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Paris Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Warning: This is a column about Paris Hilton. Those who are trying to ignore the travails of the famous-for-being-famous hotel heiress might want to avert their eyes. The rest of you, join me in honorable surrender. We have no choice but to pay attention.

Posted on Jun 8, 2007 READ MORE


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msnbc.com

Court Rules Against FCC Censorship

In a landmark ruling, a federal appeals court has sided with broadcasters against the Federal Communications Commission on the issue of indecency, saying the regulatory body has not adequately explained how the Constitution could permit the censorship of “indecent” language.

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


Gore and Sheehan Join Forces

They are an unlikely couple. She, an exhausted and emotionally spent woman limping home to find solace in a measure of solitude she could have given herself long ago. He, an upbeat and oh-so-confident man who once was down but is now anything but out.

Posted on May 30, 2007 READ MORE


CBS Silences General Dissent

Listening to retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Batiste, you sense his intense loyalty to the military. He commanded the Army’s 1st Infantry Division in Iraq, capping a 31-year Army career. So why did CBS News fire him as a paid news consultant?

Posted on May 29, 2007 READ MORE


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Al Gore on ‘The Daily Show’

Jon Stewart managed to get through an entire interview with Al Gore without asking if he’s going to run for president. The result is a thoughtful conversation on the state of media and the assault on reason.

Posted on May 25, 2007 READ MORE



Save Internet Music

Internet radio has provided an eclectic and independent alternative to the mainstream hit-oriented, payola-ridden music marketplace, but industry greed now threatens to wipe out the medium. Truthdig checks in with Frannie Wellings of Free Press to find out whether Internet radio stands a chance and what music fans can do to save it.

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Save Internet Music

Internet radio has provided an eclectic and independent alternative to the mainstream hit-oriented, payola-ridden music marketplace, but industry greed now threatens to wipe out the medium.  Truthdig checks in with Frannie Wellings of Free Press to find out whether Internet radio stands a chance and what music fans can do to save it.

Posted on May 22, 2007 READ MORE


‘Simpsons’ Sticks It to Fox

“The Simpsons” has never shied away from biting the hand that feeds it, but in its 400th episode—heavily promoted by the network—the show went for a two-fer, mocking both the low-brow Fox and the propagandistic Fox News.

Posted on May 21, 2007 READ MORE


Two ABC Journalists Slain in Baghdad

Two more members of the news media have sacrificed their lives covering the Iraq war.  Cameraman Alaa Uldeen Aziz and sound technician Saif Laith Yousuf, both Iraqi journalists working for ABC in Baghdad, were abducted Thursday and found dead at the city morgue Friday, according to an ABC executive.

Posted on May 19, 2007 READ MORE


Alan Johnston
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Kidnapped BBC Reporter Spends Birthday in Captivity

BBC reporter Alan Johnston will spend his 45th birthday in captivity. He was kidnapped nine weeks ago in Gaza, where he had worked for three years. The BBC will mark his birthday with candlelight vigils in cities around the world.

Posted on May 16, 2007 READ MORE


Beware Murdoch’s ‘Necessary Promises’

While Rupert Murdoch is as conscious of his image as any other legendary villain, he also seems to possess a sense of humor—or at least somebody around him does. Early in his ongoing bid to take over Dow Jones Publishing and The Wall Street Journal, a Murdoch spokesman said that the media mogul would reassure those who may fear for the paper’s independence and integrity with all of the “necessary promises.”

Posted on May 16, 2007 READ MORE


The Evening Snooze

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Transgender Sportswriter Surprised by Tolerance

One would think the sports world would be the last place a transgender person could happily transition from one sex to another, but to Christine Daniels’ surprise, the opposite has been true. Daniels tells Newsweek about the fallout—or lack thereof—from her decision to stop being Mike Penner, a popular sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times, and resume her career with confidence, a new wardrobe and no writer’s block.

Posted on May 14, 2007 READ MORE


Michael Moore

Fox’s Gibson Joins the Michael Moore Witch Hunt

John Gibson of Fox News attempts to “nail” Michael Moore for his recent trip to Cuba, arguing rather desperately that Moore cannot be considered a journalist because his last movie grossed $100 million and journalists are supposed to be underpaid.

Posted on May 11, 2007 READ MORE


Farfour

Hamas Targets Kids With Islamist Mickey Mouse

The Palestinian militant group Hamas has created its own version of Mickey Mouse, known as “Farfour,” to indoctrinate the next generation with such life lessons as “laying the foundation for a world led by Islamists.” TV show host Farfour has outraged Israel and rival faction Fatah, but the Walt Disney Co. has yet to comment.

Posted on May 8, 2007 READ MORE


Jon Stewart
comedycentral.com

‘Daily Show’ Viewers Know More

According to the latest Pew Research survey, the most knowledgeable Americans are regular viewers of “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” and avid newspaper readers. At the other end of the spectrum are viewers of Fox News and morning shows.

Posted on May 2, 2007 READ MORE


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Something Happened in Haiti

This parody from the Onion challenges the assumption that 24 hours of news coverage, satellite uplinks and bold graphics actually keep us more informed.

Posted on Apr 30, 2007 READ MORE


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Voting closes at midnight tonight for the Webby People’s Voice awards.  Truthdig has been nominated for three, in the categories of News, Politics, and Blog - Political. Click here to support Truthdig.

Posted on Apr 27, 2007 READ MORE


Tony Blair

Tony Blair Takes Your Questions

The British prime minister made an unprecedented appearance on Youtube (of all places) to respond to questions from the host of “Labour:vision” and viewers at large.

Posted on Apr 26, 2007 READ MORE


Panahi
AP Photo / Hermann J. Knippertz

The Oliver Stone of Iran

The veteran journalist and Mideast traveler profiles Jafar Panahi (above), whose socially conscious films have earned him critical acclaim, box-office success and the unwelcome scrutiny of his government.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE


‘American Idol’ Tackles Poverty

There’s something obnoxious about a hugely popular TV show suddenly developing a social conscience, but it could be worse—they could just go on not giving a damn.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE


Police ‘Regret’ Airing of Shooter’s Video

The superintendent of the Virginia state police has politely criticized NBC for airing the Virginia Tech shooter’s video diatribe. The head of NBC News defended the decision to broadcast the footage, saying: “I’m not sure we’ll ever fully understand why this happened, but I do think this is as close as we’ll come to having a glimpse inside the mind of a killer.”

Posted on Apr 19, 2007 READ MORE


Beck

Don Imus Was the Tip of the Iceberg

If Don Imus’ Rutgers smear marks the boundary for what is considered indecent on radio, conservative pundits beware. Here is a sampling of the racism, sexism, homophobia and hate pumped out by talk radio every day.

Posted on Apr 17, 2007 READ MORE


The Imus Distraction

Truthdig’s resident analyst of racial politics argues that the firing of Don Imus will not alleviate the more pressing problems plaguing the black community.

Posted on Apr 17, 2007 READ MORE


Gore Vidal
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Hail and Farewell: the End of the American Empire

The iconic author, historian and patriot suggests that perhaps there’s a more sinister explanation for the president’s fiascos than mere incompetence: He’s out to destroy the American empire.

Posted on Apr 16, 2007 READ MORE


Imus Moves to Al-Qaida Network

The satirist says the embattled shock jock has found the perfect venue for his hate-filled rhetoric.

Posted on Apr 14, 2007 READ MORE


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Kurt Vonnegut Dead at 84

The iconic writer, who challenged conventional wisdom through 14 novels and numerous essays, died Wednesday from a brain injury. Vonnegut survived a nearly lifelong smoking habit only to succumb to a recent fall in his apartment. He once joked that he would prefer to die in a plane crash on Kilimanjaro and said he would avoid suicide “so as not to set a bad example for my children.”

Posted on Apr 12, 2007 READ MORE


Lonely Planet

News organizations continue to close bureaus around the world at a time when Americans seem to know less than ever about other cultures. It’s hard to know why they hate us when we’re not entirely sure who they are.

Posted on Apr 12, 2007 READ MORE


Imus
msnbc.com

MSNBC Drops Imus

MSNBC announced it will no longer air “Imus in the Morning,” as the uproar over the radio host’s racist comment continues and several prominent sponsors withdrew advertising. CBS, which controls the radio version of Imus’ show, has not said whether it too will cancel the program or merely stick with a suspension.

Posted on Apr 11, 2007 READ MORE


Imus Strikes Again

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NAB-bing the Election

As the TV pundits on the networks gab about the tens of millions of dollars raised by the top presidential candidates, what they don’t talk about is where that money is going: to their own networks.

Posted on Apr 10, 2007 READ MORE


Civilizing the Blogosphere

A couple of leading Internet personalities, including the creator of Wikipedia, have proposed a set of voluntary guidelines to help rein in the nastiness and abuse that can thrive in the blogosphere. Critics say the proposal would limit free expression, while supporters argue that “free speech is enhanced by civility.”

Posted on Apr 10, 2007 READ MORE



cnn.com

Gay TV Comes to China

A Hong Kong broadcaster is about to release China’s first gay-themed TV show. Although the program will air only over the Internet, it’s a big step for a country that treated homosexuality, or “buggery,” as a mental illness until 2001.

Posted on Apr 5, 2007 READ MORE


The Benefits of Slow Journalism

Is Justice Ruth Ginsburg in poor health, or did she just lose a shoe? The answer depends on how quickly—and accurately—you get your news.

Posted on Apr 5, 2007 READ MORE


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The Fox Attack on Black America

The Congressional Black Caucus has agreed to cosponsor two debates with Fox News, one for Democrats and the other for Republicans. But as Robert Greenwald and the folks at Fox Attacks demonstrate in this video, the network has a history of attacking black America.

Posted on Apr 3, 2007 READ MORE


Air America

Truthdig Podcast: Saving Air America

Mark Green, the new president of Air America, tells Truthdig why it didn’t work, what he’s going to do to fix it and what you can expect in the future from America’s largest progressive radio network. Pictured above, Al Franken, who was an Air America host.

Posted on Apr 2, 2007 READ MORE


Air America
msnbc.com

Saving Air America

Mark Green, the new president of Air America, tells Truthdig why it didn’t work, what he’s going to do to fix it and what you can expect in the future from America’s only progressive radio network.

Posted on Apr 2, 2007 READ MORE


Pundits

What We Call the News

Check out this spot-on sendup of news and punditry, which proves that the dumbing down of America can be funny when it’s not just plain sad.

Posted on Mar 30, 2007 READ MORE


Outsourcing War Protest in an Imperial World

Tom Engelhardt explores the gap between public opinion and public action. If so many Americans are opposed to the Iraq war, why aren’t they out in the streets?

Posted on Mar 26, 2007 READ MORE


Chimps
jeffcohen.org

Media Critic on Why It’s Only Getting Worse

Jeff Cohen joins Truthdig to talk about life in the big media trenches, why news coverage is only getting worse, and how horse race politics and the corporatization of information are killing American democracy. Cohen was the communications director for the 2004 Dennis Kucinich campaign, founder of Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting, and author most recently of “Cable News Confidential” (excerpted here).

Posted on Mar 23, 2007 READ MORE


Schwarzenegger
allposters.com

Limbaugh Picks a Fight with Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger has had enough of Rush Limbaugh, who refers to the California governor as a “closet liberal.” On Tuesday’s “Today Show,” Arnold fired back, saying “Limbaugh is irrelevant.” That was apparently too much for Rush, who responded on own show by saying Arnold has clearly “sold out.”

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 READ MORE


Cafferty

CNN: Gonzales the ‘Weasel’

Wow. CNN’s Jack Cafferty really doesn’t like Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. After calling him the definition of a “weasel,” Cafferty asked America whether the AG should resign. Surprisingly (or not), CNN didn’t get one e-mail saying Gonzales should stay.

Posted on Mar 19, 2007 READ MORE


Jonathan Adelstein
fcc.gov

FCC Commissioner on Net Neutrality, the Future of Media and More

Jonathan Adelstein, one of five FCC commissioners, speaks with Truthdig about the battle to control America’s airwaves, the value of an open and fair Internet and his initial thoughts on the XM-Sirius merger.

Posted on Mar 19, 2007 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Mar 16, 2007 READ MORE


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


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