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Matthew Sheffield

Matthew Sheffield is the publisher of Flux and host of the Theory of Change video podcast. His writings and broadcasts about public opinion, right-wing extremism, misinformation, and technology trends have been quoted and cited by numerous media outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, NBC, CNN, and PC Magazine.

Prior to starting Flux, Matthew was a pollster, writer, and television producer at The Hill where he created and analyzed public opinion surveys on a variety of policy areas which were quoted by presidential candidates, major news outlets, and national political groups.

Earlier, Matthew was a staff reporter at Salon where he wrote about numerous topics, including technology, elections, the media industry, and the rise of extremist movements in the United States. In his reporting, he exposed a secret network of salacious blogs set up for Fox News founder Roger Ailes that targeted women who worked for the network. He also exposed a security vulnerability in Google’s AMP framework and used DKIM email verification techniques to report that then-Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile had improperly passed television debate questions to a presidential candidate in 2016. He also wrote a three-part series on the history of the white nationalist “alt-right” movement that is widely cited.

Before joining Salon, Matthew ran a marketing and technology company which catered to Republican campaigns, conservative organizations, and publications. During this time, he served as the first online managing editor of the Washington Examiner and as the co-founder and executive editor of NewsBusters. He also produced a comedy television show called “The Flipside” and provided WordPress and Drupal web development services to many clients.

His initial right-leaning project was, a blog launched in 2000 that was critical of the former CBS anchor Dan Rather which the Pew Research Center said was most responsible for the explosion of the 2004 “Memogate” scandal that ended Rather’s CBS tenure.

Matthew left conservative media in 2015 after working on a manuscript for a book to help Republicans better understand politics. In researching the topic, he realized that GOP elites were not interested in religious pluralism, and that they often used cultural complaints to distract from unpopular policies.

His introduction to far-right politics grew out of his childhood in a fundamentalist Mormon family. During his youth, Matthew and his 7 siblings lived in cars, tents, trailer parks, and a few regular houses in several U.S. states. He is currently working on a memoir of these years, the first chapter of which is available to Flux subscribers.


Content by Matthew Sheffield

The Senate filibuster hasn’t just stopped progressive legislation, it’s also radicalized Republicans

Mitch McConnell’s filibuster abuses have enabled the GOP to avoid electoral consequences for its unpopular policies, and skewed the center of U.S. politics to the right

June 23, 2021, 2:00 PDT

Beyond belief: The day I almost sold my soul to God

As a child brought up in Mormonism, I was taught to constantly worry about whether I’d survive the Second Coming of Jesus

June 16, 2021, 11:50 PDT

Trump’s blog failure reminds us of the power of platforms, and their owners’ responsibilities

The ex-president’s rudimentary blog was a total failure, and provided a larger lesson in media.

June 2, 2021, 15:25 PDT

Have Trump Republicans lost their grip on reality, or are they just lying to pollsters?

Surveys keep finding that GOP respondents believe falsehoods, but what if they’re just lying in support of the party?

May 22, 2021, 14:17 PDT

Liz Cheney won’t be the last casualty of conservatism’s epistemic collapse

The intellectual destruction of Christian fundamentalism has caused the American right to believe that truth is entirely the product of social power

May 12, 2021, 16:11 PDT

Joe Rogan and our epidemic of pseudo-expertise

Infotainment fandoms have convinced millions of people that blathering internet commentators are experts at everything

April 28, 2021, 1:07 PDT

Together, we’re building the next generation of media

Flux is an ideas community where we explore why things are happening and who we are. Corporate media is broken, it’s time for a new approach.

February 24, 2021, 7:06 PST

Why do Republican elites keep talking about dying for Jesus?

Fighting losing battles valiantly has always been at the core of U.S. conservatism. But as the losses keep piling up, its tragic sense is turning into thanatos.

February 24, 2021, 0:42 PST

Trump accomplished little even when the GOP had total power, why?

Right-wing elites are so divided internally, they’ve settled on a de facto domestic policy: do nothing. It’s why Trump passed almost no legislation as president.

January 20, 2021, 1:07 PST

Far-right creationists are controlling Trump’s coronavirus response

Junk science central: The top officials in the Trump administration setting U.S. policy for handling the SARS2 coronavirus pandemic think evolution is a Satanic lie.

November 2, 2020, 12:28 PST

Editorial cartooning is under threat in the age of the meme

Nationally syndicated cartoonists Nick Anderson and Nate Beeler discuss how the rise of the web has the nation’s editorial artists banding together

December 13, 2019, 10:59 PST

Can we trust opinion polls? The Pew Research Center is trying to make sure

Election polls nationally were fairly accurate in 2016, but big errors at the state level indicate that conducting surveys is becoming more difficult in the future

November 26, 2019, 11:07 PST

The conservative establishment’s nightmare is only just beginning

Republican consultants and elected officials have leveraged religious and racial bigotry for decades. But post-Trump, they can no longer control the forces they have unleashed.

November 22, 2019, 1:33 PST

Trump hasn’t really changed the GOP all that much, former Republican presidential adviser says

After decades in the heart of Republican economic policy and decades after leaving it, economist Bruce Bartlett says his former party hasn’t changed all that much

November 5, 2019, 11:15 PST

Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and the battle for change

Democratic socialists say liberals aren’t working toward the radical change America needs

October 29, 2019, 11:20 PDT

Public opinion on impeachment is complicated

Marist College pollster Lee Miringoff shows that impeachment for President Trump isn’t a sure thing with the public

October 21, 2019, 11:24 PDT

No one wants to cut spending, including Republican voters

Political scientist Matt Grossman discusses how state-level Republicans keep failing to cut government to the bone

October 17, 2019, 11:27 PDT


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