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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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    Posted on Jan 23, 2007 READ MORE


    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


    Olson
    sfgate.com

    Military Harasses Reporter Over Watada Trial

    The military is trying to coerce freelance journalist Sarah Olson to testify against Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, the first commissioned officer to refuse to go to Iraq. Olson, whose story about Watada appeared on Truthout.org, has resisted the military because, in her own words: “Journalists should not be asked to participate in the prosecution of political speech.”

    Posted on Jan 10, 2007 READ MORE


    O'Reilly and Colbert
    left: smh.com.au / right: ffmedia.ign.com

    O’Reilly and Colbert Face to Face

    On Jan. 18 Bill O’Reilly and Stephen Colbert will exchange appearances on each other’s shows, putting news TV’s highest-rated windbag in direct contact with a satire of himself. Fans wait anxiously to see who will do a better job of faking righteous indignation.

    Posted on Jan 9, 2007 READ MORE


    Children of Men
    from childrenofmen.net

    ‘Children of Men’: Universal’s Orphaned Masterpiece

    How do you make the best movie of the year—possibly the decade—and still get pummeled at the box office by Ben Stiller and a CGI dinosaur?  Sheerly Avni, Truthdig’s movie critic, lays it out in 10 easy steps.

    Posted on Jan 9, 2007 READ MORE


    With Luck, They’ll Die With the Old Year

    Lake Superior State University has recommended the banishment of 16 words and phrases from the English language, including “Brangelina” and “ask your doctor.”  The annual list targets expressions that are irritating, overused or generally ill-applied.

    Posted on Dec 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Saddam and Osama

    Saddam and Osama’s Wacky Adventures

    This “Saturday Night Live” parody of Middle Eastern children’s television nails the cultural disconnect at the heart of America’s adventure in Iraq. Don’t miss the brilliant satirical commercials in this episode of “Saddam and Osama.” (h/t: Iraq Slogger)

    Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Limbaugh and Coulter

    Most Outrageous Right-Wing Comments of 2006

    Media Matters has collected, stomached and ranked the 11 most outrageous conservative comments of 2006, including Rush Limbaugh blaming America’s obesity crisis on the left and Ann Coulter calling Al Gore a “total fag.”

    Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Michael Moore
    news.bbc.co.uk

    Michael Moore Cleared in ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ Lawsuit

    An Iraq war veteran who appeared in “Fahrenheit 9/11” has lost his lawsuit against Michael Moore. Sgt. Peter Damon, who lost his arms in Iraq, had accused Moore of misrepresenting his feelings about the war by using an interview from NBC News out of context.

    Posted on Dec 22, 2006 READ MORE


    FCC Rules in Favor of Telephone Companies

    The Federal Communications Commission ruled along party lines on Wednesday to severely limit local governments’ ability to regulate their cable markets. The decision will allow telephone companies greater freedom to compete with cable by offering television services, but Democrats on the panel cautioned that the FCC had overstepped its mandate.

    Posted on Dec 21, 2006 READ MORE


    O'Reilly

    Dan Rather Hurt O’Reilly’s Feelings

    In what must have been conceived as a self-parody, Bill O’Reilly and other notables from the Fox News circus lambasted Dan Rather for his accusation that the network receives talking points from the White House, and demanded an apology. On various Fox programs, O’Reilly and friends alternated between vehemently denying the claim and struggling with the meaning of balance. O’Reilly: “I basically say, look, we have people like [Kirsten Powers] on. We have Michelle [Malkin] on. This is balanced.”

    Posted on Dec 20, 2006 READ MORE


    net neutrality

    A Guide to Net Neutrality

    If you’ve been struggling to wrap your head around the hugely important issue of net neutrality, check out this excellent primer from the coalition SavetheInternet.com. (h/t: Crooks and Liars)

    Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE


    redacted document
    slate.com

    Government Accused of Censorship

    The National Security Council has blocked publication of an article critical of the Bush administration’s Iran policy, claiming that it contains classified information. The piece was written by two former government Mideast experts, who have accused the NSC of playing politics: “They don’t want us to say how many opportunities this administration has missed to put relations with Iran on a better track.”

    Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Tony Snow

    Tony Snow Gets Busted

    AlterNet caught White House press secretary Tony Snow spinning his icy heart out, only to get nailed the next day by CBS’ Bob Schieffer: “I think the reason the president [has] put [announcing his new Iraq strategy] off is he just hasn’t decided at this point what he wants to do, and I don’t think it’s any more complicated than that.”

    Posted on Dec 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Don Imus

    Imus’ Anti-Semitic Rant

    Don Imus veered into Mel Gibson territory on the Nov. 30 edition of his morning radio show, when he referred to the “Jewish management” of CBS Radio (which owns Imus’ flagship station) as “money-grubbing bastards.”

    Posted on Dec 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Tom DeLay
    progressnow.org

    Tom DeLay Blogs, Briefly

    Disgraced Congressman Tom DeLay reinvented himself as a blogger, briefly, before removing all posts and disabling comments.  Guess it didn’t work out. (h/t: Think Progress)

    Posted on Dec 10, 2006 READ MORE


    San Andreas
    mobygames.com

    Hillary the Panderer

    Arianna Huffington takes Hillary Clinton to task for continuing her vote-hungry triangulating campaign against video game indecency.  In case you missed it, last year Hillary got all bent out of shape over a hidden sex scene in a game called “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.”  She didn’t seem to mind the initial release of the game, which allowed players (17 and older) to commit mass murder in graphic detail.

    Posted on Dec 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Olbermann
    reportercaps.com

    Olbermann Outperforms Trash Media

    Keith Olbermann’s synthesis of in-depth Murrow-esque reporting and hard-hitting opinionated analysis has attracted a growing audience and turned the O’Reilly model on its head.  The Nation magazine has a profile of broadcast journalism’s rising star.

    Posted on Dec 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Dan Froomkin: On Calling BS

    The Washington Post’s “White House Briefing” columnist argues that mainstream journalists and media organizations will continue their decline into irrelevance if they don’t summon the courage to call BS.

    Posted on Dec 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Rpbert Scheer

    Truthdig Podcast: The Hadley Memo, Healthcare, Truthdig’s Birthday and More

    Robert Scheer digests the Hadley memo, Dennis Kucinich’s healthcare plan, media anxiety, Truthdig’s birthday and more.

    Posted on Dec 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Videocast: Robert Scheer on the Hadley Memo, Truthdig’s Birthday and More

    Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer digests the Hadley memo, Dennis Kucinich’s healthcare plan, media anxiety, Truthdig’s birthday and more.

    Posted on Dec 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Kids playing
    AP Photo / Denis Farrell

    The Africa You Need to Know

    The Western media love to portray Africa as a backward, famine-plagued caricature, but the world’s second most populous continent has more to offer than tragedy.

    Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


    fox news memo
    huffingtonpost.com

    Fox News Memo Toes Party Line

    The Huffington Post has obtained an internal memo from Fox News outlining the network’s strategy following the U.S. midterm election: “And let’s be on the lookout for any statements from the Iraqi insurgents, who must be thrilled at the prospect of a Dem-controlled congress.”

    Posted on Nov 15, 2006 READ MORE


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