Todd Gitlin

Todd Gitlin

Todd Gitlin is a professor of journalism and sociology and chair of the Ph.D. program in communications at Columbia University. He is the author of sixteen books, including several on journalism and politics. His next book is a novel, The Opposition. Follow him on Twitter: @toddgitlin.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Watch What Trump Tweets But Also What He Does
I’m the last guy to turn my eyes away from the sub-Shakespearian maneuvers that may (or may not) be shuffling personnel behind closed doors in the White House. I confess myself tempted by the pastime so widespread in kingdoms and autocracies — rumor-mongering, or at a higher level, the conspiracy...
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Friday, March 17, 2017
The Management of Unleashed Insanity
Richard Nixon lied about wars and cover-ups , but otherwise his evasions and spins were in the mainstream of American political discourse. He was not in the regular practice of calling black white. By the end of his second term, Ronald Reagan was so mentally impaired as to make it unclear what he...
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Saturday, January 07, 2017
Welcome to the Vortex
I spent most of 2016 doing my duty as citizen, writer and educator aghast at the favors done for the unprincipled, incoherent, vicious, dangerous ignoramus Donald Trump by the business known as “the media,” formerly known as “the press” — an enterprise accorded privileges by the US Constitution on...
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Sunday, November 20, 2016
Bad Faith Has Many Brands
These days are for resistance to the abomination that has befallen us; as also for decent conduct among our injured humanity of every shape and color; as also for “tears of rage, tears of grief,” in the pained words of our Nobel laureate , who some 50 years ago saw the hard rain falling, as it was...
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016
The Normalization of the Deplorables
It has been widely reported that outside a Trump rally in Asheville, North Carolina, Monday night, Sept. 12, a 69-year-old woman was “cold-cocked” (her word) by an irate Trump supporter. The woman, Shirley Teter, later asked a reporter rhetorically: “Why did I get involved yesterday, at my age?...
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Friday, June 03, 2016
Is the Media Recalculating How It Covers Trump?
Do my eyes deceive me, or are cable TV reporters — like drivers who’ve taken a wrong turn and suddenly pull off the road to take a good hard look at the GPS — recalculating their approach to Donald Trump? Wouldn’t it be pretty to think so? A swerve in the mainstream TV approach is long overdue. As...
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Saturday, July 11, 2015
The Bernie Sanders Moment
THE white-haired politician stands before 10,000 cheering supporters in Madison, Wis., and calls for “political revolution,” denouncing a “rigged economy” that produces “a grotesque level of inequality,” returning to a theme that ’60s radicals have long been trumpeting. It may have seemed, only a...
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Thursday, October 02, 2014
As the Globe Warms, So Does the Climate Movement
Less than two weeks have passed and yet it isn’t too early to say it: the People’s Climate March changed the social map -- many maps, in fact, since hundreds of smaller marches took place in 162 countries . That march in New York City, spectacular as it may have been with its 400,000 participants,...
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Thursday, November 21, 2013
Climate Change as a Business Model: Divestment vs. Climate Apocalypse
Apocalyptic climate change is upon us. For shorthand, let’s call it a slow-motion apocalypse to distinguish it from an intergalactic attack out of the blue or a suddenly surging Genesis-style flood.
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
The Wonderful American World of Informers and Agents Provocateurs
Only Martians, by now, are unaware of the phone and online data scooped up by the National Security Agency (though if it turns out that they are aware, the NSA has surely picked up their signals and crunched their metadata). American high-tech surveillance is not, however, the only kind around. There’s also the lower tech, up-close-and-personal kind that involves informers and sometimes government-instigated violence.
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