David Sirota

David Sirota
Denver, Colorado,
November 02
David Sirota is a political journalist, best-selling author and nationally syndicated newspaper columnist living in Denver, Colorado. He is a senior fellow at the Campaign for America's Future , the founder of the Progressive States Network and a Senior Editor at In These Times magazine, which in 2006 received the Utne Independent Press Award for political coverage. He also blogs for Credo Action. and the Denver Post's PoliticsWest website. His two books, Hostile Takeover (2006) and The Uprising (2008) were both New York Times bestsellers. In the years before becoming a full-time writer, Sirota worked as the press secretary for Vermont Independent Congressman Bernard Sanders, the chief spokesman for Democrats on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, the Director of Strategic Communications for the Center for American Progress, a campaign consultant for Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer and a media strategist for Connecticut Senate candidate Ned Lamont. He also previously contributed writing to the website of the California Democratic Party. For more on Sirota, see these profiles of him in Newsweek or the Rocky Mountain News. Feel free to email him at lists [at] davidsirota.com

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Editor’s Pick
JANUARY 11, 2010 1:59PM

Access and Stenographic Journalism In the Obama Era

During the Bush years, progressives - rightly - criticized the Washington press corps for trading favorable coverage of the administration for access to the administration. Some reporters defended themselves by insisting that the administration created the necessity for such a quid pro quo, by effect… Read full post »

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JANUARY 6, 2010 2:06PM

The D.C. Media's Stake In Denigrating Transparency

The most effective kind of propaganda - as any propagandist will tell you - is the kind that is almost completely invisible, cloaked in the argot of objectivity or worse, in the argot of a political ideology antithetical to the propaganda's message itself.

We can discount over-the-top press… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 15, 2009 12:40PM

When Julia Became Julie, Content Lost Its Throne

Every now and then, rank-and-file writers, bloggers and radio hosts like myself (but by no means limited to myself) are accused of "self-promotion." This is not a charge usually leveled at very famous writers, bloggers and radio hosts, nor at television hosts (who are, almost by definition, famous) -… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 12, 2009 2:16PM

Floors Not Ceilings, Stupid

"States rights" has been the divisive clarion call of the extreme right on social and civil rights issues for decades. But devolving power to the states doesn't have to be a bad thing. It can be what's known in policy circles as Progressive Federalism - an ideology whereby "governors and activist… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 21, 2009 3:58PM

The Beck Bank Bailout

I wrote a newspaper column this week noting the rank hypocrisy in political and media circles when it comes to their supposed concerns about the deficit. I noted that Tea Party protesters are among the biggest hypocrites - and chief among them is political terrorist Glenn Beck, because, as you'll see… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 3:32PM

Obsessive Compulsive Bipartisanship Disease

In the blogosphere, we've often discussed Washington's sick fetishization of bipartisanship. Whether it's pundits or politicians, the entire D.C. Establishment has made abundantly clear that it is first and foremost interested in bipartisanship for bipartisanship's sake before it is interested in the… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 7, 2009 11:18AM

CNN Clip: Obama Sells Us Out to Political Terrorists

Per my post and announcement last night, here's the clip of my CNN debate with David Frum about the Van Jones affair this morning. Notice that Frum has no answer for the obvious double standards. Somehow, nobody gets fired for lying us into Iraq, Tim Geithner keeps his job… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 3, 2009 6:06PM

On Being Hated In a Nation of Assholes

Had the distinct displeasure of seeing your drivel printed in my local paper recently. Although I recognize that all liberals are drooling buffoons, I must say you are one of the more bone-stupid liberals I've ever run across. How is it, I often wonder, that all liberals are so incredibly stupid?… Read full post »
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AUGUST 11, 2009 12:29PM

Conservative Idol: Health Care & the Fox News Incentive

UPDATE: Not surprisingly, just as I was writing this post, Fox News did a "breaking news" segment that showed a crazed protestor screaming at Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter (D). Here's the screen shot from Fox's website. I'm sure the protestor will soon be an "exclusive guest" on a Fox News program.… Read full post »
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AUGUST 3, 2009 12:45PM

The Real News in the O'Reilly-Olbermann Feud

The New York Times story about MSNBC's corporate parent, General Electric, forcing the network to soften its criticism of Fox News has generated a lot of buzz over the weekend. But what's so telling about the story and the residual chatter is that, with the exception of Glenn Greenwald's typically teRead full post »

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JULY 30, 2009 2:35PM

"Parochial Considerations"

Last week, my newspaper column looked at how our media and political elites limit the scope of policy debates to very narrow, very ideologically driven parameters. In this Brave New World, the propaganda is somewhat subtle, in that there's no Big Brother overtly saying certain things can or cannot be… Read full post »

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JULY 29, 2009 12:18PM

A Secret Link Between Affinity for Guns & Affinity for HMOs?

In recent posts and in my last column, I noted that there's an unspoken deal between D.C. reporters and "Blue Dog" Democrats to explain Blue Dog opposition to health insurance regulation, unionization, Wall Street reform and pollution controls as a direct outgrowth of them representing culturally con… Read full post »

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JULY 27, 2009 9:52AM

D.C.'s Media Matrix: They Believe They Decide the "Facts"

My column last week generated some Official Pushback from the biggest of big media. The column focused, in part, on how the Washington press corps plays a deleterious role in distorting the parameters of our political debate around economic issues like health care and taxes. Here was the paragraph wh… Read full post »

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JULY 23, 2009 1:38PM

As 22k Die Annually, Elites Ask "Why Rush on Health Care?"

22,000 Americans die every year because they lack adequate health care coverage. That's a basic, verifiable fact. That's about 60 Americans every day, or six 9/11's every year. Broken down to a local Colorado estimate, that's about 365 Coloradoans every year, or one Coloradoan every day - a rate of d/…

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JULY 17, 2009 1:24PM

American Griswold In China: Pizza Hut & Towel Burn

NOTE: This is the fourth in a series entitled "An American Griswold In China" - a sequence of firsthand dispatches about my recent trip to China. These were written as my trip unfolded, but had to be posted now (a week after I returned home) in order to avoid any potential… Read full post »
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JULY 15, 2009 1:28PM

American Griswold In China: Chinese for "Worcester, Mass."

NOTE: This is the second in a series entitled "An American Griswold In China" - a sequence of firsthand dispatches about my recent trip to China. These were written as my trip unfolded, but had to be posted now (a week after I returned home) in order to avoid any potential… Read full post »
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JULY 14, 2009 1:37PM

An American Griswold In China: Gateway to the Mainland

NOTE: This is the first in a series entitled "An American Griswold In China" - a sequence of firsthand dispatches about my recent trip to China. These were written as my trip unfolded, but had to be posted now (a week after I returned home) in order to avoid any potential… Read full post »
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MAY 28, 2009 2:09PM

Not Taking Shit From Right-Wing "Law & Order" Gas Bags

I appeared on CNN this weekend to debate right-wing gasbag Chris Plante about the ongoing debate over torture, Gitmo, detainees and President Obama's effort to curtail the Bush administration's most egregious legal transgressions. You can watch the debate here - it's about the most heated t… Read full post »

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MAY 27, 2009 11:51AM

Sotomayor's Confirmation Fight & White Male Privilege

Between the Wall Street Journal telling us that business groups are confident that President Obama's Supreme Court nominees won't rock the boat and the New York Times telling us that Obama shunned so-called "favorites of the Left" in his Supreme Court search, I'm not (yet) fully confident that the se… Read full post »

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MAY 21, 2009 12:16PM

"V" - The Right's New Favorite TV Show?

I've heard that Battlestar Galactica is a favorite of neoconservatives for its supposedly metaphorical allusions to Bush foreign policy. I've never seen that show, but I am planning to watch ABC's remake of "V" - and by the looks of the preview, it's possible that show may become conservatives' new f… Read full post »

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MAY 18, 2009 7:51PM

Why Is D.C. So Afraid to Even Talk About Single Payer?

After high-profile arrests on Capitol Hill, there's a very simple question on health care that hasn't been answered: Why are top Democrats afraid to even discuss the concept of a single-payer health care system? This is the question I explore in my latest newspaper column.

President Obama's refusal… Read full post »

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APRIL 28, 2009 12:35PM

Specter Switch: Great News, But He Now Needs a Dem Primary

Just off the wires - Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter is switching to the Democratic Party and running for reelection in the Democratic primary in 2010.

Obviously, this is good news for Democrats nationally, and on two fronts: In the short term, it gives them one more Senate vote (more… Read full post »

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APRIL 27, 2009 12:11PM

Who Woulda Thunk It? Populism Is Popular!

How, in a self-described democracy, is it possible for the concept of populism to be denigrated? Isn't democracy the most radically populist concept in political history, and shouldn't populism - ie. advocating what the people want - be the dominant paradigm in a democracy? This is the question I ponRead full post »

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APRIL 16, 2009 4:30PM

The Teabags vs. The Douchebags

There's been a lot of talk over the last few days about the pitfalls of teabaggery, but let me, if I may, ruminate on the pitfalls of douchebaggery, and specifically U.S. Senate douchebaggery.

The problem with appointed senators who have never run for office before is their (not surprising)… Read full post »

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APRIL 14, 2009 7:05AM

Gay Marriage & the Right's Selective Attacks on Democracy

I appeared on CNN this weekend to discuss a bunch of different topics, including - most interestingly - gay marriage. You can watch the clip here.

I say "most interestingly," because you'll see in the debate that the conservative du jour - a guy named Ben Ferguson… Read full post »