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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



A Donald Trump Translation Dictionary (Video)

Here’s what the Republican front-runner really means when he uses words like “Constitution,” “journalists” or “kill.”

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 READ MORE



It’s Time to Fire Donald Trump

How, in 2015, can anyone running on a racist, xenophobic ticket find any support at all?

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 READ MORE



The New York Times Calls for Tougher Gun Control in Its First Page 1 Editorial Since 1920

In the wake of the San Bernardino massacre and the attack at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic, the Times’ editorial board describes as a “moral outrage” and “national disgrace” the fact that under constitutional protection, Americans are legally permitted to buy weapons that “kill people with brutal speed and efficiency.”

Posted on Dec 5, 2015 READ MORE



‘Spotlight’ Film Review: A Paean to Big-City Print Journalism in Its Twilight

Writer-director Tom McCarthy’s stirring drama celebrates old-fashioned newspaper investigation by telling a real-life story: how The Boston Globe exposed child abuse among Catholic priests.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE



There Seems to Be Nothing We Can Do About Valued Journalistic Pieces Disappearing From the Internet

A Pulitzer Prize-winning piece of investigative journalism has been absorbed into the vortex of the World Wide Web; refugees are still moving toward Europe, despite the onset of winter; and Bernie Sanders is playing an important and unexpected role in the Democratic presidential race. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE



No, Protests Against Police Brutality Are Not Increasing Crime

In a recent piece for The Nation, Alex S. Vitale—a professor of sociology at Brooklyn College—disproves claims that the Black Lives Matter movement has caused an uptick in crime.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE



Azerbaijani Journalist Khadija Ismayilova Sentenced to Jail

The award-winning Azerbaijani journalist and Truthdig Global Voices contributor, whose investigations revealed corruption and graft by her country’s ruling family, was sentenced to 7½ years in jail Tuesday.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Al-Jazeera Journalists Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison in Egypt

A Cairo court has sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists to three years in prison on charges that legal experts said were unfounded and politically motivated. The move has sparked worldwide outrage, with the European Union describing the verdict as “a setback for freedom of expression in Egypt.”

Posted on Aug 29, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Journalists Attack Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos for Challenging Donald Trump

“As usual when someone commits a real act of journalism aimed at the most powerful in the U.S., those leading the charge against him are other journalists, who so tellingly regard actual journalism as a gauche and irreverent crime against those who wield the greatest power and thus merit the greatest deference,” writes Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE



How Gossip Made Donald Trump (and Vice Versa)

In the business world, Donald Trump is more Rupert Murdoch’s peer than his subject—but when it comes to the Republican front-runner’s patented propensity to galvanize the press and cultivate his all-important brand, he has, in part, Murdoch to thank.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE



Muckraking Brazilian Radio Journalist Shot Dead While on Air

Gleydson Carvalho, known for his exposure of political corruption in Brazil, was presenting a program on Radio Liberdade FM when two gunmen entered the station’s offices during a musical interlude and killed him.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE



Gawker’s Founder Has Doubts About the Facebook Model of Journalism

The man who “has probably done more than any individual to loosen up the mainstream media” is having second thoughts about the click-baiting model of reporting that his media empire helped make standard today.

Posted on Jun 13, 2015 READ MORE



Iraq’s Horrors by the Numbers: Has Islamic State Killed 50,000 People in One Year?

The Human Rights Commission of Iraq, a body attached to the Iraqi parliament, issued statistics Wednesday on the one-year impact of Islamic State on that country.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: Cyberwarfare Is ‘Where the Real Money Is’ (Part 1 of 10)

Just how and when did the military-industrial complex become the military-intelligence complex? And what’s the link between Amazon and the Pentagon?

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



L.A. Times Editors Advocate Prosecution of Edward Snowden

A recent L.A. Times editorial called for the whistleblower’s prosecution. As Glenn Greenwald writes in denouncing the editorial, this is part of a wider journalistic war on transparency.

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 READ MORE


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