FDL Book Salon Welcomes Michael Arria, Medium Blue: The Politics of MSNBC

By: Sunday July 27, 2014 1:59 pm

Using vignettes and case studies, Michael Arria’s book tells the story of many liberal’s favorite cable news network: MSNBC. Chronicling the likes of Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, Melissa Harris-Perry, a bit of Ed Schultz and Keith Olbermann, the book offers the very first critical examination, in book form, of the “Lean Forward” network.

As Arria notes, it is easy to mock and ridicule Fox News and the corporate conservative media. “For years now, Fox News has been beaming out images of people falling into orchestra pits, red meat for its rabid base, as well as liberals who love to hate on it.” Indeed, an entire “progressive movement” (related: a token of success in said movement is an appearance on MSNBC) echo chamber has been created around bashing media meant for consumption for conservatives.

 

Anti-Choicers Can’t Get Around It: Their Arguments Have No Standing

By: Wednesday September 4, 2013 4:16 pm

As part of the struggle to prevent women from using the health-care benefits they earn, six state attorneys general—who clearly need something better to do with their time—launched a suit to give employers the right to deny employees coverage of birth control as part of their health policies. Now, those attorneys general are giving up the lawsuit, for now at least, in no small part because a federal judge earlier ruled they have no standing to sue.

FDL Movie Night: Follow the Leader

By: Monday June 24, 2013 4:59 pm

Follow the Leader is a coming of age story about three teenage boys, each with the dream of becoming President of United States. Director Jonathan Goodman Levitt followed these focused young men, born as Reagan left office and the Berlin Wall fell, for three years, from high school though Election Night 2008. These upper-middle class, conservative kids, each living in traditional “all-American” towns, are enthralled by politics. They grew up shaped by 9/11 which forever altered their post-Reagan childhood beliefs that America was invincible.

Late Night: IRS Apologizes for Doing Its Job

By: Friday May 10, 2013 8:00 pm

Amazing, how conservative front groups funded by far-right hyper-rich folk like the Koch brothers and the Coors family can in essence whine that just because their groups’ names are pretty blatant in their political coding, doesn’t mean they aren’t tax exempt after all.

No Merit Badge for Courage for Boy Scouts

By: Friday March 29, 2013 5:50 pm

Sometime in May, the Boy Scouts of America will decide whether they will allow gays to be members, volunteer leaders, or be employed on the professional staff. The decision may have more to do with funding than with any other policy.

The Cultural Divide on Authority

By: Sunday December 30, 2012 10:30 am

There is more than one kind of authority, and we can all learn.

Plan B Morphs Into a Conservative Wish List

By: Thursday December 20, 2012 11:22 am

House Republicans will wait until tonight to pass “Plan B,” and while I think ultimately it will pass, the reason they’re waiting so long is that they have to figure out what to put into it to get conservative votes. Erick Son of Erick has a whip list of 34 no votes and 12 leaners, and Republicans can only lose 23, assuming no Democratic crossovers. So leadership must sweeten the pot if they want to win the vote.

And the way you sweeten the pot for House Republicans is that you kick the poor a bit more while handing out some aid to Wall Street and Lockheed Martin.

Boehner’s Plan B Also Cuts Taxes on Rich, Raises Them on Poor

By: Thursday December 20, 2012 6:38 am

John Boehner may not even have the votes for today’s “Plan B,” a bill that effectively raises taxes on people making over $1 million a year. He was seen gladhanding on the House floor last night, whipping votes for his side. He can only lose 24 votes to reach 217 (there are a couple vacancies right now), on the expectation that he’ll get no help at all from the other side. It’s probably a heavy lift; even with Grover Norquist’s blessing, Boehner wants his GOP colleagues to walk the plank on a tax increase bill without any hope of it becoming law, just so they can go back and pass another bill that does the same thing.

A look at the bill’s particulars, however, actually inverts expectations.

A Partial List Of Things That “Pro-Life” Conservatives Support

By: Wednesday December 19, 2012 7:09 pm

…Based on the right’s passionate and indignant opposition to any and all policies that would curtail them.

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