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Sonali Kolhatkar in L.A. Times on Turmoil at KPFK Pacifica Radio: ‘A Micro-Version of Greece’

If management at KPFK Pacifica Radio were to pick a comparison inspired by recent world events to illustrate the current status of their operation, they probably wouldn’t settle on Greece. But that’s just the route that an op-ed article by Sonali Kolhatkar took.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Larry Wilmore, Guests Explain Bernie Sanders’ Appeal: It’s Like a ‘Grateful Dead Concert’

With Bernie Sanders beating Hillary Clinton in the latest New Hampshire poll, “The Nightly Show’s” Larry Wilmore was joined Thursday by a panel of guests who tried to explain the secret to Sanders’ success.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE

Red Cross Demands Corrections to ‘Misleading’ Coverage. Here’s Journalists’ Response

The American Red Cross recently sent ProPublica and NPR a request for corrections to our series of stories about the charity’s failures in responding to Hurricane Isaac and Superstorm Sandy, misleading donors about how money is spent, and other issues.

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 READ MORE

In 2008 Mumbai Attacks, Piles of Spy Data, but an Uncompleted Puzzle

Indian and British intelligence agencies monitored the online activities of a key plotter but couldn’t connect the dots.

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 READ MORE

Has the Red Cross Been Misleading Donors About Where Their Dollars Are Going?

The American Red Cross regularly touts how responsible it is with donors’ money.

Posted on Dec 6, 2014 READ MORE

Gil C /

Israel and NPR: Once a ‘Colony,’ Then a ‘Settlement,’ Now a ‘Neighborhood’

Media watchdog Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting takes exception to a Wednesday segment of “Morning Edition” in which an Israeli columnist is interviewed about occupied territory.

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE

How Much Control Does Goldman Sachs Have Over the Federal Reserve?

A confidential report and a fired examiner’s hidden recorder penetrate the cloistered world of Wall Street’s top regulator—and its history of deference to banks.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE

Weak Laws Offer Debtors Little Protection and Allow Collectors to Seize a Fourth of Their Wages

Critics say the 1968 federal law that allows collectors to take 25 percent of debtors’ wages, or every penny in their bank accounts, is out of date and overly harsh.

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Debating Filibusters, Gay Marriage and JFK’s Legacy

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss a procedural rule change in the U.S. Senate that would allow a majority vote on judicial and executive appointees, other than for the Supreme Court.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 READ MORE

Desperation Drives Some Scientists to Consider Climate Hacking

The idea of terraforming Earth is abhorrent to most scientists, but the consequences of climate change may be such that we have no alternative.

Posted on Oct 20, 2013 READ MORE

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

Former Drone Pilot Talks Candidly About Attacks

A veteran Air Force drone pilot has opened up about his unsettling experiences killing alleged militants and probable civilians from an air-conditioned trailer in the American West.

Posted on May 11, 2013 READ MORE

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Ex-NPR Reporter: Congress Is ‘Complete Theater’

Andrea Seabrook left NPR this summer to start her own venture, DecodeDC, and she’s letting fly about what it’s like to “collude” with politicians as a daily news reporter.

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE

Financial Times Photos (Grace Villamil) (CC BY 2.0)

S.H.A.M.E. Profile: ‘Planet Money’s’ Adam Davidson

Reporters Yasha Levine and Mark Ames have created a new website devoted to profiling people who “abuse media ethics” to shill for corporate interests. Truthdig linked to the duo’s takedown of Malcolm Gladwell a few weeks ago. Now, they’ve set their sights on Adam Davidson, host of the NPR show “Planet Money” and a columnist for The New York Times Magazine.

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Shooting Rampage in Colorado

A gunman opened fire in a packed movie theater in Aurora, Colo., killing a dozen people, wounding scores of others, and inviting a national debate about gun laws and mental health policy.

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 READ MORE

NPR: Crony Capitalism and America’s ‘Berlusconi Spiral’

Is the United States on a course toward crony capitalism? Italian-American economist Luigi Zingales and NPR examine similarities between the politics and economics of Italy under Silvio Berlusconi and of the U.S.

Posted on Jul 11, 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

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Apparent Progress Made in Gene Treatment of HIV

Researchers are encouraged by the results of a 16-year study of T cells that have been engineered to kill cells infected with HIV. The altered cells reproduce themselves successfully and have not led to the development of cancers, as previous attempts to tinker with T cells’ genetics have.

Posted on May 3, 2012 READ MORE

Faking the ‘Truth About Trayvon’

Fake photographs of Trayvon Martin are being used to diminish public concern about his killing; emails and other documents of the Department of Homeland Security reveal that the hacktivist group Anonymous was investigated as a dangerous security threat; Egyptian women are finding ways to express their revolutionary voices through music. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 READ MORE

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Report: Freddie Mac Stacked the Deck Against Homeowners

A joint investigation by NPR and ProPublica has rustled up some disquieting trading practices on the part of Freddie Mac that suggest the taxpayer-run mortgage company hasn’t exactly done its darndest to help struggling Americans hold on to their homes—in fact, the opposite may be more the case.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE

AP / Ross D. Franklin

Dozens Arrested in Arizona Drug Bust

After a 17-month investigation led by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, federal, state and local authorities cracked down on a vast drug-smuggling network in Arizona that officials tied to Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, making 76 arrests in three separate raids.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 READ MORE

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Radio Host Fired for Protesting Wall Street

Lisa Simeone was fired Wednesday from “Soundprint,” an independently produced documentary show that airs on NPR stations, because she is on the steering committee for the October 2011 Movement. Simeone had been with the program for 15 years. (more)

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 READ MORE

Occupy Sesame Street

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE

‘Patriotic Millionaires’ Want Higher Taxes

A group of millionaires is calling on Washington to raise taxes on the wealthy for the good of the economy (“Rich people are not the cause of a robust economy, they’re the result of a robust economy”) and their fellow Americans (“We shouldn’t be wallowing in our riches while everybody else is suffering”).

Posted on Jun 8, 2011 READ MORE

On Obama’s Press Dinner Menu: Trump Roast, Canadian Bachmann

What a cutup! What a card, that President Obama, who suited up in a tux and served up a fresh batch of birther jokes Saturday night at the bizarre annual ritual known as the White House Correspondents Dinner. Taking aim at Fox News and Donald Trump, who stood out among the various sycophants media representatives, celebrities and politicos ... (more)

Posted on May 1, 2011 READ MORE

Why ‘False Choices’ Still Matter

The idea that “false choices” are distorting our politics is under attack. I want to defend the concept for both substantive and personal reasons.

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 READ MORE

Making a Case for NPR

Granted, the person making the points about NPR’s virtues in this Wall Street Journal Op-Ed piece is Steve Inskeep, who is himself a host of NPR’s “Morning Edition.” But he brings in some data about who’s actually tuning in that might surprise longtime listeners as well as detractors.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 READ MORE

NPR Left Turn

Posted on Mar 21, 2011 READ MORE

Mr. T in DC(CC-BY-ND)

What’s So Scary About NPR?

Somehow nobody asked the most obvious question: If NPR were truly slanted toward the liberal side, why would a phony tape of a private conversation be needed as proof?

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 READ MORE

House GOP Gangs Up on NPR

Because this is the most pressing matter to capture their collective attention, House Republicans moved swiftly to bring the issue of government funding for National Public Radio (or lack thereof, if they’d have it their way) to a vote Thursday. Updated

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 READ MORE

NPR Controversy Fueled by Dishonest Editing

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Where there’s a conservative video sting allegedly capturing a liberal target saying something controversial, there’s highly manipulative editing. As Mark Sumner on the Daily Kos puts it, “The ACORN video was a fake. The Shirley Sherrod video was a fake. So why should anyone be surprised to find that the NPR video is also a fake?” (more)

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 READ MORE

The Tsunami

Posted on Mar 13, 2011 READ MORE

In Defense of NPR

Bill Moyers comes to the defense of NPR, a London university was warned against taking money from the Gadhafi family, and communism’s role in universal Wi-Fi. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 13, 2011 READ MORE

Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Japan, Libya, NPR

This week’s discussion on “Left, Right & Center” begins with some thoughts on the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan before turning to the still-critical situation in Libya, Obama’s strategy for dealing with soaring gas prices, and yet another scandal at NPR.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE

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NPR’s CEO Ousted After Right-Wing Sting Stunt

Is NPR the next Acorn? The public radio powerhouse is apparently the latest target of conservative rabble-rousers such as James O’Keefe, the undercover right-winger whose Acorn sting spelled major trouble for that institution, and Wednesday, NPR’s CEO Vivian Schiller took the fall.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE

Don’t Ice Out Public Media

When we are discussing war, we need a media not brought to us by weapons manufacturers. When discussing health care reform, we need a media not sponsored by insurance companies or Big Pharma.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE

‘Daily Show’: I Like Big Cuts

Could it be a coincidence that the same kinds of programs that, say, certain prominent Republicans are calling to be cut out of the budget are also those that tend to be supported by Democratic voters? Hmmm.

Posted on Feb 17, 2011 READ MORE

GOP Fails to Kill NPR’s Public Funding

Republican Rep. Eric Cantor was one of the GOP operatives behind this week’s push to cut public funding to National Public Radio (this Juan Williams drama still has legs) because that would be a “common sense” move to ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 READ MORE

NPR Trick or Treat

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 READ MORE

National Politically Correct Radio

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 READ MORE

Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Juan Williams, Fannie/Freddie, Midterms

NPR canned Juan Williams and created a firestorm of negative publicity and political calls to defund public broadcasting. Is there such a thing as separation between so-called objective and opinion media? And how much is the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage mess costing Americans?

Posted on Oct 22, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Richard Drew

Too Much Fox-Flavored Kool-Aid for Juan Williams

Juan Williams is living evidence that watching too much Fox News will rot your brain.

Posted on Oct 21, 2010 READ MORE

NPR’s Juan Williams Sacked for Muslim Comment

Right about where NPR’s Juan Williams says, in this clip from Monday’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” that he thinks Bill O’Reilly is “right,” offering the Fox News host his support after last week’s O’Reilly kerfuffle on “The View,” things take a fateful turn for Williams’ career. Coincidence?

Posted on Oct 21, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Dimitri Messinis

Kanellos the Protest Dog

A stray dog named Kanellos has apparently been on the front lines of most major protests in Greece over the past two years. He is also the focus of a blog, the subject of a recent Guardian photo essay, and the inspiration for several YouTube video homages.

Posted on May 7, 2010 READ MORE

NPR Strike Edition

Wikipedia is big news in college, Texas textbooks go the way of toilet paper and the NPR strike we never saw coming.

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE


Saberi’s Side of the Story

Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi just got back to the States following six years in Iran, the last four of which she spent in prison under an allegation of spying—a charge she initially confessed to but later recanted. Saberi recounted her story on Thursday’s edition of “All Things Considered” on NPR, one of the outlets for which she reported while in Iran.

Posted on May 28, 2009 READ MORE

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NPR Is Booming

Since the year 2000, National Public Radio has increased its audience by 47 percent, with an 8.7 percent jump in the last year alone. That might have something to do with the collapse of the news media over the same period. While newspapers try to compete with Craigslist, NPR has acquired more foreign bureaus—and a bigger morning audience—than the major network news divisions.

Posted on Mar 24, 2009 READ MORE

NPR Catches Layoff Fever

The financial crisis has hit the tote bag set: National Public Radio is cutting two shows and 7 percent of its work force, thanks to $23 million in red ink. Non-pledging fans of “Day to Day” and “News & Notes” have only themselves—and the Commodity Futures Modernization Act—to blame.

Posted on Dec 10, 2008 READ MORE

Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Looking Down the Final Stretch

No more presidential debates (at least for a couple months or so)! Who won the last one, Barack Obama or John McCain? Tony Blankley, Matt Miller and Truthdig’s own Robert Scheer size up the candidates and their campaigns and discuss the latest developments in the economic arena on this week’s “Left, Right & Center.”

Posted on Oct 17, 2008 READ MORE

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Culture-War Ads Coming Your Way

This latest report from the “Secret Money Project,” an ongoing joint project by the Center for Investigative Reporting and National Public Radio, follows the money trail to the sources behind independently funded political advertisements on hot-button issues like abortion and religion that are cropping up as the Nov. 4 election approaches.

Posted on Sep 19, 2008 READ MORE

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