Elbert Ventura

Elbert Ventura is a research fellow at Media Matters for America.

Recent Articles

How Hate Groups Went Mainstream

In his new book, David Neiwert charts the rise of paranoid, hate-focused rhetoric on the right.

The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right
by David Neiwert, PoliPoint Press, 266 pages, $16.95

What Hollywood Agenda?

Try as they might, conservatives just can't quit Brokeback Mountain. Weeks after its release, Ang Lee's critically acclaimed hit continues to be the object of fixation among conservative pundits. The grumbling has been relentless. The movie advances Hollywood's “radical agenda,” says MSNBC's Joe Scarborough. Syndicated conservative radio host Janet Parshall calls it part of the “homosexualizing of America.” Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly, talking about the film's critical success, says the rapturous response is “about mainstreaming certain conduct.”