Yesterday, investigative journalist Brad Friedman discussed the mainstream media’s culpability in allowing right-wing extremism to rise over the years, putting us on the path to Donald Trump. By embracing the politics of false balance, Friedman noted, the Fourth Estate gave malevolence a chance to become mainstream, imperiling the rights of millions–and democracy itself–in the process.

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D.R. Tucker

D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.