George Orwell and Karl Kraus: Two Sides of the Same Argument Against Political Euphemism

Reviewing Jonathan Franzen’s book The Kraus Project, the German poet Michael Hoffmann argues that people call the Austrian satirist, Karl Kraus, brilliant, “though it’s sometimes said with a there-now-go-away-please undertone”. By that Hoffman implies that people all too freely bestow the title of genius on the fin-de-si?cle Viennese journalist, because they do not fully comprehend

The Myth of Mainstream Media Bias

Erstwhile veep candidate-cum-pundit-for-hire Sarah Palin recently challenged news organizations to stop “pretending” to be objective and owe up to their alleged left-wing political inclinations, calling out Politico and CNN by name, but apparently referring to the entire industry, that vast, undifferentiated blob of commentary and reportage she consistently calls the “lamestream” media. This is not

Alex Seitz-Wald: It’s A Conspiracy!

As part of 92Y’s partnership with Salon.com, political reporter Alex Seitz-Wald spoke with us at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington D.C. about conspiracism and the top stories that are really conspiracy theories. Alex started off explaining the vaccine conspiracy theory that links giving children vaccines with autism. Alex warned us about the danger this conspiracy

Richard Mourdock: ‘Liberal Media’ To Blame For Senate Loss For Reporting Dumb Public Statements

Richard Mourdock: ‘Liberal Media’ To Blame For Senate Loss For Reporting Dumb Public Statements

Failed Indiana Senate aspirant Richard Mourdock needs some money, please. Just a few bills, if you can spare them? As it turns out, he has a “few last-minute bills” to pay, and the “liberal media” — while totally responsible for Mourdock’s predicament — refuses to respond to his invoices, I guess? So he is hitting