Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect. She is research director of People for the American Way, and a winner of the Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism.

Recent Articles

Trump, Congress, and the Politics of Constitutional Crisis

Cheriss May/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House W hen a principal of the Justice Department of the United States suggests that a gaggle of congressmen is trying to extort him, you might conclude that things are a bit unstable here in the republic. Even dangerously so. But so accustomed have we become to the teetering, it all seems to be just another shade of normal. I’m speaking, of course, of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s stern, public warning to members of the House Freedom Caucus yesterday that he would not yield to their threat to impeach him . “I can tell you that there have been people who have been making threats privately and publicly against me for quite some time,” Rosenstein said during a speaking appearance at the Newseum, in response to an audience member’s question. “I think they should understand by now that the Department of Justice is not going to get extorted. We’re going to do what’s required by...

The Republic Crumbles, Melania Wears a White Hat

Eliot Blondet/Abaca/Sipa USA(Sipa via AP Images United States President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome President Emmanuel Macron and Mrs. Brigitte Macron of France for a state visit at The White House W hen the news becomes too much, the fashion and manners of the powerful provide a diversion. Enter Melania Trump. Enter the hat. For the first meeting of the president and first lady with the first couple of France, Melania wore a statement-making, broad-brimmed white hat. It was an unusual sight; in the modern age, the wearing of outfit-matching hats is viewed as quaint. The newspapers couldn’t get enough of it, searching for clues as to its meaning. But really, it’s not that deep, people. As befits her husband’s managerial style, Melania’s hat provided a mad distraction from the chaos surrounding his administration, not to mention the accelerating pace of the groundwork underway for the construction of an authoritarian state. News outlets were no doubt grateful...

Our Media Problem Is Bigger Than Sean Hannity

From Fox News to Sinclair and Breitbart.com, the reach of disinformation used to attack Trump’s enemies imperils the republic.

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(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Sean Hannity in March 2016 S ince news broke on April 16 of the attorney-client relationship between Fox News star Sean Hannity and Michael Cohen, the lawyer known as the personal “fixer” for President Donald J. Trump, stories questioning Hannity’s journalistic ethics proliferate. In a moment of high courtroom drama, news of the Hannity-Cohen relationship was revealed during an appearance by Cohen before Judge Kimba Wood. Cohen’s court appearance resulted from an FBI raid on his office as part of an investigation by prosecutors for the Southern District of New York, who are zeroing in Cohen’s business dealings—particularly, it’s said, Cohen’s hush-money payment of $130,000 to an adult-film performer who says she had sexual relations with Trump. Hannity, who has large audiences for both his nightly cable television program and his daily radio show, is among the president’s most ardent defenders and, more importantly, an on-air attacker of anyone perceived to...

An Attack on Our Country -- By Trump and McConnell

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(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images) President Donald Trump greets Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at the House and Senate Republican retreat in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, on February 1, 2018. P resident Donald J. Trump is under the impression that he is the United States of America, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is only too happy to feed Trump’s delusion. On Monday, April 9, Trump told reporters that the FBI raid of his attorney’s office—part of the special counsel’s investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election—was “an attack on our country.” Trump is said to be fuming and unhinged. Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Maggie Haberman of The New York Times report that White House aides are worried. “On Tuesday,” they write , “top White House aides described themselves as deeply anxious over the prospect that the president might use the treatment of his lawyer as a pretext to fire Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel...

Sinclair Broadcasting Is More Dangerous Than You Think

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(Sipa via AP Images) W hen President Donald J. Trump tweeted out his endorsement of the Sinclair Broadcast Group on Tuesday, the pundit class duly noted that Sinclair’s news and commentary has a pro-Trump bent. The president’s tweet came in response to a chilling video from the website Deadspin, which showed local news anchors at Sinclair stations across the country parroting a script decrying “fake stories” and “false news” allegedly disseminated by other networks and news outlets. The script could have been written by Trump himself, except for the grammar and spelling. As reported by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (h/t ThinkProgress ), the script reads in part: (A): But we’re concerned about the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing our country. The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media. (B): More alarming, some media outlets publish these same fake stories … stories that just aren’t true, without checking facts first...

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