Jack Shafer

The fractured brilliance of Alexander Cockburn

By Jack Shafer
July 24, 2012

“He was using words as a weapon, using them as one would use a club,” Richard Wright wrote of H.L. Mencken in Black Boy, his autobiography. “Could words be weapons? Well, yes, for here they were.”

The press critics from Foggy Bottom

By Jack Shafer
September 22, 2011

Everybody thinks of themselves as a press critic these days, even the U.S. State Department.