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John Avlon Our Murrow Moment

Our Murrow Moment

The time for hand-wringing and hysteria is over. The Trump presidency promises a civic stress test. In a time of principled fights, citizens and journalists need to respond with fearlessness rooted in fairness. “We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty…We … Continue reading

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John Avlon The Best Columns of the Year – The Daily Beast

The Best Columns of the Year – The Daily Beast

I’m a fan of the American art form once known as the newspaper column. That’s why I co-edited two Deadline Artists anthologies with my friends Errol Louis and Jesse Angelo—to honor and archive the best of the past. But the … Continue reading

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John Avlon George Clooney: A 21st-Century Statesman – Newsweek

George Clooney: A 21st-Century Statesman – Newsweek

In the age of Twitter-shortened attention spans, fame is an increasingly powerful weapon of diplomacy. John Avlon on how George Clooney is helping to bring change—and a hefty dose of hope—to Sudan. George Clooney hates the paparazzi. But he also … Continue reading

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John Avlon What News Needs to Do Now

What News Needs to Do Now

Trump has changed the rules of the game and journalists can’t expect things will return to normal after the election. That’s why news needs to do two things now more than ever: call bullshit and make important stories interesting. When … Continue reading

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John Avlon The Resilient City – from Empire City: New York Through the Centuries

The Resilient City – from Empire City: New York Through the Centuries

From “Empire City: New York Through the Centuries” Three hundred and forty-one New York City firefighters. Twenty-three New York City police officers. Thirty-seven Port Authority police officers. Three court officers. Two EMS workers. Thousands of innocent civilians. Numbers alone, of … Continue reading

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John Avlon How Corporate Citizens Can Stop Fake News and Hate News—and Help Save Quality Journalism in the Process

How Corporate Citizens Can Stop Fake News and Hate News—and Help Save Quality Journalism in the Process

We vote for president every four years, but we vote with our wallets and eyeballs every day. Bill O’Reilly’s sudden fall from cable news supremacy happened because over 60 advertisers—under digital grassroots pressure—decided that they couldn’t be seen supporting him … Continue reading

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John Avlon In Defense of U2 and The War on Apathy

In Defense of U2 and The War on Apathy

Drill down on all the hipster conventional wisdom and the core complaint is earnestness. With number one albums across four decades, their very success undercuts the rebellious edge that’s at the heart of rock n roll. To their critics, they … Continue reading

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John Avlon David McCullough on Reading History as Resistance

David McCullough on Reading History as Resistance

We’ve had inexperienced and irresponsible presidents before. We’ve had populists and people who weren’t regarded as remotely the best and the brightest. We’ve been always saved by some combination of character and honesty and, above all, a respect for our … Continue reading

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John Avlon What Macron Can Teach America: It’s Time for Center-Left and Center-Right to Unite

What Macron Can Teach America: It’s Time for Center-Left and Center-Right to Unite

In a time of Trump and deepening populist polarization in both parties, the idea of a radical centrist revolution seems as unlikely as it does quaint. But in 15 months, Emmanuel Macron has created a powerful counter-narrative in a time … Continue reading

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John Avlon The Ballad of Lester Maddox

The Ballad of Lester Maddox

As we’ve been reminded by the fight in Indiana, supporters of discrimination have always cloaked their views in appeals to personal liberty. Once upon a time, a restaurant owner refused to serve people who were different. He said he did … Continue reading

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John Avlon Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo – And You Should Too – The Daily Beast

Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo – And You Should Too – The Daily Beast

The massacre of cartoonists at the French magazine Charlie Hebdo is a crystallizing moment. The shock brings clarity—a reminder that evil exists and free speech, no matter who might it offend, is a bedrock value of liberal democracy. An attack … Continue reading

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John Avlon How The Daily Beast Will Stand Up to President Donald Trump

How The Daily Beast Will Stand Up to President Donald Trump

We will be the loyal opposition. We will not deny his legitimacy. But we will oppose his worst policies and hold him to account. In 1960, after John F. Kennedy narrowly defeated Richard Nixon, staunch Hollywood conservative John Wayne declared, … Continue reading

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John Avlon The GOP’s Crump Cancer

The GOP’s Crump Cancer

Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are two faces of the same phenomenon—the rise of conservative populism with a mean streak—empowered by the GOP’s purge of the center-right. When asked to assess the presidential prospects of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, … Continue reading

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John Avlon Fidel Castro Finally Dies, But His Apologists Live On

Fidel Castro Finally Dies, But His Apologists Live On

Cuba’s communist dictator is finally dead. Good riddance. His apologists live on but they will look foolish in the rearview mirror of history. When a five-decades-long dictator dies, it is customary to hear analysts offer up the following kind of … Continue reading

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John Avlon What George Washington Knew About Vladimir Putin’s Political Hack – The Daily Beast

What George Washington Knew About Vladimir Putin’s Political Hack – The Daily Beast

The Founding Fathers reflected on how foreign influences try to erode republican government. We should, too. The idea that a foreign power might try to impact an American election sounds like a chapter ripped from a dystopian novel. It’s not. … Continue reading

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John Avlon George Washington’s ‘Warning From a Parting Friend’

George Washington’s ‘Warning From a Parting Friend’

Washington’s farewell address inspired presidents from Ike to Obama. Read the introduction to Daily Beast Editor in Chief John Avlon’s new book. This is the story of the most famous American speech you’ve never read. Once celebrated as civic scripture, … Continue reading

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John Avlon Scenes From Cleveland’s Republican Trumpocalypse

Scenes From Cleveland’s Republican Trumpocalypse

The Daily Beast editor-in-chief reports from Cleveland, where Donald Trump’s coronation feels more like a funeral. As one seasoned operative said: “I’ve got to go on TV and defend the indefensible.” CLEVELAND — You have to remind yourself that none … Continue reading

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John Avlon Exclusive: Congressional Ethics Probe Adds to Michele Bachmann’s Political Woes – The Daily Beast

Exclusive: Congressional Ethics Probe Adds to Michele Bachmann’s Political Woes – The Daily Beast

The Hindenburg. The Titanic. Michele Bachmann. Eighteen months ago, the Minnesota House member was considered an unlikely but undeniable Republican rising star, winning the Iowa straw poll that unofficially begins the primary season. Today, she is embroiled in a litany … Continue reading

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John Avlon How the Party of Lincoln was Left Behind on Civil Rights – Real Clear Politics

How the Party of Lincoln was Left Behind on Civil Rights – Real Clear Politics

Abraham Lincoln would be amazed by this race – but not for the reason you might think. In an under-remarked historic irony, the political party that long defended slavery and racial segregation has become the first to nominate an African-American … Continue reading

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John Avlon The Economist Interview: Six questions for John Avlon

The Economist Interview: Six questions for John Avlon

IN TODAY’S polarised political environment John Avlon has carved out a useful niche, exposing extremists on both the left and right. He says these partisans are more dangerous than ever, in part because they obscure the growing power of independents. … Continue reading

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