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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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.

September 2, 2016, 8:46 AM EDT

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It’s 8 a.m. (East Coast, anyway.) Are you “woke” yet? No, not awake, woke. The term “woke” refers to “being aware.. Knowing whats going on in the community,” according to Urban Dictionary. Ridiculous lefty Fusion describes the use of the word this way: “For years, the idea of being ‘woke’ was a hallmark of socially-minded, black social media, but it’s recently crossed over onto the broader, whiter internet.”

August 26, 2016, 7:30 AM EDT

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If you want to be a victim, become a liberal. It doesn’t matter whether you want to go online to whine about your lot in life or whether you want to harm others with everything from shutting down free speech to fiddling with the climate. Both work.

August 19, 2016, 8:25 AM EDT

A regular read of liberal websites calls to mind the famous Ian Drury and the Blockheads song, “Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll.” To quote the late punker, that’s “all my brain and body need.” Throw in politics and hating on conservatives and you have just defined every liberal website of any significance

August 12, 2016, 6:36 AM EDT

What will Huffington Post be like without its branded namesake Arianna Huffington? The left’s most-influential intersection of anti-conservative propaganda, fluff, crazy and puppy pictures needs a new boss. The founder of a site so big that it carries her name is moving on “to build Thrive Global, a new lifestyle, health and wellness site.” It’s easy to assume this new site will push her agenda that people need more sleep. (No, I’m not making this up.)

July 29, 2016, 8:34 AM EDT

In the midst of Convention Insanity II, other things did exist in the liberal universe. That universe has tons of interesting characters in it -- from cop killers to crass comedians.

July 22, 2016, 8:09 AM EDT

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It’s convention time. If you live in normal America, let me repeat, from this outpost of marginal humanity (in my case, Maryland), IT’S CONVENTION TIME!

In the memorable words of Kevin Antoine Dodson, “hide your kids, hide your wife, hide your husband.” If you are in the media, any sort of media, you just filed a story in the space of time it took to read those couple dozen words. And your editor wants to know what took you so long. If you are working for left-wing, insano organizations like Salon, you just bashed about 2 million conservatives in that time.

July 15, 2016, 8:10 AM EDT

Liberals aren’t exactly pro-law and order, except for the TV show, long one of the most left-wing on TV. Anything else and they are ready to storm the barricades and sing like a bad version of “Do You Hear the People Sing” from Les Miserables. From Occupy Wall Street to Ferguson to Black Friday to Hands Up, Don’t Shoot to Freddie Grey to Black Lives Matter, liberals love to protest, hate cops, spit at cops, attack cops and riot. For the left, it’s an altogether fun time.Tell the Truth 2016

July 8, 2016, 8:20 AM EDT

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Sex discrimination, anti-semitism, transgender cyborgs, money for nothing and a dress you wouldn’t want to touch with a 10-foot-long pair of scissors. That’s the best of, or worst of, a week in the left-wing press. It’s pressing or just depressing.

July 1, 2016, 8:07 AM EDT

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“All hope abandon, ye who enter here.” That was Dante’s warning about entering hell. I’ll be your ferryman to that infernal place known as the Left. This week seems especially disturbing.

Liberals put the freak into getting freaky. The more bizarrely sexual something is, the more liberals embrace it. This week I was reminded of how perverted and perverse left-wing websites can be. To give you a hint, the article on idiots who use electroshock therapy during sex didn’t even make the cut.