Dan Gainor, the T. Boone Pickens Fellow and Vice President for Business and Culture for the Media Research Center, is a veteran editor whose work has been published or cited in the following media: Congressional Quarterly.com, Investor’s Business Daily, Chicago Sun-Times, New York Post, Washington Times, Orange County Register, San Diego Union-Tribune, Dateline Washington, Janet Parshall’s America, Chuck Harder Show, Thom Hartmann Show, American Family Radio, CNBC’s “Power Lunch,” CNN’s “Paula Zahn Now” and Fox’s “Hannity & Colmes” and “Fox Business Live.”  Mr. Gainor holds a B.A. in political science and history, an MBA from the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business and a master’s in publications design from the University of Baltimore.

My Articles

May 21, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT
Economists have been warning that we might face another bubble – possibly in commercial real estate or commodities. The fear is, like the dot-com bubble or the housing bubble, this one might blow up in our faces. But the biggest economic bubble is already here.   It’s the one surrounding Washington.   That bubble is huge, stretching from one end of the Washington Beltway to the other. Inside is one of the most consistent economic bubbles in history – the bubble of ignorance.  
May 13, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT
If a climate scientist falls in the forest, does anybody hear?   Not if the old media have anything to do with it. Thankfully, in 2010, their hold on the news has started to weaken.   But it’s not like they didn’t try. For more than five months, from Nov. 20, 2009, to April 1, 2010, the broadcast networks did all they could to hide a crisis in the climate alarmist movement.  
April 22, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT
Once “Wall Street” was about “greed.” Now it’s about power. Obama’s latest power grab has him appearing to throw his friends at Goldman Sachs to the wolves – anything to salvage the mid-term elections.   In fact, as soon as Obama wanted to target Wall Street, Goldman Sachs got investigated. It was almost magical. About as magical as the timing of the Hutaree arrests just as Obama and the left were complaining about scary right wingers.  
April 22, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT
Gas up. That used to be the command when you pulled into a filling station. Now it’s a command from the Obama administration which believes energy is something that should cost more. Lots more.   But didn’t Obama just say we can drill offshore? Of course he did – just a little. Enough only to try to satisfy the president’s own voters who backed a compromise and enough to buy him some political cover while he really tries to give you gas with a new push for cap-and-trade.  
March 11, 2010, 4:54 PM EST
It’s almost too bad the health debate has moved so slowly that it missed the Oscars. Perhaps our newly indignant president would have been eligible for a Best Actor nod. But then again, sequels rarely do well with the Academy. And this act clearly isn’t anything new.  
March 4, 2010, 5:20 PM EST
Nancy Pelosi is lying. OK, maybe that’s not a revelation. As a politician, the mere fact that she continues to breathe means she’s lying at least some of the time. You can tell politicians are lying in the United States when they have a letter after their name such as “D,” “R” or “I.”   But Feb. 28 brought out a falsehood that would impress even tall tale-telling fishermen. House Speaker Nancy Graceless had the audacity to tell ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas that she has common ground with the Tea Party movement.
February 17, 2010, 1:01 PM EST
This column isn’t just brought to you by global warming. It was caused by global warming.   Why not? Everything else is. For years, Americans have been told global warming causes pretty much everything. Al Gore, the patron saint of all things toasty, blamed Hurricane Katrina on global warming.  
January 14, 2010, 3:38 PM EST
 “Rich man, poor man, beggar-man, thief, doctor, lawyer, Indian chief.” That old children’s rhyme describes the first year of the Obama presidency. The media have cast President Obama in nearly every one of those roles in the constantly shifting scramble to portray him in the most favorable light.  
January 8, 2010, 3:43 PM EST
Happy New Year and welcome to Election 2010. (Sorry.)   Actually, the election year is already two months old and it’s taking off. Democrats are either fleeing for the exits or dropping out before the election ever takes place. There have been six announced retirements for the party in power. Two senators have said they are leaving just this week – North Dakota liberal Sen. Byron Dorgan and Chris Dodd, D - Countrywide.  
December 3, 2009, 4:47 PM EST
The imminent end of the world. Aliens (the ones from space, not the illegal kind). Witches and warlocks. Those are some of things Americans believe in.   Unbiased journalism? Not so much.   That’s what the polling tells us. A 2008 Harris Poll reinforced that belief. More Americans believe in ghosts (44 percent), UFOs (36 percent) and witches (31 percent) than believe journalists. No major media outlet scored that high according to the 2009 Pew State of the Media report.  
November 18, 2009, 4:31 PM EST
The $1,000 bill has President Grover Cleveland’s face on it. The $100,000 bill has the dour image of President Woodrow Wilson.   We’ve already seen President Barack Obama attach his name and face to the $787 billion stimulus bill. And if the left has its way, the face on the $6 trillion “climate justice” bill will also be Obama’s. Or maybe it will belong to Al Gore.  
November 11, 2009, 6:04 PM EST
Forget the stock market. Sure, the Dow has made a stunning improvement since January 20. The market has jumped from just under 8,000 to over 10,000 – a 29 percent increase.   But that’s not the place to put your money. Unemployment is outpacing Wall Street just a bit. Joblessness went from 7.6 percent when Obama took office to 10.2 – a 34 percent increase. If you could invest in job loss, you’d be a big winner under the current president.  
November 4, 2009, 3:54 PM EST
It’s been a year since the American public first said “I do” to Barack Obama, and it’s still a honeymoon period for the mainstream press. The first year of marriage might have been a bit rocky, but journalists still have that crush on Obama.  
October 28, 2009, 5:14 PM EDT
Around the globe, environmental protesters tried “a synchronized burst of more than 4,300 demonstrations, from the Himalayas to the Great Barrier Reef,” according to The New York Times.  The sweeping Oct. 24 protest was to bully developed nations like the United States into a climate change agreement when they meet in Copenhagen this December.  
October 26, 2009, 12:43 PM EDT
It’s an era of hoaxes and hucksters. Balloons shaped like 1950s UFOs dominate the skies, and missing children out their parents for their stupid stunts. TV news shows are filled with made-up news stories and made-up quotes about Rush Limbaugh, and instead of the three-ring circus, the master of ceremonies tried to bring us all five Olympic rings.   There he stands, under the glare of the spotlight, embracing a phrase claimed to be from the greatest showman of all time – P.T. Barnum. The phrase, you wonder? “There's a sucker born every minute.”
October 14, 2009, 4:59 PM EDT
The headline should read: “400,000 of U.S. aren’t reading this.” That’s the true story of the latest newspaper cataclysm as USA Today is about to report a loss of 398,000 readers in just one year.  It’s only the latest bad news headline for an industry that thrives on the bad news of others. The state of journalism is so bad now that it threatens both ordinary taxpayers and even the very concept of a free and independent press.  
October 7, 2009, 3:33 PM EDT
Turn on any network last week, and you saw famous people making excuses. It didn’t matter if it was Hollywood morons defending a rapist, David Letterman pretending he was a victim for treating his staff like a harem, or President Barack Obama denying responsibility for the failed Olympic bid.   It looked like some nightmarish recast of an awful Family Circus cartoon with all of the major characters shouting “Not Me” with their hands fully in the cookie jar.   And the traditional media celebrated the excuse-filled comic atmosphere.
May 27, 2009, 11:52 AM EDT
When the Tax Day Tea Party protests happened on April 15, the idea of government spending us into bankruptcy seemed hard for some to grasp. A month-and-a-half later, they have a perfect example – California.   California is the Golden State no more. If Sutter’s Mill were still a major mining operation, the state would sell it to Chinese investors for quick cash. The Golden Gate Bridge would be next.  
April 15, 2009, 2:05 PM EDT
If you build it, they will come. Forget the baseball reference. It is as outdated as the year “Field of Dreams” was released – 1989.   Tea party tax protesters know why. The metaphor is a lie – at least as far as the mainstream media are concerned. If you do something of note and the media choose not to cover it – the issue might as well never exist.  
April 7, 2009, 2:41 PM EDT
When you want tea, you bring water to a boil. When you want genuine change, you do the same thing to the American public.   Right now, that public is boiling mad and, with April 15 around the corner, the most important thing brewing is tax protest. For every state in the nation, this tea’s for you.