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Donald Trump’s Two-Step Strategy to Take Over the Truth

With Trump in office, our democracy will need the independent press to rigorously find the truth, report it and hold the president accountable.

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Time to Include the Disability Community in News Conversations on Police Brutality

Half of police killings involve people with a mental disorder, but little attention is paid to the issue in media coverage. This failing, whether due to a lack of education or prejudice, is hurting the most vulnerable members of society.

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 READ MORE



Is Socialism the ‘Obvious’ Answer to Growing Inequality?

Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn have shined a spotlight on the economic model that can lead us out of gaping inequality; Canada could actually benefit if Donald Trump wins the U.S. elections; meanwhile, we may need to reconsider air travel in times of climate change. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 READ MORE


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Los Angeles Press Club Nominates Truthdig for 20 Southern California Journalism Awards

Journalists from press clubs around the United States selected the finalists, and winners will be announced June 26 in downtown Los Angeles. 

Posted on May 23, 2016 READ MORE



Facebook Denies Allegations That It Suppressed Conservative News

Former employees claim they altered the “trending” news section of the website to include stories that weren’t trending and to leave out conservative news sources.

Posted on May 10, 2016 READ MORE



New York Daily News Editor Is Fired Amid Plagiarism Accusations

An editor removed the attributions from writer Shaun King’s column, causing a storm of plagiarism accusations against King (pictured).

Posted on Apr 22, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump and the New ‘News’ Zone

This presidential season’s relentless flood of “news” about Trump may actually be the opposite of news. Believe it or not, there is still a world out there filled with problems we know so much less about than we should because we’re all immersed in the same Trump soup.

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 READ MORE



Failed States and States of Failure

Here, amid Washington’s remarkably unwinnable wars, interventions, and conflicts, is a range of tomorrow’s headlines that could be written today and stand a painfully reasonable chance of coming true.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 READ MORE



Winners and Losers in Our New Media Moment

Remarkably often these days, the “news” is a single hyped-up story reported frenetically and yet formulaically, often in near-apocalyptic fashion.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Is Trump’s Campaign a ‘Media Mirage’ Made in Ratings Heaven?

Donald Trump receives far more media coverage than any other candidate running for the presidency. As this video explains, his relationship with U.S. news outlets is symbiotic: He gets the exposure he needs and the outlets get the bombast and controversy, as well as the ratings, they crave. Media expert Robert McChesney and others discuss how the Trump phenomenon is playing out on our airwaves.

Posted on Oct 31, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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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.

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VIDEO: Russell Brand Tires of ‘Cyclical News’, Puts ‘The Trews’ Series on Indefinite Pause

The comedian and host of “The Trews” is calling it quits on his popular political YouTube series, at least for the time being.

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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Reporters Without Borders Paves Access to 9 Banned Websites in Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and More

Reporters Without Borders has made copies of sites banned in several countries in order to allow readers access to previously censored “independently-reported news and information.” But the nonprofit organization hasn’t stopped there.

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Here’s a Satirical Take on the 40 Things the News Wants You to Be Afraid Of

British satirist Charlie Brooker delves into a horrendously long list of things Western news outlets say we should fear, admonishing the media for their fear-mongering ways with his simultaneously biting and deadpan style of humor. It’ll have you shaking in your boots ... with laughter.

Posted on Feb 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



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Big Lies, Little Lies and the Punishment of Brian Williams

The harshest penalties usually tend to be brutal, vengeful and excessive—even when the offender is a celebrity journalist like Brian Williams.

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Stewart, Williams and Thick Skins

Many years ago, a politician complained to me about journalists who loved to dish it out but bristled at any criticism directed their way.

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Confirmed: Jon Stewart to Leave ‘The Daily Show’

After 16 years transforming a goofball “Weekend Update” knockoff into must-watch programming that frequently embarrassed “real” journalists and elevated national debate, Jon Stewart is calling it quits.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 READ MORE


We as Individuals Became ‘Ever More Powerless’ and ‘Unable to Challenge Anything’ in 2014

In “Charlie Brooker’s 2014 Wipe,” the British satirist and creator of the dystopian show “Black Mirror” takes a hard look at the news highlights of the past year and comes to the grim realization that we live in a time in which the powers that be are continually destabilizing what we understand as reality to further exert their control over the masses.

Posted on Jan 5, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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The Best of Larry’s List 2014

Here are some odds and ends that may have escaped you in the 2014 news cycle, as collected by our very own Larry Gross.

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Fox Affiliate Apologizes for Editing Innocent Protesters to Sound Like Bloodthirsty Cop Killers

A Baltimore Fox station has apologized for what it calls “an honest misunderstanding.”

Posted on Dec 23, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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A Big Election With Little Local Journalism

What if you held an election and nobody showed up to cover it? That’s what the 2014 midterms were like in much of the country.

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Ben Bradlee: No Fear, No Favor

Like every young reporter at the Post, I was scared to death of him at first.

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Open Letter on Censorship

Google wields enormous power. It is the gatekeeper not only of what is permissible on the Internet but what is kept out. This creates equally enormous abuse.

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Comcast Can Do Whatever It Wants

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: With the current vacuum of regulation, the biggest broadband Internet provider can legally censor content. Also: Why Gaza needs a war crimes trial, journalism struggles with prejudice, and the NFL gets serious about domestic abuse.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Comcast Can Do Whatever It Wants

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: With the current vacuum of regulation, the biggest broadband Internet provider can legally censor content. Also: Why Gaza needs a war crimes trial, journalism struggles with prejudice, and the NFL gets serious about domestic abuse.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE


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Read This Now: Two Reasons Why Facebook Wants to Fix Obnoxious Headlines

Through the perverse economics of Internet journalism, Facebook has become essential to the revenue of virtually every publication, including this one. So the social network’s promise to cut down on spammy, deceptive posts has many sites atwitter.

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John Oliver Pokes Fun at Online Headlines by Literally Destroying a Piñata

To prove a hilarious point about how over-the-top headlines on news websites tend to be, the “Last Week Tonight” host takes a bat to the “Trojan donkeys of diabetes.”

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Journalists on the Government’s Blacklist

As states move to hide details of government deals with Wall Street, and as politicians come up with new arguments to defend secrecy, a study released earlier this month revealed that many government information officers block specific journalists they don’t like from accessing information.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



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ISIS Beheads an American, Threatens Another if Airstrikes Continue

A man believed to be kidnapped journalist James Foley was beheaded in a video released to the public by militants who say another captured American will be killed if the United States continues its campaign against ISIS in Iraq.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 READ MORE



Hell Before Breakfast

Before Twitter, Skype, the Web, before even TV, there was still news. And sometimes powerful reporting needs no technology, just words.

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver Explains How Native Advertising Is Killing News

The most profitable news websites are fueled by so-called native ads—paid advertisements disguised as original news content. John Oliver finds a funny way of explaining why the future of news is in jeopardy.

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Jon Stewart Launches Fake Kickstarter to Buy CNN

With analysts estimating that the news network, often the butt of “Daily Show” jokes, could be worth $10 billion, Jon Stewart has launched a parody campaign to crowdsource the funds.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Will the New York Times Take Us to War Again?

I have never been much of a fan of the journalistic self-examination practiced by folks identified as "ombudsman" or "public editor." I changed my mind Sunday.

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Hyenas vs. Rhinos: Who Could the NYT Get to Write an Op-ed on Iraq? Hmm…

New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan did a quick study and found that critics of the paper of record over its preference for Iraq War hawks as sources and commentators in the past two weeks are justified in their feeling that Iraq War critics have been slighted.

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The New York Times’ Desperate Dive to the Bottom

The motto of The New York Times has long been “All the News That’s Fit to Print.” After reading the Times report on how the paper might survive the digital era, I’m afraid it could be overtaken by a concept called “good enough.”

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Is Journalism Losing Its Nerve?

A new survey from Indiana University suggests things are fast changing in the news industry—and not for the better.

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How About Diversifying Newsrooms for a Change?

Media organizations would benefit from fresh faces from a variety of backgrounds; protesters want the Gates Foundation to stop giving money to private prisons; meanwhile, a man is serving a life sentence in prison for lending his friend a car and going to bed. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Why We Need Local Reporting

Last Thursday was an interesting news day in Los Angeles—and one that highlighted the importance of local reporting as newspapers fade away across the country.

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How Pacifica Can Become the Media That We Need

America’s first public radio network is reportedly in trouble. This is a vision to stabilize and save Pacifica.

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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 WATCH & LISTEN


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