Russiagate or Deep State?


by John Feffer When it comes to the Russiagate scandal, progressives usually take one of two positions. They either dismiss the scandal as a lot of hooey, a “nothingburger,” just a way for warmongers and the “Deep State” to revive… Continue Reading  

Worst. 100 Days. Ever.


by John Feffer If I were a Trump supporter, I’d be furious at the coverage of the president’s first 100 days. The mainstream media has engaged in a bout of competitive schadenfreude as headline writers and columnists vie for the… Continue Reading  

Yes, There Is a Deep State—But Not the Right Wing’s Caricature


by Mike Lofgren The heated controversy over the right wing’s characterization of Donald Trump’s chronic conflict with the U.S. intelligence community as the machinations of “the Deep State” has inevitably generated political pushback from more establishmentarian figures. Paul Pillar on… Continue Reading  

I Am an Enemy of the People

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by John Feffer Even before the election of Donald Trump — and his extraordinary declaration that the media are the “enemies of the people” — U.S. journalism was in trouble. According to Gallup polling, American trust in mass media plummeted… Continue Reading  

Deep-Six the Notion of a “Deep State”


by Paul R. Pillar Different interests, at different times and for different purposes, have promoted the idea of a “deep state” in the United States that supposedly affects American politics and policy.  That notion does not correspond to reality, it… Continue Reading