Oliver Willis

Oliver Willis has been a blogger since 2000 and has one of the most visited sites in the liberal blogosphere. A widely followed Huffington Post contributor and employee for Media Matters, Oliver is one of the major voices on the progressive Left. As the Boston Globe notes, ‘When Oliver Willis talks, the blogosphere cares.’

Top Articles by Oliver Willis


The Right’s Perverse Prime Directive

In the world of Star Trek, the major rule governing the federation is the prime directive, which forbids interference in developing planets. Here in the real world we have a governing rule which rules the right, but isn’t as nearly as altruistic. It reads: “annoy the left.” It isn’t “beat the left” or “out-debate the… Read More


The Police In Ferguson, Missouri Have Gone Too Far

On Wednesday night, the police force in Ferguson, Missouri overstepped their bounds as law enforcement officers and used their powers to break up what was from all indications a peaceful protest. They should be ashamed, and people should be fired. In addition, the police arrested at least two journalists and in one instance appeared to… Read More


Robin Williams Was The Genie, And It Was A Gift To Us

When Aladdin was released in 1992, I was at the height of my lifelong obsession with Disney. My grandmother bought me this book, Disney’s Aladdin: The Making of an Animated Film, which has great behind the scenes details of how the film was made. The signature character of the film is Robin Williams’ Genie, and… Read More

Immigration Reform

Lindsey Graham Wants America To Re-Invade Iraq So He Can Look Like A Tough Guy

They have learned nothing. Absolutely nothing. One half of the Warmonger Twins, Sen. Lindsey Graham, appeared on Fox News without his blood brother John McCain and pushed a foreign policy solution that was effectively a re-invasion of Iraq. According to Graham, ISIS in Iraq and Syria somehow represents a threat to America – not Americans… Read More


Righties Now Say We Won The Iraq War They Lost

Conservatives, obsessed with rewriting the history of the Iraq War, despite most of us having lived through it, now have adopted a curious tactic with the rise of ISIS. They are claiming they won the war. But the Iraq War was lost moments after George W. Bush ordered “shock and awe.” Before America invaded Iraq,… Read More


Iraq Air Strikes And Back To Normal

President Obama’s announcement that America has bombed ISIS elements in Iraq in order to secure innocents prompted some predictable, but still silly responses. From the far left, any use of U.S. Military assets is always up for debate, no matter how limited or humanitarian. For these folks, there is no responsibility attached to the great… Read More


Ted Cruz’s Spokesperson Attacks Obama For Hosting A Special Olympics Event

Amanda Carpenter, Ted Cruz’s spokesperson, is so blinded with hatred of President Obama that she decided on Thursday night to attack him… for hosting an event for Special Olympics. On her Twitter account, Carpenter blasted Obama for “having a Katy Perry concert” at the White House. But the “concert” in question is a benefit for… Read More


The One Time The Media Should Believe The Right, They Don’t

People don’t often change. Once they settle into patterns of behavior in adulthood, they often stay with them until they die. Sure, sometimes there are dramatic come to Jesus moments of clarity and self reflection, but especially with habits – bad habits – we as a species stick to them. Which is why its curious… Read More


Watch: Darrell Issa & The Washington Examiner Team Up To Lie About A Democrat

For the last year or so, Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee has selectively leaked transcripts, evidence and more in order to obscure just how fruitless his investigations into the IRS and Benghazi have been. Time and time again, Issa ends up with egg on his face as… Read More


Conservatives Think Private Charity Can Fill In For The Government, That’s Stupid

Conservatives often say that private charity can care for the needy without the tyranny of taxation imposed by government. This is stupid. Private charity is great, and provides life-changing services for thousands, maybe millions of people – but the funds it has available are miniscule when compared to the problems at hand. Before Social Security,… Read More


Ronald Reagan Is Dead, Let Him Be

Conservatives invoke the name of Ronald Reagan as if he were simply on sabbatical, out of the public eye on his ranch having deep thoughts on the future of America. President Reagan is dead. He died ten years ago and left the political scene in America almost a decade before that. Yet in the world… Read More


The Catastrophic Success Of Fox News Channel

Fox News Channel launched in October of 1996. As a business and ratings enterprise, Fox News has been an unqualified success. Its ratings far surpass MSNBC and CNN, and while the bulk of its advertisers are targeting octogenarians (catheters, reverse mortgages and gold are its staples), it has been a financial success for Rupert Murdoch… Read More


Carly Fiorina Leads GOP Women’s Outreach Campaign After Failing Everywhere Else

According to the gang of idiots over at Breitbart, who are reliable re-writers of conservative press releases, Carly Fiorina has been tasked with heading up a super PAC called “Unlocking Potential” (The UP Project)  focused on women’s issues. This is just the latest flailing attempt by the right to push back on the horrific PR… Read More


Department Of False Equivalence: Judiciary Branch Edition

So in the middle of the Supreme Court decisions being handed down from Mount Olympus this morning, I remarked on Twitter that in my experience, liberals don’t question the legitimacy of the Supreme Court when things don’t go our way the way that conservatives so often do. As always happens when I am blunt about… Read More


The Conservative Boys Who Cried Wolf: The Fake “Scandal” Obsession Of The Right Marches On

Last night Darrell Issa took his IRS show into prime time. The guy who wants to be the Ken Starr of the Obama administration once again bungled his case, hectoring IRS commissioner John Koskinen about emails from Lois Lerner that are the new squirrel in the horrible, botched investigation into the IRS. It is yet… Read More


Attention Reality-Based Community: The Delusional Madness of Bushworld Continues

Former Bush security adviser Elliott Abrams begins his article in Politico blaming Obama for the problems in the Middle East with the sort of rank insanity that led this country for eight sad years under his old boss: “The Middle East that Obama inherited in 2009 was largely at peace.” Let’s just look at Iraq, the country… Read More


What If… Fox News Covered The Marvel Universe?

What if our friends at Fox News were tasked to cover the fictional Marvel Universe? What would that look like? I am the Watcher, and I am asking: WHAT IF… FOX NEWS COVERED THE MARVEL UNIVERSE? THE OREILLY FACTOR: “You let these mutants — muties, really, marry normal Americans and that’s the end of it…. Read More


Bush’s Folly Strikes Again: Iraq And America

George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq has cost the world more lives. The ISIS incursion has been enabled thanks to the power vacuum Bush’s invasion created, combined with the inability of the Bush regime to make any serious plans for post-occupation Iraq. The Republican Party’s last two standard-bearers – Romney and McCain – would… Read More