Stories by Matt Welch

Matt Welch is an associate editor at Reason. His work is archived at subscribe to Matt Welch's feed

Posted on: Sep 6, 2005, Source: Reason

As Katrina wiped out New Orleans' communications infrastructure, panicky rumors of violence in evacuation centers quickly filled the airwaves. The only problem--few of the reports were true.

Posted on: Mar 20, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The public shaming of high-profile athletes has been a conscious policy all along, outstripping any real desire to prosecute criminals or get at the truth about steroid use.

Posted on: Mar 14, 2005, Source: Reason

Major League Baseball stars have been subpoenaed to testify before Congress about steroid use and confidential drug tests. They vow to fight the order all the way to the Supreme Court.

Posted on: Apr 1, 2003, Source: AlterNet

While war news dominates, Ashcroft is ready to batten down the homeland's hatches with a draconian list of curbs on civil liberties.

Posted on: Nov 6, 2000, Source:

How a candidate known as a grim droner sold-out arenas like a rock star.

Posted on: Nov 5, 2000, Source:

At Ralph Nader's buzzing and cluttered campaign headquarters, frazzled twentysomething workers spend their little free time muttering about the Nader's lack of media coverage, while Nader blasts the New York Times' extraordinary editorial campaign against him as repulsive.

Posted on: Oct 23, 2000, Source:

Green candidate Ralph Nader has been quietly sketching out an immigration policy unlike anything the United States has ever seen.

Posted on: Oct 23, 2000, Source:

On a day when Al Gore spent his valuable time trying to quell a progressive revolt in the once safely Democratic Pacific Northwest, insurgent presidential candidate Ralph Nader laughed at his opponent's discomfort, and accused the vice president of being "incapable of telling the truth."

Posted on: Oct 22, 2000, Source:

In a sally that could broaden his support among Arab-American voters, Ralph Nader accused Al Gore of being "cowardly" in his stated support for Israel, and suggested a more sympathetic approach toward the Palestinians.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2000, Source:

After some shaky attempts earlier in the campaign to leaven his bleak worldview with jokes involving a rubber chicken, Nader is actually running a campaign full of good humor and crowd-pleasing punchlines, especially in the last few days.

Posted on: Oct 18, 2000, Source:

Ralph Nader's delicate balancing act between risk-free party building and purposeful election-spoiling came to George W. Bush country Tuesday, for the first leg of a short "Don't Waste Your Vote" tour through states where the presidential race is safely one-sided.

Posted on: Oct 17, 2000, Source:

Ralph Nader's quixotic fight to wiggle his way into the presidential debates ended ignominiously last night at the hands of security guards who refused to let him into Tuesday's debate in St. Louis.

Posted on: Sep 24, 2000, Source:

In Seattle, home of a youthful 'New Politics' movement based on the WTO protests of last year, Ralph Nader spoke to 10,000 paying admirers about the next great American reform movement.

Posted on: Sep 21, 2000, Source:

It may seem odd for a presidential candidate who favors reparations for slavery and regularly denounces the "discriminatory prison-industrial complex" to be on the defensive about race relations, but that's exactly where Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader has found himself this week.

Posted on: Sep 18, 2000, Source:

Ralph Nader, trying to claw his way up out of the single digits and into the presidential debates, is playing good cop-bad cop with the media, praising their investigative reporting in one moment, condemning their corporate servility and editorial judgment in the next.

Posted on: Sep 14, 2000, Source:

As George W. Bush and Al Gore prepare for their presidential debates, Green Party candidate Ralph Nader remains arbitrarily left out of the forum. If he's still excluded by October 1, Nader plans to hold major protests outside the debates.

Posted on: Sep 14, 2000, Source:

Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader says that he's starting to chip away at Al Gore's union support at the rank-and-file level, especially in a number of key California and Michigan locals.

Posted on: Sep 13, 2000, Source:

Criticized by the head of the National Organization of Women as being "ill-informed about abortion rights," Ralph Nader Thursday accused the group of ignoring key women's issues in favor of "political expediency" and said he's been fighting for women's issues since 1957.

Posted on: Sep 12, 2000, Source:

Matt Welch tracks Nader through a swanky Hollywood fundraiser in which Ralph bashes the Democrats and pulls in the big bucks.