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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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Et Tu, Bernie?

It is one thing to hold one’s nose and vote for Hillary Clinton as the lesser evil. It is quite another to suddenly absolve the Clintons, who have, as Bernie Sanders repeatedly pointed out, contributed so much to the national crisis.

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Robert Scheer and Larry Gross Discuss the Rise of the U.S. Gay Community

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence” podcast, Truthdig’s editor in chief speaks with the author and academic about how formerly “invisible,” closeted gay men and women came—over the course of the middle and late 20th century—to form a community that wielded political power.

Posted on Jul 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Praise for Ron Kovic and His Legacy of Activism

In his new book, Kovic offers a deeply moving account of the struggle of Vietnam veterans to hold politicians accountable to the maimed warriors they sent into harm’s way and then abandoned.

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 READ MORE


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The Media Have ‘Dropped Any Pretense of Objectivity’ in Covering Donald Trump

Trump is constantly depicted as nothing but pure evil in thought and deed, while the considerable ethical complications of his leading Democratic opponent are rationalized—when they are not simply ignored.

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Robert Scheer and Anthony Davis Discuss Football and Brain Trauma

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence” podcast, Truthdig’s editor in chief speaks with the former University of Southern California football player about living with the brain injuries Davis sustained during his celebrated career.

Posted on Jun 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Bill Clinton’s Legacy of Denial

Endorsing the Republican agenda of financial industry deregulation, reversing New Deal safeguards, President Clinton caused more damage to the American economy in the long run than any president since Herbert Hoover.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: A Movement for Peace

Should Hillary Clinton be behaving as the Democratic nominee for president? Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer doesn’t think so and wants her to listen more to the progressive side of the party.

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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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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