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Hoover Digest by topic: Politics and the Media

October 18, 2007

To the Barricades

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Did Radio Free Europe inflame the Hungarian revolutionaries of 1956? Exploring one of the Cold War's most stubborn myths. By A. Ross Johnson.

April 1, 2007

“Compassionate Conservatism” Is Not a Lost Cause

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President Bush’s signature domestic issue remains relevant to the hopes of both ordinary Americans and Republican candidates. By Jeffrey M. Jones.

January 30, 2007

The Center Holds

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America is not the fatally polarized nation we often imagine it to be. On most issues, the majority of red-staters and blue-staters are on the same side. By Morris P. Fiorina.

January 30, 2007

The Midterm Revolution That Wasn’t

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Set aside the easy comparisons. The Democrats’ 2006 electoral victory was a different breed entirely from the 1994 Republican triumph. By David W. Brady, Daniel M. Butler, and Jeremy C. Pope.

April 30, 2005

Decline and Fall

Broadcast journalism isn’t what it used to be—and won’t be again. By Robert Zelnick.

October 30, 2004

Privileged Sources

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As the courts seek to learn who leaked the name of a CIA agent to columnist Robert Novak, politics is trumping the law—and national security. By Robert Zelnick.

July 30, 2004

In Media Disgrace

American media and the collapse of standards. By Morton Keller.

July 30, 2003

The Press Goes to War

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Embedding reporters in military units reduced the “cynicism, general distrust, and enmity” that had marked relations between the Pentagon and the press for three decades. Hoover associate director Jeffrey C. Bliss on the first new approach to relations between the military and the media since Vietnam.SIDEBAR: Journalists and War

January 30, 2002


With global media networks such as CNN broadcasting throughout much of the world, the media now possess an unprecedented amount of power and influence. An assessment by Hoover media fellow Lee Edwards.
SIDEBAR: The Media and September 11