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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

Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

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


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

psd (CC BY 2.0)

(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

Facebook / The Fifth Estate

Julian Assange Calls DreamWorks’ WikiLeaks Movie a ‘Geriatric Snoozefest’

Julian Assange has been critical of the upcoming dramatization of his work, “The Fifth Estate,” since he read an early draft of the script. Now, as the movie is set to open, he cuts it to ribbons once again.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE

Photo by Stephen Masker [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Justice Scalia Gets Most of His News From Talk Radio

The man who was once the Supreme Court’s most conservative justice (now there’s a depressing past tense) tells New York magazine that he gets most of his news listening to talk radio on the way to and from work.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 READ MORE

The Media’s Role in the Shutdown

Partisan journalism has played a large part in shattering the government; someday only the rich may be able to keep their emails private; meanwhile, a false cancer study revealed the deficiencies of second-rate science journals. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 5, 2013 READ MORE

How Republican Extremists Are Shredding Every Principle the GOP Claims to Uphold

By Washington standards, the current government shutdown is an everyday disaster—of a kind we are gradually learning to expect whenever the Republican Party controls Congress.

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 READ MORE

Govt. Shutdown, Tectonic Shifts in Middle East Could Strain Israel-U.S. Relationship

The shutdown of the American government has been devastating to the United States’ international credibility.

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 READ MORE

Less Driving, More Texting

Smartphone apps have revolutionized the way Americans use transportation; the CEO of The Guardian says his paper can’t survive in the U.K.; meanwhile, why aren’t millennial liberals protesting the shutdown? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 READ MORE

Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

More Snowden Revelations Coming, Guardian Cryptography Analyst Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: understanding the deadly siege in Nairobi, this week’s big U.N. speeches through the prism of Arab public opinion, the First Amendment club for “official” journalists, and cryptography guru Bruce Schneier says Edward Snowden’s work isn’t done.

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 READ MORE

More Snowden Revelations Coming, Guardian Cryptography Analyst Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: understanding the deadly siege in Nairobi, this week’s big U.N. speeches through the prism of Arab public opinion, the First Amendment club for “official” journalists, and cryptography guru Bruce Schneier says Edward Snowden’s work isn’t done.

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 READ MORE


New Privacy Law Gives California’s Youngsters an Internet Eraser

California Gov. Jerry Brown has just handed teens in his state a fresh start.

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The ‘Blob Fish’ Isn’t All That Bad

The Psychrolutes marcidus was recently deemed the ugliest animal in the world, but there are good reasons behind his unappealing exterior; NPR’s new boss, Paul G. Haaga, is a GOP donor and was a mutual fund industry lobbyist; meanwhile, corporations are using flash mobs for marketing schemes. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 READ MORE

(AP/Jerome Delay)

Twitter’s Dual Role in Nairobi Mall Attack

Somalia’s Al Shabab militia, a group with ties to al-Qaida, has waged a two-day assault on the Westgate Shopping Mall in the capital of Kenya. Twitter has been used as a means of communication throughout the attack by both the terrorists and the Kenyan government.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 READ MORE


The Republicans: Insane or Just Crazy?

"Washington," said the late Art Hoppe, a San Francisco Chronicle humor columnist, "is several miles square and about as tall as, say, the Washington Monument. It is surrounded on all four sides by reality."

Posted on Sep 22, 2013 READ MORE

Politics Turn Your Brain to Mush

New studies show that when people have been misinformed, offering the correct facts makes them only more obstinate; social media causes a lot of misinformation when it comes to reporting; and why did ESPN pull the plug on an investigation into head trauma? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 18, 2013 READ MORE

Miley and Putin

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The Lessons of Colorado’s Gun Debate

The day after this week’s elections, the National Rifle Association got exactly what it wanted.

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE

White House/Lawrence Jackson

While Russia Offers Peace, U.S. Grasps at Credibility

President Obama’s speech on Syria on Tuesday evening was a curious affair, a call to go to war that ended by saying: yes, but not now.

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 READ MORE

Neil Kremer (CC-BY-ND)

Punk Hostages Practice the Healing Power of Literature

Two veterans of L.A.’s punk scene are bringing books and creative writing to institutionalized people in prisons, shelters and recovery programs.

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Bebeto Matthews

Cornel West and the Fight to Save the Black Prophetic Tradition

Verbal attacks largely by black supporters of President Obama are attempts not only to silence the activist but destroy a historical movement that exposes the president as an ideological heir of the “accommodationist” Booker T. Washington.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE

The World Decline Escapes Notice

Posted on Sep 8, 2013 READ MORE

Karen Lancaster

Gagging the Press: The Federal Case Against Barrett Brown

A federal judge has issued a gag order in the controversial case against journalist Barrett Brown, accused of a crime for, among other things, posting a link to a public site containing hacked files. Yes, the feds are trying to criminalize a journalistic act.

Posted on Sep 8, 2013 READ MORE

All the News That’s Shit to Print

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AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

On Syria: The U.S. Is No Lone Ranger and Should Put That Six Shooter Away

The odd discourse in Washington around Syria assumes a moral superiority on the part of the United States and its allies on this issue that can only astonish anyone who knows the history.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE

Filippo Diotalevi (CC-BY)

New Life for Labor

Could this Labor Day mark the comeback of movements for workers’ rights and a turn toward innovation and a new militancy on behalf of wage earners?

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 READ MORE

Shutterstock graphic of a basketball on fire.

Missing: The L.A. Times’ Provocateur Extraordinaire

No, I don’t know what’s going on with the Los Angeles Times’ love-him-or-hate-him T.J. Simers, whose sports column has disappeared from the paper since June 2, when he staged a free throw shooting contest between his grown daughter, Kelly Nielsen, and NBA star Dwight Howard.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Mustafa Quraishi

Pink Sari Revolution

This is the story of India’s Pink Gang, a grass-roots movement that confronts Indian officialdom over the rights of the poor and the marginalized, especially women.

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 READ MORE

Jonathan Kos-Read (CC-BY-ND)

The News on China

People are fascinated by China, but there’s something being lost in all the hubbub—what everyday life is like there.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 READ MORE

What Really Makes Chelsea Clinton Run (but Not for Public Office)

To discover what Chelsea Clinton is doing with her life—and why—shouldn’t pose much of a challenge to any reasonably industrious journalist.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 READ MORE

Washington Post Sale

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 READ MORE

Why the Anger?

Why is the nation more bitterly divided today than it’s been in 80 years?

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Evan Vucci

Don’t Believe Everything You Read

The news media, in reporting the sale of The Washington Post and the implications for The New York Times, ignored a fundamental rule of journalism and life: Bosses lie.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Steve Miller

America’s Disappeared

The poor routinely vanish from city streets after encounters with police. They are swallowed up by jails and prisons for weeks, months or years for offenses often trivial or invented. These disruptions of lives have destroyed cohesion in urban communities, which live in heightened states of fear and troubling unrest.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE

Baseball’s Biggest Problem

In the bad news for baseball, drugs aren’t the problem.

Posted on Aug 11, 2013 READ MORE

Bezos Buys Washington Post

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE

Jeff Bezos

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Obama on Jay Leno

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Photo by NS Newsflash (CC-BY)

Newspapers Are Disappointingly Partisan When It Comes to Scandal

A study has found bias where there isn’t supposed to be any.

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 READ MORE

MTV Learns Hard Way Not to Mess With Stephen Colbert

Just because Viacom owns the network that Stephen Colbert’s program is on doesn’t mean the media conglomerate and its multitude of broadcast and cable channels are safe from his satirical touch.

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 READ MORE

Bezos Buys the Post

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 READ MORE

Amazon Journalism

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Michael Dwyer

Elizabeth Warren for President?

She has been a United States senator only since January, but could Elizabeth Warren be considered a formidable Democratic contender in the next presidential election? A new poll suggests the answer might be “yes.”

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE

Amazon CEO Buys The Washington Post

Jeff Bezos (and not the more famous company he runs) will buy one of the most influential news sources in America and become its sole owner.

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 READ MORE

Photo by Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

RNC Threatens to Boycott Networks That Air Hillary Clinton Documentaries

With NBC and CNN both planning to devote special coverage to the potential 2016 presidential candidate, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (pictured) says his group will freeze out networks that put a “thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election.”

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 READ MORE

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