Jonah Goldberg

Columnist

Jonah Goldberg is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. His nationally syndicated column appears regularly in scores of newspapers across the U.S. The Los Angeles Times columnist is also a member of the board of contributors to USA Today, a contributor to Fox News, a contributing editor to National Review and the founding editor of National Review Online. He was named by the Atlantic magazine as one of the top 50 political commentators in America. In 2011, he was named the Robert J. Novak Journalist of the Year at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Goldberg has written on politics, media and culture for a variety of publications and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. Before joining National Review, he was a founding producer for “Think Tank With Ben Wattenberg” on PBS and wrote and produced several PBS documentaries. Goldberg, a recipient of the prestigious Lowell Thomas Award, is the author of the New York Times bestsellers “The Tyranny of Clichés” and “Liberal Fascism.”

Recent Articles

  • Stop trying to shape the narrative

    Stop trying to shape the narrative

    The most exhausting thing about our politics these days – other than the never-ending presidential election itself – is the obsession with “shaping the narrative.” By that I mean the effort to connect the dots between a selective number of facts and statistics to support one story line about the...

  • Is Obama a master of trolling?

    Is Obama a master of trolling?

    Many people are to blame for the rise of Donald Trump as a political force, and most of them reside on my side of the aisle. But that story is familiar by now. And we’ll be hearing a lot more about it. Should Trump lose, conservatives will be lucky if the ensuing riot of recriminations falls short...

  • Yes, Hillary Clinton's health is a valid issue

    Yes, Hillary Clinton's health is a valid issue

    One of the most amusing spectacles of this election season has been the whipsawing of the loyalists. Repeatedly, spinners for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been sent out to hammer this or that talking point, only to be left holding the bag when the candidate goes another way. So far, Trump...

  • By distinguishing the GOP from the alt-right, Hillary Clinton did what many conservatives won't

    By distinguishing the GOP from the alt-right, Hillary Clinton did what many conservatives won't

    Last week delivered one of the most remarkable moments in this most remarkable political season. A major politician defended the conservative movement and the Republican Party from guilt-by-association with a fringe group of racists, anti-Semites, and conspiracy theorists who have jumped enthusiastically...

  • Presidential golf: Scandal for thee, but not for me

    Presidential golf: Scandal for thee, but not for me

    One of the most exhausting things about politics is a mindset that says “scandal for thee, but not for me.” Consider the perennial (alleged) scandal of presidential golf. When George W. Bush was commander in chief, he played a lot of golf, and his critics were outraged — or at least pretended to...

  • Trump's nationalism is just identity politics in a new flannel shirt

    Trump's nationalism is just identity politics in a new flannel shirt

    To listen to both his defenders and critics, Donald Trump represents the U.S. version of a new nationalism popping up around the world. I’m not so sure. In a fairly representative analysis, Politico’s Michael Hirsch explained the “new nationalism” as “a bitter populist rejection of the status quo...

  • Repudiating Trump: Republicans are damned if they do, damned if they don't

    Repudiating Trump: Republicans are damned if they do, damned if they don't

    Donald Trump has the GOP trapped in not one Catch-22, but two. Call it a Catch-44. The first Catch-22 has been the subject of widespread conversation over the last few weeks. As GOP pollster Glen Bolger summed it up for the New York Times. "Do we run the risk of depressing our base by repudiating...

  • Should we care about Hillary Clinton's 'historic' candidacy?

    Should we care about Hillary Clinton's 'historic' candidacy?

    Among the innumerable flip-flops, course-corrections and reinventions that have come to define Hillary Clinton’s three decades in public life, perhaps the most interesting one is her decision in 2016 to go all in as the woman-candidate. In 2008, Clinton downplayed her gender. Mark Penn, her chief...

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