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Posted on Dec 29, 2013 READ MORE


Glenn Greenwald Confronts MSNBC Host Over Media Bias

When asked if he’s more a spokesman for Edward Snowden than a journalist, Glenn Greenwald told MSNBC’s Kristen Welker, “Sure, I do defend him. Just like people on MSNBC defend President Obama and his officials and Democratic Party leaders 24 hours a day.”

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Duck Dynasty’: Network Caves, Unsuspends Robertson

After declaring homosexuality the origin of sin (followed by bestiality), reality TV redneck Phil Robertson has been un-reprimanded by the Arts and Entertainment network.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 READ MORE



The Tea Party Is Here to Stay

The extreme right has been pronounced dead a few times now, but it’s proven more resilient than some hoped; dolphins’ intelligence has come into serious doubt; and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar has invested his first $50 million into the project he’s starting with journalist Glenn Greenwald. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 READ MORE



Obama’s New Normal: The Drone Strikes Continue

There has been yet another violent attack with mass casualties. This was not the act of a lone gunman, or of an armed student rampaging through a school. It was a group of families en route to a wedding that was killed.

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Duck Dynasty,’ Meet Pope Francis

If any given religion and its holy writings can be used to support diametrically opposed conclusions about how to live life and how to approach politics, why should religious faith be taken seriously?

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Invitation for America to Go Home Is Inevitable

The Ukraine crisis and the German-American dispute over American intelligence and National Security Agency practices are without much doubt the beginning of the end of the American-dominated Europe we have known since the collapse of Communism.

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 READ MORE


NSA Puff Piece Is ‘60 Minutes’ Latest Shame

Hot off the heels of a reporting scandal that saw the vaunted news program ooh and ahh over Benghazi lies, “60 Minutes” has just aired a mind-blowingly charitable “report” on the NSA’s mass surveillance.

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Three Questions About the Motor City

Though these questions have mostly been ignored, continuing to ask them can at least highlight the fact that something nefarious is happening right now in the Motor City.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE


Why Olympic Profiteers Are Happy to Ignore Russia’s Gaybashing

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the Sochi Olympics remind us of Berlin in 1936, The People’s Pope is Time’s man of the year, turning beauty advertising on its head, college football is big business, and immigration abuses.

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Why Olympic Profiteers Are Happy to Ignore Russia’s Gaybashing

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the Sochi Olympics remind us of Berlin in 1936, The People’s Pope is Time’s man of the year, turning beauty advertising on its head, college football is big business, and immigration abuses.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Your Boss Is a Dick (A Glossary of Labor Terms, Translated)

To help out my friends in organized labor, here is a glossary of key union terms, translated for everyone else.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE


Media Misfortune

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Posted on Dec 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Another Casualty of L.A.’s Cultural Indifference?

The artistic record in a region that aspires to world-class status has been problematic when it comes to censorship and preservation.

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Hillary Clinton vs. Richard Nixon: The Movie

Of all the movie treatments thrown around ahead of Hillary Clinton’s inevitable 2016 presidential run, “Rodham” actually sounds the most interesting.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Determined to Mend Fences With Iran, Critics Notwithstanding

Why do Americans hate the Iranians? Most Americans probably do not.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Guardian Threatened With Terrorism Charges for Reporting NSA Story

British police are investigating the staff of The Guardian newspaper to determine whether acts of journalism can be prosecuted as acts of terrorism.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE


Quashing the Arts

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Posted on Nov 29, 2013 READ MORE



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The Empire Strikes Back

A whole new get-rich-quick scheme is brewing beneath the fanfare of the nation’s hyped housing recovery.

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 READ MORE



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‘60 Minutes’ Reporter, Producer on Indefinite Leave After Benghazi Bungle

After issuing a retraction and an apology, CBS News is hoping a little disciplinary action will help put its credibility back on track.

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 READ MORE


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Posted on Nov 25, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Oded Balilty

‘Goliath’s’ Missing Pieces

Cowardice. That’s the reason why I, a Jewish journalist, avoid writing about Israel.

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 READ MORE



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In Gay Marriage Feud, Dick Cheney Sides With the Wrong Daughter

Staying consistent with the terrible judgment he showed as vice president, Dick Cheney has come to the defense of his bigoted daughter.

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Freaky New World Order of International Treaties

WikiLeaks blew open the secret negotiations behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on Wednesday, releasing draft text that looks good for big corporations and bad for ordinary people.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Nick Ut

Can L.A.’s New Mayor Succeed Where Other Charming Liberals Failed?

The difficult task of ending income and social inequality in Los Angeles is now in the hands of a liberal new mayor, Eric Garcetti, a compromiser rather than a crusader.

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Calls Julian Assange’s De Facto Detention ‘Intolerable’

Mairead Maguire, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her work in Northern Ireland, has visited Julian Assange and written a condemnation of his asylum—which is effectively a house arrest—for the “crime of being a journalist who told the truth.”

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 READ MORE


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Change Has Always Been the New Normal

I live and work in a world in which, as they say: "Change is the new normal." I’m sure you do, too.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE


America Shifts Left

The center of gravity in American politics moved left in Tuesday’s off-year elections.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 READ MORE



Cellphones Are Interfering With Your Brainwaves

Scientists have discovered that radiation from cellphones has affected the way our brains have evolved to function; newsrooms all over the country are downsizing and becoming digital in the process; meanwhile, Germany denies Edward Snowden asylum yet again, but this time wants to find a way to question him. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Patrick Semansky

The NSA Has Pissed Off the Entire World—Will the Supreme Court Intervene?

The National Security Agency has pissed off the world, and the world is fighting back.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Something to Be Scared of: Retailers Market ‘Sexy’ Halloween Costumes to Little Girls

Costumes for little girls are now firmly part of the trend toward an overly sexualized Halloween celebration.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Greenwald and Friends Add Two Journalists to News Venture

The new journalism enterprise funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and helmed by Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill and Laura Poitras has two new employees.

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Doug Ireland, Radical Journalist: 1946 – 2013

Doug Ireland was not only a left-wing critic of sexual and political conformism among sectors of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movements, but he was also one of the notable public intellectuals of the civil libertarian left.

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Our Invisible Revolution

The old ideas that justified global capitalism and the oligarchic elites are being discredited. At some point the battle occurring below the surface will explode.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE


The Life and Times of Glenn Greenwald

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: An intimate portrait of new journlism’s banner carrier, how the shutdown affected people of color, lying liars and the economics of mendacity, the Green Party responds to the 60 percent of Americans calling for a third party and The Mantle’s Shaun Randol on Africa and super-independent publishing.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 READ MORE


The Life and Times of Glenn Greenwald

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: An intimate portrait of new journlism’s banner carrier, how the shutdown affected people of color, lying liars and the economics of mendacity, the Green Party responds to the 60 percent of Americans calling for a third party and The Mantle’s Shaun Randol on Africa and super-independent publishing.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 READ MORE


The Tax Migration Myth

It is not news that New York’s political and media elites worship the extremely rich.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Don’t Give Up on the Uninsured

Obamacare is working—in states that have followed the essential design of the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 READ MORE



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How the Wealthy Wage War on Democracy Itself

The Supreme Court considers brushing aside the final vestige of campaign finance laws.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 READ MORE


New Journalist Tim Pool Has a Drone in His Backpack

This eight-minute documentary provides a fascinating look at the future of journalism in the person of Tim Pool, whose pioneering coverage of the Occupy movement relied on phones, drones and more.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 READ MORE



Police Brutality, Mental Illness and ‘The Memphis Model’

Elsa Cruz filed a federal lawsuit in New York this week, months after police shot her husband dead.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 READ MORE



Latinos: ‘We Need a National Leader’

An overwhelming 75 percent of Hispanics in the U.S. want someone to lead their community, but can’t put their finger on a candidate; two doctors are “astounded” as they look inside a chicken nugget; meanwhile, Fox News reportedly used counterintelligence tactics and fake online personas to change readers’ minds. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Netflix Has More Subscribers Than HBO

The digital streaming service has reached an important milestone. More people now pay a monthly fee for Netflix than for HBO.

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Jeremy Scahill, Laura Poitras Reportedly Joining Forces With Greenwald for New Site

More details emerged Wednesday about the major new media outlet that came to light when Glenn Greenwald announced he was leaving The Guardian for a “once-in-a-career opportunity.”

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Glenn Greenwald Is Leaving the Guardian to Build His Own Media Empire

After making a little history with the British paper and website, the writer who broke the NSA surveillance story says he is leaving for a “once-in-a-career opportunity that no journalist could possibly decline.”

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 READ MORE



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House GOP, News Media Fail to Inform American Public on Budget Deficit

There are two national deficits, and both are in good if not excellent condition. Every day that the House has debated the public debt limit, President Barack Obama has cited this fact. No opponent pays any attention.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Amanda Lucidon

Obama Can’t Waste This Moment

The key in politics is to snatch victory from the jaws of victory. 

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE



Breaking News: Jesus Was a Roman Fabrication

Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill discovered an ancient confession that states Roman aristocrats made up Jesus Christ; Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi was willing to return the Temple Mount; meanwhile, the newspaper industry is wrought with turmoil, and it’s only getting worse. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE



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(The Difficulty of) Looking at Climate Change

Though websites and print media may give us the news, they seldom give us the scale of the news or a real sense of the proportional importance of one thing compared to another. And proportion, scale, is the main news we need right now—maybe always.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE


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