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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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Big Trouble in Little Antelope Valley

In this suburban area 70 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, as elsewhere, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is a time to note how the country has fallen far short of Martin Luther King Jr.’s goals of jobs and freedom.

Posted on Aug 25, 2013



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Don’t Believe Everything You Read

The news media, in reporting the sale of The Washington Post and the implications for The New York Times, ignored a fundamental rule of journalism and life: Bosses lie.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013



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Before Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin, There Was Oliver Beasley

Twenty-three years after an L.A. sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a quiet, much-loved veteran, too many people still can’t move beyond their stereotypical view of race.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013



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Why ‘Chain Reaction’ Must Be Preserved

The sculpture towers 26 feet above the Civic Center lawn in the Southern California coastal city of Santa Monica, a disturbing warning about the danger of nuclear arms. Now the artwork is in peril.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013



AP/Jae C. Hong

America’s Lowest Class

For the hundreds of thousands of Americans who don’t even have a roof to sleep under, things are getting only worse.

Posted on Jul 8, 2013



AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Up to Their Eyeballs

One of the most disturbing aspects of the National Security Agency surveillance scandal is the way government has reportedly worked with private companies such as Yahoo, Facebook and Google.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013



AP/Carolyn Kaster

Obama’s Elitism on Full Display

I’m not surprised that President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have been waging war on the news media. They and other members of the Obama team have always struck me as elitists who don’t think really intelligent or worthwhile people would go into journalism.

Posted on May 31, 2013



AP/Chris Carlson

Does Anything Change in Los Angeles With Election of New Mayor?

The Los Angeles election Tuesday again revealed a city unlike most of the country—more liberal, more deeply Democratic, yet also more interested in medical marijuana than the troubles of the poor.

Posted on May 22, 2013



AP/Rich Pedroncelli

Jerry Brown: California’s Mystery Man

In a time when America’s politicians strive to be everywoman and everyman, Brown goes his own way.

Posted on May 15, 2013



AP/Chris Park

Cowardly Court: Where’s Our Gay Marriage ‘Masterwork’?

Gutless action has no place in the high court’s deliberations on marriage.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013



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