Reading Time: 14 minutes Appalachia and the industrial Midwest, like many places in the US, have their history of racism and sexism. But Donald Trump’s victory is not due solely to race and misogyny and, if the Democrats want to rebound, they must be careful not to draw the wrong conclusions.
Reading Time: 24 minutes With Donald Trump taking office in two weeks and Congress controlled by a GOP majority with a record of dismissing science, this alarming essay from Peter Dale Scott on the War on Science is more important now than ever before.
Reading Time: 4 minutes If Donald Trump runs his administration the way he ran his campaign, expect a lot of subterfuge and large sums of money finding its way into his own pocket.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Advocates who want Congress to do more to protect public health and safety, the environment, and our financial system, are gearing up for a tough four years. But new polling offers them some hope for the battles ahead.
Reading Time: 12 minutes A major film critic questions the power of movies — or any art form — to move the needle of public opinion, for better or worse.
Reading Time: 4 minutes As Donald Trump and his team contemplate what to do about the Iran nuclear agreement and whether Iran can be trusted — they should be reminded of the US track record on the subject.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Trump famously claimed that he would “drain the swamp.” Yet some long standing swamp residents, such as the Bush Clan, don’t plan on being removed from their natural habitat.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Will any of the people advising Trump dare to speak truth to power? And if so, will the new president ever listen? If the answer to both questions is “no,” then Trump will rule more like a monarch than a president.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Did you know that today marks the 75th anniversary of America going to war with Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy? And where is America itself now?
Reading Time: 4 minutes The media’s portrayal of a successful economic recovery provided a false sense of security to the Democratic establishment. Reality caught up to them on Election Day.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Millennials are faced with having to pay back record amounts of student loans and many of them are doing it while living with their parents. They have no reason to buy into the media’s assertion that the economy is on the mend.
Reading Time: 4 minutes This week, WhoWhatWhy will examine some of the causes that led to Donald Trump’s triumph on November 8. Part commentary and part data-driven journalism, we will uncover how the media failed to be honest with the American people about the state of the economy and how that led to a groundswell of anger in the Rust Belt and beyond.
Reading Time: 19 minutes Midwest-based journalist Sarah Kendzior thinks things are going to get a lot worse. Her view from mid-America is that the election is just the opening act of a future rife with fascism and violence.
Reading Time: 11 minutes Peter Dale Scott thinks Trump’s election is both a kick in the rear for capitalism, a potential opportunity for the country, and that no matter what Trump says about “draining the swamp,” his administration will still be drawn into what Scott calls “The Deep State.”
Reading Time: 6 minutes Hundreds of millions around the world welcomed Trump or saw him as the lesser of two evils, despite his xenophobic campaign. It has a lot to do with Clinton’s hawkishness and the fear of nuclear war.
Reading Time: 2 minutes If you were disturbed by the role media played in this election, here is your chance to make it right.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Prompted by a WhoWhatWhy investigation, two watchdog groups asked the Department of Justice to probe the Trump campaign’s illegal solicitation of contributions from foreign donors. The evidence suggests that DOJ did nothing.
Reading Time: 3 minutes There has probably never been a presidential campaign that Americans wanted to be over as much as this one. Unfortunately, the end of the race will not be the end of all of the ugliness it has revealed.
Reading Time: 10 minutes In a time of despair, the road to fixing things runs right through the media: our main source for information about what is going on — and why. Here, WhoWhatWhy looks back on our experiment in a different kind of political coverage for the 2016 election.
Reading Time: 1 minute The dystopian world view of Barry Goldwater in ‘64 and, in ‘68, the nativist populism of George Wallace, the racial tinge of Nixonian politics, and the promise of a “silent majority” are all antecedents of this year’s election.