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Donald Trump Is Creating ‘a Framework in Which Authoritarian Leaders Assert More Power’

Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, analyzes the president-elect’s troubling attitude toward the media.

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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Trump’s Tweets Are a New Form of Governing by Edict

In driving the news, the president-elect’s “tweedicts” gain the power of implied threats.

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Preparing for the Normalization of Donald Trump’s White House (Video)

Despite all the hand-wringing from the left, Trump will be normalized by the same corporate media that virtually boycotted Bernie Sanders.

Posted on Jan 3, 2017 READ MORE



What We Expect to See in 2017

2016 is history. As we turn the page on this strange and difficult year, Truthdig editors and writers look ahead to what the new year might bring.

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Posted on Dec 29, 2016 ENLARGE



Just Before Christmas, Obama Establishes Anti-Propaganda Agency

On Friday President Barack Obama signed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act—and within the $619 billion military budget is a controversial provision that establishes a national anti-propaganda center that critics warn could be dangerous for press freedom.

Posted on Dec 26, 2016 READ MORE



How to Boost Soccer in the United States

If the world’s most popular sport is going to take hold in this country, the NCAA, Major League Soccer and the national sports media need to hype the college game—and get it on TV.

Posted on Dec 19, 2016 READ MORE



How the Media Iced Out Bernie Sanders and Helped Donald Trump Win

The Vermont senator has spent his life fighting for progressive causes. As the world braces for a Trump presidency, Sanders shows no signs of slowing down.

Posted on Dec 1, 2016 READ MORE


Preserving Independent Journalism and Fighting the New McCarthyism

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and his team discussed the recent Washington Post story that relied heavily on an unsubstantiated source that claims Truthdig and other news outlets are spreading “Russian propaganda.”

Posted on Nov 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



And So it Begins: Normalizing the Election

The media must not excuse racism, misogyny, nativism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia because we think Trump voters have legitimate gripes.

Posted on Nov 27, 2016 READ MORE



Media Expert Dan Gillmor: Why Journalists Must Be Activists

The fear is that President-elect Donald Trump and a new right-wing Congress will be the biggest threat to American civil liberties and freedom of speech in our lifetimes.

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 READ MORE



Right on Cue, Media Begins to Normalize Trump

There is no “law of journalism” requiring the press—or Democrats—to treat a far-right demagogue like any other politician.

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Nov 13, 2016 ENLARGE


‘Informed Rant’: Roles of the Media, WikiLeaks and Vladimir Putin in the Presidential Election

The latest episode of Joshua Scheer’s podcast explores how Donald Trump became the next commander in chief.

Posted on Nov 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Glenn Greenwald on Who’s to Blame for Trump’s Election

The Intercept journalist lays out why the Democratic Party needs to take responsibility.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 READ MORE



Resistance Movements Can Be More Powerful Than President Trump

Millions of people around the world are committed to opposing the Republican’s dangerous and divisive agenda. Their work, like the work of the incoming administration, has just begun.  

Posted on Nov 10, 2016 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert on the ‘Making of Trump’ and What Unites Americans (Video)

On election night, the “Late Show” host made an attempt to make sense of the difficult 2016 election season and asked Americans to agree it would never happen again. Now that Donald Trump is president, that may not be possible, however.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Enablers Who Helped Donald Trump Do Incalculable Damage to America

The Republican candidate couldn’t have eroded the trust and social cohesion the nation depends on without three sets of enablers. They must be held accountable, too.

Posted on Nov 6, 2016 READ MORE



‘Trump Unveiled’ Reveals the Big Con of Donald Trump’s Presidential Run

With his casino background, the Republican nominee is an expert at attracting gamblers—people who are willing to throw the dice with the illogical hope it will make their lives better.

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Watch: White House Hosts Panel With Jeremy Irons and Mathematicians on Math and the Movies

The star of “The Man Who Knew Infinity” and representatives from the government and academia discuss the role of storytelling, cinema and media in disseminating science and mathematics.

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Time to Include the Disability Community in News Conversations on Police Brutality

Half of police killings involve people with a mental disorder, but little attention is paid to the issue in media coverage. This failing, whether due to a lack of education or prejudice, is hurting the most vulnerable members of society.

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 READ MORE


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‘Black Ops Advertising’ Dissects the Rise of Media Manipulation for Corporate Profit

The currency of maximum importance in our digital world is personal data, personal relationships and our very identities.

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 READ MORE



How We Could End the Permanent State of War

Despite the fact that the war state appears to be riding high, circumstances may favor a frontal challenge to that condition for the first time in many years.

Posted on Sep 30, 2016 READ MORE



White House Arts and Humanities Medals Recognize Americans’ Collective Experience

As the nation nears the end of a highly divisive political season, President Obama uses the awards ceremony to focus on common ground.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 READ MORE



Here Are Six Problems America Has That Are Worse Than Terrorism

Every time a person of Middle Eastern heritage who ought to have been committed to an insane asylum but wasn’t (because rich people who don’t want to pay taxes successfully lobbied to get rid of insane asylums) commits violence, our press and politicians hit the panic button.

Posted on Sep 21, 2016 READ MORE



There’s No Debate

The candidates and the media have thoroughly corrupted the presidential debates. Our democracy deserves better—and there’s still time for a change.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Media Coverage Has Created a New Crisis of Credibility

Almost 50 years after former Vice President Spiro Agnew launched a conservative campaign against the press, our journalistic institutions are being challenged for being too hard on Hillary Clinton and too timid toward the right in the 2016 election.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 READ MORE



The 2016 Presidential Election ‘Did Not Take Place’

The French sociologist and philosopher Jean Baudrillard wrote that for Western audiences, the Gulf War was a staged television conflict. But if that was a TV spectacle, the 2016 election is much more of one.

Posted on Sep 18, 2016 READ MORE



Information or Disinformation? Only 32 Percent of Americans Trust the Media

A new Gallup Poll shows the steepest decline since 1972 in public confidence in the accuracy and fairness of news reporting.

Posted on Sep 17, 2016 READ MORE



North Dakota vs. Amy Goodman: Journalism Is Not a Crime

The Dakota Access pipeline story is critical to the fate of people and the planet. It’s about climate change—and about indigenous rights conflicting with corporate and government power.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE


Samantha Bee: Have We Come to Demand ‘Meaningless Campaign Coverage’ From Our Media? (Video)

A furious “Full Frontal” host returned from a break to rail against NBC’s Matt Lauer and the rest of the members of the mass media who are failing to ask tough questions during the 2016 presidential election campaign.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Dear Media Elites, Here’s How You Have Donald Trump Completely Wrong

The incitement of anti-immigrant prejudice for political gain is shameful, but it’s not new in our country.

Posted on Sep 11, 2016 READ MORE



Are Media Exaggerating ‘Reformed Terrorist’ Story to Advance FBI’s Disturbing Agenda?

There are serious questions about the story extremist-turned-FBI-informant Jesse Morton told reporters.

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 READ MORE



America the Illiterate

The change from a print-based to an image-based society has transformed our nation. All the traditional tools of democracies—including dispassionate scientific and historical truth, facts, news and rational debate—are useless instruments in a world that lacks the capacity to use them.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE


Did PBS Censor Jill Stein’s Comments on Hillary Clinton and the TPP?

In a recent video compilation, YouTube commentator Matt Orfalea added parts of an answer the Green Party presidential candidate recently gave on PBS’ “NewsHour,” arguing that the portions left out on the air are crucial to Stein’s arguments against Clinton.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Warren Hinckle: Remembering the Godfather of Gonzo

The legendary Ramparts editor who later ingeniously paired writer Hunter Thompson and artist Ralph Steadman died this week, leaving a slew of colorful memories behind him.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 READ MORE



Where Is Our Martin Luther King Jr.?

We need more humble prophets—to remind the skeptical that religion, which can indeed be divisive, is also a moral prod and an intellectual spark. But such figures are hard to find in this election year.

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 READ MORE



Some Reporters Covering Trump Rallies Worry as Anti-Media Atmosphere Thickens

The Republican presidential nominee’s use of aggressive rhetoric is nothing new, but since the combative Stephen Bannon joined the campaign, Trump is homing in on the media—and stirring up vitriol among his supporters.

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 READ MORE



Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction

Long before the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, corporate forces carried out a slow-motion coup d’état. Now the coup is over. We lost.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE



Questions About Clinton Campaign’s Transparency Ramp Up After a Weekend of Closed Fundraisers

The Democratic presidential nominee hasn’t held a news conference in more than 260 days, despite growing concerns about her use of a personal email server and the role of the Clinton Foundation during her tenure as secretary of state. (Pictured, Martha’s Vineyard, a Massachusetts island where Clinton raised funds last weekend.)

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE


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