The Death of Meaningful Live Coverage in US Media

June 24, 2021

In an important article in Foreign Affairs cited yesterday in this column, Charles King mentions a particular initiative of media manipulation that an increasingly panicked President Lyndon Johnson undertook to defuse criticism of the war he had engaged in Vietnam. King describes a game of...

The Imperial Presidency Comes Home to Roost

February 04, 2021

US President Joe Biden’s got a problem — and so do I. And so, in fact, do we. At 76 years old, you’d think I’d experienced it all when it comes to this country and its presidencies. Or most of it, anyway. I’ve been around since Franklin D. Roosevelt was president. Born on July 20, 1944,...

Unchanged or Unchained: What’s in Store for the JCPOA?

February 02, 2021

When any new US president is inaugurated, especially when there is a change of party, the world expects some kind of serious change. Despite the fact that since 1992 every change of president has seen a change of the party in power, continuity has been the most consistent feature of those moments...

How George H.W. Bush Was Groomed to Become President

December 03, 2018

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary looks back on George H.W. Bush and the role of political grooming in America. As the US political establishment pays its sometimes gushing respects to George H.W. Bush, who died on November 30, some journalists have dared to remind us who he was, what he did and...