Birth of a Radical

Before she followed her mentor Steve Bannon to the White House, Julia Hahn was a recent college grad from Beverly Hills who attended the liberal enclaves of Harvard-Westlake and the University of Chicago. Peter Maass attempts to unravel the mystery of what brought a 25-year-old with no distinct political leanings to become a reporter for Breitbart and a voice of the alt-right. The mystery, however, may have a simple answer: “Washington is bursting with strivers in their 20s just like her, eager to find their spot on the terrain of political power, while unsure of what their own attitudes about power really are.”

 

Source: The Intercept
Published: May 7, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,300 words)

The Toppling: How the Media Inflated a Minor Moment in a Long War

“I realized this was a big deal,” McCoy told me. “You’ve got all the press out there and everybody is liquored up on the moment. You have this Paris, 1944, feel. I remember thinking, The media is watching the Iraqis trying to topple this icon of Saddam Hussein. Let’s give them a hand.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jan 3, 2011
Length: 35 minutes (8,919 words)