Tom Johnson covers mostly websites (e.g., Salon, Talking Points Memo, Daily Kos) for NewsBusters. He blogged frequently for the site from 2005 until 2007 and has been a regular contributor since 2011. From 1989 until 2002, he was an entertainment analyst for the Media Research Center and its spinoff, the Parents Television Council. From July 2004 until June 2005, he monitored National Public Radio for the MRC. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona.

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October 1, 2014, 12:32 PM EDT

Charlie Pierce at Esquire complained that Democrats refuse to make the case that the Republican party has thrown its marbles gleefully to the four winds,” which among other things means that “crackpot” Joni Ernst has a good chance to win a Senate seat.

"She shouldn't be allowed into the United States Senate on a tour, let alone as one of its 100 members," he wrote. "This is more than just a message sponsored by the Committee To Not Electing [sic] Morons."

September 29, 2014, 9:29 PM EDT

A symposium addressing the question “Where Is Liberalism Going?” produced what several online pundits considered nutty and ignorant ideas about topics including sex and the supposedly growing authoritarian tendencies of the left.

September 28, 2014, 7:16 PM EDT

The lefty blogger claims that Christian conservatives, given the chance to protect the liberty of others to practice different faiths, “turn right back into the theocrats they always were, interested only in having government endorsement of their religion.”

September 22, 2014, 11:29 AM EDT

D.R. Tucker alleges that Christie’s opposition to cap-and-trade shows he’s a "slave" of the Koch brothers and “no longer a man in any real sense of the word.”

What set Tucker off was Christie’s opposition to New Jersey’s rejoining a regional cap-and-trade program, supposedly because Christie doesn’t want to displease righty anti-cap-and-trade groups such as the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity

September 21, 2014, 4:41 PM EDT

Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine, contends in the just-published This Changes Everything that radical economic changes are necessary to combat global warming. The Washington Monthly’s D.R. Tucker calls the new book “one of the greatest nonfiction works of all-time.”

September 19, 2014, 9:19 PM EDT

The lefty writer says conservatives are at war with reality, and they want schoolkids in the Lone Star State and elsewhere to learn illusions about American history.

Marcotte’s peg was a report from the liberal Texas Freedom Network alleging, in Marcotte’s words, “that conservatives have been able to inject a shocking number of lies and disinformation into [Texas] public school history classrooms.”

September 18, 2014, 12:37 PM EDT

Ayers talks with Salon about topics such as his interview with Kelly; the Tea Party’s supposedly mistaken ideas about freedom; and would-be privatizers of public education.

September 17, 2014, 9:12 PM EDT

The GOP wildly exaggerates problems like voter fraud because its solutions would move the country to the right.

September 16, 2014, 10:25 PM EDT

Daily Kos boss Markos Moulitsas says Republicans understand that they’re “a minority, and a shrinking one,” and that therefore reducing Democratic turnout is crucial to future GOP electoral success.

September 15, 2014, 9:14 PM EDT

U. of Chicago professor Jerry Coyne thinks that whether you’re talking about ISIS or the Vatican, “there is no ‘true’ religion in the factual sense, for there is no good evidence supporting their claims to truth.” He also says that you can cherry-pick the Qur’an as easily as you can the Bible, for both are filled with calls for violence and genocide.”

September 13, 2014, 3:37 PM EDT

Charles Pierce thinks the campaign against ISIS may cause a spike in the national “derangement” that started on 9/11, and Jonathan Chait sees neoconservatives making the same mistakes now as they did more than a decade ago: “The hysterical threat assessment, the simplistic conflation of mutually antagonistic strains of Islam, and the complete lack of concern for the possibility of overreach.”

September 11, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

Mark Sumner argues that ISIS “represents no threat to the United States," and that America has long suffered from “shaking-in-our-boots cowardice” over terrorism which has caused us to give terrorists “exactly what they want”: a massive military response.

September 10, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT

For now, President Obama’s “no-drama” handling of the ISIS situation counters both Americans’ fondness for “the same kind of bloody-shirt waving that got us into” Iraq and “the usual gang of conservative jingoists” now pushing for war.

September 9, 2014, 9:35 PM EDT

The Obama administration is essentially over, because of both GOP obstructionism and Obama’s "painful delay in realizing the true nature" of Republicans, insists Esquire's Charles Pierce.

September 8, 2014, 9:22 PM EDT

The Missouri legislature may override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a 72-hour abortion waiting period. If that happens, it's another victory for social conservatives' quest to impose religious law in America.

September 7, 2014, 2:24 PM EDT

Jeb Bush still may run for president, but he shouldn't bother -- he wouldn't even get nominated. He'd "probably have to campaign in a tricorner hat and get a picture of Sarah Palin tattooed on his neck to convince Tea Partiers they can trust him."

September 6, 2014, 4:45 PM EDT

A study finds that if you're not thinking too hard, you're probably a right-winger.

Slate's Katy Waldman reported turning off "deliberative mental circuits" made one more likely to be conservative.
 

September 5, 2014, 10:39 PM EDT

Had you noticed that media outlets just can’t stop adding conservative talking heads to spout conservative viewpoints that will appeal to conservative viewers for whom liberalism “upsets their tum tums”? Well, Daily Kos writer Hunter did, and he blogged about it on Thursday.

Hunter quoted from and then reacted to a New York Post report on the latest manifestation of this recurring problem: NBC’s announcement that Joe Scarborough will become a regular contributor to Meet the Press in order to “bring a right-leaning voice to the program to appeal to viewers turned off by the show’s famously left-leaning former hosts including the ousted David Gregory.”

September 4, 2014, 9:04 PM EDT

On Wednesday, American Prospect blogger Paul Waldman noted the rhetorical contrast between President Obama and Vice President Biden regarding ISIS. Essentially, Obama has sounded cool and detached, a la Miles Davis, whereas a revved-up Biden, in a Portsmouth, N.H. speech, worked up a sweat and fed off the energy of the audience in the manner of Bruce Springsteen.

“You get a sense now,” wrote Waldman, “that not only is [Obama] being cautious about what actions the United States should take with regard to ISIS, he's also being cautious in how he talks about it. He doesn't want to raise expectations of a quick and glorious victory.”

September 3, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT

Plenty of commentators have predicted that Republicans will pick up seats in this fall’s midterm elections, but haven’t opined whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Then there’s Esquire’s political blogger Charles Pierce, whose gloomy forecast for the midterms is that “the power of the insane party will likely be enhanced.”

In a Tuesday post, Pierce lamented the impact of Republican madness on American foreign policy, stating that in a time of serious problems that include jihadism and Vladimir Putin’s designs on former Soviet republics, “the United States [is] scrambled and paralyzed by the kind of petty vandalism” that the congressional GOP has specialized in since President Obama took office.