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Will Facebook’s System to Detect Fake News Lead to Censorship?

There’s a difference between muckraking and fake news. Determining the difference is too difficult for a computer, even one with the smartest kind of artificial intelligence.

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 READ MORE


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Life in the Poorest Parts of America Is Not All ‘Urban Carnage’

A new book about the conflict between police and residents in South Los Angeles paints a much more humane, complex picture of poverty than President Trump does.

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 READ MORE


Best of ‘Live at Truthdig’ 2016: Election Chaos Provokes Thoughtful Discussion About the Future

Our most popular sessions took a hard look at various aspects of American policy before and after the outcome—unexpected by most—of the presidential election.

Posted on Dec 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Investigation Into ‘PropOrNot Blacklist Case’ Finds Shoddy Methods and an Ominous Potential

The shadowy group PropOrNot has accused Truthdig and more than 200 other websites of being conduits for Russian propaganda, and a Washington Post article gave those allegations wide exposure. Veteran reporter Bill Boyarsky delves into the matter. 

Posted on Dec 15, 2016 READ MORE



Recount! Recount!

I doubt if the election was hacked, but I don’t know for sure. That’s why it’s important to support a growing campaign for a recount.

Posted on Nov 24, 2016 READ MORE


Election 2016: What Happened? What’s Next?

Truthdig sat down with journalist Bill Boyarsky on Thursday to discuss the stunning results of Tuesday’s election and the future of the United States.

Posted on Nov 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Real Donald Trump Is Not a Populist Crusader but a Threat to Democracy

The Republican presidential candidate could use lawsuits to stretch out the election long after Nov. 8. Tying up the electoral process in the courts would be his “greatest” case yet.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE



In the Fight to Rein In Drug Prices, Bernie Sanders Shows He’s Still Got It

The Vermont senator rallies his still-faithful base in campaigning for a California proposition aimed at Big Pharma.

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 READ MORE


Live at Truthdig: Questioning Republican and Democratic Extremism

On Thursday, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and his team discussed the political climate with special guest and Truthdig political correspondent Bill Boyarsky.

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdig Wins Five Southern California Journalism Awards

Truthdig made a strong showing at the 58th annual Southern California Journalism Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Press Club on Sunday night.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 READ MORE



The Great American Story of Asian Immigrants and Politics

The rise of Asian-Americans in politics refutes Donald Trump’s portrayal of immigrants as an alien body invading the United States.

Posted on Jun 26, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdig to Host Green Party’s Jill Stein on California Primary Night

The party’s presumptive presidential nominee will join Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and his team for a “Facebook Live” chat at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 READ MORE



The Clooneys’ Fundraisers for Hillary Clinton: A Tale of Two Economies

The irony of the events for the super-rich taking place in a land of burgeoning homelessness—California—may not be lost on the electorate come June.

Posted on Mar 30, 2016 READ MORE



Win or Lose, Will the Sanders Movement Last Beyond Election Day?

With millions of young people supporting the candidate, American politics could change for the long term. Some observers are even predicting that the campaign will become an incubator for the Democratic Party’s future politicians.

Posted on Mar 16, 2016 READ MORE



Trump Is No Heir to Reagan, or Even Nixon: He’s a New, and Vile, Kind of American Politician

The GOP front-runner has adopted the worst aspects of traditional Republicanism—the implicit racism, the nationalism, the embracing of the rich and their goals—and added even more poisonous ingredients.

Posted on Mar 16, 2016 READ MORE



The People v. Simpson: What One of America’s Most Famous Trials Taught Us About Our Racial Divide

The case against football hero O.J. Simpson was, yes, about murder. But, more important, it was about the long abuse of African-Americans in the system of justice and the black community’s deep distrust of police and courts.

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 READ MORE



Mr. Trump, You Are No Ronald Reagan

Comparisons to the GOP icon break down quickly. The Republican front-runner’s foremost attributes are an undisciplined belief in himself and disrespect for democracy. Put beside Trump, even the flaw-laden Hillary Clinton looks good.

Posted on Mar 2, 2016 READ MORE



The Media Buy In to Donald Trump’s Authoritarian America

Now that he has bullied his way into the mainstream, it’s time for the media to take a serious look at his policies and the dreadful consequences they would have if he occupied the Oval Office.

Posted on Feb 22, 2016 READ MORE



Why ‘Berniecare’ Has Legs

Achieving Medicare for all won’t be easy, and the Wall Street-backed medical industry will fight it every step of the way, but don’t count Sanders’ health care plan out just yet.

Posted on Feb 16, 2016 READ MORE



Credit Occupy in Bernie Sanders’ Surge

What began in 2011 as a movement against income inequality has morphed into burgeoning support for a presidential candidate who is passionate about economic justice.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 READ MORE



Rallying for Bernie Sanders, Seminar-Style

Pundits say voter anger is what characterizes this year’s presidential race, but it was a different story at a recent Sanders campaign gathering in Beverly Hills, where the candidate’s supporters quietly sought serious answers to issues including health insurance, fracking and campaign finance.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders Is Tapping Into a Vein of Anger Over Health Care

What to do about Obamacare divides the senator from his chief rival, Hillary Clinton. She would merely shore up gaps in the program. The Vermont senator, however, goes further, and his vision of health care as a universal right could resonate among voters.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE



2015 in Review: Truthdig’s Best Columns of the Year

At the start of 2016, Truthdig takes a look at some of the columns we published last year that were our favorites.

Posted on Jan 2, 2016 READ MORE



Refugee Crisis Leaves the Deepest, and Cruelest, Mark on 2015

It was a year of Trump, Shkreli, terror attacks, mass murders, police shootings and the legalization of same-sex marriage. But the most significant news was about the thousands fleeing from war or the harsh results of climate change.

Posted on Jan 1, 2016 READ MORE



Media’s Near Blackout on Bernie Sanders Keeps Many Voters in the Dark

The presidential candidate is having difficulty getting his face, and his policy positions, on television. And this week his campaign was roiled by a flap over unauthorized accessing of Democratic National Committee voter data.

Posted on Dec 18, 2015 READ MORE



Trump’s ‘Muslim Policy’ Conjures Up Demons From Fascism’s History

If you think it’s impossible for a demagogue to seize control and destroy American democracy, think again. Trump’s hate-filled call for banning Muslims from entering the U.S. appeals to many angry and scared Americans.

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: The Missouri U. Football Team and Those Who Saved ‘Chain Reaction’

These two groups have taken a step against racism in one case and for an important sculpture in the other. Their disparate actions help to revive national faith in the power of the people.

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE



The Democratic Debate: Only Sanders Gave the Poor Their Due

Vermont senator called for a revolution in banking, health care, child care and education. Clinton kept her focus on the middle class.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 READ MORE



The Grass Roots Are Getting Greener for Sanders, but Will They Wither?

The presidential candidate’s burgeoning war chest made mainstream media take note. Now the test is whether an ad hoc volunteer movement, started by issues-oriented progressives, can be converted into a political revolution.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 READ MORE



Finally Acknowledging the Obvious, Los Angeles Moves to Declare a State of Emergency on Homelessness

Whether a Truthdig series had anything to do with it or not, the mayor has committed to finding $100 million to get 10,000 people off the streets and into programs to help them.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE



Helping the Homeless in the Face of GOP’s Brutal Funding Cuts

The task is labor-intensive, beginning with interviewing one person at a time, and it requires perseverance, patience and a willingness to work against all odds. It is made no easier by a callous, Republican-controlled Congress.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE



Go Directly to Jail: Punishing the Homeless for Being Homeless

Although falling asleep, standing still and sitting down are all necessary for survival, more and more communities are treating these behaviors as crimes when done in public places by people with nowhere else to go.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE



Why Ending Homelessness Is Political Poison

While the popular idea is that the homeless are addicted or mentally ill, experts say a more common story goes like this: A single parent loses a job and ends up on the streets with his or her children. Meanwhile, officials say there is no political upside to solving the problem.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE



A Reporter Who Covered the Watts Riots 50 Years Ago Today Looks Back

A first glance at seemingly normal neighborhoods did not reveal the oppression and angst that had fueled one of the most violence uprisings in U.S. history. One had to probe deeper to find that raw nerve.

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 READ MORE



Chris Hedges Wins L.A. Press Club’s Top Award for Activism Journalism

The Truthdig columnist was honored Sunday night for his column “The Last Days of Tomas Young,” which “sharply skewers a VA system that failed to aid the very people it’s meant to serve.”

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE



Obamacare: Not Perfect, But ‘Here to Stay’

The Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act established it as a vital part of the nation’s social safety net and too much a part of American life to be ripped out.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE



Citizens United: Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s Gift to Moneyed Interests

After he spent his early career learning the lobbying ropes in Sacramento, it was only natural that Kennedy as a Supreme Court member would ensure lobbyists’ stranglehold on American politics.

Posted on Jun 19, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Edward Snowden and Rand Paul

These strange bedfellows, who share the view that unrestricted government spying is a violation of the Constitution, were the major forces in ending the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records and passing the USA Freedom Act.

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdig Nominated for 14 Southern California Journalism Awards

UPDATE: Truthdig is a finalist for 14 Los Angeles Press Club awards, including best website.

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 READ MORE



Undercutting the Patriot Act Is a Major Win for Rand Paul and Edward Snowden

The senator was a legislative force against the invasive law, but most of the credit goes to the now-exiled whistleblower who revealed the government’s massive and secret abuse of our privacy rights.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE



Rand Paul Got One (Huge) Thing Right

The Kentucky senator’s filibuster against renewing the Patriot Act made the widely covered campaign speeches of the other presidential candidates—including Hillary Clinton—look shallow.

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE



Seymour Hersh Stands by His bin Laden Story, and His Sources

Of course the investigative reporter used anonymous sources in his exposé on the bin Laden raid. Only with anonymous sources can journalists get past the wall that the Obama administration has built by prosecuting whistleblowers.

Posted on May 18, 2015 READ MORE



Is Blue the New White?

When death occurs at police hands, the easiest story line is “white cops versus black kids,” but it’s much more complicated. “Manifest Justice,” a Los Angeles event that included Trayvon Martin’s mother, looked at the issue.

Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE



Two Big Roadblocks to Republican Victory in 2016

Two pillars of conservative Republicanism are crumbling just as the party is preparing for the presidential election. The right wing’s only hope may be the Supreme Court.

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE



The GOP Is Promoting War With Iran as a Campaign Strategy

With other arguments against the Democrats vanishing, only by turning the debate toward Iran can the Republicans survive. Netanyahu’s speech to Congress was just a political stunt to try to achieve that end.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 READ MORE



In ‘Ghettoside,’ an Indictment of the Criminal Justice System

In her new book, reporter Jill Leovy tackles a subject usually ignored by progressives, black-on-black murders, and she explains how the U.S. criminal justice system too often treats them as not worth solving.

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 READ MORE



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Playing Politics With Measles—That’s Pretty Sick

Scientific evidence be damned: Some Republican presidential candidates are trying to turn the outbreak into votes.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 READ MORE


We’ve Got a Better Shot of Going to Mars Than Fixing Our Democracy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Finally a State of the Union worth talking about, plus Citizens United turns 5 and Robert Scheer reviews “Selma.”

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



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State of the Union: Bright Ideas, Dim Future

Obama fans loyally hailed the speech as a triumph. But in the real world if you don’t have the votes you’re a loser.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE



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Blue Is the New White: Why Diversity Doesn’t Fix Policing

L.A.‘s multiethnic population is now policed by a multiethnic force, but cops still shoot people of color at a disproportionately high rate.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE


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