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Did U.K. Conservatives Threaten the BBC With Cuts During the Recent Election?

In an eye-opening piece for The Guardian, one of the Labour Party leader’s senior advisers claims that the Tories continually interfered with press freedoms during the U.K. general election by threatening BBC journalists and executives.

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What Will Verizon’s $4.4 Billion Cash Purchase of AOL Mean for The Huffington Post?

The surveillance state-friendly communications giant declared Tuesday that it will acquire AOL with the goal of expanding its video offerings. But the acquisition of the onetime king of media comes with much more than just videos; it comes with one of the biggest left-leaning websites online, The Huffington Post.

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Jon Stewart Highlights Media Hypocrisy in Coverage of White Riots Vs. Baltimore Protests

With a video montage of Americans rioting over incredibly important things such as sports and pumpkins, “The Daily Show” host exposes the double standard on reporting when it comes to the Freddie Gray protests in Baltimore.

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The New York Times’ Skewed Reporting on Baltimore

A recent article on the situation in Baltimore went 11 paragraphs before quoting anyone other than a police officer or government official.

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Noam Chomsky: Every Word in the Phrase ‘Free Trade Agreement’ Is False

Noam Chomsky discusses how so-called free trade agreements, such as the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, enrich corporations while creating migration crises. Other topics include the Islamic State group and the media.

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Jon Stewart: Turning the Last Moments of Someone’s Life Into ‘Newsac’ Robs Them of Their Humanity

The news media trend of displaying teaser videos with clips of the deaths of Walter Scott and Eric Garner on loops is despicable at best. And, as “The Daily Show” host points out, it’s a trend we have to “nip in the bud, because it’s not going anywhere. ... The ubiquity of cellphones is far outpacing police awareness of the ubiquity of cellphones.”

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Netanyahu Slips and Reveals the Real Reason He Opposes the Iran Deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showed his hand in a recent interview with CNN.

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These Clips of Jon Stewart’s Best Fox News, CNN and MSNBC Takedowns Will Make You Miss Him Already

No one has done more to combat the bullshit aired on cable news than Jon Stewart has over the years, but as the soon-to-be-retired “Daily Show” host puts it, it’s tough to work in “media counter-errorism.”

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Noam Chomsky: In ‘Free’ Countries, Unpopular Ideas Can Be Suppressed Without the Use of Force

Paraphrasing George Orwell’s virtually unread introduction to “Animal Farm,” the renowned linguist explains how listening to the media, which are owned by the wealthy, and receiving a “good education” can suppress free thought.

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Journalism as Subversion

The journalist P. Sainath has worked for more than 20 years to amplify the voices and lives of the rural poor of India as corporate-controlled media have attempted to erase them from history. (Pictured, an Indian farmer in his damaged field.)

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Jon Stewart: The Media Bend Over Backward to Negate the Role of Race in Prejudiced Acts

The racial tensions that date to the founding of the United States are constantly being swept under the rug rather than confronted. But the “Daily Show” host has had just about enough of “racism deniers.”

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Reporters Without Borders Paves Access to 9 Banned Websites in Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and More

Reporters Without Borders has made copies of sites banned in several countries in order to allow readers access to previously censored “independently-reported news and information.” But the nonprofit organization hasn’t stopped there.

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TV Meteorologists Should Say It Loud and Clear: Climate Change Is Here

The corporate television newscasts spend more and more time covering the increasingly disruptive, costly and at times deadly weather. But they consistently fail to make the link between extreme weather and climate change.

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O’Reilly’s War

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Here’s a Satirical Take on the 40 Things the News Wants You to Be Afraid Of

British satirist Charlie Brooker delves into a horrendously long list of things Western news outlets say we should fear, admonishing the media for their fear-mongering ways with his simultaneously biting and deadpan style of humor. It’ll have you shaking in your boots ... with laughter.

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Today’s Top 7 Myths About Islamic State

The self-styled “Islamic State” Group (ISIS or ISIL), the Arabic acronym for which is Daesh, is increasingly haunting the nightmares of Western journalists and security analysts.

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Big Lies, Little Lies and the Punishment of Brian Williams

The harshest penalties usually tend to be brutal, vengeful and excessive—even when the offender is a celebrity journalist like Brian Williams.

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Brian Williams and the Frog of War

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Stewart, Williams and Thick Skins

Many years ago, a politician complained to me about journalists who loved to dish it out but bristled at any criticism directed their way.

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Confirmed: Jon Stewart to Leave ‘The Daily Show’

After 16 years transforming a goofball “Weekend Update” knockoff into must-watch programming that frequently embarrassed “real” journalists and elevated national debate, Jon Stewart is calling it quits.

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Laurie Becklund, Reporter Who Connected the U.S. to Salvadoran Death Squads, Dies at 66

The integrity of journalism has suffered many blows in recent years, including corporate takeovers, advertorials and rank desperation. It is a small tragedy, then, to lose one of the profession’s brightest and most unfaltering voices.

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Jon Stewart on How the Mass Media Helped Get Us Into the Iraq War

In response to the media’s take on the recent suspension of NBC’s Brian Williams,“The Daily Show” host says there probably wouldn’t have even been an Iraq War “if the media had applied this level of scrutiny to the actual fucking war.”

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Another Iraq Apology

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Williams Takes Cover

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Brian Williams Under Fire

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Williams Incident: Reagan and Bush Lied About Military Records but Got a Pass

NBC nightly news anchor Brian Williams is under fire for repeatedly having told an embellished story of being in a Chinook helicopter that took RPG and small arms fire at the beginning of the Iraq War and was forced down.

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Egypt’s Mendacious President Dangles Freedom Before Imprisoned Al-Jazeera Journalists

Four Al-Jazeera journalists have been sitting in an Egyptian prison for more than a year because they dared to report on the coup orchestrated by Egypt’s current president, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

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Media Meets Boko Haram

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Why Doesn’t Anyone Care About the Recent Boko Haram Massacre in Nigeria?

It seems the 17 dead Parisians are worth more in the mass media’s eyes than the estimated 2,000 people killed in the town of Baga, Nigeria, by the terrorist group Boko Haram on Friday.

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How Free Is Free Speech in America?

The uncomfortable truth is that here, as elsewhere around the world, freedom of expression has never come easily and is nearly always threatened in one way or another.

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Journalists Must Stand Firm

If “freedom of expression” is to be more than an empty slogan, Wednesday’s terrorist attack in Paris cannot be allowed to have the chilling effect its murderous perpetrators intended.

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The Best of Larry’s List 2014

Here are some odds and ends that may have escaped you in the 2014 news cycle, as collected by our very own Larry Gross.

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Fox Affiliate Apologizes for Editing Innocent Protesters to Sound Like Bloodthirsty Cop Killers

A Baltimore Fox station has apologized for what it calls “an honest misunderstanding.”

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Obama and the Beginning of the End of the Cuban Embargo

The failed United States policy against Cuba, which has for more than half a century stifled relations between these neighboring countries and inflicted generations of harm upon the Cuban people, may finally be collapsing.

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What Will the Widespread Use of Drones Mean for Journalism?

Having so many drones flying around may have “serious implications” for journalists and researchers; India named its first “yoga czar”; meanwhile, a Fox News interview shows the holes in Dick Cheney’s defense of CIA torture. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdig’s Books of the Year: Part One

Whether on climate change, soaring wealth inequality, or the surveillance state, this has been a year of calls to action.

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 READ MORE



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Dana Milbank Says a Lucky Rich Kid From Facebook Destroyed a Liberal Institution

The New Republic is 100 years old, but it may be dead. TNR alum Dana Milbank says Chris Hughes, who bought the magazine at age 28, killed it.

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Over 100 Islamic State Fighters Killed in U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq

The U.S. war on Islamic State (also known as Daesh) in Iraq and Syria takes up less and less space in mainstream media. The group and its issues haven’t gone away, however.

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Max Blumenthal Explains Why His Critics Are the Real Anti-Semites

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Max Blumenthal is chased out of Germany, Robert McChesney is optimistic about revolutionary change, we speak to the creators of the new documentary “Remote Area Medical,” and Robert Scheer interviews Leslie Cockburn.

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Robert McChesney Is Hopeful About Revolutionary Change

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Max Blumenthal is chased out of Germany, Robert McChesney is optimistic about revolutionary change, we speak to the creators of the new documentary “Remote Area Medical,” and Robert Scheer interviews Leslie Cockburn.

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A Big Election With Little Local Journalism

What if you held an election and nobody showed up to cover it? That’s what the 2014 midterms were like in much of the country.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE



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The Internet Won’t Let Bill Cosby Ignore Rape Allegations

The iconic comedian’s social media team invited the world to promote its boss Monday. Things didn’t go as planned.

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How Ronald Reagan and the Supreme Court Turned American Politics Into a Cesspool

The dominating significance of the midterm elections has been the occasion’s dramatic confirmation of the corruption of the American electoral system.

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A Tough Game on Tea Party Turf

California Democrat Suzanne Savary seeks to oust Orange County conservative Dana Rohrabacher from the U.S. House seat he has held since 1988—a challenge much like trying to beat the Alabama football team in Tuscaloosa.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Obama Still Counts on ‘Hopey-Changey Stuff’

President Obama has always had a thing about hope as an antidote to cynicism.

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Egyptian Journalists Protest Editors’ Pledge Not to Criticize Government

“Hundreds of Egyptian journalists objected on Sunday to a pledge by newspaper editors to refrain from publishing reports critical of the government, calling the curb on freedom of expression ‘a victory for terrorism,’ ” The New York Times reports.

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‘When Google Met WikiLeaks’: An Exclusive Excerpt

In 2011 WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange was visited by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. Here, from Assange’s new book, is part of the extraordinary conversation that resulted.

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