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Posted on Nov 28, 2005

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By dostavegas, December 1, 2005 at 5:21 am Link to this comment
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what a sign of the times, Jonah Goldberg replaces Robert Scheer - the crazies are being ligitimized - first Rich Lowry on PBS now this - even after GW is long gone the institutional changes he has put in place will be with us for generations to come.

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By Patricia Lay-Dorsey, November 30, 2005 at 3:02 pm Link to this comment
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Juan Cole sent me over here today and I’m delighted to find that you are not letting the Chicago power-fellas stop you from continuing to bring us a truth untarnished by the mainstream media’s corporate/governmental bias. The LA Times’ loss is our gain.

I’ll be adding truthdig.com to my daily online information gathering, and will provide a link to your site on my blog. Reading newspapers was nice, but in times like these, the internet allows what the print media no longer can…freedom of the press.

Welcome!

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By Grace Jablow, November 30, 2005 at 2:30 pm Link to this comment
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Mr. Scheer ..love Truthdig!  Good Luck with it!

Grace Jablow

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By Christopher Weills, November 30, 2005 at 8:30 am Link to this comment
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Dear Mr. Scheer:
Congratulations on Truthdig.  Please add my applause to the growing crescendo   No surprise you would be on the cutting edge of media delivering dispatches with crystal-clear perspectives.

Christopher Weills

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By doug tucker, November 30, 2005 at 7:44 am Link to this comment
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I too am abandoning the Times in light of their dismissal. I once asked my daughter to bury me with the Times so that I’d have something to read. Now I need to change my will.

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By Jerry McEvoy, November 30, 2005 at 7:36 am Link to this comment
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Dear Bob,

We will follow where you lead. Best of luck in what looks like the cutting edge of progressive news.

Jerry McEvoy
Kansas City, MO

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By Speed King, November 30, 2005 at 6:51 am Link to this comment
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Great to have you back, Mr. Scheer. I have seen media future - and it is a blog!

How about this blast from the past:

A nuclear war is winnable by having “a survivability of command and control, survivability of industrial potential, protection of a percentage of your citizens, and you have a capability that inflicts more damage on the opposition than it can inflict on you.” - Candidate George HW Bush to Robert Scheer, January 1980

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By Phil Blum, November 30, 2005 at 2:01 am Link to this comment
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Well I gave up my sub to the LA Times years ago in frustration with the continual rightward creep I observed.  My only regret is that it robbed me of the pleasure of canceling my sub now in protest.

I also dropped the Times because it was just too much fat and fluff mixed in with the content.  I couldn’t stomach all the dead trees I contributed too for the occassional great story or column.

Now all the forests can rejoice!  And you can write all you want without the fluff, and no guilt! Congrats!

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By G.Long, November 29, 2005 at 11:32 pm Link to this comment
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Great news—this web site. 

God, can’t we just get rid of that Everyday-Becoming-More-Of-A-Scandal-Sheet-LA-Times?

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By Harriet F. Abrahms, November 29, 2005 at 10:50 pm Link to this comment
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Dear Bob,
So very happy to find you at your new “home”. I hope we can hear from you more often now, as this search for the truth is getting more difficult each day we are in this morass. Finally, we’ve got you back—so keep on digging for the truth!

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By gertrude & Murphy, November 29, 2005 at 10:37 pm Link to this comment
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We get the SF Chronicle but this is even better.  Unwind and enjoy. Oakland, CA

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By EeeGee, November 29, 2005 at 10:34 pm Link to this comment
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In the great tradition of I.F. Stone (who would have love the internet) you seem compelled to speak the truth, no matter how unpopular it is at the time.  Some of us value that trait highly.

Give em hell, Robert!

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By Janet Marshall, November 29, 2005 at 9:59 pm Link to this comment
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Your thoughtful and accurate commentaries are beautifully expressed and welcome in my home anytime. Best of luck in your new enterprise.

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By Robb Tracy, November 29, 2005 at 9:57 pm Link to this comment
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Dear Bob Scheer,

Last Tuesday your replacement in “Current” dismissed suspicions of big oil price gouging and attributed post-Katrina markups to simple supply and demand. I wanted to shout… if “supply and demand” were operating at the L.A. Times we’d have Robert Scheer on Tuesdays instead of what’s-his-name!!

Ahhhh… but we have the ‘net and I can read any just about any paper I want AND we have this promising new emag, too!  Congratulations!  It looks terrific.

(I did notice something reading the new guy I’ve not thought about before…  there’s a very fine line between urb-ane and in-ane.  Someone should show him where it is.  I’d cancel, but I’ve never actually subscribed.)

Okay, enough with the nyah-nyah from me. Onward and Upward.

Just keep on giving us Truth!  And SANITY!

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By Don Lake, November 29, 2005 at 9:06 pm Link to this comment
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What a great web site. I have already read all of the articles.  I am so glad that you have created a great source of information and opinion. Best of luck to you and thank you.
Don

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By The Wizard, November 29, 2005 at 8:19 pm Link to this comment
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Welcome to the L.A. web community. Your voice has been missed!

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By Sheila Winston, November 29, 2005 at 8:06 pm Link to this comment
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boy oh boy, did i miss you!  i screamed at the LA TIMES, i wrote nasty emails to jeff “the joker” johnson. please forgive me for not cancelling my subscription: i really like reading the paper with my coffee in the morning; though i boycott the op-ed pages.
did they think that by firing you, you wouldn’t find a way to let us hear your voice?  they’re dumber than i thought!

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By PatnJeff@Keyway.net, November 29, 2005 at 7:40 pm Link to this comment
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Bob

Glad to have you in my in-box every Tuesday.  Carry on.

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By maxine weksler, November 29, 2005 at 7:32 pm Link to this comment
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Thank G-d you’re back!  I have saved many of your columns, as you express perfectly what I think or should be thinking.  I wish you great success and a much wider readership than the L.A. Times enjoys.  That paper has shamed and doomed itself by turning right. I expect it to lose more readers than it gains, as I know no conservative who would open an L.A. Times, much less read one of its few remaining articles critical of our government.

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By Mary Beam, November 29, 2005 at 7:28 pm Link to this comment
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Dear Robert Scheer,  Sometime ago I started reading your informative and clear articles regarding the mess our “employees” in Washington have involved us in, here in our precious country, and around the world. I feel fortunate that I will be able to continue reading your columns via this new endeavor.  Keep writing and keep us informed.  mrb

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By OCPatriot, November 29, 2005 at 7:04 pm Link to this comment
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My best wishes to you in starting this up.  May you profit psychically and financially from it and maybe start a new “model” for what used to be called journalism.  I was saddened by the layoff of Scheer and it is nice to have him back.

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By Bryan Adamson, November 29, 2005 at 6:53 pm Link to this comment
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Too bad for the LA Times… but great for the rest of us!  Its great to see you online with such a promising website and I look forward to supplementing my daily web news diet with truthdig.com.

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By Christopher James, November 29, 2005 at 5:34 pm Link to this comment
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Bob- Having heard you on “left right and center” [now via podcast], I have welcomed your perspectives, insight and spunk. While I live in CT, I too had the LATimes on my favorites until they fired you. We need more like you, Robert Fisk and Seymour Hersh, real journalists instead of people who simply rewrite something off the AP wire. I applaud your starting of this site and wish you the best of luck in this endeavor.

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By Jesse Barr, November 29, 2005 at 5:29 pm Link to this comment
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A great way to turn the other cheek!
If we have enought commentators like you and the forces of darkness are unable to control the Internet, we may make it out of this mess yet.

Keep telling it like it is!
jb

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By Marilyn Hill, November 29, 2005 at 5:07 pm Link to this comment
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Dear Bob,  I’ve always looked forward to reading your columns at the Times and now to have a double dose of you on truthdig and the HufPo makes me feel good about America again!!  P.S.  I deleted the LA Times from My Favorites List!

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By jimmy citizen, November 29, 2005 at 4:44 pm Link to this comment
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Congratulations to you Mr. Scheer! I look forward to being able to continue reading your thoughtful columns. Thank you

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By John Mathieu, November 29, 2005 at 4:27 pm Link to this comment
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My LA Times subscription was cancelled the day Robert Scheer was let go. I hope more people do the same and end up here.

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By John C. Champlin, November 29, 2005 at 4:26 pm Link to this comment
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I’ve been listening to you on Left Right and Center, and I like you better than Arianna.  She is only a self-promoter, while you are sincere.

I am really disappointed at the LA Times’ spinelessness for kicking you out—keep speaking!  You have dedicated and informed allies everywhere.

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By Claude H. King, November 29, 2005 at 4:06 pm Link to this comment
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Opening my L.A. Times on Tuesdays USED to be something I looked forward to.  I hurridly would pull out the CALIFORNIA section to devour your column.

Somehow all that enthusiasm has been diminised with the ‘list’ of contributing articles with the likes of Jonah Goldberg.  (Instead of the WHALE swallowing Jonah, it appears that Jonah has swallowed the Whale).

Now to find TRUTHDIG is like being a child again at Christmas time and opening that beautifully wrapped gift placed under my Christmas Tree by Santa!!!!

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a SANTA!!!!

Best of luck…ALWAYS!!!!!

Claude H. King

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By Edward C. Walsh, esq., November 29, 2005 at 3:41 pm Link to this comment
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Mr. Scheer,  Thant you for starting this new enterprise.  This country desperately needs responsible non-corporate owned media to tell truth to a decent but befuddled public.  Your recent experience illustrates the shame of the L. A. Times as it marches toward right wing hookerdom. You and Sy Hersh are critical exposers of the corporate fascist threat the present government poses to a democratic society in this country.
            Ed Walsh,
            Basking Ridge, NJ

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By Jennifer Conway, November 29, 2005 at 3:35 pm Link to this comment
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My, oh my, the phoenixes are rising, and the world is suddenly not so precariously atilt.

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By Jim Cullen, November 29, 2005 at 3:26 pm Link to this comment
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Congratulations on the startup. Living well is the best revenge.

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By bruce w leonard, November 29, 2005 at 3:11 pm Link to this comment
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Dear Robert, I was saddened today to read the editorial pages in the LA Times without your usual column. Your voice needs to be heard. I wish you the best with this new enterprise. Bruce

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By Raymond Rodriguez, November 29, 2005 at 3:08 pm Link to this comment
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There is something satisfying about sitting at a table with a cup of coffee and reading a newspaper. But, lately, I can just as easily bring my laptop to the table and enjoy wireless, high-speed Internet and the added bonus is that, unlike newspapers, TV and radio, I can transmit as well as receive.

Good luck in this venture, though Robert is often preaching to the choir in my case, he brings up topics and backs them up in a way only a gifted journalist could do.

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By Susan Griffin, November 29, 2005 at 2:55 pm Link to this comment
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I’m so sorry that the suits from my hometown, Chicago, are gutting the LA Times.  But I’m also glad that you’ve started this site.  How else will we have the truth?  Thanks.

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By Russ Ellis, November 29, 2005 at 2:53 pm Link to this comment
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Now you’re free.  Take us with you.

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By Malcolm McClain, November 29, 2005 at 2:48 pm Link to this comment
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Starting out great with Robert Scheer, powerful article by Steve Wasserman, welcome by Juan Cole and Orville Schell, truthdig.com will go places. Cheers.

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By William S King, November 29, 2005 at 1:17 pm Link to this comment
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So glad to know that you have another platform from which to pursue honest journalism! You will be a part of my daily fare.
Best wishes,

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By Roy Absher, November 29, 2005 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment
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I’m glad you’ve trumped the LA Times.  While I felt the LA Times was certainly more progressive than the “paper of record” in NY, and assuredly less war cheer-leader than the WP, it needed your writing to stay on my list of reads.  The Web is progressing nicely, and is where I get my news.  So, its great to read and hear you speak. 

I’m not ashamed to admit I have been a fan for more than a few years, and hope to see you again in coming years at the UCLA Festival of Books with, or without, LA Times sponsorship. 

Best

Roy L. Absher

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By madeleine stoner, November 29, 2005 at 12:25 pm Link to this comment
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This is a welcome addition to my information sources. Thanks for this start up.

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By Fred Garcia, November 29, 2005 at 10:52 am Link to this comment
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I AM VERY GLAD TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO READ
ROBERT SCHEER AGAIN, AFTER HE WAS LET GO BY THE
LATIMES. HE PROVIDES A SCHOLARLY, REALISTIC
WINDOW IN THE WORLD OF POLITICS.
FRED GARCIA
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By Jeffrey M Moskin, November 29, 2005 at 10:50 am Link to this comment
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Glad you are back in “print”, Bob. I have cancelled my sub to what is left of the LA Times and will look for you here as well as HuffPo.

Good Morning, and Good Luck.

Jeff Moskin
Culver City, CA

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