David Corn

George Won’t Be Reading This

A simple question for the president of the United States: If you don’t read the newspapers, how can you criticize the media coverage of Iraq? A few weeks ago, George W. Bush noted during an interview that while he glances at newspaper headlines, he “rarely” reads the actual articles because......

The Novak Affair

I fought the Republican spin machine, and the Republican spin machine won. The battlefield was a Fox News Channel studio. I had been booked to discuss my new book (plug, plug: The Lies of George W. Bush: Mastering the Politics of Deception), but I was also told I would be......

A Fairy Tale

Illustration by Juan Alvarado Deliver us a white knight, a true and brave soul who can rid us of scoundrels, scalawags and in-it-for-themselves special interests. That’s the cry that periodically arises within American politics, as would-be voters disgusted (rightfully) with business-as-usual politicians call for a non-politician to rescue the system......

The Neocons’ New Enemy: The CIA

The CIA is a rogue institution. It undermines national security. It was dishonest about the threat from Iraq. It hid the truth from the American public. It has plotted against other parts of the government. It has betrayed the country. That’s not the latest lefty screed against the spooks. This......

Why Are We Here?

To protect America. To disarm a madman. To topple a tyrant. To secure oil. To liberate a repressed people. To bring democracy to a region. To impose a Pax Americana. To reshape the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East. To bolster Israel. To thwart the threat of potential terrorism. To......

Behind the Placards

Free Mumia. Free the Cuban 5. Free Jamil Al-Amin (that‘s H. Rap Brown, the former Black Panther convicted in March of killing a sheriff’s deputy in 2000). And free Leonard Peltier. Also, defeat Zionism. And, while we‘re at it, let’s bring the capitalist system to a halt. When tens of......

The Shrinking Saddam

CIA chief George Tenet testified last week in Congress that the risk of a terrorist attack against the United States is now as high as it was in the weeks before 911, and he fingered a resurgent al Qaeda as the evil-doing group to watch. Ten days earlier, Tenet sent......

To Protect and to Spin

Illustration by Alison Elizabeth Taylor AN L.A. COP MEETS A BEAUTIFUL AND MYSTERIOUS DAME. HE falls hard; she lets him. They move in together, but she takes him for a ride, disappearing evenings, gallivanting about. She has no obvious source of income. But she's deep in-the-know about mobsters and guns......

Deeper Rivers

Since September 11, many politicians have prayed for America, but only one offered a devotional accusing the government of “in effect canceling” the first and fourth amendments, warning that a “great fear” overwhelmed America‘s leaders, and opposing “war without end.” When Representative Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat from Cleveland who is......