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The Right-Wing Talk-Radio Flameout- The Daily Beast

There’s new evidence to suggest a demand for something different than hyper-partisanship in the world of talk radio and political media. It’s not just the sunset of the Glenn Beck Show on Fox or the dispatch of Keith Olbermann from … Continue reading

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Colbert vs. Kyl and spread of ‘misinformation’ – CNN

CNN contributor John Avlon says Colbert is right to lampoon politicians who spread falsehoods.

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Glenn Beck: Farewell to a Fearmonger – The Daily Beast

The nightly nervous breakdown will not be televised. Glenn Beck is going off the air on Fox News. It is a remarkable reversal of fortune for a man who one year ago was banking $32 million annually, teaching Americans how … Continue reading

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Is Right-Wing Talk Dying? – The Daily Beast

Here’s another sign that the tide might be turning against the Wingnuts—Glenn Beck’s TV ratings are down 50 percent and major market radio stations are dropping him. That’s not all—a look at radio ratings shows that hyper-partisan talk has been … Continue reading

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The End of the Wingnuts? – The Daily Beast

Keith Olbermann’s abrupt signoff last night just might signify a break in the hyperpartisan media fever that has afflicted America for the past few years. Because beneath the rumors of palace intrigue and difficult behavior stands a stark fact: Keith … Continue reading

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My War With Rush Limbaugh – The Daily Beast

According to Rush Limbaugh, I’m a hard-core liberal, no different than Michael Moore who paid the bail for “the serial rapist Julian Assange.” Also, I’m not willing to admit who the terrorists are, and I’m helping to kill Christmas. It’s … Continue reading

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John Avlon Wingnuts Excerpt-Bush Derangement Syndrome

Wingnuts Excerpt-Bush Derangement Syndrome

Before the right-wing fringe lost their minds about Obama, the left turned a similar trick. We saw this destructive dynamic at work during the previous administration, when far-left protests erupted into Bush Derangement Syndrome, comparing the president to Hitler and … Continue reading

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The Obama Haters Book Club – The Daily Beast

Hating President Obama has become its own industry—and here’s a new stat to prove it: To date, there have been at least 46 anti-Obama books published. I’m not talking about thoughtful criticisms of his policies, but hyperbolic denunciations, distortions, or … Continue reading

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Left-Wing Crazies Take Their Turn – The Daily Beast

“We as one nation must stand together, must fight the forces of evil, the conservatives in this country across the board,” bellowed Ed Schultz, emcee of the One Nation Working Together rally on the Washington Mall Saturday. “The conservative voices … Continue reading

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Jon Stewart Has the Right Idea – CNN.com

Are you tired of the extremes dominating the debate? Angry about hyperpartisans hijacking American politics? Well, Jon Stewart has a rally for you and me. The Rally to Restore Sanity is slated for October 30, the weekend before Election Day, … Continue reading

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The Media Hijackers – The Daily Beast

How does a fringe preacher go from 50 congregants to the front page of 50 newspapers overnight? Just say you’re going to burn the Quran. It took little more for the “Reverend” Terry Jones and his ironically named Dove World … Continue reading

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John Avlon Interview About Wingnuts – CUNY City Talk

Doug Muzzio sits down with John Avlon, senior political columnist at the Daily Beast and author of “Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America.” He is also a regular commentator on CNN. John has served as chief speechwriter for … Continue reading

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John Avlon “Wingnuts” Reading at The Strand – C-SPAN Book TV

“Wingnuts” Reading at The Strand – C-SPAN Book TV

John Roberts interviews John Avlon for Book TV at Strand Books in New York City. He has a new book called “Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America”

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Scary New GOP Poll – The Daily Beast

On the heels of health care, a new Harris poll reveals Republican attitudes about Obama: Two-thirds think he’s a socialist, 57 percent a Muslim—and 24 percent say “he may be the Antichrist.” To anyone who thinks the end of the … Continue reading

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Billboards of Hate

The stunningly cynical and stupid Republican National Committee PowerPoint pulled the curtain back on the sleazy culture of hyper-partisanship that is at the root of Washington’s dysfunction. But its impact extends beyond the Beltway… These appeals have been deployed since … Continue reading

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The Tenthers and the Return of the Confederacy

There’s a place in the Wingnut universe where the rights of states to secede is still asserted, the New Deal is characterized as unconstitutional, and desegregation is considered tyranny imposed by the federal government. They’re not fans of the federal … Continue reading

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The Birchers Are Back at CPAC

It’s CPAC time again—the Conservative Political Action Committee’s annual Washington cattle call begins Friday. This year, they’ve attracted an all-star lineup in a bid for renewed respectability: a half-dozen GOP presidential hopefuls (Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, … Continue reading

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Praying for the President’s Death

At a time when some people confuse losing an election with living under tyranny, it’s perhaps no surprise that a day set aside for marking past presidents’ birth has become, for some, a day for praying for the current president’s … Continue reading

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Antichrist Politics – The Daily Beast

The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill on Wednesday that bans companies from tracking their employees with implanted microchips. On the surface, the bill sounds libertarian, albeit in a far-sighted Blade Runner sort of way. But it turns out … Continue reading

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John Avlon Wingnuts – Book Tour Begins – CNN American Morning

Wingnuts – Book Tour Begins – CNN American Morning

Daily Beast columnist John Avlon explains why the lunatic fringe is hijacking America. In this episode:Redistricting problems, Alan Grayson, Michele Bachmann, Keith Olberman, Glenn Beck.

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