Patrick Maines

About Patrick Maines

Patrick Maines is the former president of The Media Institute. He writes about politics and the media.

The Republicans’ Turning Points

In this Age of Trump, we are told, the Republican Party has changed its spots. As evidence, Democrats and the #Resisters point to the many GOP candidates who campaigned with the President this year and the rank-and-file who overwhelmingly support his policies. The claim, in other words, is that it is Trump that

By | 2018-12-20T20:28:33-07:00 December 20th, 2018|

Reimagining Republicanism

For at least 25 years, the Republican Party has been promoting policies damaging both to its own political standing and to the middle class. In the face of the growing radicalism of the Democrats, and the need—more crucial now than ever—for the GOP to assemble a majority coalition of voters, it must reexamine

By | 2018-11-13T22:21:51-07:00 November 14th, 2018|

The Other Dimension to the Midterm Elections

There are many reasons why Republicans might be favored in the midterm elections, not the least of which is their party’s policy successes—particularly with the economy—since Donald Trump’s election. But there’s another, rather less obvious reason, why many in the party would like to see the GOP do well: the ongoing housekeeping within

By | 2018-11-03T11:24:32-07:00 November 3rd, 2018|

Liberalism’s Death Rattle

Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation hearings shined a bright and ugly light on many people and organizations. People, for instance, such as the entire membership of the Senate Democratic caucus (with one notable exception), who, in a display of the finer instincts of hyenas, fell over one another in their abandonment of due process

By | 2019-04-20T12:05:55-07:00 October 19th, 2018|

Our Imploding Press

If democracy in the United States is imperiled, as some say it is, then the pregnant question remains: Imperiled by whom? For the Left, Democrats, the pop culture industry, most of the mainstream press, and those in the permanent government bureaucracy known colloquially as “the deep state,” the answer is always Donald Trump.

By | 2018-06-13T16:26:46-07:00 June 14th, 2018|

Trump-Era Media Are Objectively Biased

Much has been written about the political and ideological one-sidedness of TV networks like Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC, but in the larger scheme of things their performance is not a game changer. MSNBC, after all, is just a liberal opinion channel, and both Fox and CNN have little influence among journalists elsewhere.

By | 2019-04-20T17:42:36-07:00 March 23rd, 2018|