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Not according to Nation magazine. Its editorial policy scorns truth. Since the 19th century, it turned reality on its head. Early on, it was unapologetic about slavery. It fell short of supporting labor, minorities, and women's rights.

It championed 19th century laissez faire. It attacked the Grangers, Populists, trade unions and socialists. It 1999, it called NATO's Serbia/Kosovo aggression "humanitarian intervention."

Post-9/11, it backed the Big Lie. Initially, it supported imperial wars on Afghanistan and Iraq. It claimed no evidence showed America's 2004 presidential election was stolen. 

In January 2006, it ran a full-page "Arabian Fables" ad. It claimed Palestinians are prone to violence and deception. Weeks later, it said Haiti's Jean-Bertrand Aristide was "feared and despised." It blamed Haitians for their own misery.

It urged ending "Qaddafi's despotic rule (and) sav(ing) the lives of those bravely resisting his onslaught." Doing so ignored clear evidence of imperial ravaging another nonbelligerent state.

It twists reality on its head about Syria. It calls a Western sponsored invasion a "violent (sectarian) civil war." It suggested Lakhdar Brahimi's appointment might make a difference. It ignores his role as Washington's point man. Like his predecessor, he's a reliable imperial tool. 

It's less than candid suggesting Obama doesn't want war on Iran. It doesn't explain its lawlessness against a nonbelligerent country threatening no one. It downplays illegal sanctions. It stops short of denouncing Netanyahu's hawkishness and Israel's ruthless agenda.

It unabashedly supports Democrats. It pretends they're different than Republicans. It called Obama sellout on healthcare "a historic (victory) for reform."

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It described Democrat convention phony populism as "Change We Can Believe in, 2.0."

Editor Katrina van den Heuvel wrote it. She's an establishment figure. Her background is elitist. She appears often on corporate TV. She gets regular Washington Post op-ed space. She's a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) member. It shows in what she endorses.

She said Democrats reminded us "that elections matter." She called Obama "our first community organizer president." He's "against the plutocrats who want to buy our elections."

He's "committed to 'We the people' and a challenger convinced that 'corporations are people.' "

Romney/Ryan winning "would spell full-spectrum disaster. An Obama victory".would bring few guarantees".(N)o person makes change alone"..But a second term presents an opportunity for change."

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She called one of his campaign speeches a "barn-burn(er)."

"Hope - not rosy optimism but the belief that hard work and commitment makes changes - springs eternal."

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