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Trump’s Plan to Neuter the White House Press Corps and Our Democracy

The view at the highest reaches of the incoming administration is that the press is the enemy.

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Donald Trump Is Creating ‘a Framework in Which Authoritarian Leaders Assert More Power’

Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, analyzes the president-elect’s troubling attitude toward the media.

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Journalist Robert Fisk: We Have Always Lived With Lies

“Can we really shake our heads in disbelief at electoral lies when [journalists] have been lying to our readers and viewers for years?” Fisk asks.

Posted on Jan 9, 2017 READ MORE



What We Expect to See in 2017

2016 is history. As we turn the page on this strange and difficult year, Truthdig editors and writers look ahead to what the new year might bring.

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Media, Morality and the Neighbor’s Cow

The value-neutral media “ideal” has left us with a society drained of kindness and mutual responsibility. We must fight against what we’ve wrought.

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 READ MORE



‘The Boat Rocker’: An Unsettling Book About the Moral Dimensions of Modern Journalism

How timely it is to read this strange, intense novel from Ha Jin about the glories and limits of the press. A former soldier in the Chinese army who chose to stay in the U.S. after the Tiananmen Square massacre, Ha Jin has lived and worked under two very different sets of rules.

Posted on Nov 19, 2016 READ MORE



Where Celebrity- and Reality TV-Driven News Have Taken Us—and How to Change Course

To get beyond celebrity- and pundit-driven news, newsrooms need to become civic reactors—hubs of community information and activity.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 READ MORE



Media Expert Dan Gillmor: Why Journalists Must Be Activists

The fear is that President-elect Donald Trump and a new right-wing Congress will be the biggest threat to American civil liberties and freedom of speech in our lifetimes.

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 READ MORE



Journalism Icon I.F. Stone’s Words Ring Truer Than Ever in ‘All Governments Lie’

The documentary makes a strong case, with input from a starring lineup of left-leaning investigative reporters, in support of a theme that keeps repeating.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 READ MORE


Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Reflect a Nationwide Search for Justice

The Truthdig team sat down with documentary filmmaker Josh Fox to discuss the criminalization of journalists documenting the protests in North Dakota, the election and the troubling state of American democracy.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer on Activism and the Future of American Politics

By Emma Niles

The journalists reflect on their own histories and share their insights on the current election season.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



On Strip Searches and Press Freedom in North Dakota

Attempts to criminalize and humiliate nonviolent land and water defenders—and to arrest journalists—should not pave the way for the Dakota Access pipeline.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 READ MORE



Charges Against Journalist Amy Goodman Dropped in Vindication for Press Freedom (Video)

North Dakota has dismissed riot charges issued after the Democracy Now! host reported on security guards assaulting nonviolent Dakota Access pipeline protesters in September. By filing the charges in the first place, “the state’s attorney was attempting to stop journalism,” Goodman said.

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump and the Return of Seditious Libel

This year, for the first time since at least Richard Nixon, the leader of one of our major political parties has pledged to limit press freedom by restricting criticism of his prospective rule.

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 READ MORE



Presidential Debate Moderators Are Representing the People and Should Act Like Brave Journalists

Lester Holt, Martha Raddatz, Anderson Cooper and Chris Wallace have tough jobs. And no matter what they do in representing the public and their media colleagues in the presidential debates, they will be criticized.

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 READ MORE



North Dakota vs. Amy Goodman: Journalism Is Not a Crime

The Dakota Access pipeline story is critical to the fate of people and the planet. It’s about climate change—and about indigenous rights conflicting with corporate and government power.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE



How Newsrooms Fail to Reflect America, and Why It Matters

Too often, there’s only one person among the reporters and editors to speak up for diversity.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE



Warren Hinckle: Remembering the Godfather of Gonzo

The legendary Ramparts editor who later ingeniously paired writer Hunter Thompson and artist Ralph Steadman died this week, leaving a slew of colorful memories behind him.

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In Defending His Support of Trump, Sean Hannity Says He ‘Never Claimed to Be a Journalist’

Although the Republican presidential candidate continuously accuses the media of being biased, one of his top political advisers is none other than the Fox News Channel talk show host, who often uses his airtime to support Trump.

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John Oliver Warns That Problems Plaguing Journalism Will Lead to Widespread Corruption (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host talks about how political corruption thrives in an environment in which journalists are being fired or forced to focus on social media and click-bait rather than on reporting. He also admits that shows like his wouldn’t exist without newspapers.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Glenn Greenwald: The Media’s Coverage of Donald Trump Is ‘Kind of Hysterical’

Yes, the GOP’s presidential nominee “poses ... extreme dangers” to the U.S., Greenwald agrees, but the journalist also argues that the mass media is not only creating a dangerous, unblinking consensus against Trump but also failing to reach his voters.

Posted on Jul 31, 2016 READ MORE



The Best Reporting on Tim Kaine Through the Years

Through accountability stories and other in-depth reports, we took a look back at the career of the Virginia senator whom Hillary Clinton has picked as her running mate.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 READ MORE



Writing as Resistance

Doomed writers buried their accounts of the Warsaw ghetto in the hope that they could teach whoever unearthed the documents about good, evil, indifference and the importance of the truth as an act of resistance. They have left us a trove of papers on how to construct a life of meaning.

Posted on Jul 17, 2016 READ MORE



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 Rich Are Spending Lots of Money to Silence Journalists Who Expose Their Misbehavior

Billionaire Peter Thiel’s $140 million triumph over media site Gawker is part of a trend in which the rich use the media to retaliate against journalists who criticize them.

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A Criminologist Explains Six Truths You Should Know About America’s Mass Shootings

An expert attempts to debunk common myths about mass shootings, starting with the bonkers idea that more guns make people safer; scientists are working to condense multiple medications into “personalized” pills; and since late 2015, more Americans have been employed by online-only outlets than by newspapers. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 READ MORE



The Absolute Best, Most Terrific Reporting on Trump University

Here are the stories on Trump U. that you should read.

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald Rips The Associated Press for Prematurely Announcing Hillary Clinton’s Victory

“This is the perfect symbolic ending to the Democratic Party primary,” wrote the Intercept journalist on Tuesday. “The nomination is consecrated by a media organization, on a day when nobody voted, based on secret discussions with anonymous establishment insiders and donors whose identities the media organization— incredibly— conceals.”

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 READ MORE



Tech Leaders Take Sides in Clash Between Peter Thiel and Gawker Media

Facebook’s top brass is on board with Peter Thiel, but Amazon’s boss thinks he needs to toughen up.

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 READ MORE



Khadija Ismayilova, Truthdigger and Azerbaijani Journalist, Released from Prison

Her release comes after Azerbaijan’s Supreme Court reduced her seven-and-a-half-year sentence by four years. Human rights advocates say the new suspended sentence is still too harsh.

Posted on May 25, 2016 READ MORE



Article on Sanders’ Complaints About Journalism Shows Why Sanders Complains About Journalism

The first thing The New York Times wants you to know about Bernie Sanders’ media criticism is that it’s wrong.

Posted on May 21, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Stephanie Grimes, Former Editor at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

She strove to reveal changing editorial practices in the months after the publication was purchased by Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire benefactor to the Republican Party.

Posted on May 14, 2016 READ MORE



Amid Media Megamergers, a Mosaic of Community Media Thrives

There is a hunger for authentic voices—not the same handful of pundits circulating through all the media networks who know so little about so much, explaining the world to us and getting it so wrong.

Posted on Apr 28, 2016 READ MORE



Inside Chernobyl: A Legacy of Ruin

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer was the first American journalist to enter the surviving power plant in the former Soviet Union. On the 30th anniversary of the nuclear disaster, he recounts his experience in a Los Angeles Times column first published on April 9, 1987.

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 READ MORE



New York Daily News Editor Is Fired Amid Plagiarism Accusations

An editor removed the attributions from writer Shaun King’s column, causing a storm of plagiarism accusations against King (pictured).

Posted on Apr 22, 2016 READ MORE



Three New European Union Laws May Limit Freedom of the Press

The European Parliament—the E.U.’s legislative arm—passed a controversial legislative package with the potential to allow member countries to restrict what journalists report.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 READ MORE



Vote for Truthdig to Win Webby Award for Best Political Blog/Website

It happened again, and we couldn’t be more honored: Truthdig has been nominated in the “Political Blog/Websites” category for the 2016 Webby Awards. Vote for us, and help us win a People’s Voice Webby.

Posted on Apr 5, 2016 READ MORE



Iceland Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson Resigns After Being Named in Panama Leaks

The European politician is the first major casualty in the whistleblower scandal. Don’t expect him to be the last figure to face repercussions.

Posted on Apr 5, 2016 READ MORE



Turkey’s Erdogan Brings Press Crackdown to U.S. as His Guards Manhandle D.C. Journalists (Video)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan brought along some bad habits and some bad actors in his security detail on his visit to Washington, where he traveled to participate in deliberations on nuclear weapons.

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 READ MORE



Are ‘The Young Turks’ the Future of Broadcast News?

“As Bernie Sanders is the political revolution, we are the media revolution,” says Cenk Uygur, host of the self-proclaimed “biggest online news show in the world.”

Posted on Apr 2, 2016 READ MORE



Turkey’s War Against Journalism

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to expand the definition of “terror crime” to include media reports deemed to support or praise acts of violence. “Democracy, freedom and the rule of law” no longer have any value, he declares.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



New York Times Shows Shameless Bias Toward Hillary Clinton

Bernie Sanders got a little love from The New York Times, but the praise was fleeting. A positive Times article on Monday was toned down Tuesday and may have affected primary race voting in five states.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald Blames Corporate Media’s ‘Faux Objectivity’ for Trump’s Ascent

The Intercept reporter says the legendary Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite would not have been able to keep their jobs in today’s corporate framework, which has “neutered journalism and drained it of all its vitality and passion, reducing journalists to stenography drones.”

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE



AUDIO: ‘Rigour’: A Poem Digs Beneath ‘Third World’ Tropes in the Media

Khairani Barokka’s poignant poem highlights how Western reports of casualties in the developing world, even when the dead in question are children, are often recorded with indifference toward the human lives lost.

Posted on Mar 2, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEOS: Memories of Jon Stewart and Megyn Kelly

In light of the love fest over the Fox News anchor, we thought it worth remembering Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” takedowns of two of Kelly’s more unfortunate rants, including her declaration that Santa Claus “just is white” and her “fair and balanced” approach to the news.

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



In Landmark Ruling, U.K. Court Affirms ‘Journalism Isn’t Terrorism’

An appeals court rules in favor of David Miranda, who was detained for nine hours at Heathrow Airport in 2013 while transporting National Security Agency documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

Posted on Jan 19, 2016 READ MORE



Noam Chomsky Slams Turkish President for Arresting Academics and Supporting Extremism (Video)

President Tayyip Erdogan recently criticized Noam Chomsky and other international scholars who signed a petition against the Turkish government’s current vendetta against Kurdish-Turkish citizens in the country’s southeast.

Posted on Jan 19, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State Threatens to Attack Saudi Arabia After Executions

Islamic State has pledged to attack and destroy two Saudi political prisons where Muslim radicals are typically held and release their inmates.

Posted on Jan 6, 2016 READ MORE


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