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2020: Blueprint For A Trump Victory

Saturday, 19 September 2020, 2:59 pm | Bill Grigsby

“ The enemy is not conservatism. The enemy is not liberalism. The enemy is bullshit .” — Lars Erik Nelson. George Orwell, having written his famous dystopian novel around 1948 about a near-total authoritarian society, reportedly transposed the last ... More >>

Selling American Carnage

Saturday, 19 September 2020, 2:57 pm | Bill Grigsby

Donald Trump is a salesman. And he knows that the most credible and persuasive salesman has to convince himself that the product he sells is every bit as good as he claims. In the case of Trump, he is the product. There is no pretense of public service—Trump ... More >>

White Rabbit Hole

Tuesday, 15 January 2019, 2:19 pm | Bill Grigsby

The Trump White House is starting to resemble what might happen if a branch of government took too much acid. It’s like a freakout, and apparently it’s affected everyone, because no one seems to know how to at least create any sort of outward appearance ... More >>


Sunday, 31 December 2017, 12:45 pm | Bill Grigsby

There is much chatter about the New York Times Trump ‘unhinged and unscripted’ interview. It does reinforce some of what we already knew: Trump has contempt for those parts of the US Constitution that limit executive power. Trump has ... More >>

Trump Denial Machine: Good enough for Government work

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 12:06 pm | Bill Grigsby

It’s been a busy week for the president, between his daily routine of 4-8 hours of watching himself on TV (which he denies), to more public accusations of sexual predation (which he denies), to demanding that the Washington Post’s David Weigel ... More >>

Overheard at the Alt Oval Office - By Bill Grigsby

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 11:38 am | Bill Grigsby

Bannon : The opposition party . That’s the operative phraseology. They were wrong. Dead wrong. A humiliating defeat that they will never wash away, that will always be there. More >>

Bill Grigsby: Rekindling the BushCo magic...

Wednesday, 4 April 2007, 2:05 pm | Bill Grigsby

The BushCo ship may not be sinking yet. But it’s listing. Or maybe run aground. It’s hard to tell. The only thing worth betting on is that public utterances from this White House—intentional leaks, press conferences, interviews—are at best ... More >>

Bill Grigsby: Electile Dysfunction

Monday, 24 July 2006, 11:53 am | Bill Grigsby

Jane Mayer, journalist who writes for the New Yorker, has penned several disturbing articles over the last few years about the BushCo Administration. Her latest exposes Dick Cheney’s Chief Advisor, David Addington , as the architect behind the administration’s ... More >>

How Stephen Colbert Got Picked, Truthy, And Panned

Wednesday, 17 May 2006, 12:51 am | Bill Grigsby

This White House has challenged the frontiers of propaganda and political discourse in ways that make previous administrations look like rank amateurs. Mainstream news media outlets may occasionally report, but the vast majority shy away from labeling ... More >>

Bushco: Lame Duck, Or Armed And Dangerous?

Wednesday, 26 April 2006, 12:52 am | Bill Grigsby

I once heard a story about a certain playwright with a bad personality who asked his assistant ‘why must people take such an instant dislike to me??” To which the assistant replied, “it saves time.” More >>

Bill Grigsby: Iraq As Prop In ‘Plan For Victory’

Friday, 20 January 2006, 2:36 pm | Bill Grigsby

The White House is focused on victory. But not in Iraq—that’s been outsourced to the in-house PR professionals, who recently produced a glossy, 35-page, ‘Plan for Victory’ brochure . The naïve observer could be forgiven for thinking this was actually ... More >>

Bill Grigsby: Even Meltdowns Generate Light

Thursday, 8 December 2005, 2:37 pm | Bill Grigsby

Donald Rumsfeld is plenty sore. The media are looking for drama in all the wrong places (that is, not the Pentagon’s official news feed sites). Where once they could be counted on to fight over the movie rights to Jessica Lynch or Pat Tillman mythologies, ... More >>

Bill Grigsby: A Culture Of Lies

Tuesday, 8 November 2005, 12:35 am | Bill Grigsby

The neoconservative pundits are hard at work, attempting to convince their readers that ‘Plamegate’ is an isolated incident, hardly worth the cost of the newsprint. The ever-spry George Will leap-frogged effortlessly from Harriet Miers over indicted ... More >>

B. Grigsby: Would You Like An FTA With That Order?

Monday, 31 October 2005, 1:17 pm | Bill Grigsby

Karen Hughes , former TV reporter, George Bush’s longtime publicist, and now undersecretary for public diplomacy in the State Department, recently completed her first “listening tour” as part of her mission to repair the White House’s ravaged image in the Moslem ... More >>

Would You Like A FTA With That Order

Friday, 28 October 2005, 9:36 am | Bill Grigsby

Bill Grigsby of Eastern Oregon University examines the rise of Karen Hughes, former TV reporter, George Bush’s longtime publicist, and now undersecretary for public diplomacy in the State Department. More >>

Bill Grigsby: Back to BushCo Basics

Monday, 12 September 2005, 12:27 am | Bill Grigsby

The White House communications department is mired in what appears to be the political equivalent of an acid freakout. Their war is going badly. Still. That’s one thing you can count on. And that freedom ‘upside’ in Iraq is beginning to look more like ... More >>

Using Terri Schiavo To Promote The GOP Brand

Tuesday, 29 March 2005, 12:15 am | Bill Grigsby

There is a metaphor in the Terri Schiavo case for commercial media in the U.S. The failure to report on the theft of the 2000 presidential election , and the uncritical press build-up to the Iraq invasion, were clear signs that commercial media wouldn’t ... More >>

Bill Grigsby: Who Owns The Ownership Society?

Thursday, 10 March 2005, 11:30 am | Bill Grigsby

Philosopher Harry Frankfurt once commented that '' one of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people ... More >>

Bill Grigsby: Faith-based Punditry

Monday, 31 January 2005, 11:51 am | Bill Grigsby

You have to sympathize with neoconservative columnists these days. Spinning the straw that comes out of this administration into gold must be a hellish job. More >>

Bill Grigsby: A BushCo Playbook For Kerry

Tuesday, 26 October 2004, 12:21 am | Bill Grigsby

Here is what John Kerry’s campaign would look like, if he were to borrow the strategies that Karl Rove has perfected (no doubt taking to heart lessons learned from Orwell and Goebels), that have turned this into a close election. Just run your text through ... More >>





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