The New American

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The New American
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Editor Gary Benoit
Categories Editorial magazine
Frequency Twice a month
Total circulation
(October 2014)
First issue September 30, 1985
Company American Opinion Publishing Inc.
Country United States
Based in Appleton, Wisconsin
Language English
ISSN 0885-6540

The New American (TNA) is a print magazine published twice a month by American Opinion Publishing Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the John Birch Society (JBS), an organization which has been described as a radical right and far-right organization.[2][3][4][5] The magazine was created in 1985 from the merger of two JBS magazines: American Opinion and The Review of the News.


In 1956, Robert W. Welch, Jr. created his first publication, published monthly called One Man's Opinion, which later became known two years later as American Opinion.

Additionally, starting in 1965 was another John Birch Society affiliated publication known as The Review of the News, which was intended for a broader readership. This magazine was meant for straight news. The first published version of "Correction, Please!" was featured in this magazine and is also now continued in The New American.[6]

In September 1985, American Opinion was merged with The Review of the News to create The New American, with the aim of attracting a readership large enough to "make the saving of our country possible."[7] The magazine's name was inspired by a Robert Welch's "New Americanism" essay.[8]

Notable contributors have included Hilaire du Berrier, Samuel Blumenfeld, and Ron Paul.[9]

The print version of the magazine is available to subscribers, but publishes free daily content online.[10]

The Freedom Index[edit]

Published in The New American twice per year or four times each (two-year) congressional term, The Freedom Index is a Congressional scorecard based on the U.S. Constitution. "It rates congressmen based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements."[11]


  1. ^ "The New American". Wisconsin: American Opinion Publishing Inc. October 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ Blumenthal, Max (2010). Republican Gomorrah : inside the movement that shattered the party. New York, NY: Nation Books. p. 332. ISBN 1568584172. Skousen's vocal support for the Far-right John Birch Society's claim that communists controlled President Dwight Eisenhower cost him the support of the corporate backers who had paid for his Red-bashing lecture tours. 
  3. ^ Eatwell, Roger (2004), "Introduction: The new extreme right challenge", Western Democracies and The New Extreme Right challenge, Routledge, p. 7, ISBN 9781134201570 
    Potok, Mark (2004), "The American radical right: The 1990s and beyond", Western Democracies and The New Extreme Right challenge, Routledge, p. 43, ISBN 9781134201570 
  4. ^ Bernstein, Richard (May 21, 2007). "The JFK assassination and a '60s leftist prism Letter from America". International Herald Tribune. Paris. p. 2. 
    Jordan, Ida Kay (August 26, 2001). "Voters Admired N.C. Senator's Independent Streak, Southern Charm". The Virginian-Pilot. Norfolk, Va. p. J.1. 
    Brinkley, Douglas (February 10, 1997). "The Right Choice for the C.I.A.". The New York Times. p. A.15. 
  5. ^ Webb, Clive. Rabble rousers: the American far right in the civil rights era. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2010 ISBN 0820327646 p. 10
  6. ^ The Review of the News September 9, 1965 Correction, Please!
  7. ^ The New American, January 5, 1987 Letter from the Editor
  8. ^ "The John Birch Society". Wisconsin. October 9, 1985. 
  9. ^ "The New American 20 years of TRUTH!". Wisconsin: American Opinion Publishing Inc. September 19, 2005. 
  10. ^ "The New American". Wisconsin: American Opinion Publishing Inc. September 19, 2005. 
  11. ^ The Freedom Index, Wisconsin: American Opinion Publishing Inc. 

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