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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...

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Robert Scheer: Clinton Ended Welfare, Not Poverty

Bill Clinton doesn’t seem to know the difference between getting mothers and their children off the welfare rolls and getting them out of poverty.

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Robert Scheer: Warring Over the Heart of the Party

Democrats must transcend all their intraparty squabbles over the war in Iraq and focus on the obligation of politicians to be honest with the public.

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Robert Scheer: Spinning Old Threats Into New Fears

Investigators have known for a decade about terrorist plots to bring down passenger jets with liquid explosives. So why, all of a sudden, did Bush ban most liquids on flights?

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Robert Scheer: Why We Don’t Know Our Enemy

A new book by the former co-chairs of the 9/11 commission tells the inside story of how the White House has systematically endeavored to squelch any real examination of the enemy whose actions kicked off the so-called war on terror.

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Robert Scheer: Israel’s Dependency on the Drug of Militarism

The Jewish state’s die-hard supporters in the White House, Congress and the media seem unable to understand that Israel will never be able to bomb its way to security.

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Robert Scheer: Labor Pains of a Stillborn Foreign Policy

By saying that the Israel-Lebanon crisis simply represents the “birth pangs of a new Middle East,” Condoleezza Rice underscored the Bush administration’s blindness to the disastrous effects its foreign policy has wrought.

Posted on Jul 25, 2006 READ MORE


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Robert Scheer: What Bush’s Open Mike Revealed

In the midst of a Middle Eastern crisis that threatens to destabilize the entire region and perhaps beyond, it was unnerving that what most seemed to interest President Bush at the G8 summit is that China is a long flight from western Russia.

Posted on Jul 18, 2006 READ MORE


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Robert Scheer
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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 nine 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.” Scheer’s latest book, “The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street” (Nation Books), was released on September 7, 2010.

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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