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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...

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Playing Down the Middle

Politics is a cruel and disappointing business. This year, Democratic liberals gambled on a young man who offered hope and change. But after those wondrous primary days, they are furious over Sen. Barack Obama’s understandable effort to reach out to an electorate that is, and long has been, planted firmly in the middle of the road.

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AP photo / Marcio Jose Sanchez

Notes on a California Sea Change

Watching the couples in line for licenses in Beverly Hills on the first day of gay marriage in California, I was struck by how the scene was so commonplace, even boring—just a bunch of men and women waiting their turn at a nondescript government office.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008 READ MORE


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Exposing the GOP’s Voter Suppression Campaign

If Barack Obama, the presumed Democratic presidential nominee, is to defeat John McCain, he’d better get started organizing teams of election law attorneys and other specialists to guard against efforts already underway to disenfranchise Democratic voters.

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Citizen Journalism: In With the New

Spurred on by a historic presidential election, an increasing number of “civilians” are engaged in journalism on the Web, and they are changing journalism for the better.

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AP photo / Kevork Djansezian

Campaign ‘08: Giving U.S. Health Care a Checkup

On May 5, the day before Barack Obama all but clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, I visited Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif., because I was sick—sick of stories about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his most famous parishioner and of television close-ups of Obama drinking beer and Hillary Clinton belting straight shots in efforts to show their inner blue collars. 

Posted on May 13, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Gerald Herbert, file

Church, State and Campaign ‘08

We are letting religious fanaticism dominate the presidential campaign. The candidates have brought it on themselves with tedious references to their churchgoing piety. Now we’re all paying for it. Who cares what their preachers say?

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Courting the ‘White Vote’

When looking at Sen. Barack Obama’s primary election results, I always check the white vote first. I imagine many Democratic National Convention superdelegates do, too. The reason is obvious: Obama is the first African-American with a strong chance of winning the presidency, and his prospects depend on whether whites will give him a vote.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


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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 political writer.  He was a member of reporting teams that won three Pulitzer prizes and has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2010, the Los Angeles Press Club honored Boyarsky’s original columns in Truthdig by naming the author the Online Journalist of the Year.

Boyarsky has also taught at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, California State University at Northridge and the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.  He was given a fellowship at Berkeley for research on his biography of the late California political leader Jesse M. Unruh, “Big Daddy: Jesse Unruh and the Art of Power Politics” (November 2007). He served as Vice President of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission (2003 - 2008).

Boyarsky’s latest book is “Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times” (September 2009). He is the author of four other books: “The Rise of Ronald Reagan”; “Ronald Reagan, His Life and Rise to the Presidency”; “Los Angeles: City of Dreams”; and “Backroom Politics.”  His wife, Nancy, was co-author of Backroom Politics.

Boyarsky is a columnist for the Jewish Journal and blogs for LA Observed.

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