Tom Kludt

Tom Kludt is a reporter for Talking Points Memo based in New York City, covering media and national affairs. Originally from South Dakota, Tom joined TPM as an intern in late-2011 and became a staff member during the 2012 election. He can be reached at tom@talkingpointsmemo.com.

Articles by Tom

This year has now seen three great controversies at the intersection of patriotism and popular music. Chris Daughtry of "American Idol" fame caught hell back in June when he declined to sing "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" during a Fox News appearance on the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Last month, Aaron Lewis, the lead singer of Staind,bungled the lyrics to "The Star-Stangled Banner" prior to game five of the World Series.

After the ensuing backlash, Daughtry and Lewis each apologized. Daughtry said he was "embarrassed and ashamed," while Lewis asked "for the Nation’s forgiveness."

It's still unclear if Bruce Springsteen, one of the musicians at the center of the latest controversy, will be similarly apologetic.

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As a liberal in a red state, Max Brantley is used to being unwelcome in certain political circles. So the editor of the left-leaning Arkansas Times wasn't too surprised when he was denied access last week to a press call with members of Tom Cotton's victorious U.S. Senate campaign.

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