Rick Perlstein Shows Cluelessness About ‘KKK’ Conservatism in NYT Mag

April 12th, 2017 3:36 PM
Next Sunday’s New York Times Sunday Magazine will feature a long essay by left-wing historian Rick Perlstein: “I Thought I Understood the American Right. Trump Proved Me Wrong.” Approach with caution, warn two prominent conservative writers. National Review's Jonah Goldberg warns: “Perlstein’s essay offers a really good insight into how the Times has jettisoned so much credibility in the age of…

Pundit: Like Almost All GOPers, Trump Practices ‘Voodoo Economics’

March 3rd, 2017 5:11 PM
How is Donald Trump “not a normal Republican”? Let New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait count the ways. Trump is “crudely ethno-nationalist,” wrote Chait in a Tuesday post, and he’s “personally ignorant and undisciplined in a manner that sets him apart not only from traditional Republicans but most human adults.” That’s pretty much it for Trump’s deviations from orthodoxy, according to Chait, who…

New Republic Writer: Conservatives ‘Easy Marks’ For Trump’s ‘Con Game’

July 1st, 2016 4:35 PM
Whatever else Donald Trump is, he’s a skillful multitasker, suggested Jeet Heer in a Tuesday article. Trump is in the news mostly as a presidential candidate, of course, but Heer claims that his “real objective, win or lose, is relaunching his lucrative brand.” As for how Trump became the Republican party’s presumptive nominee even though politics wasn’t his top priority, Heer opined that there’s…

MSNBC Panelist: Modern Conservatism Is Just 'White Nationalism'

February 25th, 2016 10:44 PM
On Thursday’s edition of All In, Chris Hayes brought on “perhaps America’s leading historian on the modern conservative movement,” Rick Perlstein, to discuss the attacks against Donald Trump for not being a proper conservative. Perlstein argued that when GOP candidates fight over the conservative mantel they really are saying, “I'm the guy that’s going to protect white virtue from, you know, the …

Historian: Reagan, Lucas Gave America ‘Permission to Stop Growing Up’

December 24th, 2015 11:16 AM
By the late summer of 1977, Jimmy Carter had been president for only a few months, but if you knew which way the cultural and political winds were blowing, he seemed unlikely to win a second term. That’s because on May 25 of that year, Star Wars had opened, and its colossal success both foreshadowed and helped to revive a mindset that carried Ronald Reagan to the White House. That’s the word from…

Author Rick Perlstein: ‘Conservatism Is Like Bigotry Whack-a-Mole’

July 18th, 2015 2:26 PM
Historian Rick Perlstein, the author of three books (so far) on American movement conservatism from the mid-‘50s through the mid-‘70s, believes, in essence, that conservatives are tribalists whose central task is to promote hatred against other tribes. According to Perlstein, two recent news stories serve to illuminate that process, which, he suggests, involves an almost scientific-sounding…

Lefty Writer: 'Hard to Imagine' Reagan Beating Carter in ‘76

November 26th, 2014 1:04 PM
Ed Kilgore contends that if the Gipper had headed the Republican ticket that year, he would have lost to Jimmy Carter and consequently would have been an also-ran if he’d sought the 1980 GOP nod.

Chutzpah: Reagan-Bashing Author Sued for Plagiarism Praises Plaintiff

August 31st, 2014 7:51 AM
The New York Times is not blind to the lawsuit that conservative publicist and historian Craig Shirley has filed against left-wing author Rick Perlstein, claiming he purloined chunks of his 2004 book "Reagan's Revolution." They not only reported a story on it, the public editor Margaret Sullivan then strangely apologized for advancing a conservative “swift-boating” agenda. In Sunday’s Times…

Media Defenders of the Liberal Faith Claim Objectivity As They Knock R

August 16th, 2014 9:23 AM
Within the space of a week, the Public Editor of The New York Times, Margaret Sullivan, and Sarah Durand, a senior editor of publisher Simon & Schuster subsidiary Atria Books, have vividly illustrated how the game of liberal media bias works. Let’s start with the Times.

MSNBC Fawns Over Liberal Author Who Pines for the '70s With 'Real Nost

August 7th, 2014 4:53 PM
MSNBC's Cycle hosts on Thursday brought on liberal author Rick Perlstein to pine for the greatness that was the 1970s. Perlstein appeared to promote his new book on the '70s and the transition from Richard Nixon to Ronald Reagan. Allowing that the decade was a "dark time," the writer enthused, "But to me, there's some nostalgia to that period. Because Americans proved they could look our…

NYT Op-Ed Writer Perlstein Botches Reagan's Birth Month

May 27th, 2011 5:58 PM
In a May 26 New York Times op-ed piece entitled "America's Forgotten Liberal" (HT Jim Taranto at the Wall Street Journal's Best of the Web), Rick Perlstein opened by telling readers that "January was the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth." Oops. Ronald Wilson Reagan was born on February 6, 1911. Here's a graphic capture of Perlstein's first two paragraphs:

Rick Perlstein: Obama Needs to Be as Stubborn as Reagan Was

January 25th, 2011 12:40 PM
President Obama can mount a comeback from his midterm "shellacking" a la Reagan,  Rick Perlstein argued in a January 23 article. But the Newsweek contributor wasn't so much thinking of Obama adopting Reaganesque policies so much as mimicking the late president's political style. For example, Perlstein lamented that Obama seemed chastened just after the midterms, whereas President Reagan was…