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NSA Uses Corporate News to Spread Propaganda and Silence Dissent

Investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald published an expose this week detailing how the NSA has been feeding “propaganda” to various news publications, which have happily played along.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 READ MORE



What You’re Reading About the NSA in Some Newspapers May Be Purely Propaganda

Shocking revelations in the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post could merely be attempts by the National Security Agency to justify its activities; a new law in Saudi Arabia labels all atheists as terrorists; meanwhile, Mississippi passed an anti-gay segregation bill. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

‘Chain Reaction’ Is a Threat, but Not to the Public Interest

The first structural engineer hired by Santa Monica officials to assess the safety of former L.A. Times cartoonist Paul Conrad’s anti-nuclear war sculpture declared that the work “is not an imminent hazard nor should it be considered dangerous.” But officials still want to tear it down.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Missing: The L.A. Times’ Provocateur Extraordinaire

No, I don’t know what’s going on with the Los Angeles Times’ love-him-or-hate-him T.J. Simers, whose sports column has disappeared from the paper since June 2, when he staged a free throw shooting contest between his grown daughter, Kelly Nielsen, and NBA star Dwight Howard.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Before Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin, There Was Oliver Beasley

Twenty-three years after an L.A. sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a quiet, much-loved veteran, too many people still can’t move beyond their stereotypical view of race.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Koch Brothers to Buy the L.A. Times?

If you thought money was done corrupting the news, think again. Conservative billionaire archfiends David and Charles Koch are said to be pursuing the Tribune Co. newspaper group, which includes the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun.

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 READ MORE



Mr. Littlehand

Communities Need Newspapers

Once-proud newspapers have given way to Internet news sweatshops, but clicks don’t bring respect from the public.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 READ MORE



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The 113th Congress Can’t Be Worse Than the 112th Congress

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The fiscal cliff is delayed, the 113th Congress is sworn in, the NDAA is signed, the Violence Against Women Act is killed and the LA Times is reborn.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE


Negotiating With ‘Madmen’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The fiscal cliff is delayed, the 113th Congress is sworn in, the NDAA is signed, the Violence Against Women Act is killed and the L.A. Times is reborn.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE



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The Earth Loses a Force of Nature

T.L. Caswell, a Truthdig journalist who worked at the L.A. Times with cartoonist Paul Conrad (above), the three-time Pulitzer winner who died Saturday, remembers a man who always arrived in a blast of smoke and sound.

Posted on Sep 5, 2010 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

For Paul Conrad

I met one of the few remaining 20th century radicals, a man whom Time magazine called “an acid-penned liberal” in 1960, and had a conversation with him that was not particularly radical or even humorous and was barely political, but why should it have been?

Posted on Sep 5, 2010 READ MORE    



Legendary Cartoonist Paul Conrad Dies

Legendary political cartoonist Paul Conrad died Saturday morning at the age of 86. An artist who won the Pulitzer Prize three times, Conrad was the cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times for 30 years and a proud member of Richard Nixon’s “enemies list.”

Posted on Sep 4, 2010 READ MORE



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Ailing Journalism in Ailing Times

The L.A. Times executive suite, desperate for company income, shows an ethics-be-damned attitude in breaching the line between ads and news.

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Class Act’-ion at the L.A. Times

Former reporters from the L.A. Times and at least one current star columnist have filed a class-action suit against Sam Zell. The billionaire’s reign over the paper beginning in late 2007 has not been pretty, and the lawsuit contends that recent violations of federal financial rules have “diminished the value of the employee-owned company to benefit himself and his fellow board members.”

Posted on Sep 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Photoshopping Military Might

Charges against Iran’s Sepah News for digitally altering a photo of the country’s missile tests on Wednesday arose Friday after analysts discovered what is clearly a Photoshopped extra missile in an image released by the media arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. The image, which was used by the L.A. Times and the Chicago Tribune on their front pages, was later retracted.

Posted on Jul 11, 2008 READ MORE


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MoveOn, L.A. Times Endorse Obama

Barack Obama had cause for celebration Friday. Though he still trails Hillary Clinton in most big states, he picked up two endorsements that will undoubtedly have an impact. MoveOn says it is already mobilizing its 3.2 million members—more than half of whom live in super Tuesday states—on behalf of Obama. The Los Angeles Times was flattering of Clinton, but, as the editorial board put it: “Clinton would be a valuable and competent executive, but Obama matches her in substance and adds something that the nation has been missing far too long—a sense of aspiration.”

Posted on Feb 1, 2008 READ MORE


Discrimination Claim at L.A. Times

Los Angeles Times Managing Editor Doug Frantz is facing accusations of discrimination for refusing to run a report about the Armenian genocide written by Mark Arax, a seasoned LAT writer of Armenian origin.  Frantz claims Arax was biased in his take on the issue, but Armenian community leader Harut Sassounian says there’s a much bigger story behind Frantz’s move.

Posted on Apr 26, 2007 READ MORE


The L.A. Times Scandal: A Cautionary Tale

In his latest column for Truthdig, Bill Boyarsky turns his experienced eye on the Los Angeles Times’ recent editorial shake-up, the culmination of a series of questionable “housecleaning” moves, conflicts of interest and an unwise overemphasis on novelty over tradition. 

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Democracy Now! on the L.A. Times Firings

Amy Goodman interviews L.A. Times reporter Henry Weinstein about the shock waves that have rocked the newspaper since its corporate parent fired the paper’s publisher and editor. Unfortunately, it’s an all-too-common story these days.

Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Is Called ‘Despicable’ for Smearing L.A. Times

The American Prospect’s Greg Sargent calls Bush “truly despicable” for saying in a speech— disingenuously —that an L.A. Times article had tipped off Iraqi enemies to some of our anti-insurgent technology.

Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


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