David Mark

JOURNALIST :: AUTHOR :: POLITICAL ANALYST

David Mark is editor-in-chief of Politix, published
by Topix, the largest local forum site in the U.S.

David's Bio

Prior to heading up Silicon Valley-based Politix, David enjoyed a long career covering politics and government in Washington, D.C., where he visits frequently for work and pleasure.

For six years David was a senior editor at Politico. He was previously editor-in-chief of Campaigns & Elections, which covers the business and trends of politics. Earlier in his career David was a reporter on Capitol Hill.

An acclaimed author, David’s latest book is Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs and Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon Slang and Bluster of American Political Speech. Written with Almanac of American Politics Co-Author Chuck McCutcheon, Dog Whistles decodes what politicians really mean when they use odd-sounding, insider-ish phrases.

With a forward by author, journalist and television analyst Jeff Greenfield, Dog Whistles will help you keep up your antennae on high alert for intentionally-confusing language by political types – of both parties.

David's first book, Going Dirty: The Art of Negative Campaigning, was published in March 2006, with two subsequent updated editions, Going Dirty is a history of negative campaigning in American politics and an examination of how candidates and political consultants have employed this often-controversial technique. David’s keen perspective on negative campaigning has allowed for numerous college courses and news sources to utilize Going Dirty. In the same year as its initial publication, Mark discussed Going Dirty on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”. More than six years later – and much to David’s surprise, - Going Dirty was even the basis of a “Jeopardy” question.

David appears regularly in news outlets to provide political analysis and commentary. He’s a frequent guest on NPR affiliates KQED, in the San Francisco Bay Area, and KPCC, in Southern California, among many others.

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David's Books

  • New Book!
    Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs, & Washington Handshakes

    David's latest book is Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs and Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon Slang and Bluster of American Political Speech. Written with Almanac of American Politics Co-Author Chuck McCutcheon, Dog Whistles decodes what politicians really mean when they use odd-sounding, insider-ish phrases.

    With a forward by author, journalist and television analyst Jeff Greenfield, Dog Whistles will help you keep up your antennae on high alert for intentionally-confusing language by political types – of both parties.

  • Going Dirty

    Going Dirty is a history of negative campaigning in American politics and an examination of how candidates and political consultants have employed this often-controversial technique.

    David‘s book includes case studies on notable races throughout the television era in which new negative campaign strategies were introduced, or existing tactics were refined and amplified upon.

    Going Dirty has won wide acclaim among popular and academic audiences. Political science professors at Northwestern University, Dartmouth College, Fordham University, Providence College and many more have adopted Going Dirty in course curricula.

David's Media

  • Politics and Prose bookstore
    Sep 13 2014

    David and Chuck officially launched Dog Whistles at Politics and Prose bookstore, in Washington, D.C. Books sold out at the packed event.
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  • KQED radio, San Francisco - "Forum"
    Sep 11 2014

    David discussed the contents of Dog Whistles.
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  • KABC radio, Los Angeles - "The Peter Tilden Show"
    Sep 10 2014

    David discussed President Obama's speech on countering ISIS.

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  • The Hugh Hewitt radio show - Nationally Syndicated.
    Sep 10 2014

    David discussed the contents of Dog Whistles.
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  • Kol Emeth synagogue - Palo Alto, Calif.
    Sep 10 2014

    David discussed Dog Whistles at the weekly Men's Club meeting.
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  • Political Wire
    Sep 10 2014

    "Podcast: Conversation with Chuck McCutcheon and David Mark"
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