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What Happened to Russiagate?

For five months, there was a daily drumbeat on Russiagate, the theory that Russia put Donald Trump in the White House. Now, the “scandal” has disappeared.

Posted on Apr 18, 2017 READ MORE


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Julian Assange Accuses Democrats of McCarthyism, Maintains Russia Was Not WikiLeaks’ Source (Video)

The founder of WikiLeaks discusses his organization’s role in the 2016 election, America’s current political climate and more in a Democracy Now! interview.

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Trump’s Decision to Attack Syria Increases the Risk of World War III

Russia-baiting has given the president huge incentives to prove he is not Vladimir Putin’s flunky and boosted the odds of a showdown between the world’s two nuclear superpowers.

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 READ MORE



Dennis Kucinich: James Comey, Not Russia, Tilted the Election Toward Donald Trump

The former congressman says the FBI director (pictured) should have resigned over his disclosure about Hillary Clinton’s emails last October.

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 READ MORE


The Russians Aren’t Coming—the Deep State Is (Audio)

By Robert Scheer

On KPFA’s “Sunday Show” this week, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer explains why he isn’t buying the foreign interference talk surrounding Donald Trump and the 2016 presidential election.

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Get Used to It, America: Brown People Are Here to Stay

Guided by the xenophobic ideology of such advisers as Steve Bannon, President Trump is pushing back against inevitable changes.

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Rachel Maddow Plays Glenn Beck

By pushing anti-Russian McCarthyism as an attack strategy against President Trump, Democrats—and progressives like Maddow—are encouraging a costly and dangerous new Cold War.

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 READ MORE



Mainstream Media’s Wimpy Coverage of Inaugural Address Was No Surprise

Does the age of Trump signal a new era of McCarthyism—or worse, an American brand of fascism?

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 READ MORE



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Manning and the Gangster State

In a column originally posted on Aug. 21, 2013, Chris Hedges declares that the whistleblower’s original 35-year sentence “means the end of the rule of law.”

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald: It’s Toxic to Demonize Corbyn as Russia ‘Collaborator’ for Opposing Belligerence

In response to Jeremy Corbyn’s call for the “de-militarization of the border” between NATO countries and Russia, critics have dismissed the U.K. Labour Party leader as a traitor.

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‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: What the Intelligence Report About Russian Influence Really Reveals

On this week’s episode, journalists Abby Martin and Ben Norton join Hedges for a wide-ranging discussion about troubling shifts they’ve noticed away from fact-based reporting and governance.

Posted on Jan 15, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges Explores the New McCarthyism With Historian Ellen Schrecker

The Truthdig columnist and Yeshiva University professor, author of “Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America,” examine the role of President-elect Donald Trump and the impact the suppression of dissent has had on higher education.

Posted on Dec 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



In the Time of Trump, All We Have Is Each Other

Under Donald Trump’s presidency—the outgrowth of the corporations’ 40-year-long war against democracy—we will have to battle a form of state repression far more sophisticated than McCarthyism. Our weapon: rebuilding alternative structures through small, local political actions.

Posted on Dec 25, 2016 READ MORE



Fake News and the New McCarthyism

Charges of Russian interference in our election should be investigated but ought not to become an occasion to harass domestic critics of U.S. policy. 

Posted on Dec 22, 2016 READ MORE



Investigation Into ‘PropOrNot Blacklist Case’ Finds Shoddy Methods and an Ominous Potential

The shadowy group PropOrNot has accused Truthdig and more than 200 other websites of being conduits for Russian propaganda, and a Washington Post article gave those allegations wide exposure. Veteran reporter Bill Boyarsky delves into the matter. 

Posted on Dec 15, 2016 READ MORE


Russia Expert Stephen Cohen: New York Times Stokes a New McCarthyism Against Critics of U.S. Policy

“We have a new accepted practice of labeling anyone who dissents from American policy toward Russia as a Kremlin apologist,” Cohen says. “And I know very serious people who have become afraid to speak out now.”

Posted on Dec 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



American Alarm Over Supposed Russian Propaganda Is ‘Only the Old Panic in a New Guise’

Jack Shafer of Politico Magazine explores the history of propaganda in the United States and explains why it is crucial that Americans remember that it “has always been with us and always will be.”

Posted on Dec 7, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Journalists Who Ripped Washington Post, PropOrNot for McCarthyite Hogwash

Many reporters rallied around Truthdig and other news sites that were erroneously tarred as pro-Russian propagandists by a dubious blacklist that had been given undeserved credence by the Post.

Posted on Dec 3, 2016 READ MORE



Journalists Decry Washington Post Story on Source That ‘Blacklisted’ Truthdig and Other Outlets

The Post published an article Nov. 24 based on an organization’s report that named more than 200 news outlets as tools of Russian propaganda. But not everyone in the media was convinced.

Posted on Nov 30, 2016 READ MORE



‘Professor Watchlist’ Names Progressive Academics Who Supposedly Show a Liberal Bias

Turning Point USA seeks to “expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students” by publishing a list of almost 200 professors who, the nonprofit organization says, promote leftist propaganda in the classroom.

Posted on Nov 29, 2016 READ MORE



The Top Five Times the FBI Intervened to Help the U.S. Right Wing

What is unusual about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s intervention in the 2016 election is not the intervention. After all, the FBI tries to shape United States politics every day.

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 READ MORE



Israel-First McCarthyism: Andrew Cuomo’s Vow to Spy On and Punish BDS Activists (Video)

After New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order directing the state to monitor activists in the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, critics called the order McCarthyism.

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 READ MORE



What Socialism Means to Bernie Sanders—and You

Once upon a time, socialists running for president in the United States had to explain that while they had no chance of actually winning an election, their campaigns were aimed at “educating” voters—about socialism.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE



Exposed: Pro-Israel Modern-Day McCarthyites Are Going to Extremes to Slime Human Rights Activists

As pro-Israel extremism reaches new depths with the notorious Canary Mission project, the FBI investigates growing threats against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activists.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Leonard Beerman: Activist, Pacifist, Rebel and Rabbi

In a remembrance published earlier this week, the Rev. Madison Shockley recalled Rabbi Leonard Beerman, who will be buried today, as a great light for justice and peace.

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Is Obama’s Take on McCarthyism to Blame for Obamacare Troubles?

President Barack Obama’s pursuit of leakers, which turns government workers against one another, is reported to extend into every department, including Health and Human Services.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE



The Sequester Impact, Ted Cruz Calls Out ‘Communists,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including one lawmaker’s efforts to ensure corporations can vote and Michelle Obama teams up with Jimmy Fallon for the “Evolution of Mom’s Dancing.”

Posted on Feb 24, 2013 READ MORE


The ‘Missing Evidence’ in Romney’s Tax Records

Harry Reid has provoked outrage among liberals as well as conservatives, who seem to believe he has violated propriety by repeating gossip about Mitt Romney’s taxes. But Reid’s critics simply have no way of knowing whether he is telling the truth or not.

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 READ MORE


The Ghost of Joseph McCarthy Slithered Into the Room

Forgotten history is like a rake neglected in the national backyard. Soon enough you’ll return to where you left it, and if you step on its teeth, it’ll swing up and hit you in the face. (Above, McCarthy and, at right, a caricature of Rep. Allen West.)

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Human Rights Watch Says Obama Will Go Down in History—and Not in a Good Way

President Obama’s decision to not veto the defense authorization bill, which “would codify indefinite detention without trial into U.S. law for the first time since the McCarthy era,” is a “historic tragedy,” Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE


The Hooey King

“There is nothing radical or un-American in holding these hearings,” Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., claimed Thursday as he launched his McCarthyite probe of American Muslims.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE


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Right Wing Gone Wild

American fanatics tend to self-destruct. Today’s right-wing nihilists, led by Elizabeth Cheney, William Kristol and Glenn Beck, are crossing that threshold of decency.

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE


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Rep. Michelle Bachmann’s Apology Fail

Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann apparently understood that she needed to do a little spin control following her jaw-dropping flirtation with McCarthyism on “Hardball” last week, but she apparently didn’t feel the need to apologize to anyone, judging by her latest campaign spot.

Posted on Oct 25, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


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Tales From the Palin

The ghoulish comic “Tales From the Crypt” is taking a spooky look at the possibility of a Sarah Palin presidency. An editorial by Gathy Gaines Mifsud, daughter of publisher William Gaines—a target of a ghastly 1950s Senate investigation on censorship—rails against Palin and her reported McCarthy-esque book-banning stunts while mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 READ MORE


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Who Needs Robocalls When You Have Robo-Rep. Bachmann?

Shades of McCarthyism? In her televised rundown of practically all of the anti-Obama talking points conjured up this election season, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., calls the Illinois senator (and other “liberals” in Washington) “anti-American” on Friday’s “Hardball.”

Posted on Oct 18, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


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