Dan Froomkin

Dan Froomkin is a political journalist and founder and editor of Press Watch, a site focusing on coverage of U.S. politics and media. Previously, Froomkin covered politics for the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and The Intercept. Follow him on Twitter: @froomkin

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When it comes to the virus, Washington is doing basically none of the things we need it to do. (Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images) Views
Friday, May 29, 2020
Reminder to the Press: Trump's Deadly Covid-19 Failures Are Still Happening
The retrospectives as the United States crosses the threshold of 100,000 deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic are moving and important , but they are missing something — and it’s not just the recognition that many of those deaths were avoidable . It’s the recognition — the alarm, the feeling of panic...
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When Sanders speaks in moral absolutes and refuses to compromise on core values, they respond with contempt at his inflexibility because they feel remorse over their own moral flexibility. (Photo: 350.org/Flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Elite Political Journalists Are Eager to Kick Bernie Sanders on His Way Out the Door
Bernie Sanders has always made elite political journalists uncomfortable, on a deeply personal level. When Sanders rails against the corporate-friendly status quo, it rubs them the wrong way. Accepting the status quo as fundamentally reasonable is a prerequisite for succeeding in modern mainstream...
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Thursday, October 25, 2018
Political Journalists Need to Stop Stifling Their Outrage
It’s nice that the Washington Post and the New York Times the other day both ran articles pointing out that Donald Trump’s main strategy in the midterm elections is to traffic in fear and falsehoods. It’s nice that PBS Newshour had the Toronto Star’s must-follow Trump-tracker Daniel Dale on the...
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Thursday, November 26, 2015
Koch “Alliance” on Criminal Justice Reform Exposed as Trojan Horse
The New York Times on Wednesday reported the shocking news that the “rare coalition” on criminal justice reform that included liberal groups and the right-wing billionaire Koch brothers is falling apart. But as The Intercept ’s Lee Fang wrote earlier this month, the ostensible alliance over...
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Thursday, September 24, 2015
Pope Decries “Shameful and Culpable Silence” on Arms Sales “Drenched in Innocent Blood”
Pope Francis on Thursday gently scolded Congress on a variety of issues, from immigration to foreign policy, but on one unexpected topic — the weapons sales that fuel armed conflicts around the world — he couldn’t have been much more blunt. He was speaking about his determination “to minimize and,...
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Thursday, October 23, 2014
Is Obama Stalling Until Republicans Can Bury the CIA Torture Report?
Continued White House foot-dragging on the declassification of a much-anticipated Senate torture report is raising concerns that the administration is holding out until Republicans take over the chamber and kill the report themselves. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s intelligence committee sent a 480-...
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Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Obama Makes Bushism the New Normal
In a lot of ways, we’re worse off today than we were under George W. Bush. Back then, Bush’s extremist assault on civil liberties, human rights and other core American values in the name of fighting terror felt like an aberration. The expectation was that those policies would be quickly reversed,...
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Friday, August 01, 2014
It’s About the Lying: On John Brennan, the CIA, and Torture
I don’t want to understate how seriously wrong it is that the CIA searched Senate computers . Our constitutional order is seriously out of whack when the executive branch acts with that kind of impunity — to its overseers, no less. But given everything else that’s been going on lately, the single...
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The Obama Administration Is Criminalizing Investigative Reporting
Criminally investigating the kinds of leaks that are the bread and butter of national security investigative reporting is a noxious overreaction by hyper-controlling government officials who don’t want us to know what’s being done in our name.
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Friday, December 02, 2011
Suskind's 'Confidence Men' Raises Questions About Obama's Credibility
Barack Obama is heading back onto the campaign trail, running as a champion of the middle class and even hoping to harness the Occupy movement's public anger at Wall Street .
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