Aaron Coleman on His Troubled Past and Promising Present

The unexpected primary victory on Monday in Kansas by progressive Democratic challenger Aaron Coleman should have been a political fairy tale. Coleman is a first-time candidate at the age of 19, and was outspent by more than 10-1 by his entrenched, corporatist incumbent-opponent, seven-term state Rep. Stan Frownfelter. Yet he narrowly eked out victory to become the Democratic […]

The Social Fabric of the U.S. Is Fraying Severely, if Not Unravelling

Today’s episode of SYSTEM UPDATE that explores this topic — the data demonstrating this unravelling, the factors causing it, and the consequences from it — can be seen on The Intercept’s YouTube channel or on the player below. The year 2020 has been one of the most tumultuous in modern American history. To find events remotely as […]

Journalism’s New Propaganda Tool: Misusing “Confirmed”

One of the most humiliating journalism debacles of the Trump era played out on December 8, 2017, first on CNN and then on MSNBC. The spectacle kicked off on that Friday morning at 11 a.m. when CNN, deploying its most melodramatic music and graphics designed to convey that a real bombshell was about to be dropped, announced that anonymous sources had […]

As Joe Rogan’s Platform Grows, So Does Liberal Backlash. Why?

Today’s SYSTEM UPDATE examining this topic — with guest Shant Mesrobian, former Obama 2008 strategist and author of a recent viral thread on the liberal contempt for Rogan — can be viewed on The Intercept’s YouTube channel. Joe Rogan has amassed one of the largest and most influential media platforms in U.S. politics, if not the single […]

Why Are Democrats Praying for the Speedy Recovery of a “Fascist Dictator”?

House Whip James Clyburn (D-SC), on CNN, August 2, 2020 The typical reaction to the death of a tyrant — whether by revolutionary violence or natural causes — is not one of grief and sadness but joyous celebration. It is not hard to understand why: when a nation and its oppressed citizenry are finally liberated from the suffocating, […]

How the Animal Agriculture Industry Surveils, Punishes Critics

This week’s SYSTEM UPDATE on this topic — with Dr. Crystal Heath, one of the veterinarians targeted by these industry campaigns for retaliation — can be viewed on The Intercept’s YouTube channel, or on the player below. Animal agriculture industry groups defending factory farms engage in campaigns of surveillance, reputation destruction, and other forms of retaliation against […]

New York Times Guild Once Again Demands Censorship of Colleagues

The New York Times Guild, the union of employees of the paper of record, tweeted a condemnation on Sunday of one of their own colleagues, op-ed columnist Bret Stephens. Their denunciation was marred by humiliating typos and even more so by creepy and authoritarian censorship demands and petulant appeals to management for enforcement of company “rules” against other […]

Facebook and Twitter Cross a Line in Censorship

The Post’s hyping of the story as some cataclysmic bombshell was overblown. While these emails, if authenticated, provide some new details and corroboration, the broad outlines of this story have long been known: Hunter was paid a very large monthly sum by Burisma at the same time that his father was quite active in using […]