Mike Wallace and me

Mike Wallace

On Monday I told you that “60 Minutes” legend Mike Wallace once called me “a son of a bitch.” I went back and checked, and I was giving you #fakenews. He actually called me a “bastard.” Here is what I wrote about Wallace in 2012 following his death at the age of 93.


Margaret Sullivan on leaks and the journalists who write about them

Given our recent discussions (and midterm question) about leaks and national security, I thought you would like to see this column by Margaret Sullivan in The Washington Post. She writes:

In a government increasingly obsessed with secrecy, and guilty of rampant over-classification, leaks are necessary and, largely, a very good thing.

And although there are legitimate national security concerns in some cases, I’d far rather live in a leaky America than one sealed up tight — with whistleblowers and journalists behind bars.

Two new books explore the early origins of Trump-style conservatism

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Last week I joked about my Richard Nixon Unified Theory of Everything. Today, in The New York Times Book Review, Joe Klein writes about Patrick Buchanan’s book “Nixon’s White House Wars.” As Klein explains, Buchanan was perhaps “the first Trumpist,” and he continually, if unsuccessfully, tried to push Nixon in a more explicitly populist direction.

Also worth reading is Damon Linker’s review of a new biography of William F. Buckley Jr., often said to be the father of post-World War II conservatism. As founder and editor of National Review, Buckley fought against the kind of populist conservatism that Trump has come to epitomize. Although Buckley died a number of years ago, National Review published an entire “Conservatives Against Trump” issue in February 2016. As Linker writes in describing the rise of Trump:

Even when one side of a political argument appears to prevail decisively, it rarely succeeds in vanquishing the losers, who often live on to fight another day, sometimes years or decades later, more powerful and politically formidable than ever before.

Assessing Trump’s first 100 days

Margaret Sullivan of The Washington Post, one of our leading media columnists, has assessed the performance of the press following President Trump’s first 100 days in office.

Sullivan is a staunch critic of the president. So here is a column by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, a Trump supporter, who has a very different take on the first 100 days.

By the way, we’ll be using the Post quite a bit this semester, as it is a great national newspaper on a par with The New York Times, and is free to anyone with an .edu email address.