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Trump’s Escalating Assault on the Press

Maybe the president’s most recent attacks on the press were meant to distract from a week of embarrassing news. I fear a more menacing reality.

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Thinking Dangerously: The Role of Higher Education in Authoritarian Times

Any viable attempt at developing democratic politics must address the role of education and civic literacy as central to politics itself.

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Noam Chomsky on Climate Change, Foreign Policy and ‘the Facade of Trumpisms’ (Video)

The acclaimed political critic and philosopher delves into a number of pressing subjects in a special hour-long talk with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Trump’s Communications Director Leaves After Just Three Months

Mike Dubke said the reasons for his departure are “personal,” but several media outlets report that it might mark the start of a White House staff shake-up.

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Donald Trump Considers Scaling Back Sean Spicer’s Public Role

Several White House officials indicate the president may keep him behind the scenes and put deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in front of the cameras more often.

Posted on May 18, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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Spurned Reporters Should Dump Trump Briefings and Turn to Investigative Journalism

The president’s petty attacks on the media are deeply worrisome to Americans sensitive to the danger of a spiral into authoritarian rule.

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Major Media Outlets Barred From White House Briefing

The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN and several others are denied access.

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Watch: Trump’s CPAC Speech

The president attacked the press and riled up the crowd Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland.

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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PBS Anchor Judy Woodruff Warns That the Recent Attacks on the Press Subvert Democracy

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer sits down with the co-anchor and managing editor of “PBS NewsHour” to discuss the future of journalism and the need for a more diverse media. Transcript added.

Posted on Feb 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Trump Vilifies Media—Except Outlets That Follow His Narrative

Trump ranted and raved at the press Thursday, but not all the press—for instance, he didn’t attack Breitbart News.

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John Oliver on How to Handle Trump Administration Lies (Video)

In a segment titled “Trump vs. Truth,” the “Last Week Tonight” host questions the president’s approach to facts and offers ideas on how to combat misinformation.

Posted on Feb 13, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Geoff Cowan, Former Head of Voice of America, Stresses the Need for a Strong Press in the Trump Age

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with the USC journalism professor, pictured, about opposition to the new Trump administration and the role of the media in these troubling times.

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



The Last Bastions of Resistance to Donald Trump

With congressional Republicans in the majority and unwilling to cross the president, the job of containing his incipient tyranny falls to three groups.

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Mainstream Media’s Wimpy Coverage of Inaugural Address Was No Surprise

Does the age of Trump signal a new era of McCarthyism—or worse, an American brand of fascism?

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 READ MORE



Trump’s Plan to Neuter the White House Press Corps and Our Democracy

The view at the highest reaches of the incoming administration is that the press is the enemy.

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 READ MORE



Five Ways Trump’s ‘News Conference’ Wasn’t a News Conference

Trump isn’t even president yet, but he’s already eroding our democracy.

Posted on Jan 15, 2017 READ MORE


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North Dakota vs. Amy Goodman: Journalism Is Not a Crime

The Dakota Access pipeline story is critical to the fate of people and the planet. It’s about climate change—and about indigenous rights conflicting with corporate and government power.

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Photo Op









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Balance Beam









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How Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Hulk Hogan Threaten Freedom of the Press

The power elites that rule America are threatening the First Amendment again—and the assault is not coming just from government agencies.

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Why Hating the Media Could Make the Difference in November

The winning candidate may be the one who most successfully stirs the public’s mistrust of journalists and journalism.

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Turkey’s Erdogan Brings Press Crackdown to U.S. as His Guards Manhandle D.C. Journalists (Video)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan brought along some bad habits and some bad actors in his security detail on his visit to Washington, where he traveled to participate in deliberations on nuclear weapons.

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The Media Buy In to Donald Trump’s Authoritarian America

Now that he has bullied his way into the mainstream, it’s time for the media to take a serious look at his policies and the dreadful consequences they would have if he occupied the Oval Office.

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Why Are Most Articles Written About Reproductive Rights Assigned to Male Journalists?

“The fact that men cover reproductive issues more than women isn’t just a matter of injustice in the newsroom; it’s a matter of injustice for their readers, and for the women whose voices won’t be heard,” Katherine Marrone of Bitch Media wrote.

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VIDEO: Al-Jazeera Journalists Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison in Egypt

A Cairo court has sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists to three years in prison on charges that legal experts said were unfounded and politically motivated. The move has sparked worldwide outrage, with the European Union describing the verdict as “a setback for freedom of expression in Egypt.”

Posted on Aug 29, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Russell Brand Sparks Controversy With Comments on Western Portrayal of Tunisia Attack

After calling “total bullshit” on the West’s hypocritical responses to the recent attack on a hotel in Tunisia, Russell Brand has faced backlash from tabloids, pundits and even a friend of some of the victims.

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



How Our Press and Politicians Are Being Played by Islamic State

We live in a world where three guys, each with powerful weapons, can shake the world if they act on a single day. There’s something wrong with that world.

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Brian Williams Admits He Got Iraq Combat Story Wrong

The veteran “NBC Nightly News” anchor conceded that a story he told on various occasions about being under fire while on assignment in Iraq in 2003 was not accurate.

Posted on Feb 5, 2015 READ MORE



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The Cruel Jest of American ‘Humanitarian Aid’ to Iraq

The United States of America has no claim on the language of “humanitarian aid” to Iraq after what it did to that country.

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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


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Under the FBI Thumb









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Freedom of the Pressed









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Free Press Endangered Species









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Old News









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Is the Press Too Big to Fail?

When you think about the crisis of journalism, including the loss of advertising and the shriveled newsrooms—there were fewer newsroom employees in 2010 than in 1978, when records were first kept—also think of anesthetized watchdogs snoring on Wall Street while the Arctic ice cap melts.

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Death of Journalists









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Media Complain of ‘Hostile’ NYPD (Update)

Some of the nation’s most prestigious news organizations, including AP and The New York Times, are condemning New York City’s treatment of the media, writing in a letter that “police actions of last week have been more hostile ...” (more)

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There’s a New Newspaper on Wall Street

Some say the media has done a less-than-stellar job of reporting on the Occupy Wall Street protests these last few weeks, but the 99 percent found a way to circumvent that: They published and distributed their own newspaper Saturday, aptly named The Occupied Wall Street Journal. (more)

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A Decade After 9/11: We Are What We Loathe

We have still not woken up to whom we have become, to the fatal erosion of domestic and international law and the senseless waste of lives, resources and trillions of dollars to wage wars that ultimately we can never win.

Posted on Sep 10, 2011 READ MORE


The Adult in the Room









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