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God Wants Norm Coleman to Serve, Says Norm Coleman

How’s this for chutzpah? Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., hanging on to his job by a thread, told a conservative radio audience that “God wants me to serve.” So why did God let Al Franken win the recount?

Posted on Feb 9, 2009 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Will Obama Take On Wall Street?

Is President-elect Barack Obama proposing a stimulus package that will actually deliver? What’s going to happen next in the Middle East? These are unanswerable questions, but the “Left, Right & Center” team offers prognostications about what may lie in store on the domestic and international fronts.

Posted on Jan 9, 2009 READ MORE



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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’: Hey, This Really Is a Recession!

Should the Big Three U.S. automakers be driven out of Washington (or Detroit) without the financial help they desperately need? What’s to be done about the massive job losses across the country?

Posted on Dec 6, 2008 READ MORE


O'Reilly
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O’Reilly Leaving Radio to Focus on TV Show

Looks like Bill O’Reilly is preparing for the Obama era—he says he’s been working too many hours. Whatever the reason, the Fox News heavy is giving up his syndicated radio show to focus his energies on “The O’Reilly Factor.”

Posted on Dec 6, 2008 READ MORE


Auto Bailout

‘Morning Review’: Prop. 8 and the Big 3

Check out the most recent “Morning Review Friday with Roy Ulrich,” where UC Irvine Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky discusses Proposition 8’s current legal status, and Truthdig’s own Titus Levi engages in a fruitful debate on the virtues and pitfalls of a bailout of the auto industry in Detroit with the Cato Institute’s Dan Ikenson.

Posted on Nov 21, 2008 READ MORE


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Robocalls Confuse Voters

Calls have been going out in Virginia and Pennsylvania, telling people to vote tomorrow, on Nov. 5, according to Jonah Goldman, director of Election Protection at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Goldman says he doesn’t know who’s responsible, but similar misleading messages are being distributed via e-mail, FaceBook and fliers, often targeting young and minority voters.

Posted on Nov 4, 2008 READ MORE


Palin prank

Palin Punked by Faux Sarkozy Prank Call

In what will go down as one of the epic prank calls of all time, Canadian radio show jester Marc Antoine Audette got Sarah Palin on the phone Saturday by telling her French President Nicolas Sarkozy was calling. Oops.

Posted on Nov 1, 2008 READ MORE


Terkel
AP photo / Charles Rex Arbogast

Studs Terkel Dies at 96

What a time for the world to lose Studs Terkel. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author, activist and radio and television star died Friday in his adopted hometown of Chicago. Terkel was 96.

Posted on Oct 31, 2008 READ MORE


Palin Fears for (Her) Free Speech

Someone better give Sarah Palin a copy of the U.S. Constitution—or better yet, read it to her slowly. The up-and-coming legal scholar/vice presidential candidate is scared for her own First Amendment rights because of “attacks” from reporters who claim she is engaging in negative campaign tactics.

Posted on Oct 31, 2008 READ MORE



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Liberals Resurrect Reagan to Endorse Obama

OK, so Ronald Reagan isn’t around to actually endorse anyone. But that doesn’t stop political operatives from invoking his presidency to boost their candidate. A new, liberal Colorado-based group called Progressive Future is bringing back the Gipper to put in a plug for Barack Obama, while the conservative Let Freedom Ring calls Obama the “anti-Reagan.”

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: The Bailout Deal and the VP Debate

In the latest edition of “Left, Right & Center,” co-commentators Matt Miller, Robert Scheer and Tony Blankley (Arianna Huffington is still at large) give their expert analyses of Thursday’s vice presidential debate, inspecting Sarah Palin’s and Joe Biden’s arguments and self-presentation styles down to the smallest detail.

Posted on Oct 4, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton

Clinton Chats With Seacrest About VP Debate

All right, now this is getting ridiculous. None other than Ryan Seacrest has managed to insert himself into the political mix by scoring a phone interview with Hillary Clinton on his radio show Friday. What’ll it be next, the Obamas and the Bidens sit down with the preternaturally perky Mary Hart on “Entertainment Tonight?” Oh, wait ... never mind.

Posted on Oct 3, 2008 READ MORE


Obama Ads Also Aim to Deceive

John McCain has taken a lot of heat for his dishonest campaign ads, but it seems Barack Obama has gotten in on the game. The New York Times scolds the Democratic nominee for running commercials “that have matched the dubious nature of Mr. McCain’s more questionable spots.”

Posted on Sep 26, 2008 READ MORE


Follow the Money: New Group Runs Ads Promoting Drilling

A new advocacy organization with strong ties to the oil industry is funding pro-drilling radio ads, including one criticizing the energy votes of Rep. Mark Udall, a Colorado Democrat running for the U.S. Senate.

Posted on Sep 22, 2008 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Fannie and Freddie, Sarah and Charlie

On Friday’s episode of “Left, Right & Center,” show regulars Matt Miller, Robert Scheer and Tony Blankley weigh in about the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac crisis, the fate of Lehman Brothers and Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin’s one-on-one with ABC’s Charlie Gibson.

Posted on Sep 13, 2008 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Welcome to the Palin-Dome

Last week marked the official debut of Sarah Palin, now John McCain’s running mate, at the Republican National Convention—not to mention the Alaska governor’s introduction to most of the country. How do her accomplishments stack up? Will she be, as “LRC” co-host Tony Blankley wonders, “gold dust or Kryptonite” for the McCain campaign?

Posted on Sep 6, 2008 READ MORE


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Schlafly, Ingraham Team Up for Palin at RNC

It was a lineup designed to bring women at the Republican National Convention ever forward and onward into the year 1800, but alas, Sarah Palin couldn’t make it.

Posted on Sep 2, 2008 READ MORE


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portland.indymedia.org

Outcry on Savage’s Savage Comment About Autism

Shock jock Michael Savage clearly has an overblown sense of the extent of his “expertise” on a wide range of topics, but he overstepped his bounds by attempting armchair psychology about a sensitive subject last week—autism—and drew fire from angry parents and supporters.

Posted on Jul 23, 2008 READ MORE


The Pornography of Power

Robert Scheer discusses his new book, “The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America,” with USC’s chair of history on the “Politics of Culture” radio show.

Posted on May 27, 2008 READ MORE


Nixon
politickernj.com

Nixonland, Then and Now: Q&A With Rick Perlstein

“Nixonland”—that’s Rick Perlstein’s term for the political world where candidates win power by mobilizing people’s resentments, anxieties and anger, where politics destroys its victims. Do we still live in Nixonland, and if so, when will we leave?

Posted on May 18, 2008 READ MORE


Bill Clinton
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Bill Clinton Doesn’t Want ‘Any S—- From Anybody’

Speaking over the phone to Philadelphia’s WHYY, Bill Clinton defended his controversial comments following the South Carolina primary, saying the Obama campaign had played the race card against him. After the interview, apparently neglecting to hang up, the former president could be heard using language not normally aired on public radio: “I don’t think I should take any s—- from anybody on that, do you?” Update: Denial.

Posted on Apr 22, 2008 READ MORE


From Rebellious Republicans to Tasteless Tycoons

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and Managing Editor Peter Scheer talk politics once again with radio icon Michael Jackson.

Posted on Mar 5, 2008 READ MORE


Clintons vs. the Media

Are the news media being beastly to Hillary Clinton? Are political reporters and commentators—as Bill Clinton suggested but didn’t quite come out and say in a radio interview Tuesday—basically in the tank for Barack Obama?

Posted on Feb 15, 2008 READ MORE


Colbert

Colbert on Rush’s Bluster

Stephen Colbert pokes fun at Mike Huckabee’s miracle strategy and Rush Limbaugh’s inability to move the Republicans against McCain.

Posted on Feb 13, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Carlos Osorio

The War Against Tolerance

Walid Shoebat, Kamal Saleem and Zachariah Anani are the three stooges of the Christian right. These self-described former Muslim terrorists are regularly trotted out at Christian colleges—a few days ago they were at the Air Force Academy—to spew racist filth about Islam on behalf of groups such as Focus on the Family. It is a clever tactic.

Posted on Feb 11, 2008 READ MORE


Super Tuesday and Beyond

The podcast is back after an extended holiday break. In this installment, Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer and Managing Editor Peter Scheer chat with Los Angeles radio institution Michael Jackson about Super Tuesday and what it all means for the race ahead. The Michael Jackson show can be heard in Los Angeles on AM 1260, in San Diego on AM 540 or online at 1260.am.

Posted on Feb 7, 2008 READ MORE


FCC Sells Out

Despite opposition from Congress and the public, the FCC has decided it’s in the nation’s best interest to relax decades-old ownership rules that prohibit media giants from owning newspapers and broadcasts outlets in the same local market. The idea behind the old rules, crazy as it sounds, is that it’s probably not a good thing to get all of your information from the same place. The FCC’s three Republicans and America’s media conglomerates disagree.

Posted on Dec 18, 2007 READ MORE


Clear Channel
boston.com

Romney’s Firm to Buy Clear Channel

It’s a big week for big media:  First, Dow Jones & Co. officially approved Rupert Murdoch’s takeover of The Wall Street Journal, and now Lew Rockwell is reporting that Mitt Romney’s private equity firm is buying radio behemoth Clear Channel.

Posted on Dec 13, 2007 READ MORE


The Dubious Mr. Dobbs

The CNN personality, who continues to beat the drum against “illegal aliens,” claims to be a journalist.  If he really is one, he should respect facts and correct errors.  Let’s all hold our breath until that happens.

Posted on Dec 4, 2007 READ MORE


Don Imus
culturekitchen.com

The Return of Don Imus

After a nine-month hiatus from the American airwaves, professional provocateur Don Imus has signed on with New York’s WABC-AM.  Although the station’s president says he’s “thrilled” to bring Imus’ “unique brand of humor” and “knowledge of the issues” to WABC, others are less than pleased about the shock jock’s comeback.

Posted on Nov 1, 2007 READ MORE


Bush with his backdrop of troops
AP Photo / Evan Vucci

Here We Go Again

A sprig of bougainvillea prompts Robert Fisk to recall the bad old days of the Cold War and, in light of our overblown global war on terror, the curious and often fruitless tendency of governments to create monsters.

Posted on Oct 8, 2007 READ MORE


Rush Limbaugh
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Limbaugh Is Called Out for ‘Phony Soldiers’ Remark

He’s certainly not famous for his magnanimity, but this time Rush Limbaugh’s sharp tongue seems to have gotten him into a real pickle.  The conservative radio talk show host is under fire from congressional Democrats for his recent statement that U.S. troops who oppose the war are “phony soldiers.”  Limbaugh’s ill-conceived rant also caught this active-duty soldier’s attention, judging by his blog.

Posted on Oct 2, 2007 READ MORE


United by Hate

How did thousands of African-Americans come to descend on the town of Jena, La., on Thursday for a march and rally that brought to mind the heady days of the civil rights movement? The answer says as much about what has changed over the past half-century as it says about what hasn’t.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE


Radio for the People

The FCC is providing a once-in-a-generation opportunity for local noncommercial radio. With tycoons like Rupert Murdoch snatching up more trophies for his media empire, local alternatives are needed now more than ever.

Posted on Aug 7, 2007 READ MORE


The Partisan Trailblazers

Perhaps you missed it, but Wednesday was the 19th anniversary of Rush Limbaugh’s radio show. Limbaugh was celebrating his ripe old age, in media years, on the same week that liberal blog fans were trekking to Chicago for the YearlyKos convention. Therein lies one of the most important stories in American politics.

Posted on Aug 2, 2007 READ MORE


Many Net Radio Stations Observe Day of Silence

Because royalties for webcasters have been dramatically increased, many Internet radio sites have proclaimed Tuesday, June 26, a day of silence.  A recent ruling held that starting July 15, Web-based broadcasters must pay triple for royalties. 

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton and Rhodes

Air American History

Air America, the progressive radio network, celebrates its relaunch with a look back on the good and the bad, plus a preview of what’s to come and a shout-out from Bill Clinton.

Posted on Jun 14, 2007 READ MORE



Save Internet Music

Internet radio has provided an eclectic and independent alternative to the mainstream hit-oriented, payola-ridden music marketplace, but industry greed now threatens to wipe out the medium. Truthdig checks in with Frannie Wellings of Free Press to find out whether Internet radio stands a chance and what music fans can do to save it.

Posted on May 22, 2007 READ MORE


Give ‘Em Hell, Mr. Terkel

The host of “Democracy Now” pays tribute to one of her most prolific and passionate forebears, Studs Terkel, who turns 95 this week. “Ordinary people are capable of doing extraordinary things,” Terkel says. His life proves that fact.

Posted on May 15, 2007 READ MORE


tim
musicsupervisioncentral.com

Closing the Box on Pandora?

The Internet radio business changed suddenly on April 16, when the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board decided in favor of drastic hikes in the royalty fees that webcasters pay record labels to play their music. Pandora founder Tim Westergren (above) says this ruling could put an end to American internet radio as we know it.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE


Beck

Don Imus Was the Tip of the Iceberg

If Don Imus’ Rutgers smear marks the boundary for what is considered indecent on radio, conservative pundits beware. Here is a sampling of the racism, sexism, homophobia and hate pumped out by talk radio every day.

Posted on Apr 17, 2007 READ MORE


The Imus Distraction

Truthdig’s resident analyst of racial politics argues that the firing of Don Imus will not alleviate the more pressing problems plaguing the black community.

Posted on Apr 17, 2007 READ MORE


Imus Moves to Al-Qaida Network

The satirist says the embattled shock jock has found the perfect venue for his hate-filled rhetoric.

Posted on Apr 14, 2007 READ MORE


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MSNBC Drops Imus

MSNBC announced it will no longer air “Imus in the Morning,” as the uproar over the radio host’s racist comment continues and several prominent sponsors withdrew advertising. CBS, which controls the radio version of Imus’ show, has not said whether it too will cancel the program or merely stick with a suspension.

Posted on Apr 11, 2007 READ MORE


Imus Strikes Again

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Air America

Truthdig Podcast: Saving Air America

Mark Green, the new president of Air America, tells Truthdig why it didn’t work, what he’s going to do to fix it and what you can expect in the future from America’s largest progressive radio network. Pictured above, Al Franken, who was an Air America host.

Posted on Apr 2, 2007 READ MORE


Air America
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Saving Air America

Mark Green, the new president of Air America, tells Truthdig why it didn’t work, what he’s going to do to fix it and what you can expect in the future from America’s only progressive radio network.

Posted on Apr 2, 2007 READ MORE


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Limbaugh Picks a Fight with Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger has had enough of Rush Limbaugh, who refers to the California governor as a “closet liberal.” On Tuesday’s “Today Show,” Arnold fired back, saying “Limbaugh is irrelevant.” That was apparently too much for Rush, who responded on own show by saying Arnold has clearly “sold out.”

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 READ MORE


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