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Robert Scheer

Robert Scheer, editor in chief of Truthdig, has built a reputation for strong social and political writing over his 30 years as a journalist. His...

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Dear Bill Clinton: The End of Welfare Isn’t the End of Poor People

Isn’t it great how we solved the welfare problem? That’s the one thing that former President Clinton, Congress and even the media agree on.

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How Bill Clinton Waged a War on Welfare Mothers Instead of a War on Poverty

To hear Clinton tell it, his presidency won the war on poverty three decades after President Lyndon B. Johnson launched it, having changed only the name. Seems he doesn’t know the difference between getting mothers and their children off the welfare rolls and getting them out of poverty.

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How We Fix the Mess the Democratic Party Establishment Made (Video and Transcript)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and author Thomas Frank discuss what the future of the Democratic Party looks like.

Posted on Aug 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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The Democratic Convention Film on Hillary Clinton Lied to America

The short movie claimed that the Children’s Defense Fund was the essence of Clinton’s early career—and avoided the ugly fact that she betrayed the beneficiaries of that fund and all children in poverty, beginning as first lady of Arkansas.

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Live From Philadelphia: Robert Scheer, Jeff Cohen, Norman Solomon on Dissatisfied Delegates (Video)

On Day 4 of the Democratic National Convention, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer sat down with special guests Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon to discuss dissatisfaction among Bernie Sanders’ delegates.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Robert Scheer Questions Lawrence Summers and Michael Blumenthal on the 2008 Financial Crash (Video)

On Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention, Truthdig’s editor in chief confronted the two former Treasury secretaries about the role financial deregulation played in the Wall Street crash.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Live From Philadelphia: Robert Scheer on Democratic Party Failures and Progressive Solutions (Video)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer reported live from Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention to explain how past economic failures have created the need for a truly progressive Democratic Party.

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Robert Scheer, editor in chief of Truthdig, has built a reputation for strong social and political writing over his 30 years as a journalist. His columns appear in newspapers across the country, and his in-depth interviews have made headlines. He conducted the famous Playboy magazine interview in which Jimmy Carter confessed to the lust in his heart and he went on to do many interviews for the Los Angeles Times with Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and many other prominent political and cultural figures.

Between 1964 and 1969 he was Vietnam correspondent, managing editor and editor in chief of Ramparts magazine. From 1976 to 1993 he served as a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, writing on diverse topics such as the Soviet Union, arms control, national politics and the military. In 1993 he launched a nationally syndicated column based at the Los Angeles Times, where he was named a contributing editor.  That column ran weekly for the next 12 years and is now based at Truthdig.

Scheer can be heard on the political radio program “Left, Right and Center” on KCRW, the National Public Radio affiliate in Santa Monica, Calif.  He is currently a clinical professor of communications at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Scheer has written 10 books, including “Thinking Tuna Fish, Talking Death: Essays on the Pornography of Power”; “With Enough Shovels: Reagan, Bush and Nuclear War”; “America After Nixon: The Age of Multinationals”; with his son Christopher and Lakshmi Chaudhry, “The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us about Iraq”; “Playing President: “My Close Encounters with Nixon, Carter, Bush I and Clinton—and How They Did Not Prepare Me for George W. Bush”; and “The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America” and “The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street” (Nation Books). Scheer’s latest book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy” (Nation Books), was released on February 24, 2015.

Scheer was raised in the Bronx, where he attended public schools and graduated from City College of New York. He studied as a Maxwell Fellow at Syracuse University and was a fellow at the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, where he did graduate work in economics. Scheer is a contributing editor for The Nation as well as a Nation Fellow. He has also been a Poynter Fellow at Yale, and was a fellow in arms control at Stanford.

Scheer received the 2010 Distinguished Work in New Media Award from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Greater Los Angeles Chapter, and in 2011 Ithaca College awarded him the Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media.

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