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Bill Boyarsky
Bill Boyarsky

Bill Boyarsky, political correspondent for Truthdig, is a lecturer in journalism at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication. Boyarsky was city editor of The Los Angeles Times when he retired in 2001.  Before that, he was a columnist, city-county bureau chief and...

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Credit Occupy in Bernie Sanders’ Surge

What began in 2011 as a movement against income inequality has morphed into burgeoning support for a presidential candidate who is passionate about economic justice.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016



Rallying for Bernie Sanders, Seminar-Style

Pundits say voter anger is what characterizes this year’s presidential race, but it was a different story at a recent Sanders campaign gathering in Beverly Hills, where the candidate’s supporters quietly sought serious answers to issues including health insurance, fracking and campaign finance.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016



Bernie Sanders Is Tapping Into a Vein of Anger Over Health Care

What to do about Obamacare divides the senator from his chief rival, Hillary Clinton. She would merely shore up gaps in the program. The Vermont senator, however, goes further, and his vision of health care as a universal right could resonate among voters.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016



Refugee Crisis Leaves the Deepest, and Cruelest, Mark on 2015

It was a year of Trump, Shkreli, terror attacks, mass murders, police shootings and the legalization of same-sex marriage. But the most significant news was about the thousands fleeing from war or the harsh results of climate change.

Posted on Jan 1, 2016



Media’s Near Blackout on Bernie Sanders Keeps Many Voters in the Dark

The presidential candidate is having difficulty getting his face, and his policy positions, on television. And this week his campaign was roiled by a flap over unauthorized accessing of Democratic National Committee voter data.

Posted on Dec 18, 2015



Trump’s ‘Muslim Policy’ Conjures Up Demons From Fascism’s History

If you think it’s impossible for a demagogue to seize control and destroy American democracy, think again. Trump’s hate-filled call for banning Muslims from entering the U.S. appeals to many angry and scared Americans.

Posted on Dec 8, 2015



Creeping Restrictions on Abortion and Voting Are Going Unchecked

The media are failing to cover the insidious erosion of rights taking place mostly—but not exclusively—in Red states.

Posted on Nov 28, 2015



Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan: Hiding Cruel Policies Behind the Smiley Faces

These two congressmen will be portrayed in the press as the attractive, reasonable new leaders of the Republican Party. But take a close look and you will see the “old” GOP oozing through. One wants to lay waste to the poor while the other wants to lend a helping hand to the rich.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015



The Democratic Debate: Only Sanders Gave the Poor Their Due

Vermont senator called for a revolution in banking, health care, child care and education. Clinton kept her focus on the middle class.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015



The Grass Roots Are Getting Greener for Sanders, but Will They Wither?

The presidential candidate’s burgeoning war chest made mainstream media take note. Now the test is whether an ad hoc volunteer movement, started by issues-oriented progressives, can be converted into a political revolution.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015



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