Blogger: No Fairness Doctrine Means ‘Atrocious’ Right-Wing Radio

August 1st, 2017 5:25 PM
It was thirty years ago this week that the FCC, wanting to “extend to the electronic press the same First Amendment guarantees that the print media have enjoyed since our country’s inception,” abandoned the Fairness Doctrine. Some liberals hoped that the Obama administration would retrieve it, but that didn’t happen. That was too bad, indicated The Washington Monthly…

Liberal Blogger: Conservatism Requires an ‘Army of Vulgarians’

June 6th, 2017 7:15 AM
Last week, vehement anti-Trumper George Will declared that conservatism in 2017 is “soiled by scowling primitives.” Washington Monthly blogger Martin Longman doesn’t disagree, but he contends that Will is partly to blame for that sordid state of affairs.

Blogger IDs D.C.’s ‘Immune Response’ to ‘Infectious Agent’ Trump

March 4th, 2017 3:10 PM
In a Friday post on the website of The Washington Monthly, not of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Martin Longman discussed President Trump in strikingly medical terms. “The reason Trump has become so vulnerable so quickly is because he’s treating Washington like the pathogen when he’s the infectious agent,” declared Longman. “A better politician might…

Ex-Newsweek Writer: MSM Must Fight ‘Conservative Moral Relativism’

January 28th, 2017 8:37 PM
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. “Suddenly I feel like journalists are the most…

Washington Monthly Editor: Trump Might Become an American Milosevic

January 5th, 2017 10:56 AM
Donald Trump: future war criminal? You never know, suggests Paul Glastris, who believes there are “apt” and “worrisome” parallels between Trump and Slobodan Milosevic, the former Serbian and Yugoslav president who was facing charges that included genocide when he died in prison in 2006. “During the years of carnage...the ethnic cleansing, the rape camps, the 100,000…

Blogger: Electors Should Reject ‘Menacing Incompetent’ Trump

November 29th, 2016 8:29 PM
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.” Even though The Washington Monthly’s Martin Longman thinks Lessig’s view is “nonsense” and that…

Blogger: Concept of Liberal Bias Was a Fox News Marketing Ploy

November 6th, 2016 8:36 PM
Liberal bias in news coverage has bothered conservatives ever since there were only three TV networks. But in Nancy LeTourneau’s odd telling, conservative media bias came first, about twenty years ago, and liberals then had to catch up. “In order for Fox News to be successful, they had to convince potential viewers that the mainstream press was liberal,” wrote LeTourneau in a…

Blogger: Before Trump, There Was Bush 41’s ‘Race-Baiting on Steroids'

October 31st, 2016 5:58 PM
George H. W. Bush apparently won’t vote for Donald Trump and reportedly “harbors a deep disgust” for him. Still, according to The Washington Monthly’s D. R. Tucker, the “race-baiting on steroids” of Bush’s 1988 presidential campaign paved the way for Trump’s current approach. Tucker was referring to two television ads: the so-called Willie Horton ad…

Salon Writer: ‘Bad-Faith Criticisms of Liberalism’ Led to Trump

October 28th, 2016 10:12 AM
Some left-wing pundits, anticipating that Donald Trump will lose on November 8, are pre-emptively trying to make sure that conservatives take the blame for Trump’s nomination. Gary Legum of Salon argued that right-wing news outlets “have both spent the better part of the Obama administration pushing the exact silly demagoguery  and conspiracy theories that riled up the…

Professor: ‘There Really Are Not That Many Movement Conservatives’

September 28th, 2016 3:13 PM
According to one left-of-center blogger and one right-of-center professor, a major takeaway from the 2016 presidential contest is that ideological conservatism is unpopular, even in the Republican party. Samuel Goldman, a political-science prof at the George Washington University and a frequent contributor to The American Conservative, stated that the “great message” of Donald Trump…

Blogger: Olbermann Sees That ‘Conservatism…Is a Metastasizing Cancer’

September 20th, 2016 11:17 AM
A current MSNBC personality just passed the half-decade mark as a host on the channel. A former MSNBC personality who’s made plenty of comebacks just made another one. The Washington Monthly’s D.R. Tucker praised each man to the skies this past weekend. Tucker called Chris Hayes "the classiest man on cable” and opined that from the get-go, he was brilliant, “an…

Liberal Blogger Calls Conservatism ‘Cartoonish’

September 4th, 2016 8:20 PM
At the Democratic convention, Bill Clinton accused Republicans of fabricating a “cartoon alternative” to the real Hillary Clinton. The Washington Monthly’s Martin Longman claims that Democrats don’t need to create cartoon versions of conservatives since there’s already “something cartoonish about the right,” and in that regard Donald Trump “seems…

Blogger Not Sure Trump Would Be a Worse President Than Dubya

August 25th, 2016 11:30 PM
Many liberals are certain that a Donald Trump presidency would be an unprecedented fiasco, but The Washington Monthly’s D.R. Tucker isn’t among them. In a Sunday post, Tucker suggested that in terms of racism and overall “incompetence,” a Trump administration would be a sort of sequel to George W. Bush’s, and speculated that Republicans who are backing Hillary…

Blogger: Trump and Ryan Represent Different Types of Evil

August 5th, 2016 8:42 PM
There’s a famous line attributed to Henry Kissinger about the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s: “It's a pity they can't both lose.” Left-wing Washington Monthly blogger David Atkins adapted Kissinger’s quip for his Tuesday post about whether “vicious, ignorant megalomaniac” Donald Trump is “more contemptible” than “steely-eyed devotee…