The Nation

The Nation is a weekly magazine published by the Nation Institute. First published in 1865, The Nation is headquartered in New York, N.Y. It is the oldest weekly magazine in the U.S. to be continually published. The Nation also has bureaus in London and South Africa.Self-described as "the flagship for the left," The Nation focuses on the topics of politics and culture. Contributors of note have included Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King Jr., Gore Vidal, Christopher Hitchens, Hunter S. Thompson, Langston Hughes, Ralph Nader, Leon Trotsky, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John Steinbeck, John Maynard Keynes and Naomi Klein. The Nation has broken such notable stories as the Valerie Plane leak scandal in 2003 and several articles about the Whitewater scandal in the 1990s. It was the first U.S. publication to report on what would become the Bay of Pigs invasion. The Nation has won 24 National Magazine Awards since 1971. Katrina vanden Heuvel is Editor and Publisher. Roane Carey is Managing Editor, John Palattella is Literary Editor, Betsy Reed is Executive Editor, and Richard Lingeman and Richard Kim are Senior Editors.

Articles from Vol. 274, No. 1, January 7

Age of Innocence
NORMAN ROCKWELL When the archforger Hans van Meegeren undertook to hoodwink the experts by painting what they accepted as a theretofore unknown Vermeer, his motives were more devious than those of the ordinary counterfeiter. For he believed himself...
AIDS: Another World War
Whether measured by numbers killed or nations wounded, by economies upended or families crushed, the AIDS pandemic is a deadlier global threat than that posed by terrorist groups. But almost no one draws the logical conclusion: The war on AIDS is more...
A Teflon Correspondent : JOHN STOSSEL HAS HIGH Q-RATINGS, SO HE DOESN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE RULES
All roles of journalists must be played by journalists (duh!). --David Westin, president of ABC News, discussing Leonardo DiCaprio's interview of Bill Clinton John Stossel, television's million-dollar bonus baby, has given new meaning to the old...
Begging to Disagree
I've been trying to explain to my 9-year-old what fundamentalism is. He reads enough of the news to have learned that we are at war with a "fundamentalist Islamic regime" in Afghanistan. But he has classmates who identify themselves as fundamentalist...
Big Media, Bad News
As the US war on terrorism hurtles forward into a hazily defined post-Afghanistan phase, the news is not good: Although some of the press has lately made efforts to cover the turbulent world outside our borders, the attention has been too little and...
Dems Pray for DeLay
Dick Armey's announcement that he will retire from Congress at the end of 2002 and leave his position as majority leader--the number-two post in the Republican-controlled House--provides an occasion to recall that Armey demonstrated how easy it is...
Food Fight
One of the most heavily quoted sources in John Stossel's "The Food You Eat"--in which Stossel claimed that "buying organic could kill you"--was an outspoken critic of organic farming named Dennis Avery. Stossel introduced Avery as "a former researcher...
Home for the Holidays
The Royal Tenenbaums Though it's choked with dead bodies and disappointments, The Royal Tenenbaums comes before you with a smile. It wants you to know it's a whimsical film: the kind of story you might check out of the young-adult section of the...
Idiocy Watch: The New Republic
The New Republic's advertising copy promises "vital intelligence in the war against terrorism." Inside the magazine, its editors publish an "Idiocy Watch" devoted to allegedly dumb things that have been said and written about same. I fear someone has...
LETTER FROM GROUND ZERO : The Wars on Terrorism
At the outset of the war on terrorism, President Bush announced a doctrine: Regimes that harbor terrorists will be dealt with as severely as the terrorists themselves. Three months later, the Taliban regime that then ruled Afghanistan is gone, and...
Letters
Your Favorite Media Sources We'd no sooner asked you to send us a brief description of your favorite alternative media outlet than a storm of e-mails (and a few actual letters) began to blow in. When the dust settled and interns Mandy Hu and Emma...
Mission Unilateralism
George W. Bush's abrogation of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty on December 13 was a reckless act taken without regard for the consequences--it has dealt a severe blow to the idea of a world order grounded in collective security. Bush justified this...
Mopping Up
This is the last of my regular Press Watch contributions, and although I hope to weigh in occasionally in the future, I am relishing my new freedom. No more Sunday mornings having to watch Cokie, Sam and George Will. No more afternoons having to switch...
Ms. Heads West
At Ms. magazine's thirtieth birthday party in early December, Gloria Steinem--in leopard print and we've-come-a-long-way-baby leather pants--delivered some big news: Cash-starved Ms. is moving to Los Angeles and merging with the LA-based Feminist Majority...
Posting Ideas
Ben Franklin, who has been called the first citizen of print, established lower rates for newspapers when he was postmaster general (and arranged for magazines to be shipped free of charge by post road). Franklin, who founded one of America's first...
Something Old, Something New : Media Policy in the Digital Age
It's become commonplace to divide the media into "old" and "new," neatly corresponding to analog and digital technology. Under this handy dichotomy the old media (print and broadcast especially) represent mass marketing and mediocrity; conglomerate...
Take This Media.Please!
After compiling our guide to the "Big Ten" media conglomerates, we shared it with cultural producers and critics in a range of fields: music, journalism, television, publishing. Following are their comments. --The Editors Al Franken Al Franken...
The Making of a Movement: Getting Serious about Media Reform
No one should be surprised by the polls showing that close to 90 percent of Americans are satisfied with the performance of their selected President, or that close to 80 percent of the citizenry applaud his Administration's seat-of-the-pants management...
The Wages of Synergy
"The synergies are under every rock we turn over," declared Michael Eisner when the Mouse Kingdom absorbed Cap Cities/ABC in 1996, the same year The Nation's National Entertainment State made its debut. Ever since, the media conglomerates have indeed...
What's Wrong with This Picture? THE RISE OF THE MEDIA CARTEL HAS BEEN A LONG TIME COMING. THE CULTURAL EFFECTS ARE NOT NEW IN KIND, BUT THE PROBLEM HAS BECOME CONSIDERABLY LARGER
For all their economic clout and cultural sway, the ten great multinationals profiled in our latest chart--AOL Time Warner, Disney, General Electric, News Corporation, Viacom, Vivendi, Sony, Bertelsmann, AT&T and Liberty Media--rule the cosmos...
You Mean, We Won Something?
It scarcely seems possible, but two of the staple items on the conversational menu of the left these past years might well be on the edge of disappearance, or at least a change in content. Mumia Abu-Jamal is no longer on death row. Pacifica's wars...