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Bill Boyarsky
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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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McCain Campaign: Not Dead Yet

Although John McCain has made several serious missteps in his bid for the presidency, and although pundits and politicos alike have all but sounded the death knell for his campaign, McCain may still have the wild-card potential to make a comeback—especially if President Bush gives him even the slightest boost.

Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE


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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:  Immigration and Ignorance

As the immigration issue takes the front-and-center position in Congress, opportunities for real reform—as well as legitimization for millions of undocumented workers—are being squandered in each round of deliberation over the pending legislation.

Posted on Jun 19, 2007 READ MORE


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The Biggest Loser

Who earns the title of Worst President Ever:  Nixon or Bush?  While Bill Boyarsky concedes that the question may be moot in some senses, he still takes the two to task in his rundown of the many offenses they committed during their respective (imperialist) presidencies.

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


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Democrats’ Faustian Bargain

In their mad race for money, the front-running Democratic presidential candidates might be selling themselves to the devil.  That is, in words more familiar to political debate, they might be delivering themselves into the hands of rich and powerful opponents of progressive policies.

Posted on May 19, 2007 READ MORE


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Republicans in Disneyland

Truthdig’s seasoned political reporter sizes up the Republican candidates in the 2008 presidential race, noting how their tributes to Ronald Reagan remind him of Walt Disney’s animatronic reconstruction of Abraham Lincoln.

Posted on May 9, 2007 READ MORE


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Airing Gonzales’ Dirty Laundry

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales (above, right) is feeling the heat to come up with some answers to dozens of questions he evaded on April 19 as he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to explain his role in the firings of eight federal attorneys.  Bill Boyarsky has an idea what Gonzales doesn’t want the committee—or the nation—to find out. 

Posted on Apr 30, 2007 READ MORE


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Welcome to the Boys’ Club

Shocking behavior from a shock jock is by definition unremarkable.  But what bothers Bill Boyarsky about Don Imus, besides his latest racist outburst, is how some mainstream journalists have become his cronies—and his defenders—in order to bask in his spotlight.

Posted on Apr 12, 2007 READ MORE


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Bio

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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