Ben Brandzel: Rally to Restore Satyagraha?

Wandering around the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear yesterday, I kept asking myself, “what exactly are we doing here?” In part, I literally couldn’t hear anything from the stage (and I’m still not sure what was going on there). But mostly, it was because so many of the homemade signs around me told a […]

Marjorie Cohn: Let’s Rally to Restore Peace

In their Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert effectively demonstrated how the media hypes fear. They brought out Kareem Abdul Jabbar to show that not all Muslims are terrorists. A couple of musical numbers dealt with the wars we are fighting. But neither Stewart nor Colbert mentioned Iraq or Afghanistan […]

Hollywood GOP Closes Its Wallets To Whitman, Fiorina

If Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina end up beating the odds on Tuesday, you can bet Hollywood won’t make their thank-you lists. The two Republican candiates have mounted spirited challenges to their Democratic challengers Sen. Barbara Boxer and former Gov. Jerry Brown, but the industry’s band of conservatives have largely decided to sit out these […]

Robert Kuttner: What Lessons of Election Day?

One of the myths of this stunted political moment is that Barack Obama “tried to do too much,” and that purist, ungrateful liberals are mad at him over things like the absence of a public option in his heath bill. This is dangerous nonsense, and it matters because these widespread views among the pundit class […]