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Nancy Reagan and Merv Griffin
AP Photo / Craig Molenhouse

Merv Griffin’s Bodyguard of Lies

The not-so-secret gay sex life of Merv Griffin has once again raised the specter of the obituary outing, not to mention the power of prejudice to intimidate even the rich and famous.

Posted on Aug 27, 2007 READ MORE


Ingredients for Murder

Truthdig contributor James Harris investigates the assassination of an Oakland journalist who was gunned down recently, apparently to protect the reputation of Your Black Muslim Bakery, an organization claiming high ideals that has been increasingly linked to violence and scandal.

Posted on Aug 20, 2007 READ MORE


Radio for the People

The FCC is providing a once-in-a-generation opportunity for local noncommercial radio. With tycoons like Rupert Murdoch snatching up more trophies for his media empire, local alternatives are needed now more than ever.

Posted on Aug 7, 2007 READ MORE


Wave of Shootings in Oakland

A wave of shootings following the assassination of an Oakland, Calif., journalist has left seven dead since Friday. Seventy-nine people have been killed in Oakland so far this year. That’s five fewer than at the same time last year, but still far too high.

Posted on Aug 6, 2007 READ MORE


Dow Jones Agrees to Sell to Murdoch

Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch has long coveted The Wall Street Journal and has now reached a deal to buy parent company Dow Jones & Co. Many employees of the iconic paper and two board members who resigned expressed fears that the conservative Murdoch would damage the Journal’s objectivity and journalistic integrity, as with previous conquests.

Posted on Aug 1, 2007 READ MORE


Progressive Coalition Targets Fox Advertisers

A group of progressive organizations and blogs is planning to hit Fox News where it hurts: the bank account. MoveOn.org, Brave New Films, DailyKos and others are working to compile a list of local advertisers as part of a larger pressure campaign. Fox News may have brought this on itself by successfully pressuring JetBlue to pull out as a major sponsor of the YearlyKos convention.

Posted on Jul 27, 2007 READ MORE


BBC Reporter
news.bbc.co.uk

BBC Reporter Freed

Alan Johnston, a correspondent in Gaza for the BBC, has been released to Hamas by his captors after they held him for roughly four months. Hamas said Johnston’s release was a sign that it was restoring order to Gaza, which it recently seized from rival faction Fatah. Johnston says he stayed on top of the news of his captivity by listening to the BBC World Service on the radio.

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE


MSNBC Anchor

MSNBC Anchor Refuses to Cover Paris Hilton

MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski strenuously objected to covering Paris Hilton’s legal woes as a lead story, so much so that when her producer (and the teleprompter) refused to budge, she first tried to burn, then tore and shredded the copy. Here she explains her revolt: “I just don’t believe in covering that story, especially not as the lead story in a newscast when you have a day like today.”

Posted on Jul 2, 2007 READ MORE


Moyers

Bill Moyers Lets Loose on Rupert Murdoch

Media icon Bill Moyers objects not just to Rupert Murdoch’s politics but to the damage he says the mogul has done to the ailing Fourth Estate. And in this critique, the venerable journalist doesn’t hold back: “If Rupert Murdoch were the angel Gabriel, you still wouldn’t want him owning the sun, the moon and the stars. ... But Rupert Murdoch is no saint. He is to propriety what the Marquis de Sade was to chastity.”

Posted on Jul 1, 2007 READ MORE


Bongos
AP Photo / Jerome Delay

Stop Ignoring AIDS and Africa

Stephanie Nolen, the last Western journalist covering the AIDS beat in Africa, tells Truthdig it is unfortunate but true that the more people die, the less people care, which is why she has decided to get personal with a new book that approaches the crisis from a different perspective.

Posted on Jun 4, 2007 READ MORE


CBS Silences General Dissent

Listening to retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Batiste, you sense his intense loyalty to the military. He commanded the Army’s 1st Infantry Division in Iraq, capping a 31-year Army career. So why did CBS News fire him as a paid news consultant?

Posted on May 29, 2007 READ MORE


Gore and Stewart

Al Gore on ‘The Daily Show’

Jon Stewart managed to get through an entire interview with Al Gore without asking if he’s going to run for president. The result is a thoughtful conversation on the state of media and the assault on reason.

Posted on May 25, 2007 READ MORE


‘Simpsons’ Sticks It to Fox

“The Simpsons” has never shied away from biting the hand that feeds it, but in its 400th episode—heavily promoted by the network—the show went for a two-fer, mocking both the low-brow Fox and the propagandistic Fox News.

Posted on May 21, 2007 READ MORE


Alan Johnston
news.bbc.co.uk

Kidnapped BBC Reporter Spends Birthday in Captivity

BBC reporter Alan Johnston will spend his 45th birthday in captivity. He was kidnapped nine weeks ago in Gaza, where he had worked for three years. The BBC will mark his birthday with candlelight vigils in cities around the world.

Posted on May 16, 2007 READ MORE


Beware Murdoch’s ‘Necessary Promises’

While Rupert Murdoch is as conscious of his image as any other legendary villain, he also seems to possess a sense of humor—or at least somebody around him does. Early in his ongoing bid to take over Dow Jones Publishing and The Wall Street Journal, a Murdoch spokesman said that the media mogul would reassure those who may fear for the paper’s independence and integrity with all of the “necessary promises.”

Posted on May 16, 2007 READ MORE


The Evening Snooze

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Posted on May 15, 2007 READ MORE


Transgender Sportswriter Surprised by Tolerance

One would think the sports world would be the last place a transgender person could happily transition from one sex to another, but to Christine Daniels’ surprise, the opposite has been true. Daniels tells Newsweek about the fallout—or lack thereof—from her decision to stop being Mike Penner, a popular sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times, and resume her career with confidence, a new wardrobe and no writer’s block.

Posted on May 14, 2007 READ MORE


A Shining Light Goes Out in Africa

All 114 on board were killed in the crash of Kenyan Airlines Flight 507, including Anthony Mitchell, a brave journalist who risked his life to shine a light on often ignored Africa. Shortly before his death, Mitchell had revealed America’s use of secret Ethiopian prisons.

Posted on May 8, 2007 READ MORE


Jon Stewart
comedycentral.com

‘Daily Show’ Viewers Know More

According to the latest Pew Research survey, the most knowledgeable Americans are regular viewers of “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” and avid newspaper readers. At the other end of the spectrum are viewers of Fox News and morning shows.

Posted on May 2, 2007 READ MORE


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Something Happened in Haiti

This parody from the Onion challenges the assumption that 24 hours of news coverage, satellite uplinks and bold graphics actually keep us more informed.

Posted on Apr 30, 2007 READ MORE


Police ‘Regret’ Airing of Shooter’s Video

The superintendent of the Virginia state police has politely criticized NBC for airing the Virginia Tech shooter’s video diatribe. The head of NBC News defended the decision to broadcast the footage, saying: “I’m not sure we’ll ever fully understand why this happened, but I do think this is as close as we’ll come to having a glimpse inside the mind of a killer.”

Posted on Apr 19, 2007 READ MORE


Lonely Planet

News organizations continue to close bureaus around the world at a time when Americans seem to know less than ever about other cultures. It’s hard to know why they hate us when we’re not entirely sure who they are.

Posted on Apr 12, 2007 READ MORE


The Benefits of Slow Journalism

Is Justice Ruth Ginsburg in poor health, or did she just lose a shoe? The answer depends on how quickly—and accurately—you get your news.

Posted on Apr 5, 2007 READ MORE


Josh Wolf
sfgate.com

Jailed Blogger Goes Free

After spending 7 1/2 months in jail, longer than anyone else in a modern journalism rights case, blogger Josh Wolf reached a deal with prosecutors and was set free Tuesday. Wolf turned over unedited video of WTO protesters and, in exchange, was excused from identifying the individuals shown in the footage. He said he proposed the same deal in November but was turned down.

Posted on Apr 4, 2007 READ MORE


Hannity and guest

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


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

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


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

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


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