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Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE    



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Christopher Dorner and the Lines That Divide Us

Issues of race and the LAPD have been raised once again in the case of Christopher Dorner, a dismissed African-American cop accused of killing four people before apparently losing his life in a gunfight with police and subsequent fire.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE



Obama to Set Deportation Record

By 2014, the Obama administration will have deported more people than were expelled from 1892 to 1997; a majority of Californians believe that increasing the number of guidance counselors in schools would be more beneficial for safety than adding armed police officers; and while some see the fall of print journalism as a tragedy, others see it as an opportunity. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 4, 2013 READ MORE



Drama Over Including Gays in Immigration Reform

Though President Obama is trying to find a place for gay binational couples in his immigration reform plan, Republicans such as Sen. Lindsey Graham just won’t have it; as a tribute to the late Aaron Swartz, MIT should make academic articles free to the public; meanwhile, new studies show that urbanites have developed neural responses that keep them constantly on the lookout for danger. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Fact Check: ABC Spreads Fear About Syrian Chemical Weapons

You know you’re on shaky ground when you quote a source like the defense secretary with the words, “He basically said. ...” FAIR’s Peter Hart compares ABC’s lazy quoting on Syrian chemical weapons to the kind of WMD fear mongering that led the U.S. to war with Iraq.

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 READ MORE



Kristin Dos Santos (CC-BY-SA)

Why CBS Can’t Be Trusted With the News

What may seem like a small story of interest merely to geeks and journalists shows that corporations do, in fact, tell their editors what they can say.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 READ MORE


A Picture Worth Far More Than 1,000 Words

To publish or not to publish? That was the debate in media circles this week after the New York Post printed a horrifying photo of a man named Ki Suk Han who had been pushed onto the subway tracks and was trying to avoid getting hit by a train.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 READ MORE



Associated Press

Rupert Murdoch Seeks to Add to His Empire

The recent Leveson Report on the British hacking scandal shows the danger of the media baron adding to his already vast American holdings.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Our Words Are Our Weapons

We often speak as though the source of so many of our problems is complex and even mysterious. I’m not sure it is. You can blame it all on greed: the refusal to do anything about climate change, the attempts by the .01% to destroy our democracy, the constant robbing of the poor, the resultant starving children, the war against most of what is beautiful on this Earth.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE


The End of Newsweek

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Posted on Oct 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Rupert Murdoch to Shareholders: Love Me or Leave Me

You don’t get to be a tycoon by going soft, and at this year’s shareholder meeting, Rupert Murdoch was defiant in the face of disgruntled investors.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Juan Gonzalez

“Democracy Now!” co-host and award-winning journalist Juan Gonzalez has brought a deep understanding of the United States’ historical relationship with Latin America to bear on immigration issues affecting all Americans in the present. 

Posted on Sep 29, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S. Court Orders BBC to Release Footage

Can an American court order a foreign media outlet to hand over unbroadcasted journalistic material? A New York judge says yes. The BBC has until Oct. 1 to appeal or disclose 10-year-old footage of interviews with an alleged terrorist and the chief of a political group founded by deceased Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Ex-NPR Reporter: Congress Is ‘Complete Theater’

Andrea Seabrook left NPR this summer to start her own venture, DecodeDC, and she’s letting fly about what it’s like to “collude” with politicians as a daily news reporter.

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Mass Murderers’ Weapon of Choice

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: There’s a reason one particular handgun keeps showing up at mass shootings: It works. Also: Paul Ryan and life after journalism.

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 READ MORE


Mass Murderers’ Weapon of Choice

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: There’s a reason one particular handgun keeps showing up at mass shootings: It works. Also: Paul Ryan and life after journalism.

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 READ MORE



AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Paul Ryan’s Secret Weapon

Contrary to Democrats’ hopes, Mitt Romney’s choice of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan for his running mate might not be such good news for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Zakaria Suspended After Acknowledging Plagiarism

Fareed Zakaria, a CNN host and editor-at-large for Time magazine, has been suspended by both news organizations after he admitted to plagiarizing parts of a story from The New Yorker. Zakaria apologized once the allegations came to light.

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Perpetuating Modern Day Slavery

Soliciting a modern day slave to write about modern day slaves? Great concept for an improv comedy sketch. Although it might seem sad, and funny, it’s exactly what an advertiser on a media job board has done.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 READ MORE


Alexander Cockburn at Ease

Fashion, tips for surviving a police encounter, and why we might all be better off when the American empire crumbles are among the subjects the late CounterPunch editor Alexander Cockburn rapped about in a conversation in the Deep South sometime during the summer of 2006.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Rebekah Brooks Faces Phone Hacking Charges

British authorities have decided to try eight people in the case of gutter journalism gone terribly wrong (or wrong-er). They include the woman who ran Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper empire in the U.K. and Andy Coulson, who was editor of News of the World from 2003 until 2007 and then Prime Minister David Cameron’s communications director until 2011.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Sits Down With Bill Moyers

In one of the most pointed, sweeping and personal public conversations about Chris Hedges’ life and work yet, Bill Moyers speaks with the journalist after the release of “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt,” the book Hedges co-authored with fellow reporter and artist Joe Sacco.

Posted on Jul 22, 2012 READ MORE


A Brave and Intrepid Pioneer

William James Raspberry, who died Tuesday at 76, was in the first wave of an invasion of outsiders—minorities and women—who transformed American journalism.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE


Bill Raspberry, ‘Role Model’

William Raspberry was a provocateur who was so gentle and gentlemanly that you didn’t always grasp how much he was shaking up the conventional conversation until you actually thought about what he had just said.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Mary Altaffer

This Just In: Nonsense

There is a great hunger for trivial news and reporters have agreed to censor themselves in order to feed it.

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Chuck Kennedy

Shame on the News: Pols Get to Edit Their Quotations

The New York Times reports that it is now commonplace for everyone from campaign advisers to the Treasury Department to edit and approve quotes before journalists allow themselves to print them. Keith Olbermann calls it “appalling,” and that’s being nice.

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 READ MORE



MSNBC Divorce: Microsoft Moves On With $300 Million

It’s the kind of mashup only the crazy Internet boomers of the ’90s could cook up: Why don’t Microsoft—or MSN rather—and NBC get married? Now that Keith Olbermann is off to college, the romance just isn’t there anymore.

Posted on Jul 15, 2012 READ MORE


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Hedges Is L.A. Press Club’s Journalist of the Year

In awarding him the organization’s top prize for online writers, the judges offered high praise for Hedges, calling him “Champion of the 99%—mortal enemy of the 1%. This former war correspondent turns out weekly columns packed with insightful and biting opinion.”

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Rafiq Maqbool

Hope Burning

So now we have Rambo Obama, a steely warrior who, according to a lengthy leaked insider account in The New York Times, hurls death-dealing drones at anyone who threatens the good old USA. Including children.

Posted on May 30, 2012 READ MORE


Fox News Brain Drain

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Posted on May 25, 2012 READ MORE



Mexican Journalists Silenced to Death

Freedom of the press is threatened every day in Mexico as journalists are tortured and killed; Obama’s support of gay marriage distracts the public from the impunities in Afghanistan; press freedom is also under attack in the U.S. as journalists are arrested for protesting. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 20, 2012 READ MORE


Death of Journalists

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Posted on May 12, 2012 READ MORE


Little Journals That Loom Large

The American Prospect, a center-left magazine (for which I have occasionally written) faces a financial crisis that could soon force it to shut its doors.

Posted on May 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Glenn Greenwald Objects to New York Times Review of ‘Nut Job’ Julian Assange (video)

The mainstream media was bound to gag on the WikiLeaks editor’s new talk show, which is taped under house arrest, airs on Vladimir Putin’s Russia TV and features Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah as its first guest. But the Times review in particular has Glenn Greenwald tweeting nonstop.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 READ MORE



Huffington Post

What Huffington Post’s Pulitzer Says About Online Journalism

Stop panicking. Newspapers may come and go, but rich, time-consuming journalism is not dead. In fact, David Wood spent eight months working on the 10-part series that won him and the Huffington Post the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. Not exactly the celebrity blogs and Internet rehashing that once brought HuffPo scorn.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Scheer Wins Major Award, Truthdig Nominated for Another

Tuesday was a big day at Truthdig HQ, what with the news that our own Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer has won the Society of Professional Journalists’ prestigious Sigma Delta Chi award in the Online Column Writing (Independent) category and word of Truthdig’s nomination for the 2012 Webby Award in Politics.

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Bebeto Matthews

My Quarter Century With Mike Wallace

Mike was part reporter, part actor playing reporter. He had a flair for the dramatic, the ability to achieve almost instant rapport with interviewees no matter their wealth, achievement or background.

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 READ MORE


Video Memories of Mike Wallace

We should all be so lucky to live to 93, luckier still to have a career like that of Mike Wallace, who died peacefully Saturday night after roughly six decades on television.

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 READ MORE



AP / John Minchillo

The Polite Conference Rooms Where Liberties Are Saved and Lost

I spent four hours in a third-floor conference room at 86 Chambers St. in Manhattan on Friday as I underwent a government deposition.

Posted on Mar 26, 2012 READ MORE


Ode to the Road

Right-wingers and other fools believe that the "mainstream" media are devoted to electing lefties to public office so we can turn the United States into Sweden. In fact all we want is the campaign to go on forever.

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

Murder Is Not an Anomaly in War

We kill children nearly every day in Afghanistan. We do not usually kill them outside the structure of a military unit.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 READ MORE


Art as Journalism

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AP / Gene J. Puskar

Lessons of JoePa, in Case the Next Witch We Hunt Doesn’t Drop Dead

Unfortunately, most people will insist they were the ones insisting this was a witch hunt all along, and believe it.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 READ MORE



Peter Dutton (CC-BY)

New York Times ‘Plantation’ Workers Invited to the Independent Wilds

Independent journalist Russ Baker has invited the 561 New York Times employees and retirees who wrote a letter of “dismay” to their publisher to quit the establishment and join us free barbarians of the Internet. “Why not, in this new world, take a risk to create a better journalism, one not owned by rich people or corporations?” asks Baker.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Farewell to a Conservative Gentleman

Tony Blankley, the “right” in KCRW’s “Left, Right & Center,” has died of stomach cancer. He was 62. Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer remembers his public radio sparring partner as “a conservative gentleman in the best sense. Tony was always well-informed, decent, with a wry sense of humor. I never knew him to lower his standards. It was a pleasure jousting with him.”

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Lays It All Out

C-SPAN goes in-depth with Chris Hedges during this three-hour interview, probing the author’s entire body of work. It is a comprehensive and fascinating discussion with one of the most important reporters on what he characterizes as our collapsing corporate empire. Hedges’ column returns next Monday.

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 READ MORE



Photo of a Ramparts cover by SPJ

Dugald Stermer Wanted to Change the World

Dugald Stermer, illustrator and visionary art director of Ramparts magazine, the legendary San Francisco muckraker, died last Friday after a long illness. He was 74.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Dan Rather Says ‘Big Money Owns Everything … Including the News’

In a recent speech, Dan Rather, once one of the few voices trusted to moderate our in-home information supply, called the current state of the news business “upside down and backwards.” Inspired by Occupy Wall Street, Rather issued a call to get back to proper journalism, and he suggested that the job would fall to independent journalists.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Jmquez (CC-BY-SA)

South African Parliament Passes Bill Restricting Press Freedoms

In what looks to many civil rights watchdogs like an ominous throwback to the days of apartheid, the South African parliament passed a law Tuesday that significantly curtails the ability of the press to cover stories about politically sensitive subjects, according to the government’s standards.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE



© Jeff Pappas

Media Complain of ‘Hostile’ NYPD (Update)

Some of the nation’s most prestigious news organizations, including AP and The New York Times, are condemning New York City’s treatment of the media, writing in a letter that “police actions of last week have been more hostile ...” (more)

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE


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