Two Insiders on the Dark Side of American Politics

Monday, February 06, 2012

Former journalists Alan Huffman and Michael Rejebian talk about opposition research—the little-understood industry of trying to bring candidates’ weaknesses to light—and how it has become an integral part of the campaign process. We’re with Nobody: Two Insiders Reveal the Dark Side of American Politics is an account of their work as opposition researchers—an adventure across the American political landscape and through the often seamy underbelly of U.S. politics.


Alan Huffman and Michael Rejebian

Comments [7]

Jesse from Bellevue

Here's an interesting company that does background checks on candidates running for office. Non-partisan information. A great point that the only job in America you can apply to that doesn't require a background check is political office.
I believe character does matter. And a candidates past indiscretions all to often come out when they are legislating in office.
We should know more about the men and women running our country!

Feb. 07 2012 12:01 AM

I hate the use of the "magic ellipses," where pols take statements completely out of context and then run with what is essentially a lie.

Can the MCM (Mainstream Corporate Media) fight this? WILL it?

Bush was a master of this, yet when called on his editing would just ignore the issue.

Feb. 06 2012 12:38 PM
Nancy from NJ

Do your guests ever feel in some part responsible for the meanspiritedness in American politics? Good people are driven away from leading our country because of arguably irrelevant information being dug up.

Feb. 06 2012 12:36 PM
tom from lic

Can the guest recommend a handbook on research or reporting that helped them when they started out?

Feb. 06 2012 12:31 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Gingrich's attacking the debate moderator who asked for his reaction to his ex-wife's accusations was not "great." Attacking the person asking the question is not a defense & wouldn't have flown w/an audience that wasn't already inclined to support him (& against "the media"). There are people who do want to know whether it's true, & it's relevant because it raises the issue of his hypocrisy.

Feb. 06 2012 12:27 PM
Helen from manhattan

I know you already mentioned it, but I wish there would be some responsibility with politicians today. Ron Paul's "I just signed my name" on terrible messages from his own web-newletter is depressing for the state of American politicians today. In this republican campaign, we've had so much "its those liberals stirring up the lies" or whatever, but they are sponsoring half (or more) of these attack ads. It makes even trying to decide who to vote for just overwhelming and upsetting really.

Feb. 06 2012 12:23 PM
FranciL from NYC


Feb. 06 2012 12:13 PM

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