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

March 11, 2009, 12:37 PM EDT
This is the winter of environmentalists’ discontent. They desperately want the earth to be warming to prove Al Gore’s truth inviolate, and they are going to make you pay thousands of dollars for it no matter whether it’s true or not.   But the weather has been inconveniently cold. Thirty-two states have experienced record or near-record lows this winter – poking holes in the predictions of imminent fiery doom. Just ask the diehard global warming activists who showed up in Washington last week to protest the nation’s use of coal.
February 12, 2009, 6:31 PM EST
WASHINGTON – Shares of Hope and Change, Inc. finally rose this past week on word the North American firm would spend more than $1 trillion to dig itself out of a prolonged economic downturn. Hope and Change (NYSE:HOPE), formerly the United States of America, LLC,  has suffered several setbacks since popular new CEO Barack Obama took over following a November shareholder vote.  
January 29, 2009, 4:53 PM EST
It’s almost Groundhog Day. Americans wait anxiously for Al Gore to pop up out of his hole, mumble “global warming” to the shivering masses and then scurry away again while we suffer through weeks more of winter.   We won’t be disappointed. Gore is scheduled to nuzzle his way into a hearing for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday to warn of a warming planet. Temperatures are near freezing. It may even snow.  
January 20, 2009, 4:40 PM EST
According to President-elect Barack Obama’s latest radio address, this will be “the most open and accessible inauguration in history.”   I guess he forgot to tell his inauguration committee. They have “struck deals with three television networks to the tune of more than $5 million,” according to the Jan. 17 Washington Post.   So much for open government.  
January 14, 2009, 6:09 PM EST
A few years ago, the Securities and Exchange Commission looked at Bernie Madoff’s operation and said it was doing things just fine. Madoff then allegedly went on to scam $50 billion from unknowing investors. Congress instituted the Alternative Minimum Tax to go after a couple millionaires but forgot to adjust it for inflation. It now threatens as many as 24 million taxpayers each year.  
January 5, 2009, 6:25 PM EST
What a difference a year makes. President-elect Barack Obama hasn’t even taken office and we’re experiencing climate change.   Not the global warming variety that keeps bypassing the bone-chilling American winter. It’s change in D.C. Obama, who promised a government of “change” unveiled a switcheroo in his Jan. 2 radio address, also available on the Change.gov Web site.  
December 17, 2008, 4:43 PM EST
News by its very nature is unpredictable. Too bad many journalists don’t seem to understand that fact.   Ever since gasoline prices began a wild ride in 2004, the media have been obsessed with predicting future energy prices. Gasoline, we were told, would hit $5 a gallon. Or $6, or $7. Or maybe even $12 or $15.  
December 8, 2008, 2:39 PM EST
When the media aren’t talking about the bailout, they’re talking jobs. They should be. Job losses and unemployment are up. A year into what we just heard is an official recession, unemployment hit 6.7 percent. That’s the highest for the Bush presidency. At this rate, it will soon get as bad as it was in 1993 – when Bill Clinton was president.  
December 1, 2008, 10:54 AM EST
When Barack Obama touted his plan to “spread the wealth around,” conservatives worried about the creep of Socialism – or Socialist creeps – coming to Washington, but as millions of zealous Obama worshippers prepare to invade the nation’s capital for his Jan. 20 inauguration, it’s obvious the free market still rules.  
November 17, 2008, 5:02 PM EST
When America battled for economic supremacy against Taiwan, Japan, Germany and others, many of us adopted a patriotic battle cry. “Buy American!” we exclaimed, and many of us did.   In 2008 we are still buying American, but that phrase has taken on a whole new meaning. We don’t just buy TVs, or soap or cars from U.S. companies. We now buy the companies themselves, and the many of our so-called “leaders” in Washington want us to buy even more.  
November 11, 2008, 10:57 AM EST
Fair’s fair, right? Not always – especially in the new America that dawns January 20. That’s when the Obama administration takes over, and they have bold plans for making America a fairer place to be.   The Democratic platform Obama supports has 30 separate references to fairness in some form or another. Obama wants a “fair economy,” “fair trade,” women to get “fair pay,” to make “sure that workers get their fair share,” and to restore “fairness to our tax code.”  
November 3, 2008, 4:33 PM EST
The election isn’t even over, but Americans have made their opinions known. The biggest loser of the 2008 campaign is the mainstream media. In poll after poll, voters express anger and dissatisfaction at journalists’ blatantly pro-Obama position. While the media might get their wish and help elect Barack Obama president, readership, viewership, and ad dollars are crashing at the same time.  
October 27, 2008, 12:54 PM EDT
When Joe the plumber dared ask Barack Obama about the candidate’s spending obsession, it set in motion a one-sided discussion of an old theme: socialism. Obama’s fateful response, that he would “spread the wealth around,” has revealed the true left-wing nature of many of his policies. And the media’s response has shown their near-complete unwillingness to take that discussion seriously.  
October 20, 2008, 3:55 PM EDT
Little did Joe the plumber know that Barack Obama was just scratching the surface when he answered Joe’s question with a desire to “spread the wealth around.” A new discovery of a 2001 radio appearance by Obama has thrust socialism into the national spotlight despite the media’s best efforts to avoid doing just that.  
October 14, 2008, 9:00 AM EDT
America has always valued success. But at the same time, we’ve had a love affair with class warfare. Big businessmen – railroad tycoons, bankers and cattlemen – became easy targets for our discontent.   Wealth, success, power could be summed up as one of the Seven Deadly Sins – greed. It’s ironic that we complain about one such sin and celebrate another – envy.  
October 6, 2008, 2:30 PM EDT
What a week! Capitol Hill battles over the bailout. Wall Street tumbles. Anchor John Roberts tells us “economists are now warning of a new recession.”   Oops. That last bit comes from May 2004 – right as the recovery from the previous recession was getting into full swing.  John Roberts was an anchor, but he plied his trade with CBS instead of his current CNN role.  
October 1, 2008, 6:50 PM EDT
We got a harsh reminder this week that “Dow” can be a shortened form of the word “Down.” Way down. Monday, the Dow dumped 777 points, a near-7-percent drop. The media that had hollered about economic problems when there were none, finally have something to hold on to.     
September 24, 2008, 9:25 AM EDT
With the “meltdown” on Wall Street, it looks like global warming is striking the financial markets.   Don’t laugh. It must have gone somewhere because it’s not doing as the left and the media had warned. Just a few months ago, supposedly responsible journalists were telling us that the Arctic could be ice free this summer because of the dreaded realties of warming.  
September 15, 2008, 5:49 PM EDT
Bailout. It’s all you hear any more. The government helps J.P. Morgan Chase bail out Bear Stearns. After years of mismanagement, the government bails out home mortgage titans Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Then there’s talk of a bailout of Lehman Brothers, though that didn’t happen. Many on the Hill want to bailout the Big Three automakers as well. And Washington Mutual and other financial firms are on deck.   Don’t forget the subprime bailout plan that aided homeowners who had more mortgage than they could handle.
September 8, 2008, 12:22 PM EDT
Convention time just ended for journalists, and they are on edge about the future. Not the political conventions – the annual Society of Professional Journalists event. With ad dollars shrinking and job losses mounting, the future they are most concerned with is their own. Media outlets are changing to survive, and those changes could move journalism even further to the left.