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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: Will the Real Democrats Please Stand Up?

While Sen. Joe Lieberman has come clean as a true believer in the Bush crusade, Sen. Hillary Clinton continues to shamefully waffle on the Iraq question, which is particularly galling, given her position as the party’s supposed front-runner.

Posted on Jul 4, 2006 READ MORE


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Robert Scheer: A Disgraceful Attack on the New York Times

The Bush administration is starting to sound like a two-bit dictatorship by insisting that the media shouldn’t have the right to report on the government’s prosecution of the so-called “war on terror.”

  • UPDATE: The House passed a resolution condemning the N.Y. Times for its reporting.
  • Posted on Jun 27, 2006 READ MORE

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    Robert Scheer: Hillary’s Shameful Straddling on Iraq

    If Sen. Clinton can’t demonstrate clear leadership on Iraq now, why should we believe she would grow a backbone as president?

    Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE



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    Robert Scheer: DeLays Mission Continues

    From the tone of his farewell address last week, you’d think Tom DeLay was being carried out of Congress on the shoulders of his colleagues, rather than slithering out of office with his tail between his legs.

    Posted on Jun 13, 2006 READ MORE

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    Wen Ho Lee

    Robert Scheer: Media Failed Its Duty in Lee Case

    Five of the largest U.S. newspapers shirked their journalistic responsibility by covering up the government’s outrageous smear campaign against Los Alamos nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee. 

    Posted on Jun 6, 2006 READ MORE

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    Robert Scheer: Bush Links Energized Enron

    The Bush family consistently acted to put Enron and its longtime CEO, Ken Lay, into a position to rip off investors and taxpayers. Why is the mass media ignoring that fact now that Lay has been convicted in arguably the most egregious example of white-collar fraud in U.S. history?

    Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE

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    Robert Scheer: Wow! Iraqi Leader Takes Bush’s Calls

    “  ‘He wouldn’t have taken my phone call a year ago,’ Bush said Monday of the new Iraqi parliament speaker. ‘He’s now taken it twice.’ Wow, and it cost only $200 billion and thousands of maimed and dead American soldiers to get the president’s call returned.”

    Posted on May 23, 2006 READ MORE

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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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