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

  • Lessons from the GOP's mostly dead healthcare plan

    Lessons from the GOP's mostly dead healthcare plan

    The GOP healthcare plan is not dead. It is, in the words of Miracle Max from “Princess Bride,” “only mostly dead.” Hill-watchers say the Republicans so badly need to pass something that they might just surprise everyone and pass … something today. Maybe. But whatever the Senate passes will not...

  • Is Rand Paul's opposition to the GOP health bill principled, or cynical?

    Is Rand Paul's opposition to the GOP health bill principled, or cynical?

    The greatest trick any politician can pull off is to get his self-interest and his principles in perfect alignment. As Thomas More observed in Robert Bolt’s “A Man for All Seasons,” “If we lived in a State where virtue was profitable, common sense would make us good, and greed would make us saintly.”...

  • The state shouldn't get to decide if your baby lives or dies

    The state shouldn't get to decide if your baby lives or dies

    Charlie Gard’s parents are doing the wrong thing — and I’d probably do it too. Charlie Gard, if you haven’t heard, is the 11-month-old baby whose plight has become a popular cause in England and, increasingly, the United States. Charlie seemed like any other healthy baby when he was born. His parents,...

  • There's a word for Trump's relationship with the media: Co-dependence

    There's a word for Trump's relationship with the media: Co-dependence

    On the Saturday before the Fourth of July, Donald Trump tweeted, “My use of social media is not Presidential — it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!” I joked on Twitter that I thought this was a perfectly apt explanation for a real estate guy. After all, that’s how President Trump...

  • Blood money and the death party: Let's tone down the Trumpcare rhetoric

    Blood money and the death party: Let's tone down the Trumpcare rhetoric

    Even by Washington standards, this is a particularly dumb political moment. Earlier this month a political zealot went to a baseball practice with the intention of killing as many Republican congressmen as he could. As often happens after such horrible events, various politicians and media figures...

  • If speech can inspire good actions, it can inspire bad actions, too

    If speech can inspire good actions, it can inspire bad actions, too

    There’s a tension so deep in how we think about free expression, it should rightly be called a paradox. On the one hand, regardless of ideology, artists and writers almost unanimously insist that they do what they do to change minds. But the same artistes, auteurs and opiners recoil in horror when...

  • If Republicans lose the House, Trump will be impeached

    If Republicans lose the House, Trump will be impeached

    The 1998 midterm election was a debacle for Republicans, particularly then-Speaker Newt Gingrich. Since Reconstruction, no president had seen his party gain seats in the House in a midterm election six years into his presidency. Gingrich, who made the election a referendum on impeaching President...

  • After the London attacks, we hear the same old stale arguments

    After the London attacks, we hear the same old stale arguments

    The saddest part about the recent terrorist attacks in the U.K. — aside from the actual horror for the victims and their families, of course — was that there was so little new to say about it. But that didn’t stop anyone. Everyone backed into their usual rhetorical corners, filling in the blanks...

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