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Honoring the ‘Accomplices’ to Truth Who Caught Clapper in a Lie

Yesterday’s traitor is today’s hero, and the brave journalists who helped Edward Snowden get the word out are at last being honored for their public service. Or so one hopes.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE


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The Truth About Fukushima

The world is in utter denial about what’s going on at the Japanese nuclear plant; a policeman shot and killed a North Carolina teenager who had schizophrenia; and Glenn Greenwald answers a few questions about the Omidyar project on his blog. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 READ MORE


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Glenn Greenwald Confronts MSNBC Host Over Media Bias

When asked if he’s more a spokesman for Edward Snowden than a journalist, Glenn Greenwald told MSNBC’s Kristen Welker, “Sure, I do defend him. Just like people on MSNBC defend President Obama and his officials and Democratic Party leaders 24 hours a day.”

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Could Attacks on Journalists Be Made War Crimes?

The global journalist defense group Reporters Without Borders wants the International Criminal Court and the United Nations to consider attacks on journalists war crimes.

Posted on Dec 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Guardian Threatened With Terrorism Charges for Reporting NSA Story

British police are investigating the staff of The Guardian newspaper to determine whether acts of journalism can be prosecuted as acts of terrorism.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE



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‘60 Minutes’ Reporter, Producer on Indefinite Leave After Benghazi Bungle

After issuing a retraction and an apology, CBS News is hoping a little disciplinary action will help put its credibility back on track.

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 READ MORE



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A Leak of All Things Suggests U.S. Won’t Prosecute Assange

U.S. officials speaking anonymously to The Washington Post said the Justice Department is unlikely to prosecute WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange because of a “New York Times” problem.

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 READ MORE


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Would Holder Prosecute Greenwald? A Blurry Answer

An inquiry by Florida Congressman Alan Grayson compelled Attorney General Eric Holder to state that “any journalist who’s engaged in true journalistic activities is not going to be prosecuted by [the U.S.] Justice Department.” But as civil liberties journalist Glenn Greenwald points out, the assertion is riddled with caveats.

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Calls Julian Assange’s De Facto Detention ‘Intolerable’

Mairead Maguire, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her work in Northern Ireland, has visited Julian Assange and written a condemnation of his asylum—which is effectively a house arrest—for the “crime of being a journalist who told the truth.”

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Change Has Always Been the New Normal

I live and work in a world in which, as they say: "Change is the new normal." I’m sure you do, too.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE



The Plight of Unpaid Interns

The lack of laws protecting interns from exploitation has left millions of young Americans without options; it doesn’t matter what the definition of a “journalist” is, just that all acts of journalism are protected; meanwhile, as tea partyers attack Obamacare, why is no one in Congress talking about Medicare’s benefits? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Greenwald and Friends Add Two Journalists to News Venture

The new journalism enterprise funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and helmed by Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill and Laura Poitras has two new employees.

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Doug Ireland, Radical Journalist: 1946 – 2013

Doug Ireland was not only a left-wing critic of sexual and political conformism among sectors of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movements, but he was also one of the notable public intellectuals of the civil libertarian left.

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 READ MORE


The Life and Times of Glenn Greenwald

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: An intimate portrait of new journlism’s banner carrier, how the shutdown affected people of color, lying liars and the economics of mendacity, the Green Party responds to the 60 percent of Americans calling for a third party and The Mantle’s Shaun Randol on Africa and super-independent publishing.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


The Life and Times of Glenn Greenwald

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: An intimate portrait of new journlism’s banner carrier, how the shutdown affected people of color, lying liars and the economics of mendacity, the Green Party responds to the 60 percent of Americans calling for a third party and The Mantle’s Shaun Randol on Africa and super-independent publishing.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 READ MORE


New Journalist Tim Pool Has a Drone in His Backpack

This eight-minute documentary provides a fascinating look at the future of journalism in the person of Tim Pool, whose pioneering coverage of the Occupy movement relied on phones, drones and more.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Jeremy Scahill, Laura Poitras Reportedly Joining Forces With Greenwald for New Site

More details emerged Wednesday about the major new media outlet that came to light when Glenn Greenwald announced he was leaving The Guardian for a “once-in-a-career opportunity.”

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Glenn Greenwald Is Leaving the Guardian to Build His Own Media Empire

After making a little history with the British paper and website, the writer who broke the NSA surveillance story says he is leaving for a “once-in-a-career opportunity that no journalist could possibly decline.”

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 READ MORE



The Media’s Role in the Shutdown

Partisan journalism has played a large part in shattering the government; someday only the rich may be able to keep their emails private; meanwhile, a false cancer study revealed the deficiencies of second-rate science journals. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: Laurent Beccaria and Patrick Saint-Exupéry

The editor and publisher of the French journal XXI show that in France and America, journalism is not dead—though the common wisdom is trying to kill it.

Posted on Sep 29, 2013 READ MORE



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More Snowden Revelations Coming, Guardian Cryptography Analyst Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: understanding the deadly siege in Nairobi, this week’s big U.N. speeches through the prism of Arab public opinion, the First Amendment club for “official” journalists, and cryptography guru Bruce Schneier says Edward Snowden’s work isn’t done.

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 READ MORE


More Snowden Revelations Coming, Guardian Cryptography Analyst Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: understanding the deadly siege in Nairobi, this week’s big U.N. speeches through the prism of Arab public opinion, the First Amendment club for “official” journalists, and cryptography guru Bruce Schneier says Edward Snowden’s work isn’t done.

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



Bye-Bye, Middle Class

Washington stood idly by as the 1 percent killed the middle class; building sturdy relationships with neighbors is important to leading a healthy life; meanwhile, the Senate is creating an elitist definition of what an “official” journalist is. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 21, 2013 READ MORE



Politics Turn Your Brain to Mush

New studies show that when people have been misinformed, offering the correct facts makes them only more obstinate; social media causes a lot of misinformation when it comes to reporting; and why did ESPN pull the plug on an investigation into head trauma? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 18, 2013 READ MORE



Environmentalists Do Their Fair Share of Harm

It’s possible that green organizations do more damage to their cause than do climate change deniers; the question of whether journalism’s impact can be quantified has been coming up a lot lately; meanwhile, believing that girls can be older than their “chronological age” is dangerous. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 7, 2013 READ MORE



Kim Jong Un May Have Ordered His Ex-Girlfriend’s Execution

It’s unclear whether the North Korean dictator had singer Hyon Song-wol killed by a firing squad, or whether he ever dated her, but it wouldn’t be out of character for the regime; business and journalism are becoming increasingly intertwined; meanwhile, to prevent piracy, a startup has begun to stream 3-D print designs that can be used only once. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Love It or Leave It?

Journalism is often a form of priestcraft. If human victims are required on the pyramids of sacrifice, a mob of journalists is always ready to slip on priestly robes while reaching for the knives.

Posted on Aug 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Laura Poitras

Documentary filmmaker and government surveillance reporter Laura Poitras is a model for a new generation of investigative journalists bent on protecting their sources while uncovering government wrongdoing.

Posted on Aug 18, 2013 READ MORE



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The News on China

People are fascinated by China, but there’s something being lost in all the hubbub—what everyday life is like there.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 READ MORE


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Don’t Believe Everything You Read

The news media, in reporting the sale of The Washington Post and the implications for The New York Times, ignored a fundamental rule of journalism and life: Bosses lie.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 READ MORE


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Newspapers Are Disappointingly Partisan When It Comes to Scandal

A study has found bias where there isn’t supposed to be any.

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 READ MORE


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Posted on Aug 7, 2013 ENLARGE


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Patrick Cockburn: Covering Syria’s Complicated Civil War

“As a journalist, no one tells you something because they like the look of your face, generally,” the Independent reporter told Truthdig in an exclusive interview. “They tell you to further their own interests or the interests of their party.”

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 READ MORE


Jeremy Scahill Condemns President Obama

The investigative reporter slammed the Obama administration Thursday for the role he says it played in the continued detention of Abdulelah Haider Shaye, a prominent Yemeni journalist who was the first to expose an American cruise missile strike that killed dozens of civilians.

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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Why ‘Chain Reaction’ Must Be Preserved

The sculpture towers 26 feet above the Civic Center lawn in the Southern California coastal city of Santa Monica, a disturbing warning about the danger of nuclear arms. Now the artwork is in peril.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: Journalism Should Be About Truth

In the second part of a series of interviews with The Real News, the Truthdig columnist details his criticism of the Iraq War and the news coverage leading up to it. He says it is his belief that great reporters care about the truth above all.

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Don’t Judge a Magazine by Its Cover

America’s apparent outrage over the Rolling Stone cover featuring a photo of accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reveals a great deal about this country’s insecurities and prejudices.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: Urban Poverty Made Me Ask Questions

The Truthdig columnist tells The Real News how his experience living in the inner city in Boston shaped his perspective as a journalist.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Journalist Faces 105 Years for Private Intelligence Reporting

Barrett Brown spent his 300th day behind bars this week, accused of using information acquired by the hacker group Anonymous to report on private intelligence firms, threatening an FBI agent, and committing credit card fraud by linking to a document that contained stolen credit card data. His supporters say the writer is being targeted for daring to investigate the secret world of security contracting.

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



This Year’s Best-Kept Secret: The Next Generation of Community Radio

A microphone and a radio transmitter in the hands of a community organizer imparts power, which some liken to the life-changing impact when humans first tamed fire.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 READ MORE


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