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Brian Williams Is Making His Comeback on MSNBC Next Week

The discredited former anchor is about to return to NBC broadcasting after a suspension by the network.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

Reflecting on Some of Jon Stewart’s Best Moments: The Fox and CNN Interviews

As Jon Stewart heads into the final stretch of hosting “The Daily Show,” Truthdig has chosen some of our favorite segments from both his popular Comedy Central news satire and other news shows on which he appeared (usually to the chagrin of those shows).

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 READ MORE

Lester Holt Pulls Up Brian Williams’ Anchor Chair at ‘NBC Nightly News’

Though top brass at the network made it seem for a while like he might be able to hold onto his chair, former NBC News anchor Brian Williams ultimately wasn’t.

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Former CIA Deputy Director Grilled on Falsehoods That Led to Iraq War

In a heated 10-minute exchange, MSNBC host Chris Matthews confronts CIA Deputy Director Mike Morrell with the question of why, during the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, he let Vice President Dick Cheney get away with saying Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was building nuclear weapons.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE

Judith Miller on Her False WMD Reports: ‘I Don’t Feel Guilty’

Former New York Times journalist Judith Miller is back in the news, doing what all self-respecting members and corollary players from the Bush era have done, knowing what they know now. That’s right—she’s on a nationwide book tour.

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 READ MORE

These Clips of Jon Stewart’s Best Fox News, CNN and MSNBC Takedowns Will Make You Miss Him Already

No one has done more to combat the bullshit aired on cable news than Jon Stewart has over the years, but as the soon-to-be-retired “Daily Show” host puts it, it’s tough to work in “media counter-errorism.”

Posted on Apr 4, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. Media Dangerously Regurgitated Government Claims About North Korea and Sony

By reflexively and uncritically repeating the Obama administration’s unsubstantiated claim that North Korea was behind the hack of Sony Pictures, the U.S. establishment press once again revealed itself to be a mouthpiece for—rather than a check on—power, and thus a danger to public security, Glenn Greenwald writes at The Intercept.

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 READ MORE

Rachel Maddow: I Would ‘Totally Use’ John Oliver’s Dogs With Fake Paws to Re-Enact SCOTUS Arguments

On the most recent episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” the comedian released what MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow called Monday “an asset in our nation’s arsenal in how to cover civics.” And by “asset” she means clips of every Supreme Court justice in the Roberts court as a dog. Yes, a dog.

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 READ MORE

Russell Brand and ‘The Young Turks’ on Revolution, Obama, Fox News and More

Comedian Russell Brand reminds Cenk Uygur, host of the online liberal commentary show “The Young Turks,” and the rest of us that Thomas Jefferson, one of our “main men,” once said, “Every generation should have a revolution.”

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 READ MORE

‘Witch Hunt’: Fired MSNBC Contributor Speaks Out on Suppression of Israel-Palestine Debate (Video)

As the Gaza body toll mounts, NBC executives crack down on criticism of Israel.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE

Joe Scarborough Belittles Female Co-Host for Trying to Talk About Actual News

Mika Brzezinski calls out her colleague and MSNBC panel for “capitalizing on a non-story for ratings because people’s imaginations are pricked by this and that is not responsible.” This leads them to talk down, belittle and show a complete disregard for who she is and what she says.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE

Stephen Colbert’s Back From Spring Break Just in Time to Comment on Media’s MH370 Obsession

The “Colbert Report” host slams his “colleagues in the 24-hour news game” for “yanking theories out of their ass-star.”

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 READ MORE

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Real Irony of Jane Harman Being Interrupted on NSA Spying by Bieber Bulletin

Former Rep. Jane Harman is both a victim of NSA spying and a big defender of it.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 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

MSNBC Geography

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 READ MORE

Senators Introduce New Glass-Steagall, ‘Motorcyle’ Abortion Bill Passes, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Koch brother campaigns to get rid of the minimum wage and the Texas woman who was silenced by state lawmakers while testifying against a restrictive abortion bill gets “the last word.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 READ MORE

Rachel Maddow Gives Emotional Tribute to Michael Hastings

On her program Tuesday, the MSNBC host recounted her many years of friendship with the young but accomplished journalist who had died in a car crash in Los Angeles earlier that day.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 READ MORE

Bachmann Opponent Bows Out, Alleged ‘Crack Mayor’ Won’t Quit, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a person of interest is identified in the ricin letters investigation and a liberal activist reveals why he secretly recorded Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Posted on May 31, 2013 READ MORE

How Dick Cheney’s Son-in-Law Helped Deregulate Chemical Plants

MSNBC host Chris Hayes explained on his program Thursday how the Bush administration—and specifically the former vice president’s son-in-law—played a critical role in defeating regulations that would have strengthened federal oversight of chemical plants like the one that exploded and killed 15 people in West, Texas, last week.

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 READ MORE

Scarborough Rages Against Republicans for Blocking Gun Reform Bill

“You don’t ignore 90 percent of what the voting population wants when you’re talking about the safety of Americans,” the MSNBC host said. “This sort of extremism is going to be called out.”

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 READ MORE

Senators Slam ‘Offensive’ NRA Move, Marriage Equality Endorsements Pile Up, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a bold prediction by MSNBC’s president and the launch of a pro-marijuana super PAC.

Posted on Mar 25, 2013 READ MORE


The Day That TV News Died

If any single day marks the fall of broadcast reporting, it’s when Phil Donahue was banished in 2003 for telling the truth about the coming war in Iraq.

Posted on Mar 24, 2013 READ MORE

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How the Media’s Experts Became Better Than You

The job of corporate news pundits is to appear to say true and important things without attaching those views to themselves or their employers, writes Thomas Frank in the April issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Posted on Mar 23, 2013 READ MORE

Democrats Also to Blame for Iraq War, Journalist Scahill Says

Nation writer Jeremy Scahill ripped into Republicans and Democrats on the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, claiming that both parties are to blame for the war during a recent appearance on MSNBC.

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 READ MORE

Tomas Young Out Loud

The 33-year-old veteran and author of “The Last Letter: A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney from a Dying Veteran,” appeared with his wife on “Democracy Now!” on Thursday to talk about his decision to end his life amid unrelenting pain and suffering from wounds sustained in the Iraq War, and to read his letter aloud.

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 READ MORE

Scott Prouty, Man Behind Romney ‘47 Percent’ Video, Comes Forward

The 38-year-old Florida bartender who secretly filmed Mitt Romney’s infamous “47 percent” remark that negatively impacted the GOP presidential nominee’s campaign revealed in his first interview why he felt obligated to release the video.

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 READ MORE

John Boehner’s Google Fail

The Google search function, generally speaking, is pretty easy to navigate. Just go to, type in what you’re looking for and voila! Although the process is so simple that even a small child could figure it out, it seems to be proving a difficult skill for House Speaker John Boehner and other top Republicans to master.

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 READ MORE

Lawmakers Seek to Legalize Pot, Trump Sues Maher, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the government’s pending legal action against S&P and Joe Scarborough becomes the latest conservative to smack down the NRA.

Posted on Feb 4, 2013 READ MORE

Sen. Leahy Calls Out NRA’s LaPierre, Fox News’ Ratings Drop, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including John Kerry’s Senate replacement named and the GOP’s failing attempt to rig the 2016 presidential election.

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 READ MORE

GOP Senator: ‘Video Games Are a Bigger Problem Than Guns’

In an interview on MSNBC ahead of the Senate’s hearing on gun safety Wednesday, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., responded to a question by Chuck Todd on background checks for gun buyers by changing the subject to ... video games.

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 READ MORE

Krugman on Austerity: ‘How Many Times Do People Like Me Have to Be Right?’

The New York Times columnist has consistently been a strong voice in the argument against making dramatic spending cuts in tough economic times. On Monday, Krugman was once again forced to defend his position during a discussion about the current financial crisis on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 READ MORE

Pastor’s Anti-Gay Remarks Stir Inauguration Controversy, Taibbi Blasts Government Lies, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including CNN interrupting Joe Biden’s gun control presentation to report on another school shooting and a heated on-air argument between MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-hosts.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 READ MORE

Gingrich Switches on Gay Marriage, Limbaugh ‘Honored’ for Lies, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including speculation about actor Ben Affleck’s political future and Rachel Maddow’s sounding off on the government’s weak gun regulation efforts.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE

Kate and William Having a Baby

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE

Watch: Chris Matthews Rips Climate Change Deniers as ‘Pigs’

The MSNBC host had some harsh words for those who do not believe in global warming after the devastation and destruction caused by superstorm Sandy.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE

Political Marriage

Posted on Oct 22, 2012 READ MORE

Rachel Maddow at a Loss for Words After Clint’s RNC Speech

As host of her very own MSNBC program, the loquacious Rachel Maddow pretty much always has something to say about the day’s issues. But occasionally, even Maddow gets tongue-tied. Like, for example, when she tried to explain actor Clint Eastwood’s dialogue with an empty chair at the Republican National Convention. 

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 READ MORE

Chris Matthews Rips GOP for Playing ‘Race Card’

Chris Matthews tore into Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus during MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday, getting visibly angry over a recent birth certificate joke made by Mitt Romney and by false claims that President Obama got rid of the welfare work requirement. 

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 READ MORE

Romney Plans for Presidency, Touré Apologizes for N-Word Use, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including how Paul Ryan’s budget hurts the poor and Geraldo Rivera’s latest controversy.

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 READ MORE

Chris Hayes Explains Meritocracy (and What It Means for You)

Here in America, based on your “pluck and drive and ambition and talent, you could rise as far as your abilities will take you.” Right? Of course not, says MSNBC host Chris Hayes.

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 READ MORE

MSNBC Divorce: Microsoft Moves On With $300 Million

It’s the kind of mashup only the crazy Internet boomers of the ’90s could cook up: Why don’t Microsoft—or MSN rather—and NBC get married? Now that Keith Olbermann is off to college, the romance just isn’t there anymore.

Posted on Jul 15, 2012 READ MORE

TV Host Hayes Apologizes for ‘Heroes’ Comments

MSNBC host Chris Hayes apologized for remarks he made on his Memorial Day-themed TV program Sunday, in which he told viewers he felt “uncomfortable” calling fallen soldiers “heroes.”

Posted on May 28, 2012 READ MORE


Survey Says: Fox News Viewers Least Informed

People who are not exposed to any news know more about domestic and international affairs than those who get their information from Fox News, according to a phone poll conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Posted on May 23, 2012 READ MORE


Keith Olbermann Axed From Current TV

After bringing his “Countdown” to Current TV from MSNBC last June, host Keith Olbermann couldn’t make it work with the network Al Gore built. On Friday, Current released a statement making it clear that the parting of the ways between the two sides wasn’t exactly friendly—and that it already has a high-profile replacement.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 READ MORE

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Santorum Staffer Links Obama, Islam Via ‘Slip’

Only she knows for sure, but Rick Santorum’s spokeswoman Alice Stewart claims she misspoke when she referred to President Obama’s “radical Islamic policies” on MSNBC when she really meant to say “radical environmental policies.”

Posted on Feb 20, 2012 READ MORE

Occupy Our Homes Makes a Move

The Occupy Our Homes campaign kicked off last Tuesday when hundreds of people, including activists, neighborhood residents and a couple of City Council members, marched through a neglected Brooklyn neighborhood to open a foreclosed house to a homeless family.

Posted on Dec 10, 2011 READ MORE

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Study: Fox Viewers Suffer Separation From Reality

Pollsters asked New Jersey residents questions about the uprisings in the Arab world and found that watchers of Fox News were the most consistently uninformed. By the researchers’ measures, Fox viewers were 18 points less likely to know that Egyptians overthrew their government than those who watched no news at all. (more)

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE

Lobbying Firm Proposes ‘Hit Job’ on OWS

MSNBC journalist Chris Hayes brings us a memo written by a Washington lobbying firm staffed with former aides of Republican Speaker John Boehner offering American bankers a near $1 million publicity blitz against Occupy Wall Street and its congressional supporters. (more)

Posted on Nov 19, 2011 READ MORE

TV That Finally Lifts Journalism Back ‘Up’

On cable TV, “national news” is a euphemism for New York- and D.C.-focused content engineered primarily by a closed ecosystem of East Coast elites who believe the only things that matter are Manhattan gossip and Beltway games.

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 READ MORE

Michael Moore Joins Olbermann for ‘Countdown’ 2.0

Keith Olbermann didn’t mix it up too much for the new version of his “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” show for Current TV; as the Los Angeles Times pointed out Tuesday, his bow on Current on Monday night featured some familiar segments and at least one familiar face.

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE

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