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The Girl Behind One of the Most Devastating Photos Taken in Gaza

Although Najia Warshagha is only 9 years old, this is not her first war.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 READ MORE



International Media (Finally) Zoom In on Violence in Venezuela

“Tonight, Venezuela is seeing a spasm of violence that’s unlike anything the country has experienced since 1989,” blogger Audrey M. Dacosta wrote from Caracas on Wednesday.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Another Non-Terrorist Non-Muslim Plane Hijacker: The Sochi Plot

The Associated Press article on the Ukrainian hijacker who tried to divert a plane to Sochi on Friday is interesting for the words it does not use.

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Gov’t Surveillance

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Holder Happens

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Press Scandal

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Watergate Amnesia, the Nixonian Slur and Other Big Lies

Let’s state this very simply, so everybody will understand. The notion that Barack Obama is “Nixonian”—or that his administration’s recent troubles bear any resemblance to “Watergate”—is the biggest media lie since the phony “Whitewater scandal” crested during the Clinton presidency.

Posted on May 31, 2013 READ MORE


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Tea Partyer Threatens Senator, Fox News Pundit’s Sexist Remarks, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why prominent news outlets are declining an invitation to meet with Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama’s becoming the target of yet another letter possibly laced with the deadly poison ricin.

Posted on May 30, 2013 READ MORE


Free Press

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Under the FBI Thumb

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Freedom of the Pressed

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‘Left, Right & Center’: The White House Scandal Trifecta

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask whether the Obama administration will be distracted and ineffective from here on out. The head of the IRS apologizes and claims there was no political motivation behind its treatment of conservative groups. Is it a benign symbol of an unwieldy, too-big government, or a terrifying reminder of the Nixon years?

Posted on May 18, 2013 READ MORE



What the Benghazi Emails Reveal, Rove Blames Obama for Scandals, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the latest sign that Anthony Weiner will enter the New York City mayoral race and televangelist Pat Robertson’s dubious marital advice for women.

Posted on May 16, 2013 READ MORE



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The Problem With Obama’s Second Term

The Obama White House is on the defensive and floundering: Benghazi, the IRS’ investigations of right-wing groups, the Justice Department’s snooping into journalists’ phone records, Obamacare behind schedule, the administration’s push for gun control ending in failure. Whom should the blame fall on?

Posted on May 16, 2013 READ MORE


The False God of ‘Narrative’

I know, I know: This “confluence” of “scandals” spells “trouble” for the Obama administration. Well, sure, this has been hell week for the president. But what spells trouble for our country is our apparent eagerness to avoid debate about discrete problems by sacrificing the particulars and the facts to the idol of political narrative.

Posted on May 16, 2013 READ MORE


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Chris Hedges: The ‘Terrifying’ State Assault on Press Freedom

“We are now in the last moments of an effort to, in essence, effectively extinguish press freedom,” the Truthdig columnist told “Democracy Now!” in a conversation Wednesday about revelations of the Justice Department’s seizure of work, home and cellphone records of up to 100 reporters and editors at The Associated Press.

Posted on May 15, 2013 READ MORE



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A ‘Sea Change’ in the Media’s View of Obama?

Upon finding itself a target of the administration’s spying program, the establishment press suddenly disapproves of the president’s record on “civil liberties, transparency, press freedoms, and a whole variety of other issues on which he based his first campaign,” Glenn Greenwald writes in The Guardian.

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Obama Weighs In On IRS Scandal, Bachmann Pushes 9/11 Pray Day, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Justice Department is caught spying on The Associated Press and a new poll shows Sarah Palin’s U.S. Senate prospects.

Posted on May 13, 2013 READ MORE


How We Talk About North Korea

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: How the media cover—and promote—war, Robert Scheer defends the messenger, AP disappears “illegal” immigrants, and America’s office slaves, otherwise known as interns, rise up.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 READ MORE



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How We Talk About North Korea

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: How the media cover—and promote—war, Robert Scheer defends the messenger, AP disappears ‘illegal’ immigrants, and America’s office slaves, otherwise known as interns, rise up.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 READ MORE



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A Victory Against the Language of Bigotry

As one of the world’s largest news outlets, The Associated Press’ linguistic mandates significantly shape the broader vernacular. So when the organization this week decided to stop using the term “illegal immigrant,” it was a big victory for objectivity and against the propagandistic language of bigotry.

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AP Stylebook Addresses Illegal Immigration

“Illegal” describes an action, not a person, says The Associated Press; Vice President Joe Biden claims television shows like “Will & Grace” helped change the American public’s attitude toward gay marriage; meanwhile, Kansas legislators are close to passing a law that would quarantine people with HIV. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Dog Eat Dog World of Politics

Canines have more to do with presidential elections than one might think; the conditions in which alleged WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning was detained were “excessive,” a military judge found; meanwhile, The Associated Press has started selling sponsored tweets on its Twitter feed. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 READ MORE



Reid’s Romney Source, Maddow Demands AP Apology, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings including Mitt Romney’s new campaign strategy and a key Obama campaign adviser makes his VP prediction.

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AP Review Downplays Threat From WikiLeaks Disclosures

An Associated Press inquiry into U.S. State Department sources who were outed in the latest unredacted WikiLeaks file dump found virtually no one who felt endangered by public knowledge of their involvement in U.S. government information gathering. (more)

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Afghan Civilian Deaths Up in 2010

Afghanistan’s human rights commission announced Sunday that civilian deaths so far in 2010 had risen by 6 percent, a fact construed as negative unless you’re The Associated Press, which seems to think “the modest increase suggested that U.S. and NATO efforts to hold down civilian casualties were having some success.”

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Rough Seas Spread Oily Misery

Amid a wave of finger-pointing, rough waters in the Gulf of Mexico have quickly tripled the surface area of what could become one of the most disastrous oil spills in U.S. history, with the goo already lapping at valuable shoreline habitat.

Posted on May 1, 2010 READ MORE


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News Minute: Haiti, Health Care, Arenas’ Plea

In this brief news update, The Associated Press reports about the status of relief efforts in Haiti and the latest in the ongoing saga of health care reform in Washington. In other news from our nation’s capital, Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas pleads guilty to a felony gun charge.

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 READ MORE


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Poll Finds 2009 Was a Pretty Lousy Year

This just in from the Annals of Utterly Unsurprising Polling Results: Nearly 75 percent of Americans won’t be sorry to kiss 2009 goodbye, according to a year-end AP-GfK poll. But wait—there’s a silver lining to be found, in that about the same percentage of respondents are optimistic about 2010.

Posted on Dec 30, 2009 READ MORE


Iraqi Death Toll Tops 87,000 Since 2005

Citing data obtained from an Iraqi government official, the Associated Press reported Thursday that 87,215 Iraqis have died due to violence since 2005—and that could even be a conservative figure.

Posted on Apr 23, 2009 READ MORE


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AP Writer Razzed, Praised for Obama Speech Analysis

Was he tone-deaf or spot-on? Or, worse, did AP writer Charles Babington prepare his reaction to Barack Obama’s nomination acceptance speech not by listening to the address but by reading the transcript before Obama actually delivered it? And just who is this Charles Babington anyway?

Posted on Aug 29, 2008 READ MORE


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Olbermann to AP Journo: ‘Find New Work’

Although the story was corrected later, the first version of AP writer Charles Babington’s critique of Barack Obama’s acceptance speech Thursday night contained at least one technical error and other potential discrepancies that some analysts, such as MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, considered to be off-base, to put it mildly.

Posted on Aug 29, 2008 READ MORE


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The End of an Institution

I suppose I should be sad to watch the decline of the once mighty political media, an institution that trained and nurtured me. But that’s not how I feel. For this was the institution that cheered when President Bush took us to war. This is also the institution that is getting this Democratic National Convention wrong, obsessed with a phony feud between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, wasting time interviewing that small but vengeful cult, the die-hard Hillaryites.

Posted on Aug 28, 2008 READ MORE


AP Keeps Bush in (Fact) Check

File this one under “Good Uses of Journalistic Resources”:  The Associated Press marshaled its fact-checking talents and expertise to dissect President Bush’s speech on Thursday, issuing corrections to some of Bush’s claims in this handy point-by-point analysis.

Posted on Sep 15, 2007 READ MORE


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foxnews.com

Pat Tillman Murdered?

Defense Department documents handed over to the Associated Press under a Freedom of Information Act request raised the possibility that the “friendly-fire” death of soldier Pat Tillman, a former NFL player, was the result of an intentional act that amounted to a crime

Posted on Jul 26, 2007 READ MORE


Did the AP Erase a Video of a War Crime?

The Associated Press erased a video of an unprovoked Israeli soldier shooting Palestinian children in 2004—according to a journalist conducting a study of the AP’s practices in the region.

Posted on Mar 20, 2006 READ MORE


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Now They Have John Paul Performing Miracles From the Grave

A French nun inflicted with Parkinson’s disease is suddenly cured—after fellow nuns pray to the dead pope.
The Associated Press ran this story without a hint of irony or skepticism.
Check out Truthdig’s Sam Harris for a little perspective.

Posted on Mar 13, 2006 READ MORE


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