Todd Gitlin, USA TODAY

Todd Gitlin

USA TODAY

New York, NY, United States

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Past articles by Todd:

Trump in crisis wants to recreate Nixon's law and order campaign. But 2020 is not 1968.

My sense of tragic doom in 1968 was realized in assassinations and war. At least now there is hope we can rediscover our better angels this fall. → Read More

Denying, ignoring and making up facts are the real Trump-era obstacles to common ground

Democrats are playing baseball and Republicans are playing fantasy football. From climate to Christmas to Ukraine, you can't compromise with a fantasy. → Read More

We need news to use about climate. Give us a daily carbon dioxide count with the weather.

What’s the story? It's that the world is in jeopardy every day. Journalism that ducks the climate emergency withers into a distraction machine. → Read More

The Roots of Trumpian Agitprop

“Trump 2020” is the Triumphant Will jump-cut at microchip processor speed. It aims to overwhelm in the fidgety style of the twenty-first century. It proclaims adoration, it rewards the faithful. If you like the idea of an America of more rallies, more flags, more fists, you’ll love this commercial. Of course, Trump is not Hitler. MAGA rallies are not Nuremberg rallies. There is bombast but… → Read More

HNN

This was the most gutting month for liberals in half a century

Does the arc of the moral universe still bend toward justice? → Read More

This was the most gutting month for liberals in half a century

Does the arc of the moral universe still bend toward justice? → Read More

The Missing Music of the Left

Marxism was not the only ideology to crystallize its aims into a song; in fact, it is hard to think of one that doesn’t. There is a reason why nation-states develop national anthems. The theme is not always uniform, not always in march time, but it must be rousing. What I am calling the music of an outlook or a movement captures the overall spirit of the enterprise: that combination of mental… → Read More

The Missing Music of the Left

Marxism was not the only ideology to crystallize its aims into a song; in fact, it is hard to think of one that doesn’t. There is a reason why nation-states develop national anthems. The theme is not always uniform, not always in march time, but it must be rousing. What I am calling the music of an outlook or a movement captures the overall spirit of the enterprise: that combination of mental… → Read More

HNN

1968: Year of Counter-Revolution

Counter-revolutions, like their revolutionary bêtes noires, suffer reversals and take time to cohere. The post-1968 counter-revolution held the fort against a ... → Read More

The Second Coming of 'Yes, We Can' –

Doug Jones’ convincing victory in Alabama is a hallelujah (and Hanukkah) moment for Americans who refuse to truckle under to the vicious, knuckleheaded maniac in the White House — not for one reason but for every decent reason a democratic majority can muster. But the Jones tide that washed over Alabama is more than cause for a day of exuberance. It points toward a solution for the wrecking-ball… → Read More

Apocalypse When? –

But seriously, who does not quaver a bit as, day by day a partly updated Book of Revelation is tweeted out from the inner sanctum of viciousness? → Read More

Roy Moore, From the Gadsden Mall to the Ten Commandments Monument

Both Roy Moore and Harvey Weinstein held privileged positions in a protective culture where men get away with whatever they can get away with. → Read More

The Fakebook Inside Facebook

This post first appeared at BillMoyers.com. Beginning in 2004, Mark Zuckerberg and his companions made a historic contribution to the annals of alc... → Read More

The Fakebook Inside Facebook

Facebook is the grandest, most seductive, most profitable attention-getting machine ever. Unfortunately, ease of disinformation is a feature, not a bug. → Read More

How Robert And Rebekah Mercer Bought A Huge Stake In ‘Populism’

This post first appeared at BillMoyers.com. A hoary riddle comes to mind. Question: Where does an 800-pound gorilla sit? Answer: Anywhere it please... → Read More

How Robert and Rebekah Mercer Bought a Huge Stake in ‘Populism’

Without the support of Robert and Rebekah Mercer, Steve Bannon's 'Breitbart News' would have croaked when its founder died. → Read More

Todd Gitlin: The News Media’s Challenge in Our Constant State of Emergency

It’s old news that Donald Trump abuses reason, knowledge, decency and dark-skinned people. You can’t tear your eyes away. You can already write tomorrow’s story: Today the vicious, deranged freak-show star trashed Enemy A, picked a fight with Failed Insider B, invited unconstitutional action C, insulted population D, declared his intent to abrogate Agreement E or make war on Country F, and… → Read More

The Unending State of Emergency

It’s old news that Donald Trump abuses reason, knowledge, decency and dark-skinned people. You can’t tear your eyes away. You can already write tomorrow’s story: Today the vicious, deranged freak-show star trashed Enemy A, picked a fight with Failed Insider B, invited unconstitutional action C, insulted population D, declared his intent to abrogate Agreement E or make war on Country F, and… → Read More

The Unending State of Emergency

Making intelligible the everyday nonsense without losing the sense of the ways in which it is nonsense is the tallest of journalistic orders. → Read More

We Are Two Emotional Nations at War

Increasingly we divide not only according to what we think but what we feel when we oppose the folks on the other side of the divide. → Read More