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A Big Election With Little Local Journalism

What if you held an election and nobody showed up to cover it? That’s what the 2014 midterms were like in much of the country.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE



Deja Newspapers: On Getting Canned by Los Angeles Times ... Again

A funny thing happened on the way to my second column since the Los Angeles Times hired me back.

Posted on Nov 9, 2014 READ MORE



Egyptian Journalists Protest Editors’ Pledge Not to Criticize Government

“Hundreds of Egyptian journalists objected on Sunday to a pledge by newspaper editors to refrain from publishing reports critical of the government, calling the curb on freedom of expression ‘a victory for terrorism,’ ” The New York Times reports.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Ben Bradlee: No Fear, No Favor

Like every young reporter at the Post, I was scared to death of him at first.

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Ben Bradlee

David Remnick recalled that the man who directed The Washington Post’s reporting on Watergate and the Pentagon Papers “wasn’t Noam Chomsky. He was not an outsider or a leftist.” But “he built an institution. ... He gave it its ambition.”

Posted on Oct 26, 2014 READ MORE



Fred Branfman Risked His Life for Ordinary People

Fred was one of the bravest and most decent journalists I ever encountered.

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 READ MORE



‘Uppity’ Women in a Man’s World: Zimbabwean Women Fight to Make Their Mark in the Media

Working as a journalist in Zimbabwe is a risky business for all members of the media, but it is doubly challenging for women.

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 READ MORE



L.A. Times Reporter Cleared Stories With CIA Before Publication

In a revelation that seems to vindicate long-aired warnings about how state intimidation worsens the corruption of a press already defanged by the implosion of its financial model, documents obtained by The Intercept show that a prominent national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times “routinely submitted drafts and detailed summaries of his stories to CIA press handlers prior to publication.”

Posted on Sep 7, 2014 READ MORE


Comcast Can Do Whatever It Wants

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: With the current vacuum of regulation, the biggest broadband Internet provider can legally censor content. Also: Why Gaza needs a war crimes trial, journalism struggles with prejudice, and the NFL gets serious about domestic abuse.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE


Comcast Can Do Whatever It Wants

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: With the current vacuum of regulation, the biggest broadband Internet provider can legally censor content. Also: Why Gaza needs a war crimes trial, journalism struggles with prejudice, and the NFL gets serious about domestic abuse.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE



The Fall and Rise of Investigative Journalism

Despite a long run of journalistic tough times, the loss of advertising dollars and the challenge of the Internet, there’s been a blossoming of investigative journalism across the globe from Honduras to Myanmar, New Zealand to Indonesia.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Read This Now: Two Reasons Why Facebook Wants to Fix Obnoxious Headlines

Through the perverse economics of Internet journalism, Facebook has become essential to the revenue of virtually every publication, including this one. So the social network’s promise to cut down on spammy, deceptive posts has many sites atwitter.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: James Foley

The slain photojournalist was “drawn to the human rights side” of war reporting and spoke admiringly of the humanism of his colleagues and some of his early captors.

Posted on Aug 24, 2014 READ MORE



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‘Less Lethal’ Flash-Bangs Used in Ferguson Leave Some Feeling the Burn

A journalist says he was singed by a flash-bang fired by St. Louis County police trying to disperse a crowd, raising questions about how to use these military-style devices safely and appropriately.

Posted on Aug 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Journalists on the Government’s Blacklist

As states move to hide details of government deals with Wall Street, and as politicians come up with new arguments to defend secrecy, a study released earlier this month revealed that many government information officers block specific journalists they don’t like from accessing information.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



Ferguson Exposes America’s Enduring Legacy of White Bigotry

At the heart of what’s happening in Ferguson, Mo., is an unbridgeable racial divide that has prevented too many whites from looking at African-Americans as human beings.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE



Freedom of the Press Endangered in Ferguson

Several journalists have been arrested during protests held in Ferguson, Mo., over Michael Brown’s shooting; Egypt issues a statement urging the U.S. to employ “restraint” in the Missouri suburb, seemingly mocking similar statements from the American government in the past; meanwhile, the Arctic’s snow depth has fallen significantly in the past half century. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 READ MORE



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ISIS to U.S.: We’ll Drown You in Blood; Beheads U.S. Journalist, Holds Tikrit

As the Iraqi military made a push on Tikrit north of Baghdad on Tuesday, a video briefly surfaced purporting to show the IS beheading an American journalist, James Foley, a freelancer for GlobalPost who had been missing in Syria for two years.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 READ MORE



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ISIS Beheads an American, Threatens Another if Airstrikes Continue

A man believed to be kidnapped journalist James Foley was beheaded in a video released to the public by militants who say another captured American will be killed if the United States continues its campaign against ISIS in Iraq.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 READ MORE



Hell Before Breakfast

Before Twitter, Skype, the Web, before even TV, there was still news. And sometimes powerful reporting needs no technology, just words.

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver Explains How Native Advertising Is Killing News

The most profitable news websites are fueled by so-called native ads—paid advertisements disguised as original news content. John Oliver finds a funny way of explaining why the future of news is in jeopardy.

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald on Deserving an Audience and His Funder’s Beneficence

From his jungle abode overrun with animals high above Rio de Janeiro, the crusading journalist spoke with New York Times columnist David Carr about experimenting with his new reporting enterprise, public distrust of its money-soaked patron and the need for strong points of view in the news.

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE



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David Frum Accuses New York Times of Staging Photos of Palestinian Victims

Conservative commentator David Frum has tweeted no fewer than eight times his outrage over “faked” photos of Palestinian victims of Israel’s military violence. Problem: The photos are real.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 READ MORE



Al-Jazeera Evacuates Gaza Offices After It Claims Press Building Targeted by Israeli Forces

Shortly after Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman publicly accused Al-Jazeera of airing “anti-Semitic” propaganda, the media outlet’s offices in Gaza reportedly “came under fire” Tuesday.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE


#LetAymanReport: NBC Correspondent Sent Back to Gaza After Removal Protested

Ayman Mohyeldin, NBC’s veteran reporter who was playing soccer with the four Palestinian boys killed on the beach Wednesday, was removed from Gaza despite his reporting being, in Glenn Greenwald’s words, “far more balanced and even-handed” than the rest of the American media’s coverage of the conflict. Late Friday night, after protests with the hashtag #LetAymanReport trended on Twitter, “NBC reversed course” and announced it was sending Mohyeldin back to Gaza over the weekend.

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 READ MORE



Gaza: 4 Dead Boys on the Beach and Israel’s Precision War

NBC.com caught the Israeli shelling of children on the beach on film. Apparently some of the children had been playing soccer with the journalists before the barrages began.

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 READ MORE



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George Clooney Accuses Daily Mail of Dangerously Exploiting Religious Differences to Sell Newsapers

After the British tabloid printed a story (which was picked up by newspapers all over the world) that alleged his fiancee’s mother is not in favor of her daughter’s marriage on “religious grounds,” George Clooney decided to speak out about “irresponsible” journalism and the “violent” effects this negligence can have.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE



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The ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Is Already Messing Up Journalism

A BBC editor says his 2007 blog on the financial meltdown has been effectively deleted from the Internet thanks to a European court ruling meant to protect privacy.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Will the New York Times Take Us to War Again?

I have never been much of a fan of the journalistic self-examination practiced by folks identified as "ombudsman" or "public editor." I changed my mind Sunday.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE



Hyenas vs. Rhinos: Who Could the NYT Get to Write an Op-ed on Iraq? Hmm…

New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan did a quick study and found that critics of the paper of record over its preference for Iraq War hawks as sources and commentators in the past two weeks are justified in their feeling that Iraq War critics have been slighted.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdig Named Best News Website at L.A. Press Club Awards

On Sunday evening, Truthdig staffers converged at the ornate Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles for the Los Angeles Press Club’s 2014 Southern California Journalism Awards.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE



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The New York Times’ Desperate Dive to the Bottom

The motto of The New York Times has long been “All the News That’s Fit to Print.” After reading the Times report on how the paper might survive the digital era, I’m afraid it could be overtaken by a concept called “good enough.”

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE



Al-Jazeera Journalists Sentenced to Prison in Egypt (Video)

The principle of free speech was savaged as Egypt’s judiciary sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists with up to a decade in prison on charges of aiding terrorists and endangering national security.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Gao Yu

The journalist’s detention before the 25th anniversary of the slaughter at Tiananmen Square shows the Chinese government’s determination to repress those pursuing democracy.

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 READ MORE



Wall Street’s Buying the World’s Water Supply at an Alarming Pace

“Water barons” may soon own every drop of H2O left on earth; techies may be responsible for women getting pushed out of journalism; meanwhile, no one seems to want to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 31, 2014 READ MORE


‘The Most Important Journalist You’ve Never Heard Of’

William Worthy, a dissident American journalist who defied the U.S. government by reporting from the Soviet Union, Cuba, China, Iran, North Vietnam and Algeria during the Cold War, died this month at age 92 of Alzheimer’s disease. Award-winning journalist Jeremy Scahill and others remark on his life.

Posted on May 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Is Journalism Losing Its Nerve?

A new survey from Indiana University suggests things are fast changing in the news industry—and not for the better.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE


Robert Scheer on the Meaning of May Day

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer talks immigration and organizing, Donald Sterling has been a confirmed bigot since at least 2009, and a proposed press shield law leaves Glenn Greenwald exposed.

Posted on May 1, 2014 READ MORE


Robert Scheer on the Meaning of May Day

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer talks immigration and organizing, Donald Sterling has been a confirmed bigot since at least 2009, and a proposed press shield law leaves Glenn Greenwald exposed.

Posted on May 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Where Macondo Came Alive

Years before I met him, Gabriel Garcia Marquez changed my life.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Top 6 Pulitzer Prize ‘Traitors’ in American Journalism

The Pulitzer Prize committee’s opinion that Edward Snowden is a public servant rather than a traitor or criminal is a scandal on the American right. But it is not a new scandal.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Why We Need Local Reporting

Last Thursday was an interesting news day in Los Angeles—and one that highlighted the importance of local reporting as newspapers fade away across the country.

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 READ MORE



NSA Reporters Greenwald and Poitras to Return Home to Collect Honors

American journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras will return to the United States on Friday for the first time since the start of the Snowden revelations to accept one of the craft’s most prestigious awards.

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 READ MORE



From Kabul to Cairo, the Killing and Jailing of Journalists Continues

Journalism is not a crime. Neither death nor imprisonment should be the punishment for reporting the news.

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald Clears Up Questions Regarding NSA Reporting

The journalist puts several “false assumptions” to rest regarding stories based on Edward Snowden’s leaks; Alcoholics Anonymous is highly unsuccessful and overrated; meanwhile, scientists figure out what’s the best diet out there. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 READ MORE



Robo-News Bot Reports Earthquake Story for L.A. Times

For those who’ve been wondering if at least some of the news currently dispensed by the MSM isn’t churned up and plopped out of a machine somewhere in the dark reaches of Rupert Murdoch’s basement, wonder no more.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE



What the MH370 Story Tells Us About ‘The New Anti-Journalism’

The airborne mystery that Malaysia Airlines MH370 has become reveals that journalism is now about “all data, no real facts, endless theories,” heavy on the conspiracy theory and devoid of truth, according to media watcher Michael Wolff.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 READ MORE



The U.K. ‘Can’t Tell Its Terrorists From Its Journalists’

Sarah Harrison, an editor at WikiLeaks who has also worked with NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, won’t return to her home country because she fears prosecution under terrorism laws for seeking to influence her government.

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 READ MORE



The Miscalculations of Vladimir Putin

The Kremlin imagined a very different narrative about Russia playing out this winter; Pierre Omidyar and Glenn Greenwald aim to reinvent journalism; meanwhile, Americans no longer want their taxes to go to paying for public higher education. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE


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