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American Imperialism Leads the World Into Dante’s Vision of Hell

This four-part series called “Universal Empire” examines the current stage of the neocon takeover of American policy that began after World War II.

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Shutting Down American-Style Authoritarianism

The horrors unfolding under the Trump administration are abetted by liberals who still believe that capitalism and democracy are synonymous.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Bill Owens, for Questioning a Raid That Killed His Navy SEAL Son

Suspecting that the Jan. 28 raid in Yemen was approved for political reasons, the military veteran refuses to meet President Trump.

Posted on Mar 4, 2017 READ MORE



Just Before Christmas, Obama Establishes Anti-Propaganda Agency

On Friday President Barack Obama signed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act—and within the $619 billion military budget is a controversial provision that establishes a national anti-propaganda center that critics warn could be dangerous for press freedom.

Posted on Dec 26, 2016 READ MORE



Hypocrisy Behind the Frenzy Over Russia’s Role in the U.S. Election

What’s perhaps most telling about the information that the CIA has accused Russia of sharing with the American people is that it was all “real news” about newsworthy topics.

Posted on Dec 13, 2016 READ MORE



Hints of Ukrainian Fascism and CIA Spying Rise From Blacklist Case

A writer with considerable expertise about Russian and Ukrainian politics connects the dots after scrutinizing the shadowy PropOrNot and a controversial Washington Post article.

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 READ MORE



Here’s The Washington Post’s Letter Responding to Truthdig’s Demand for a Retraction

Truthdig received a letter on Wednesday from The Washington Post in response to our demand for a retraction regarding an article the Post ran on Nov. 24.

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 READ MORE



American Alarm Over Supposed Russian Propaganda Is ‘Only the Old Panic in a New Guise’

Jack Shafer of Politico Magazine explores the history of propaganda in the United States and explains why it is crucial that Americans remember that it “has always been with us and always will be.”

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Naked Capitalism Website Denounces PropOrNot’s Attempt at ‘Censorship of the Worst Form’

In the latest episode of Joshua Scheer’s podcast “Informed Rant,” Scheer sits down with Yves Smith, founder and editor of Naked Capitalism, one of more than 200 non-mainstream news websites portrayed by a shadowy “research” group as pro-Russia propagandists.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Why Corporate-Owned News Is ‘the Biggest Fake News That Helped Elect Trump’

The Real News Network’s Paul Jay sits down with journalist Abby Martin to discuss Donald Trump’s Cabinet, Jill Stein’s recount effort and why mainstream media conflates “against-the-grain” investigative journalism with Russian propaganda.

Posted on Nov 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Journalists Decry Washington Post Story on Source That ‘Blacklisted’ Truthdig and Other Outlets

The Post published an article Nov. 24 based on an organization’s report that named more than 200 news outlets as tools of Russian propaganda. But not everyone in the media was convinced.

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Malcolm X Identified ‘Psychological Warfare’ Tactics Used Against African-Americans and Muslims

Muslims were a polarizing subject in the United States long before the 2016 presidential race. In this 1963 interview, the civil rights leader discussed the nature of Islam and power of propaganda.

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdigger of the Week: Sir Robert Watson, British Climate Expert

With pressure from the likes of Watson, a sleeping public may awaken to and act upon the imminent dangers of climate change.

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The Pentagon Paid a British Public Relations Firm $500 Million to Produce Iraq War Propaganda Films

Material signed off by the White House and Gen. David Petraeus included fake al-Qaida propaganda videos that could be used to track viewers.

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Propaganda Hides Climate Change From the Public

Leading scientists say most people remain unaware of the fact that climate change is already a stark reality and will continue to get worse unless drastic action is taken.

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Will Donald Trump’s Shake-Up Destroy the GOP?

Many Republican elected officials have failed to reject their presidential nominee on principle. Now that Steve Bannon is on the Trump team, perhaps more leaders will do so for self-preservation.

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Talking to the Young in a World That Will Never Truly Be ‘Postwar’

Speaking about my own experiences to high school students heavily propagandized by the U.S. military on the charms and positives of war, American-style, has been changing my life.

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Israeli War Lies Unveiled as Corporate Media Crumbles

Israeli war propaganda, which has skillfully swayed U.S. public opinion in support of Israeli wars and occupations, has in fact been not so much a matter of skill as a matter of control. A new film, “The Occupation of the American Mind,” traces the rise of Israeli war propaganda in the United States.

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Playing the Victim Card, Hillary Clinton Betrays Women

Clinton—who at one time had a big lead in opinion polls but now cultivates an underdog persona—is sending a harmful message about female voters and women in politics. Her defensive, faux-feminist comments imply that women are too weak to participate in meaningful debate, and she has been invoking sexism to avoid talking about the real issues.

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Glenn Greenwald: Daily Beast ‘Intellectually Bankrupt’ for Smearing People for What They Don’t Write

Editors of The Intercept found the author of a Daily Beast article, accusing the global left of being silent on abuses by Russia, to be hypocritically “completely silent” on a “wide array of severe global injustices.”

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Places That AIPAC Would Never Show U.S. Congress Members on Their Upcoming Propaganda Trip to Israel

Instead of the one sponsored by an arm of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a tour of the “real Israel” would show U.S. representatives the ugly truth behind Israel’s propaganda.

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The Lonely American

Communal activities, from attendance at sporting events to civic organizations, have plummeted. We are isolated and have become hapless victims of corporate propaganda. We must reconnect to resist.

Posted on Jun 28, 2015 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald: ‘Terrorism’ Is a Meaningless Propaganda Term

Reviewing media coverage of the killing of nine people at a church in South Carolina, Glenn Greenwald points out that the media and officialdom apply the word “terrorist” only to Muslims and other minorities in the U.S. “engaged in acts that have no resemblance to what people usually think of when they hear the term.”

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Cutting Through Police Propaganda in Baltimore

Most coverage of the protests this week failed to provide context or give voice to those protesting, instead offering a simplistic narrative of “school-age youths” assaulting police at Mondawmin Mall.

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Noam Chomsky: Exceptionalism Is a Concept Held by Every Great Power and It’s Always Wrong

In a conversation with theoretical physicist and cosmologist Lawrence Krauss, Noam Chomsky explains why American exceptionalism is neither unique nor founded on truth and how U.S. foreign policy only benefits the most powerful Americans.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Which Is More Toxic—Sugar or Weed? Russell Brand Checks It Out

The “Trews” host argues that while there’s a lot of “disinformation and propaganda” being spread about marijuana, there’s also quite a bit of “deception and confusion around food.”

Posted on Feb 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Watching the Same Movie About American War for 75 Years

“American Sniper,” which started out with the celebratory tagline “the most lethal sniper in U.S. history” and now has the tagline “the most successful war movie of all time,” is just the latest in a long line of films that have kept Americans on their war game.

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Driving American Politics Underground

Seizure of institutions by corporate power means our real political life has been transferred to groups that operate outside the system.

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Why Israel Lies

Its use of the kinds of big lies favored by totalitarian regimes is aimed at feeding two reactions: racism among its supporters and terror among its victims in Gaza.

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Kneeling in Fenway Park to the Gods of War

In sporting events across the country the religion of sports fuses with the religion of war—a mark of all militarized societies. Games at Fenway are as much about venerating the military as the Red Sox.

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NSA Uses Corporate News to Spread Propaganda and Silence Dissent

Investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald published an expose this week detailing how the NSA has been feeding “propaganda” to various news publications, which have happily played along.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 READ MORE



DoD photo by Senior Airman Christopher Hubenthal, U.S. Air Force

Misremembering America’s Wars, 2003-2053

In 2012, the Pentagon kicked off a 13-year program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, complete with a sprawling website that includes a “history and education” component.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE


Propaganda: Securiotic

An excerpt from an animated film in production skewers claims that police state-style measures of social control are undertaken for the good of citizens.

Posted on Nov 3, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



Obama Not Involved in DOJ Zimmerman Probe, U.S. Propaganda Ban Repealed, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Harry Reid issues an ultimatum to Senate Republicans and Eliot Spitzer’s political comeback tour makes a stop on “The Tonight Show.”

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Our Modern Day Addiction to Technology and Propaganda

Thanks to the urge to be constantly wired, extremist propaganda is becoming easier and easier to feed to the masses; the industrial food system has a single aim—make CEOs and shareholders rich; meanwhile, legalizing gay marriage may make it more difficult for LGBT activists to effectively fight other types of discrimination. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Chilean Mad Men of ‘No’

How did Gael García Bernal, an outspoken leftist who has played Che Guevara not once, but twice, end up starring in a film that would appear, on the surface at least, to be a celebration of 20th century free-market economics?

Posted on Mar 23, 2013 READ MORE



Drone Topic Not Detected During Election

Even though drones are killing more civilians in Pakistan than terrorist leaders, they play no role in the U.S. presidential campaigns; California passes a bill legalizing self-driving cars; meanwhile, millionaires like Mitt Romney perpetuate the rags-to-riches tale by denying their roots. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 READ MORE



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The Care and Feeding of a Corporate Propagandist

Over the last decade, New Yorker columnist Malcolm Gladwell has managed to metamorphose from a trained shill for Big Tobacco, Big Pharma and the deregulatory movement into an intellectual darling of mainstream “liberal” America. How did he do it?

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 READ MORE



The Legend of the Spat-Upon Veteran

Desperate to cobble a pro-war cautionary tale out of a blood-soaked tragedy, we keep reimagining the loss in Vietnam not as a policy failure but as the product of an America that dishonored returning troops.

Posted on May 31, 2012 READ MORE



The Case of the Missing Cuban Internet Cable

The promised $70 million project to quicken Cuba’s Internet connection speed was never delivered; German voters are on Angela Merkel’s side when it comes to the European economy; meanwhile, a vial with Ronald Reagan’s blood is being auctioned, along with one of Scarlett Johansson’s used tissues. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 28, 2012 READ MORE



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The NYPD Against Muslim-Americans

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s involvement in a blatantly anti-Muslim film used to train cadets has leaders of Muslim-American groups calling for his resignation. Debbie Almontaser, who chairs the Muslim Consultative Network, documents some of the NYPD’s acts of aggression against the Muslim community.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Pentagon Spends Millions Protecting Uzbekistan Dictator

Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov is notorious for heading one of the world’s most oppressive regimes, and millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars are being given to a for-profit military contractor turned propaganda machine to make sure he remains a faithful and able ally in the global war on terror.

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 READ MORE



Modern Censorship in Corporate Media

Project Censored, a media research program founded by Carl Jensen in 1976, has for a long time drawn attention to stories that the mainstream media for one reason or another censor or ignore. The project will publish its 2012 edition this month, highlighting the most censored stories in the last year.

Posted on Sep 10, 2011 READ MORE



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China’s Top Gun

The Chinese air force is drawing snickers after part of a video of military maneuvers broadcast on Chinese state television turned out to be not images of the country’s new stealth fighter but scenes from the American movie “Top Gun.”

Posted on Jan 29, 2011 READ MORE



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Pakistan Papers Publish Faux WikiLeaks

An already fraught relationship between India and Pakistan got a bit more taut after a lapse of journalistic responsibility led several leading Pakistani papers to publish fabricated WikiLeaks cables that more resembled anti-Indian propaganda than diplomatic correspondence.

Posted on Dec 10, 2010 READ MORE



National Security Archive

Declassified: Bush’s Iraq Scheming Began in 2001

The National Security Archive has obtained documents confirming and expanding on what we already knew: The Bush administration was determined to invade and occupy Iraq whether there was justification or not. (continued)

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 READ MORE



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Fox News: Home for Wayward Analysts

To all pundits, politicians and journalists who got everything wrong about the Iraq War, fear not. You may have no credibility, but Fox News is your refuge and your benefactor. As Media Matters documents, the propaganda network has only added to its collection of mendacious war boosters since helping to launch the Iraq disaster.

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 READ MORE


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Said What?

Sound the alarm: The Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition exam taken by high school students across the U.S. uses a quotation from the late Palestinian-American scholar and activist Edward Said. Some Jewish students are complaining that use of the Said material politicizes the test.

Posted on May 14, 2010 READ MORE


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The Taliban’s Glossy New Front in the Battle for Hearts and Minds

It’s sleek, it’s glossy, it’s in eloquent Arabic, Pashto and Dari, and it pours derision on American and NATO forces in Afghanistan; it is the brand new propaganda wing of the Taliban: not just Internet video of attacks on the Western armies in Helmand and Kandahar, but professionally produced magazines.

Posted on Apr 2, 2010 READ MORE


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