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Messengers of the Right | Nicole Hemmer
"From Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity to Glenn Beck and Matt Drudge, Americans are accustomed to thinking of right-wing media as integral to contemporary conservatism. But today's well-known personalities make up the second generation of broadcasting and publishing activists. Messengers of the Right tells the story of the little-known first generation. Beginning in the late 1940s, activists working in media emerged as leaders of the American conservative movement. They not only started an array of enterprises—publishing houses, radio programs, magazines, book clubs, television shows—they also built the movement. They coordinated rallies, founded organizations, ran political campaigns, and mobilized voters. While these media activists disagreed profoundly on tactics and strategy, they shared a belief that political change stemmed not just from ideas but from spreading those ideas through openly ideological communications channels. In Messengers of the Right, Nicole Hemmer explains how conservative media became the institutional and organizational nexus of the conservative movement, transforming audiences into activists and activists into a reliable voting base. Hemmer also explores how the idea of liberal media bias emerged, why conservatives have been more successful at media activism than liberals, and how the right remade both the Republican Party and American news media. Messengers of the Right follows broadcaster Clarence Manion, book publisher Henry Regnery, and magazine publisher William Rusher as they evolved from frustrated outsiders in search of a platform into leaders of one of the most significant and successful political movements of the twentieth century."
book  publisher  right-wing  conservative  media 
march 2017 by tsuomela
Comment - The New Yorker
Toni Morrison in 1998 on Clinton and 'first black American president'
politics  america  republicans  race  right-wing 
february 2016 by tsuomela
National Public Rodeo | Business | Vanity Fair
When most people hear “NPR,” they think Cokie Roberts, Nina Totenberg, Robert Siegel, and for some on the far right, all that is wrong with the mainstream liberal media. But beneath the veneer of the "Minnesota nice," a simmering battle has been waged, and in the balance hangs NPR’s future and perhaps even its soul—as either a nonpartisan defender of in-depth journalism or a target of the partisan sniping of the sound-bite era. David Margolick explores how NPR’s management managed to squander the advantages of the national dole, deep-pocketed donors, a roster of top-notch reporters, and the loyalty of legions of devoted Click and Clack fans—and whether it can recover from the annus horribilis of 2011.
media  journalism  race  celebrity  pundits  media-reform  management  controversy  bias  right-wing  public-radio 
january 2012 by tsuomela
Must We Act As If They Mean What They Say? — Crooked Timber
"The deeper question, I think, is why it appeals so much to so many Americans that conservatives constantly say things that they don’t really mean."
politics  extremism  right-wing  conservative  rhetoric  belief  theology  american 
september 2011 by tsuomela
U.S. Intellectual History: The Frankfurt School, Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories, and American Conservatism
"Neiwert goes on to note that the idea of "Cultural Marxism" has already filtered into much more mainstream conservative circles in this country. In particular, Republican dirty trickster Andrew Breitbart has become a major vector for the idea of "Cultural Marxism" and the supposed iniquity of the Frankfurt School."
right-wing  conspiracy  conservatism  history  political-correctness  marxism  critical-theory 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Opinion: Right wing’s breathtaking bait and switch on Tucson - Michael Kinsley -
"Even more remarkably, in the past week, the question of whether a carefully planned assassination attempt on a member of the United States Congress might have had anything to do with politics has been mocked into oblivion. Well, let’s see. The dominant theme of Loughner’s ravings was suspicion of the government. He apparently didn’t believe in paper money and thought only gold has value. He believed the government was responsible for Sept. 11. And so on. This is not a random collection of nutty opinions. There is a theme to it, and it is not simply that the guy was crazy."
politics  right-wing  rhetoric  communication  insanity  assassination 
january 2011 by tsuomela
slacktivist: Don't you know that you can count me out
"The tea party and the loudest, most strident voices of anti-abortion politics love to flirt with the idea of armed revolution. This is, for the most part, just adolescent foolishness -- a kind of fantasy play-acting that can be summed up in a single word:


By pretending to believe that America is on the verge of collapse into a totalitarian tyranny, they can pretend to themselves that they are the vanguard of a courageous resistance. The Red Dawn fantasy isn't all that different from any other childhood fantasy about what if there were dragons? And what if I was brave and good and strong? And what if I slew the dragon and everybody cheered for me because I was brave and good and strong and I slew the dragon? Wouldn't that be cool?"
tea-party  politics  revolution  violence  reform  fantasy  psychology  ideology  right-wing  conservatism  just-war  cognition  dissonance  loyalty  con  fraud  media 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Making Light: All of my opinions about the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ)
"The way things are now, my parents seriously wonder whether they ever want to attend another public political meeting. Talking to them yesterday afternoon, I didn’t have anything encouraging or reassuring to say."
politics  violence  guns  events  extremism  rhetoric  language  right-wing 
january 2011 by tsuomela
The Mumpsimus: Utopia and the Gun Culture
by Matthew Cheney. Personal reflections on gun-control from left perspective.
politics  violence  guns  events  extremism  rhetoric  language  right-wing  gun-control  utopia 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Attempted Assassination of Congresswoman Giffords in Arizona | Corrente
by Stirling Newberry "Thus, what lust was to the Victorian, rage is to our own age: the hidden demon that is both worshipped, and feared.

The right wing sanctifies this rage, by combining it with reactionary intent. The right wing allows revolutionary violence in favor of a reactionary order. "
politics  violence  guns  events  extremism  rhetoric  language  economics  right-wing  populism  socialism 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Lance Mannion: Metaphors for the weak and frightened
"What the Right wants to feel is tough.

What they feel is weak and afraid.

For the most part, with the Right, we’re dealing with people who have built their identities around the way things used to be. In their hearts they live in a world that is already long gone, if it ever existed, an idealized America in which they are happy, secure, and the point. Their America exists as expressions of themselves as good, decent, noble, heroic, and successful people. It’s a country whose existence is denied to them every time they take an unblinkered look at the world as it really is. They hate it. What is there frightens them. They want “their” country back. And there’s nothing they can do to get it back, because you can’t save something that was never really there."
conservatism  culture  rhetoric  ideology  right-wing 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Chris Hedges: A Recipe for Fascism - Chris Hedges' Columns - Truthdig
American politics, as the midterm elections demonstrated, have descended into the irrational. On one side stands a corrupt liberal class, bereft of ideas and unable to respond coherently to the collapse of the global economy, the dismantling of our manufacturing sector and the deadly assault on the ecosystem. On the other side stands a mass of increasingly bitter people whose alienation, desperation and rage fuel emotionally driven and incoherent political agendas. It is a recipe for fascism.
politics  election  2010  fascism  right-wing 
november 2010 by tsuomela
“I’m committed to the destruction of the old media guard.” ABC News and Andrew Breitbart. » Pressthink
But this deluded and criminally naive estimate could only move forward because pro journalists equate “we are not allowing ourselves to think politically” with a commitment to truth, fairness and informational integrity. That equation is false, its reasoning rotten. The American press simply has to wake up to the fact that it has enemies within the political culture. Why is this so hard to grasp? Agnew was one, and the children of Agnew are now many. Culture war and the paranoid style in American politics cannot operate without elites to rage against. A growing portion of the Republican coalition has thus incorporated into its day-to-day agenda an attack on the establishment press. That’s what being “committed to the destruction of the old media guard” means.
news  journalism  media  culture-war  right-wing  conservatism  fairness  ideology  enemies 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Home | Center for the Comparative Study of Right-Wing Movements
Established in February 2009, the mission of the Center is to encourage and nurture comparative scholarship on right-wing movements in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and other regions of the world over the past hundred years. The Center is especially interested in supporting research that examines the diversity of right-wing movements and their respective emphasis on social and religious issues, nationalism and race, and economic doctrines. The Center promotes research, offers mini-grants, fellowships, and training opportunities to Berkeley students, publishes findings, and brings together leading scholars through conferences, colloquia, and other public events in order to engage in a comparative and interdisciplinary dialogue on right-wing ideology, politics, and organizational forms and their likely directions in the 21st century.
right-wing  conservatism  politcal-science  fascism  international  reactionary 
october 2010 by tsuomela
John Quiggin » Ideology and agnotology
The unifying feature of the right in the 21st century is not so much ideology as an embrace of ignorance, represented most obviously by the leading figures on the right in the US, Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin. Rather than reflecting an even partially coherent world view and political program, rightwing politics now consists of the restatement of talking points in favor of a set of policy positions that represent affirmations of tribal identity, rather than elements of a coherent program.
conservatism  politics  ideology  agnotology  philosophy  ignorance  right-wing 
may 2010 by tsuomela - Right wing populism: simple, stupid
I honestly think what’s going on is a big time identity politics temper tantrum, and unlike all but the worst kinds of identity politics on the left, it’s got very little attachment to policy outside of those policies that reinforce their identity politics argument. And that argument is that they are the Real Americans®, and the rest of us need to submit.
politics  tea-party  conservative  identity  american  right-wing  populism 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner | The Very Separate World of Conservative Republicans
The self-identifying conservative Republicans who make up the base of the Republican Party stand a world apart from the rest of America, according to focus groups conducted by Democracy Corps. These base Republican voters dislike Barak Obama to be sure - which is not very surprising as base Democrats had few positive things to say about George Bush - but these voters identify themselves as part of a ‘mocked’ minority with a set of shared beliefs and knowledge, and commitment to oppose Obama that sets them apart from the majority in the country. They believe Obama is ruthlessly advancing a ‘secret agenda’ to bankrupt the United States and dramatically expand government control to an extent nothing short of socialism. They overwhelmingly view a successful Obama presidency as the destruction of this country’s founding principles and are committed to seeing the president fail.
polls  politics  right-wing  conservative  republicans  media  journalism  attitude  communism  fear 
october 2009 by tsuomela
The Rightist Creed « Jon Taplin’s Blog
Schmitt argued that liberals, properly speaking, can never be political. Liberals tend to be optimistic about human nature, whereas “all genuine political theories presuppose man to be evil.” Liberals believe in the possibility of neutral rules that can mediate between conflicting positions, but to Schmitt there is no such neutrality, since any rule – even an ostensibly fair one – merely represents the victory of one political faction over another.
right-wing  politics  history 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Op-Ed Columnist - Even Glenn Beck Is Right Twice a Day -
Too many Americans are impatiently waiting for results. It’s hard to argue that the stimulus package reviled by big government-loathers is a success when unemployment continues to rise and most Americans feel none of the incipient “recovery” spotted by Ben Bernanke. The potential dividends to be gained at the end of the protracted health care debate also remain, for now, an abstraction to many who have lost and are continuing to lose their jobs, their savings and their homes.
politics  race  right-wing  about(GlenBeck)  about(BarackObama) 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Glenn Beck chases "far left radicals" in White House, but loves right-wing radicals himself | Crooks and Liars
But what about Glenn Beck himself? Beck has shown a powerful affinity for right-wing radicals dating back at least to his days at CNN's Headline News, when he declared his sympathy for the John Birch Society (in its campaign to stop the non-existent "NAFTA Superhighway") and warned that Al Gore's real purpose behind his "global warming campaign" was to install a global government. (Back then, it was Gore, not Obama, who was just like Hitler.)
right-wing  race  radical  rhetoric  racism  beck  glenn 
september 2009 by tsuomela
He may have said, “[w]e need segregated buses,” but that doesn’t mean he’s a racist. (This, however, does.) - Acephalous
Punishing the straw-Limbaugh not only provides him plausible deniability, it obscures the actual, non-sarcastic racist assumptions underpinning his remarks—foremost among them, that black people are inherently violent and lack self-control. They are justified, he unwittingly argues, in expressing their violent tendencies because the white kid in his hypothetical said something racist. Instead of talking with their mouths like hypothetical white kid, black kids speak with their fists, an idea that is so firmly entrenched in the minds of those who loudly claim to not be racist that even when black kids are talking with their mouths, they are “technically thugs” forever on the brink of expressing their innate violent tendencies.
race  racism  limbaugh  rush  right-wing  rhetoric  violence 
september 2009 by tsuomela
The Paranoid Center: How the panic over right-wing violence is being used to marginalize peaceful dissent - Reason Magazine
Reason magazine comes to the defense of right-wing violence. "It's comforting to imagine that violence and paranoia belong only to the far left and right, and that we can protect ourselves from their effects by quarantining the extremists and vigilantly expelling anyone who seems to be bringing their ideas into the mainstream. But the center has its own varieties of violence and paranoia. And it's far more dangerous than anyone on the fringe, even the armed fringe, will ever be."
right-wing  violence  politics  rhetoric 
september 2009 by tsuomela
The Return of the Repressed | The American Prospect
Introducing a term I hadn't seen before - producerism. Sounds like Ayn Rand. "At the same time, with the implosion of the Christian right's leadership and the last year's cornucopia of GOP sex scandals, the party needed to take a break from incessant moralizing, and required a new ideology to take the place of family values cant. The belief system analysts sometimes call "producerism" served nicely. Producerism sees society as divided between productive workers -- laborers, small businessmen and the like -- and the parasites who live off them. Those parasites exist at both the top and the bottom of the social hierarchy -- they are both financiers and welfare bums -- and their larceny is enabled by the government they control."
right-wing  religion  evangelical  fundamentalism  race  producerism  ideology  racism  republicans  about(AynRand) 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Taking the Right Seriously - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
The unfortunate fact is that American academics have until recently shown little curiosity about conservative ideas, even though those ideas have utterly transformed American (and British) politics over the past 30 years. A look at the online catalogs of our major universities confirms this: plenty of courses on identity politics and postcolonialism, nary a one on conservative political thought.
academia  conservatism  politics  academic  conservative  teaching  diversity  right-wing 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Rachel Maddow & The Mythical Rational Right
Tackles the repeated hope of liberals to find an "honest and rational" debating partner among the Republicans. Concludes that this won't happen anytime soon.
politics  republicans  right-wing  america  argument  rational  debate 
september 2009 by tsuomela
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