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The Fox Attack on Black America

The Congressional Black Caucus has agreed to cosponsor two debates with Fox News, one for Democrats and the other for Republicans. But as Robert Greenwald and the folks at Fox Attacks demonstrate in this video, the network has a history of attacking black America.

Posted on Apr 3, 2007 READ MORE


Air America

Truthdig Podcast: Saving Air America

Mark Green, the new president of Air America, tells Truthdig why it didn’t work, what he’s going to do to fix it and what you can expect in the future from America’s largest progressive radio network. Pictured above, Al Franken, who was an Air America host.

Posted on Apr 2, 2007 READ MORE


Air America
msnbc.com

Saving Air America

Mark Green, the new president of Air America, tells Truthdig why it didn’t work, what he’s going to do to fix it and what you can expect in the future from America’s only progressive radio network.

Posted on Apr 2, 2007 READ MORE


Pundits

What We Call the News

Check out this spot-on sendup of news and punditry, which proves that the dumbing down of America can be funny when it’s not just plain sad.

Posted on Mar 30, 2007 READ MORE


Jonathan Adelstein
fcc.gov

FCC Commissioner on Net Neutrality, the Future of Media and More

Jonathan Adelstein, one of five FCC commissioners, speaks with Truthdig about the battle to control America’s airwaves, the value of an open and fair Internet and his initial thoughts on the XM-Sirius merger.

Posted on Mar 19, 2007 READ MORE


Another Russian Journalist Dies Prematurely

Police say Ivan Safronov, a military correspondent for a major Russian newspaper, jumped out of a fifth-floor window. But the media and friends say it’s likelier that he was murdered because his reporting had embarrassed Vladimir Putin’s government. Thirteen Russian journalists were killed in 2006, making it the third-most-dangerous country to report from.
(h/t: Largest Minority)

Posted on Mar 6, 2007 READ MORE


Fox’s Take on the Oscars

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Posted on Feb 28, 2007 READ MORE


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Podcast: Robert Greenwald on Fox News and More

Documentarian Robert Greenwald (“Outfoxed,” “Iraq for Sale”) joins regular panelists James Harris and Joshua Scheer to talk about Fox News’ latest shenanigans, his effort to create an online Iraq war memorial and more.

Posted on Feb 26, 2007 READ MORE


The Fourth Estate Sale

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Posted on Feb 23, 2007 READ MORE


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Fox News Targets Obama

Documentarian Robert Greenwald has collected some of Fox News’ worst smears against Barack Obama, who sensibly responded to the attacks by freezing out Fox reporters. At the end of the video, Greenwald urges the Nevada Democratic Party, which plans to allow the “fair and balanced” network to host a debate, to do the same.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


Tony Snow

Watch Snow Squirm

The long-dormant White House press corps has shown signs of life in recent months, including Monday’s briefing when reporters refused to allow press secretary Tony Snow to dodge and divert their questions about the Army hospital scandal.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


Right-Wingers Have Repented, but The Times Hasn’t

Even with the benefit of years of hindsight, The New York Times has failed to accept responsibility for its role in hyping the phony Whitewater accusations against the Clintons.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


MSNBC Re-Signs Keith Olbermann

MSNBC has asked Keith Olbermann to stay on as the host of “Countdown” for at least four more years. The left-leaning broadcaster is the network’s golden boy, with a ratings jump of 85 percent over the last year, thanks to his unique synthesis of Edward R. Murrow-style commentary and a wicked sense of humor.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams
news14charlotte.com

Reporters Off the Hook in Steroids Case

Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams are free from the threat of prison, now that their source in the BALCO steroids scandal has been revealed. The two San Francisco Chronicle reporters’ case tested press freedoms after they refused an order to identify their source.

Posted on Feb 15, 2007 READ MORE


Josh Wolf
AP Photo / Benjamin Sklar

Wolf as Underdog

In her inaugural Truthdig column, Amy Goodman investigates the outrageous imprisonment of Josh Wolf, the blogger whose devotion to freedom of the press and resistance to government coercion have kept him in jail longer than any other modern journalist.

Posted on Feb 15, 2007 READ MORE


Cooper
anthroblogs.org

When It Rains It Pours

Satirist Andy Borowitz riffs on the news networks’ ratings-oriented weather obsession.

Posted on Feb 12, 2007 READ MORE


Josh Wolf
AP Photo / Benjamin Sklar

Blogger Jailed Longer Than Any Other Modern Journalist

Josh Wolf has been in prison for more than 170 days—longer than any other journalist in modern history. The freelance videographer and blogger has been held since he refused to hand over footage of WTO protesters to authorities because, he says, the precedent would make journalists “de facto deputies and investigators” for law enforcement.

Posted on Feb 8, 2007 READ MORE


Iranian Kool-Aid

How the Press Can Prevent Another Iraq

Washington Post columnist Dan Froomkin has put together a 10-point checklist to help journalists avoid drinking Bush’s Iranian-flavored Kool-Aid.

Posted on Feb 5, 2007 READ MORE


Experts Go on Strike—Could Last Months, Non-Experts Say

Satirist Andy Borowitz pokes fun at the media’s reliance on the know-it-alls who often shape our opinions.

Posted on Feb 4, 2007 READ MORE


Molly Ivins
AP / Henny Ray Abrams

A Tribute to Molly

  • Robert Scheer remembers the irreplaceable voice and generous spirit of Truthdig’s most beloved columnist.
  • Anthony Zurcher, a longtime editor and friend, says goodbye and pays tribute to Ivins’ life, work and wisdom.
  • Plus: Molly Ivins’ last column—a stirring call to action against the war.

  • Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins
    csus.edu

    We’ll Miss You, Molly

    Molly Ivins died today at the age of 62. As a veteran journalist and columnist, Molly’s sharp tongue and stubborn determination to cut through the bull and fight for what’s right touched the lives of millions. America is poorer for her absence.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins
    berkeley.edu

    Get Well Soon, Molly

    Fans of Molly Ivins have probably noticed that her work has been absent from this page and others in recent weeks. Unfortunately, Molly’s battle with cancer has forced her to take a break from her crusade against the war. Our thoughts and hearts are with her at this difficult time.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Scooter Libby
    beachblogger.net

    Does Scooter Stand a Chance?

    Conflicted journalist Judith Miller added her damning testimony to a mounting heap on Tuesday, saying “Scooter” Libby did in fact reveal to her that Joseph Wilson’s wife worked at the CIA. With more and more witnesses contradicting Libby’s account of events, his trial is starting to feel like a technicality on the way to a pardon.

    Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


    Surprise! Press Corps Chickens Out

    The White House press corps has named inoffensive impersonator Rich Little to host this year’s correspondents dinner, confirming that the group has yet to recover from its unwarranted anxiety attack following Stephen Colbert’s performance last year. While some criticized Colbert for treating President Bush roughly, others—including Bill Maher—wondered why, in the first place, the press corps gets tanked every year at a party with the people it’s supposed to be covering.

    Posted on Jan 21, 2007 READ MORE


    Chicago Tribune Sign
    cra.org

    Media Conglomerate Considers Bids

    Tribune Media, the conglomerate that owns the Los Angeles Times along with other major newspapers, TV stations and even the Chicago Cubs, announced it is considering offers for its sale. The economic wisdom of conglomeration has come under fire in recent years, but Tribune’s troubles have raised concerns over the future of the newspaper industry in general.

    Posted on Jan 21, 2007 READ MORE


    Journalists and Civilians Now Vulnerable to Military Justice

    A provision slipped into a spending bill by the last Congress and approved by the president makes civilian contractors in Iraq subject to military court-martial. But legal scholars believe the rule could also be extended to include civilian government employees and even embedded journalists. (h/t: Largest Minority)

    Posted on Jan 16, 2007 READ MORE


    Helen Thomas

    Helen Thomas Grills ‘Bush’

    Straight from the National Conference for Media Reform, journalism icon Helen Thomas lays into a Bush impersonator, who actually does a better job of answering her questions.

    Posted on Jan 14, 2007 READ MORE


    Olson
    sfgate.com

    Military Harasses Reporter Over Watada Trial

    The military is trying to coerce freelance journalist Sarah Olson to testify against Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, the first commissioned officer to refuse to go to Iraq. Olson, whose story about Watada appeared on Truthout.org, has resisted the military because, in her own words: “Journalists should not be asked to participate in the prosecution of political speech.”

    Posted on Jan 10, 2007 READ MORE


    Olbermann
    reportercaps.com

    Olbermann Outperforms Trash Media

    Keith Olbermann’s synthesis of in-depth Murrow-esque reporting and hard-hitting opinionated analysis has attracted a growing audience and turned the O’Reilly model on its head.  The Nation magazine has a profile of broadcast journalism’s rising star.

    Posted on Dec 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Dan Froomkin: On Calling BS

    The Washington Post’s “White House Briefing” columnist argues that mainstream journalists and media organizations will continue their decline into irrelevance if they don’t summon the courage to call BS.

    Posted on Dec 1, 2006 READ MORE


    NYU Prof Launches Experiment in ‘Open-Source’ Journalism

    It’s called NewAssignment.net, and the idea is for everyday citizens to fund specific reporting projects that will be assigned to professional journalists. This could be the birth of an entirely new paradigm in reporting: professionals and amateurs working together in a truly networked way. Check it out.

    Posted on Jul 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Abe Rosenthal
    AP

    Larry Gross: Abe Rosenthal’s Reign of Homophobia at The New York Times

    Former New York Times Executive Editor Abe Rosenthal, who died this month, was a raging homophobe—a failing that proved tragic when the AIDS crisis erupted on his watch. Gay and lesbian studies pioneer Larry Gross explores what happened when America’s paper of record ignored one of the major civil rights stories of our time.

    Posted on May 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Norman Solomon: Hunger and the Limits of Journalism

    “Journalists routinely function as cogs in media machinery that processes tragedy [in this case world hunger] as just another news commodity.”

    Posted on May 8, 2006 READ MORE


    A Writer’s Life

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    Panic in the Newspaper Biz

    “I don’t so much mind that newspapers are dying—it’s watching them commit suicide that pisses me off.”

    Posted on Mar 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Red_America
    From redstate.com

    Washington Post’s Conservative Blog Hire Draws Fire

    The Washington Post recently hired conservative blogger Ben Domenech (of Redstate.com) to write a regular blog for the newspaper’s website. The appointment drew immediate criticism, notably from conservative-turned-progressive writer David Brock, who questioned Domenech’s journalism bona fides.

    Posted on Mar 22, 2006 READ MORE


    On Invasion’s Third Anniversary, Tune Out the Pundits

    In the midst of pervasive militarism, eagerness to take the path of least resistance is a reflex in mainstream U.S. journalism.

    Posted on Mar 17, 2006 READ MORE


    What Are They Teaching in Journalism Schools?

    The news that a Time magazine reporter plotted with the attorney for Karl Rove is a window into the den of iniquity that is Washington journalism. As the late great Washington journalist I.F. Stone once put it, “Better to stay in your bathtub reading reports than to have that sort of corrupting access.”

     

    Posted on Dec 2, 2005 READ MORE


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