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Faux News

‘Simpsons’ Nails Fox News

“The Simpsons” has never shied away from biting the hand that feeds it. In this classic clip, the show eviscerates Fox News in what may be the greatest ever indictment of the network. It’s worth watching multiple times just to take in the “crawl.”

Posted on Mar 16, 2007 READ MORE



AP

Keeping Our Demons at Bay

The Special Forces veteran and author of “Full Spectrum Disorder” explains why the media celebrate true believers such as Lt. Col. Ralph Kauzlarich who continue to fight a war that is already lost.

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Going Tabloid

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Discovery Channel Shows Off Penetrator Bomb

One of the weapons used with devastating effect against U.S. forces in Iraq is the so-called explosively formed penetrator, which the administration has accused Iran of producing. Astonishingly, the Discovery Channel recently aired a puff piece that delightedly showed off such a bomb, complete with a demonstration of how effective the compact device was against armored military targets.

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


Limbaugh

Limbaugh Offends Women, Gays, Blacks and Jews in One Show

During a recent radio show, Rush Limbaugh chortled over a newspaper headline that playfully asked whether John Edwards would be “the first woman president.” Limbaugh asked who would design the candidate’s inaugural dress, played “I Am Woman” as Edwards’ theme song and repeatedly called out to fellow bigot Ann Coulter, as if soliciting a pat on the back.

Posted on Mar 9, 2007 READ MORE


Colbert

Colbert Bids Farewell to Captain America

Stephen Colbert says goodbye to an American icon, who began his career fighting the Nazis and would go on to capture the cultural temperature for decades. Plus, don’t miss Fox News’ reaction: “You should not kill Captain America when we’re at war.”

Posted on Mar 9, 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


Countdown

Olbermann Catches Conservatives Shaming Themselves

Keith Olbermann takes aim at Newt Gingrich for blaming residents of New Orleans for the devastation of Katrina, “comedian” Rush Limbaugh for suggesting that Barack Obama could own Al Sharpton because of their ancestry, and, of course, Ann “Coultergeist” for calling John Edwards “that name.”

Posted on Mar 5, 2007 READ MORE


Mike Farrell

Podcast: ‘M*A*S*H’ Star Mike Farrell on the Engine That Drives His Activism

Actor, activist and author Mike Farrell joins regular panelists James Harris and Josh Scheer to talk about his new book “Just Call Me Mike,” why it took so long for Americans to wake up to George W. Bush and more.

Posted on Mar 5, 2007 READ MORE


Ban Ki-Moon
news.bbc.co.uk

U.N. Leader: Climate Crisis as Dangerous as War

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon warned Thursday that the danger posed by war “is at least matched by the climate crisis,” and urged the U.S., which produces roughly 25 percent of all greenhouse emissions, to take a leading role in addressing global warming.

Posted on Mar 1, 2007 READ MORE


Big Blue Bus
you-are-here.com

Santa Monica Drops ‘Top Model’ Ads

Santa Monica has removed advertisements for the TV show “America’s Next Top Model” from city buses because some residents complained the images were disrespectful to women. The ads featured host Tyra Banks and a group of women wearing swimsuits.

Posted on Feb 28, 2007 READ MORE


Fox’s Take on the Oscars

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John Stossel

‘20/20’ Host Says Global Warming May Be ‘a Good Thing’

John Stossel has truly gone off the deep end. While appearing on Glenn Beck’s radio show, the co-anchor of ABC News’ “20/20” called Robert Kennedy Jr. an “imbecile,” suggested global warming could be “a good thing,” and implied combating the crisis would “wreck the lives of poor people.”

Posted on Feb 26, 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.

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Robert Greenwald on Fox News, the Iraq War Memorial and More

Documentarian Robert Greenwald (“Outfoxed,” “Iraq for Sale”) joins regular panelists James Harris and Joshua Scheer to talk about Fox News’ impact on the media, his effort to create an online Iraq war memorial and more.

Posted on Feb 26, 2007 READ MORE


Al Gore

And the Oscar Goes to ... Al Gore

“An Inconvenient Truth” took home two Academy Awards on Sunday, one for best documentary and the other for Melissa Etheridge’s “I Need to Wake Up” (best song). In case you missed it, here’s a video summary of Al Gore’s night at the Oscars.

Posted on Feb 25, 2007 READ MORE


The Fourth Estate Sale

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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


Ferguson

Talk Show Host Has Moral Epiphany

In this heartfelt monologue, “Late Show” host Craig Ferguson says he won’t make fun of Britney Spears and reveals his own bout with rehab.

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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


Big Bird
muppetcentral.com

Bush Wants to Gut PBS Funding

The president’s new budget would slash funding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting by 25 percent. CPB is the major financial backer of PBS, and a cut of this size would be certain to cripple the public network’s ability to provide the high-quality television programming it is known for.

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


Why Chavez Isn’t Just Another Castro

While Hugo Chavez is often presented in the West as the second coming of Fidel Castro, the reality is far more complex. For example, critics who chastise Chavez for silencing a critical television station often fail to mention that the same media outlet promoted and participated in a military coup against the democratically elected Venezuelan president.

Posted on Feb 12, 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


website
bradblog.com

Is the White House Whitewashing History?

Margie Burns, reporting for the Brad Blog, says the White House may be up to some old, unsavory tactics, deleting unfavorable material from its website in potential violation of the Presidential Records Act of 1978. At issue are briefing references to Jeff Gannon, the faux journalist whose non-questions helped deflect criticism during press briefings.

Posted on Feb 11, 2007 READ MORE


Network Head Resigns Over Boston Shenanigans

The head of the Cartoon Network has stepped down because of the recent terror scare in Boston, which was caused by the city’s overreaction to an advertising ploy—nine other cities managed not to descend into hysterics when the Lite-Brite-like advertisements began appearing. Jim Samples shouldn’t have to lose his job because authorities in Boston mistook a blinking cartoon character for an act of terrorism.

Posted on Feb 9, 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


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


Super Bowl Edition: Dave Meggysey, James Harris and Robert and Joshua Scheer

Former All-America linebacker and author Dave Meggysey joins James Harris, Robert Scheer and Joshua Scheer for a discussion on the NFL’s racist history, the black coach milestone and more in this special Super Bowl edition of the Truthdig podcast. 

Posted on Feb 3, 2007 READ MORE


Berlusconi and Wife
washingtonpost.com

Hell Hath No Fury Like an Italian Woman Scorned

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi lost his job thanks to his support of the Iraq war and alleged abuses of power, but he had another headache altogether this week. In a letter that appeared on the front page of a major newspaper, Berlusconi’s wife browbeat him for his public flirtations and demanded an apology—which she got.

Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


Cartoon Ads Spook Boston

The Cartoon Network has apologized for causing the biggest security scare in Boston since 9/11. City police thought several battery-powered advertisements placed on behalf of the cable channel might be bombs, a misunderstanding that crippled Boston’s infrastructure after authorities placed the city on high alert.

Posted on Jan 31, 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


    Fox News Resurrects ‘Path to 9/11’ Propaganda

    Fox News intends to broadcast unaired footage from ABC’s propagandistic miniseries “The Path to 9/11.” The scene in question, which suggested that Sandy Berger rejected a proposal to assassinate Osama bin Laden, was toned down after the series’ wild inaccuracies and political motivations led to a national firestorm.

    Posted on Jan 26, 2007 READ MORE


    All the News That’s Fit to Skip

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    Saddam Statue
    wikipedia.org

    Arab War Supporters Unhappy With Outcome

    Many in the Arab media who supported the toppling of Saddam Hussein—and sometimes braved death threats to do so—now feel betrayed by the incompetent policy that followed: “It’s a success story for al-Qaeda, a success story for autocratic Arab regimes that made democracy look ugly in their people’s eyes.”

    Posted on Jan 22, 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


    Robert Redford
    robertredford.com

    Redford Demands Bush Apology for War

    Robert Redford opened the Sundance Film Festival by demanding an apology for the war in Iraq. The festival features several decidedly political films, including “Chicago 10,” which centers on demonstrations at the 1968 Democratic convention, and “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib.”

    Posted on Jan 19, 2007 READ MORE


    Colbert and O'Reilly

    Colbert vs. O’Reilly

    Stephen Colbert appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor” on Jan. 20 and had this to say to his inspiration: “You know what I hate about people who criticize you? They criticize what you say, but they never give you credit for how loud you say it.”
    Update: Watch O’Reilly on the Colbert Report

    Posted on Jan 19, 2007 READ MORE


    Chris Matthews

    Chris Matthews Drops the S-Bomb

    Chris Matthews really stuck it to the hawks on Wednesday’s “Hardball”: “If you want America to be a hegemonic power in the Middle East, you’re out of step with the American people. We’re not going to fight it out with Iran for the next 30 years to see who the big s***—I’m sorry—the big name is on the block.”
    (h/t: Think Progress)

    Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


    Bill Moyers

    Bill Moyers on Net Neutrality’s Motley Crew

    At a media reform conference in Memphis, the PBS newsman applauded the coalition-building skills of the architects of the Net Neutrality movement. “Who would have imagined that sitting together in the same democratic broadband pew would be the Christian Coalition, Gun Owners of America, Common Cause and MoveOn.org?”

    Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


    Libby Trial May Put Cheney, Press in Hot Seat

    I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s Plamegate trial finally gets started on Tuesday, promising to reveal the polluted secrets of a dishonest and opportunistic Washington elite. Expect to see Dick Cheney, the first sitting vice president to testify at a criminal trial, squirm as lawyers and witnesses discuss the administration’s cherry-picking of intelligence.

    Posted on Jan 15, 2007 READ MORE


    Helen Thomas

    Helen Thomas Grills ‘Bush’

    Straight from the National Conference for Media Reform, journalism icon Helen Thomas lays into a Bush impersonator, who actually does a better job of answering her questions.

    Posted on Jan 14, 2007 READ MORE


    Sandy Burglar
    bradblog.com

    Fox News Plays the Name Game

    The folks at Fox News, always innovative in the ways of fairness and balance, do some of their most inflammatory work on the banners that hover at the bottom of the screen. Not to rest at mislabeling party affiliation, they’ve taken to editorializing given names.

    Posted on Jan 10, 2007 READ MORE


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