Late Night: We Can All Be Video Monitors but Should We?

By: Wednesday July 24, 2013 8:10 pm

I went to Netroots Nation in San Jose this year. The most interesting panel I attended was on “tracking” where someone from one political campaign follows around a candidate at their various public events and records what they do and say. The various members of the panel spoke about how powerful some of these videos can be citing examples from early hits with George Allen’s “Macaca” to Romney’s ” the 47%” I knew this happened but I was unaware of just how sophisticated the process had become at the national level.

 

James O’Keefe to Pay ACORN Victim $100,000

By: Friday March 8, 2013 6:03 am

Conservative “journalist” James O’Keefe has reached a settlement with one of the people he smeared in the notoriously edited ACORN videos.

One Track Minds

By: Thursday June 21, 2012 8:00 pm

Republicans don’t like a lot of things, a trait for which they’re somewhat famous, but they do like to win. Naturally enough, they also take a very dim view of losing, and that’s what always gets them in trouble. When they lose, a whole passel of latent pathologies drive them to do the nuttiest things, most of which ultimately redound to their detriment, but they simply can’t help themselves.

The last two times they’ve lost the Presidency due to the usual rank incompetence and resulting widespread public revulsion, their reaction has been pretty much the opposite of what a sane person would do in such a situation, but the pattern is quite clear.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Wade Rathke, Global Grassroots: Perspectives on International Organizing

By: Sunday April 15, 2012 1:59 pm

While writing a book about ACORN, I got to know Wade Rathke, spending dozens of hours hanging out with him, interviewing him, e-mailing back and forth, interviewing friends and enemies, and literally following Rathke as he worked. In an age of stylish cynicism, whatever else you might say about Wade, he believes in the basic goodness of people, our capacity for empathy, kindness, and caring. These traits are expressed not only through individual acts with his family and friends; but also with strangers, especially those who inhabit the squalid urban communities across the globe–the people ignored by the public officials and exploited by the rich and powerful.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Arthur Goldwag, The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right

By: Sunday March 4, 2012 1:59 pm

For anyone fascinated by the spectacle of colorful conspiratorial minds at work, the last decade has provided for some gripping snorkeling. The growth of the 9/11 Truth movement, the reemergence of the John Birth Society, the persistence of Birtherism and its variants — there’s been no shortage of conspiracy activity at which to gawk and attempt understanding. It was Arthur Goldwag’s fate that this bubbling in the fever swamps turned furious just he was submitting a manuscript to his publisher entitled Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies.

The sudden dynamism in a subject he had just written about historically left Goldwag with a choice. He could curse his luck and take a vacation, or he could turn his just-completed manuscript into the first half of a two-book project. The fruit of his decision, The New Hate, is the subject of today’s salon.

RNC Research Director Dooms Rick Perry’s Presidential Campaign

By: Tuesday September 6, 2011 6:01 pm

What’s worse than having your picture taken with Saddam Hussein?

A two paragraph story next to today’s sudoku puzzle

By: Friday June 17, 2011 1:30 am

Right-wing media completely wrong about phony outrage that gets lots of media coverage. So, everything is back to normal.

Sunday Late Night: Rabbit Havoc

By: Sunday April 24, 2011 8:01 pm

But meet and shake hands with this Evil Bun? No thanks.

Video don’t lie. Ask ACORN. Ask Shirley Sherrod. Ask NPR.

Bill Keller: True = False, But Better False Than Left or Right

By: Sunday March 27, 2011 1:00 pm

Now consider how Keller equates O’Keefe’s serial fabrications with Julian Assange’s leaks–leaks the NYT has heavily relied upon in its own reporting.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Michael Hudson, The Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America–and Spawned a Global Crisis

By: Saturday January 29, 2011 1:59 pm

In The Monster, Michael Hudson gives us a detailed account of the how Roland Arnall created Ameriquest and made it into the giant of subprime lending. In the process the book implicates the major Wall Street firms, most importantly Lehman, who eagerly packaged junk loans into mortgage backed securities and more complicated instruments. He also notes the corruption of the three major credit rating agencies, who received big fees for giving these assets investment grade stamps. The list of aiders and abettors includes Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, California Governors Grey Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and even the community group ACORN.

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