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Donald Trump’s War on Truth Tellers

The president and his White House continue to attack the credibility of institutions that present facts and arguments they don’t like.

Posted on Mar 12, 2017 READ MORE


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Fired ‘Marketplace’ Reporter Wonders: Is Objective Journalism Dead?

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer interviews Lewis Wallace (pictured), who was fired from the American Public Media show for questioning objective reporting under Trump.

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Feb 27, 2017 ENLARGE    



Spurned Reporters Should Dump Trump Briefings and Turn to Investigative Journalism

The president’s petty attacks on the media are deeply worrisome to Americans sensitive to the danger of a spiral into authoritarian rule.

Posted on Feb 26, 2017 READ MORE


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Posted on Feb 21, 2017 ENLARGE


PBS Anchor Judy Woodruff Warns That the Recent Attacks on the Press Subvert Democracy

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer sits down with the co-anchor and managing editor of “PBS NewsHour” to discuss the future of journalism and the need for a more diverse media. Transcript added.

Posted on Feb 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Trump Vilifies Media—Except Outlets That Follow His Narrative

Trump ranted and raved at the press Thursday, but not all the press—for instance, he didn’t attack Breitbart News.

Posted on Feb 17, 2017 READ MORE


Cenk Uygur and the Truthdig Team Question the Future of Progressive Politics

Truthdig staff members sat down Thursday with the host of The Young Turks to discuss his bid to shake up the Democratic Party.

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Alternative ‘Facts’

When the president spreads false propagandist narratives, journalists and their sources must forcefully embrace their role as the Fourth Estate.

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The Ghosts Within: A Journalist’s Struggle With PTSD

After 13 years covering the U.S. war on drugs in Colombia, an investigative reporter begins a new journey with his family—learning how to live with an invisible illness.

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Geoff Cowan, Former Head of Voice of America, Stresses the Need for a Strong Press in the Trump Age

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with the USC journalism professor, pictured, about opposition to the new Trump administration and the role of the media in these troubling times.

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



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



Trump Is Mistaken About Media Coverage, but Here’s What’s Wrong With Terrorism Reporting

The president alleged Monday that the media is not covering terrorist attacks. He means terrorist attacks by Muslims in non-fundamentalist countries, of course.

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 READ MORE



Journalist Is Fired From Public Radio Show for Questioning Objective Reporting Under Trump

Lewis Wallace had a successful career on American Public Media’s “Marketplace” until he blogged about the meaning of journalistic neutrality.

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 READ MORE



Mainstream Media’s Wimpy Coverage of Inaugural Address Was No Surprise

Does the age of Trump signal a new era of McCarthyism—or worse, an American brand of fascism?

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Jun 17, 2016 READ MORE



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


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