT

Editor’s Note: Some readers may be offended by language in this story. The game of politics is a lot easier when you know the results ahead of time. The Clinton campaign has experience at that — predicting in advance whether at least eight separate stories from top news organizations were “positive.” Clinton staff were correct each time.

November 4, 2016, 8:47 AM EDT

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The end is nigh.

No, not the end of all things. Heck, not even the end of the World Series, which concluded the other night. Just the end of the 2016 election. Maybe.

October 28, 2016, 8:38 AM EDT

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Election 2016 has been terrifying. So let’s take a break and talk about something more calming -- Halloween. Even a holiday designed to scare the heck out of you should be a breath of fresh air. Forget Clinton and Trump. Imagine Psycho, The Exorcist or The Night of The Living Dead.

October 22, 2016, 8:50 AM EDT

Editor’s Note: Normal people might find some of this offensive. (We hope. Dear Lord, please!) You’re racist. Just for reading this column. Look, it’s got black print, but the page is dominated by the white background. Essentially, the black type has to survive in a world dominated by the white background.

October 14, 2016, 7:33 AM EDT

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I like vanilla. I have all my life. Even when I like spin-off ice cream flavors, they usually feature vanilla -- chocolate chip, cookies and cream, etc. Only vanilla is no longer an option in 2016 America.

October 7, 2016, 7:48 AM EDT

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If what goes up, must come down, it’s only logical to assume that what goes in must come out. Welcome to the world of food research and whacko activism. (Please behave, we’re running a respectable column here. Save your dirty jokes for the next Cosmo item.)

September 30, 2016, 7:48 AM EDT

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Whether you want to cover yourself in native costumes or octopuses (not octopi), crazy liberal journalists are covering themselves in anything but glory this election. In the lefty universe, you are what you want to be. As long as they are OK with what you want to be.

September 16, 2016, 8:42 AM EDT

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Liberals don’t believe in the double standard. They believe in one standard. Anything that the left does is great. Anything conservatives, Christians or even chefs, yes chefs, do is wrong.

September 9, 2016, 8:38 AM EDT

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I’m convinced that Hollywood creates much of its “entertainment” from Mad Libs. You remember Mad Libs, don’t you? They were sheets of paper with text on them including blank spaces for adjectives, nouns and verbs. Really a brilliant concept, designed for group/party fun.