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Cross-posted from Media Matters

It is not insulting Fox News host Greg Gutfeld to say he doesn’t know much about the subjects he jokes and chats about for a living. He draws pleasure from saying so himself, over and over again, in a thousand repetitive ways.

Like the network he works for, Gutfeld’s shtick is premised on the loud embrace of a pugilistic, media-bubbled conservatism. Gutfeld considered the late Andrew Breitbart a close friend and inspiration, and indeed represents what might be called the Breitbartian wing of the Fox News spectrum: he revels in media war for its own sake, prefers pop culture to political history, and spends his time buried in a trough of Twitter feeds and feuds. His new book, The Joy of Hate, reads like an extended riff on the author’s admission to being just an oversexed, Internet-and-TV addicted former lad-mag editor, who not all that long ago was teaching “old people how to do sit-ups on cruise ships,” and whose idea of journalistic legwork is using the search box at FoxNews.com. (more…)

Posted on: December 3rd, 2012 | Comments (67)

Nicholas Kristof Didn’t Join Colleagues To Back NYT Overseas Employees in Union Fight

This article is cross-posted from In These Times On September 13, two-time Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof penned an op-ed titled “Students Over Unions” bashing the Chicago Teachers Union’s current strike. Kristof writes, I’d be sympathetic if the union focused solely…

Posted on: September 20th, 2012 | Comments (10)

Freakonomics Author Steven Levitt: Enemy of Chicago School Teachers

On Monday, September 10, the Chicago Teachers Union—the oldest teachers union in America—went on strike. Teachers are striking for better pay, smaller class sizes and more job security. They are striking against school privatizations, teaching to standardized testing and the general…

Posted on: September 12th, 2012 | Comments (52)

Paul Ryan’s Guru Ayn Rand Worshipped A Serial Killer Who Kidnapped and Dismembered Little Girls

To celebrate today’s announcement that Ayn Rand fanboy Paul Ryan will in a few months’ time be a heartbeat from the presidency—and to honor this special moment, marking the final syphilitic pus-spasms of America’s decline and fall–we are reposting for…

Posted on: August 11th, 2012 | Comments (98)

It’s Hip! It’s Cool! It’s Libertarianism!

Calling yourself a libertarian today is a lot like wearing a mullet back in the nineteen eighties. It sends a clear signal: business up front, party in the back. You know, those guys who call themselves “socially liberal but fiscally…

Posted on: July 31st, 2012 | Comments (180)

Yves Smith: The Hidden History Of The Independence Day Holiday

This hidden history of our national celebration is only a small portion of Carey’s account of the extent and reach of the Americanization campaign. It shows how big business has led a long standing, persistent, and well financed campaign to turn the public against fighting for one’s rights if those rights are workplace rights.

Posted on: July 3rd, 2012 | Comments (50)

Labor Journalism Today: Corporate Lackeys Accost, Detain eXiled Contributor Mike Elk For Daring To Question Honeywell CEO’s Union-Busting Policies…

This article is cross-posted from In These Times… For the last two years, I have covered union busting efforts by Honeywell, their close connections to President Obama and how federal agencies have assisted Honeywell in three different labor struggles since Obama came to…

Posted on: June 1st, 2012 | Comments (34)

Fortune Magazine Celebrates Unionbusting Honeywell CEO Dave Cote

“Dave Cote is feeling the beat. He takes a sip of Mountain Dew and bobs his head in time to the throbbing bass of Jay-Z’s “Hard Knock Life.” So begins a Fortune magazine profile titled “How Dave Cote Got Honeywell’s Groove Back.”

Posted on: May 21st, 2012 | Comments (25)

Yves Smith: NPR’s Adam Davidson Parrots Disinformation as He Extols Rule by the Top 0.1%

Creator of NPR’s Planet Money Adam Davidson is moving up in the world. He has gone from fellating the 1% to the top 0.1%.

Posted on: May 3rd, 2012 | Comments (24)

Silent Majority Millennials

There’s a new Boomer vs. Millennial piece over at Esquire making its way across the intertubes. If you hadn’t noticed, wringing one’s hands about Baby Boomers gorging themselves on the syrupy sweet hopes and dreams of the young’ns is the…

Posted on: April 23rd, 2012 | Comments (82)

Sponge Off A Rich Woman: The Koch Family’s “Leechertarian” Secret To Success

A few months back I had a long conversation with Freke Vuijst, a journalist from the lefty Dutch magazine Vrij Nederland, about the history of the Koch clan—specifically, we talked about what I learned during my trip to Quanah, Texas, the…

Posted on: April 18th, 2012 | Comments (20)

Dispatch from Greece: Translation of Austerity Suicide Note Left By Pensioner Dimitris Christoulas

A man shot himself on April 4th in the very center of Athens. He is the latest in hundreds of suicides during and because of the crisis. Dimitris Christoulas chose the place (Syntagma Square) and the time (rush hour) to pass his message…

Posted on: April 10th, 2012 | Comments (29)

The Brutal Life Of One L. Goh & The Making Of A “Going Postal” Rampage Murderer

The depressingly familiar dead-end life that One L. Goh found himself in — surrounded by petty scams as revealed in the ex-staffer’s lawsuit and the bleak performance of the school’s graduates, combined with the back-to-back deaths of two family members — could make a lot of sane people desperate and enraged and suicidal…

Posted on: April 9th, 2012 | Comments (145)

Recovered Economic History: “Everyone but an idiot knows that the lower classes must be kept poor, or they will never be industrious”

One thing that the historical record makes obviously clear is that Adam Smith and his laissez-faire buddies needed brutal government policies to whip the English peasantry into a good capitalistic workforce willing to accept wage slavery

Posted on: April 5th, 2012 | Comments (85)

The One-Percent’s Doctrine For The Rest Of Us: We Are Not Human Beings, But Livestock Whose Meat They Extract As “Rent”

A little over a year ago, while researching the Confederacy’s economy, I stumbled across an unnerving graph charting the value of America’s “stock of slaves” in the last decades before the Civil War that helps give form to the brutal crackdown on the Occupy protests — and suggests darker things to come as we try to free ourselves from their vision of civilization, and our place in it.

Posted on: March 22nd, 2012 | Comments (83)

Ron Paul’s “Super PAC” Sugar Daddy: Builds Toys For The CIA, Spies On U.S. Citizens, Opposes Democracy & Women’s Suffrage

This article was first published at TheNation.com If there’s one thing that distinguishes Ron Paul from the rest of the GOP field, it’s his principled stand against American empire and his ardent defense of individual liberties. [1] Paul’s opposition to wars, bloated…

Posted on: February 23rd, 2012 | Comments (49)

From the Archives: Boomer Reactionaries in Subprime Suburb of Victorville, Calif., Rage Against Giving Healthcare To Their Kids And GrandKids…

In the spirit of the Millennial vs. Boomer debate raging in the comment section of Connor Kilpatrick’s great piece, “Thirty More Years of Hell,” I’d like to republish my account of an anti-healthcare town hall meeting I attended way back in 2009 in the subprime Southern California suburb of Victorville…

Posted on: February 7th, 2012 | Comments (28)

Thirty More Years of Hell

This is for my fellow Millennial. The one who gets his or her rocks off to visions of a glorious Boomer-hegemonic extinction, like those old claymation movies of dinosaurs getting nuked by meteor-fire. This is for those of you who, like me, need a vision of that mighty Boomer Brontosaurus keelin’ over for good…

Posted on: February 6th, 2012 | Comments (97)

The War At Home: Amazing video from this weekend’s police attack on Occupy Oakland

The Oakland Police Department went on another massive tear this weekend. On Saturday, they used rubber bullets, pepper flash-bang grenades, tear gas and batons to violently crush an attempt by Occupy activists to take over a vacant convention center in downtown Oakland…

Posted on: February 1st, 2012 | Comments (28)

The Problem With Matthew Yglesias

Earlier this week, I got into a little Twitter battle with Matthew Yglesias after the prominent blogger tweeted out “”EXCLUSIVE: The activities of individual business executives have no relationship to the level of economy-wide employment.”

Posted on: January 17th, 2012 | Comments (32)

My First “Occupy LA” Arraignment Hearing: Los Angeles Stalls Legal Action Against Arrested Occupy LA Protesters…(Updated)

Last Thursday I got up at 7:00 a.m. and drove NASCAR-style to make it in time to my arraignment hearing at the Central Arraignment Court in sunny downtown Los Angeles 8:30 a.m.–only to find out that I’d wasted my time….

Posted on: January 10th, 2012 | Comments (24)

War On OWS: Berkeley Police Threaten To Shoot Protesters With Same Deadly Tear Gas Grenade Launcher Used Against Palestinian Protesters…

A video recorded during last week’s early-morning raid on Occupy Berkeley shows a burly Berkeley cop strutting around with a repeat-fire tear gas grenade launcher, menacingly pointing it at protesters without provocation. At one point the bloodlusting cop threatens to shoot pointblank the guy with the camera…

Posted on: December 26th, 2011 | Comments (21)

Tracking the Domestic War on Press Freedom: List of Journalists Arrested Covering the Occupy Movement

Free Press’ Josh Stearns has put together, and continues to maintain, a great up-to-date resource that’s keeping track of all the journalists arrested while covering the Occupy movement. As of today that number stands at 36, and includes the recent…

Posted on: December 21st, 2011 | Comments (5)

The Massacre Everyone Ignored: Up To 70 Striking Oil Workers Killed In Kazakhstan By US-Supported Dictator

With violence and government crackdowns making headlines from so many familiar parts of the world, there’s hardly been a peep in the media about the biggest and ugliest massacre of all: Last Friday in Kazakhstan, riot police slaughtered up 70…

Posted on: December 19th, 2011 | Comments (31)

Hanging With A “Family Guy” Writer In Jail…And Realizing That The Raid On Occupy LA Was Meant To Keep Other Family Guys From Joining The Movement…

Late last week, as I was reading a story by the Family Guy writer who had been brutally arrested and mistreated at the Occupy LA crackdown, I suddenly realized, “Holy shit, I remember that guy!” I didn’t catch his name…

Posted on: December 13th, 2011 | Comments (39)