Carl Bernstein Rejects Comparing Trump to 'Principled' Barry Goldwater

March 18th, 2016 12:27 PM
Veteran Washington Post journalist Carl Bernstein on Thursday rejected the comparison of “authoritarian” Donald Trump to a principled man like Barry Goldwater. Bernstein appeared on CNN Tonight to discuss a 1964 commercial in which a man rejects the presidential candidacy of Goldwater because he’s “scary” and “weird" people support him.

Formerly Conservative Writer Foresees Decline of Conservatism

March 13th, 2016 3:17 PM
Michael Lind thinks that movement conservatives are becoming a minor force in American politics, supplanted less by liberal Democrats than by what might be called Trump Republicans. In a Wednesday article for Politico, Lind contended that growing “populist discontent” is bringing about “the gradual replacement of Buckley-Goldwater-Reagan conservatism by something more like…

Ezra Klein: Conservatism Was a Lot Better in Nancy Reagan’s Day

March 7th, 2016 9:29 PM
Vox editor-in-chief Klein doesn’t often look back fondly at the good old days of the conservative movement, but he did so in a Sunday post inspired by the death of Nancy Reagan. Klein thinks conservatism was at its best in the 1980s, for which he gives considerable credit to the First Couple of the era. Klein wrote that the “political genius” of the Reagans “was to shape…

Brokaw to Trump Critics: Halting Him Would 'Be an Attack' on Democracy

March 2nd, 2016 10:23 PM
Former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw made his latest appearance on the newscast he helmed for decades to act as though he had the best interests of the Republican Party at heart and warned opponents of Donald Trump that any successful attempt to stop him from gaining the nomination could “be an attack on the basic principles of why we have elections.”

While Hitting Trump, Rather Smears Barry Goldwater as ‘George Wallace’

December 10th, 2015 12:43 PM
Disgraced ex-CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather appeared on Wednesday’s Rachel Maddow Show to attack Donald Trump. In the process, the journalist smeared conservative icon Barry Goldwater. Asked about Trump’s policy of banning all Muslims from America, Rather excoriated, “[Trump’s] related to the candidacy of the late George Wallace. Barry Goldwater, if you will. Huey Long…

NPR Looks Back at Goldwater's 1964 Convention of 'Cavemen' Applauding

July 11th, 2014 8:13 AM
NPR got in the spirit of anniversaries on Thursday night’s All Things Considered by recalling the 1964 Republican convention in San Francisco. For analysis, they turned to.....New York Times Magazine contributor Sam Tanenhaus, whose lack of political insight was proven by his 2009 book The Death of Conservatism (broadened from a 2009 New Republic essay titled "Conservatism Is Dead.…

CBS’s Bob Schieffer Notes ‘Landslide’ 1964 Election, But Avoids

June 21st, 2014 2:23 PM
The other Sunday, Bob Schieffer, the longtime CBS journalist and anchor of the network’s Sunday morning show Face the Nation, had Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on his show. Mysteriously, a seriously hard fact of the 1964 Barry Goldwater campaign -- a fact about the role of CBS News itself  -- disappeared from Mr. Schieffer’s recounting of that “…

MSNBC Panel Members Slam Bachmann and GOP 'Haters

May 30th, 2013 3:25 PM
As MSNBC's Al Sharpton hosted a panel on Wednesday's PoliticsNation to discuss Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann's retirement, MSNBC analyst Karen Finney claimed that Bachmann never had an idea "that wasn't about hate or wasn't about being against something," while MSNBC analyst and former Pennsylvania Democratic Governor Ed Rendell similarly charged that…

Frank Rich: Obama Should 'Nuke' Romney With Attack Ads Like LBJ's 'Dai

June 18th, 2012 1:17 AM
The most toxic and notorious political ad in history was Lyndon Johnson's "Daisy" commercial used against Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater in 1964. On Sunday, New York magazine's Frank Rich called for President Obama to create and air a series of attack ads in the style of "Daisy" to "nuke" Mitt Romney:

Rachel Maddow Mocks Medicare Demagoguery After Engaging In It

May 25th, 2011 8:32 PM
The potential for over-the-top advertising from Democrats to defend Medicare is definitely there, Rachel Maddow told her MSNBC audience Monday. She should know, since her show of late is little more than a Medicare commercial for Democrats. As she talked about the next day's special election in New York's 26th House district, Maddow described Jim Martin, chairman of the 60 Plus…

Looking Back at Schorr’s Goldwater-Nazi Axis CBS Evening News Hit Pi

July 25th, 2010 9:07 PM
Daniel Schorr’s passing on Friday, at age 93, reminded me of the kind of assaults CBS News unleashed on conservatives before there were any countervailing forums available. A 2001 Weekly Standard article (nine years in my “pending” file!) detailed a particularly vicious left-wing hit piece he narrated in 1964 which linked Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater with neo-Nazis in Germany,…

Goldwater Enjoyed Favorable Press Prior to Presidential Run, New Book

March 3rd, 2008 9:05 AM