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Jon Stewart Ridicules Iran Sanctions and Interviews Robert Gates

Jon Stewart takes us through the new sanctions against Iran that many in our dysfunctional Congress are considering. He also interviews former Defense Secretary Robert Gates about his new book “Duty.”

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Rorschach Debate

How did the vice presidential candidates do in their only debate of the campaign? Some saw Biden as overly aggressive. Others thought he pointed out the Romney/Ryan weaknesses where they needed exposing. Most agree the lively event did not change any minds, but the candidates pleased their bases. The “Left, Right & Center” commentators break down the debate and other issues on this week’s program.

Posted on Oct 12, 2012 READ MORE


Alarcon y Mapplethorpe
AP photo / Jorge Rey

Calling All Cubans: Cell Phones, Gays OK!

Be it through changes in cell phone restrictions or proposed legislation recognizing same-sex unions and transgender rights, Cuba’s political future is looking up for many of its citizens.

Posted on Mar 28, 2008 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: Enron’s Enablers Go Unpunished

“Kenny Boy” Lay and Jeffrey Skilling would have remained small-time crooks were it not for the energy industry deregulation measures they effectively purchased from Bush I and II.

Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


John Burton
From sbctc.org

John Burton on California Before Arnold

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer does a career-spanning interview with the “blue-collar liberal” who helped rule California politics as both a congressman and leader of the state legislature over the last 30 years.

Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


Rpbert Scheer

Truthdig Podcast: Robert Scheer on Iraq After America and More

This week Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer looks at Elbaradei’s nuclear prophecy, Iraq after US withdrawal and Stan Goff’s “Reflecting on Rumsfeld.”

Posted on Oct 20, 2006 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: The Killing Fields of Iraq

A top medical journal’s report that the killing of innocents in Iraq is 10 times higher than a year ago completely contradicts Bush & Co. contentions that U.S. troops are stabilizing the country.

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


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Weekly Video Roundup

This week’s slew of Truthdig-flavored videos includes two (gasp!) conservatives: Andrew Sullivan and Dennis Miller. Please listen to what they have to say—even if only to sharpen your debating skills. Also check out Robert Scheer on North Korea and Iran and Wolf Blitzer humiliating a GOP’er over Foleygate.

Posted on Oct 13, 2006 READ MORE


Rpbert Scheer

Truthdig Podcast: Robert Scheer on North Korean Nukes, Iran and More

In the latest installment of the Truthdig Podcast, Robert Scheer offers his take on North Korea’s nuclear test, Iran, diplomacy, Democratic prospects and much more.

Posted on Oct 12, 2006 READ MORE


Kim Jong Il
Mike Luckovich

Robert Scheer: Dear Leader Brings It On

Right-wingers want to blame Bill Clinton for North Korea’s nuclear provocation, but it was the wannabe cowboy in the Oval Office who goaded the Hermit Kingdom’s leader into a Cold War-style bout of nuclear brinkmanship.

  • UPDATE: Jimmy Carter,  former emissary to N. Korea, calls for resumption of negotiations with Pyongyang
  • McCain rips Clinton’s N. Korea policy (read or watch)

  • Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Rpbert Scheer

    Truthdig Podcast: Robert Scheer on Lies, Foley and Fascism

    In the latest installment of the Truthdig Podcast, Robert Scheer offers his take on Condoleezza’s lies, Foley’s fiasco, American fascism and more.

    Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Videocast: Robert Scheer on Rice’s Lies, Foley, Fascism and More

    Robert Scheer, Truthdig’s editor in chief, sits down with interviewer Peter Scheer to discuss Rice’s amnesia, Foleygate, Stan Goff’s dig on American militarism and more.

    Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer

    Video Podcast: Robert Scheer on Chavez, Clinton and More

    Robert Scheer sounds off on the midterm election, Hugo Chavez and Iran, Clinton’s Fox News smackdown, and Sam Harris’ charge that liberals are soft on terror.

    Posted on Oct 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer: Rendering Unto Syria

    A day before Bush paid lip service to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in his U.N. address, a Canadian government commission accused the U.S. of “rendering” a Canadian to Syria for almost a year of torture.

    Posted on Sep 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer

    Video Podcast: Scheer on 9/11

    Join Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer for a conversation related to his Dig “Gaping Holes in the 9/11 Narrative,” in which he addresses conspiracy theories, Iraq, and the folly of the Bush administration. Watch it.

    Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer: Subverting Democracy With the Big Lie

    Bush was correct in saying Monday night that “Our nation is being tested in a way that we have not been since the start of the Cold War.” Unfortunately, it’s Bush’s administration that is testing us—with its relentless incompetence, attacks on our civil liberties and inability to acknowledge the bankruptcy of its policies.

    Posted on Sep 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer— Afghanistan: High on Opium, Not Democracy

    While Bush was distracted with Iraq, the patrons of terrorism were very much in business back where the 9/11 attack was hatched, turning Afghanistan into a narco-state that provides a lucrative source of cash for the “evildoers” Bush forgot about.

    Posted on Sep 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer: Clinton Ended Welfare, Not Poverty

    Bill Clinton doesn’t seem to know the difference between getting mothers and their children off the welfare rolls and getting them out of poverty.

    Posted on Aug 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer: Warring Over the Heart of the Party

    Democrats must transcend all their intraparty squabbles over the war in Iraq and focus on the obligation of politicians to be honest with the public.

    Posted on Aug 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer: Spinning Old Threats Into New Fears

    Investigators have known for a decade about terrorist plots to bring down passenger jets with liquid explosives. So why, all of a sudden, did Bush ban most liquids on flights?

    Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer: Why We Don’t Know Our Enemy

    A new book by the former co-chairs of the 9/11 commission tells the inside story of how the White House has systematically endeavored to squelch any real examination of the enemy whose actions kicked off the so-called war on terror.

    Posted on Aug 8, 2006 READ MORE


    John Dean Lauds ‘Playing President’

    In a thoughtful review, the former presidential counselor and bestselling author writes about Robert Scheer’s new book: “If anyone has more succinctly stated and summarized the folly we call presidential campaigns, I am not aware of it—and I read widely about the subject.”

    Posted on Jul 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer: Labor Pains of a Stillborn Foreign Policy

    By saying that the Israel-Lebanon crisis simply represents the “birth pangs of a new Middle East,” Condoleezza Rice underscored the Bush administration’s blindness to the disastrous effects its foreign policy has wrought.

    Posted on Jul 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart

    Stewart Rips Sean Hannity and Robert Novak

    “The Daily Show” host pointed out the hypocrisy in Sean Hannity’s double standard on the ethics of leaking classified information, and slammed Robert Novak for making light of destroying CIA agent Valerie Plame’s career.

    Posted on Jul 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer: Bush Should Channel Nixon in North Korea

    Truthdig’s editor in chief argues that President Bush could defuse the nuclear standoff with North Korea by coddling its attention-starved leader—similar to what Nixon did with China. “Hell, Bush might even empathize with Kim’s desire to escape from the shadow of a father from whom he inherited his crown.”

    Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer on Democracy Now!
    From Democracy Now!

    Robert Scheer: Why I Wasn’t Prepared for George W. Bush

    In an interview with Democracy Now!, Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer explains how, after he had spent decades covering U.S. presidents, Bush threw him for a loop: “At least the other [presidents] knew a lot about the world, had experience, had brains about this, cared. This guy had the platinum American Express card and didn?t even want to see Paris or London.”

  • Read the whole story in Robert Scheer’s new book “Playing President.”

  • Posted on Jul 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush, Lieberman, Hillary
    AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

    Robert Scheer: Will the Real Democrats Please Stand Up?

    While Sen. Joe Lieberman has come clean as a true believer in the Bush crusade, Sen. Hillary Clinton continues to shamefully waffle on the Iraq question, which is particularly galling, given her position as the party’s supposed front-runner.

    Posted on Jul 4, 2006 READ MORE


    N.Y. Times arrested
    Mike Luckovich

    Robert Scheer: A Disgraceful Attack on the New York Times

    The Bush administration is starting to sound like a two-bit dictatorship by insisting that the media shouldn’t have the right to report on the government’s prosecution of the so-called “war on terror.”

  • UPDATE: The House passed a resolution condemning the N.Y. Times for its reporting.
  • Posted on Jun 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Jimmy Carter and Robert Scheer
    Courtesy Playboy and Akashic Books

    Classic Scheer-Carter Interview From ‘Playing President’

    During a 1976 interview for Playboy magazine that would produce one of the most famous remarks by a presidential candidate in modern times, Jimmy Carter told Robert Scheer, “I’ve committed adultery in my heart many times.” Check out an excerpt of that exchange, along with many more in Scheer’s new book, “Playing President.”

    Posted on Jun 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer: Hillary’s Shameful Straddling on Iraq

    If Sen. Clinton can’t demonstrate clear leadership on Iraq now, why should we believe she would grow a backbone as president?

    Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Kennedy, Jr.
    From miami.indymedia.org

    Robert Kennedy Jr. Plans to Sue Over Ohio Election Fraud

    The environmental activist, fresh off his hugely talked-about Rolling Stone article on alleged election fraud in Ohio during the 2004 election, says in an interview that he plans to file a lawsuit against the main perpetrators of the fraud.

  • Read the Rolling Stone article in question.
  • Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Classic Scheer Interviews From ‘Playing President’

    In a 1980 interview between George H.W. Bush and then-L.A. Times reporter Robert Scheer, Bush revealed his belief in a winnable nuclear war—which many observers think lost him the Republican nomination to Ronald Reagan. Check out this interview and many more in Scheer’s new book “Playing President.”

    Posted on Jun 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer: DeLays Mission Continues

    From the tone of his farewell address last week, you’d think Tom DeLay was being carried out of Congress on the shoulders of his colleagues, rather than slithering out of office with his tail between his legs.

    Posted on Jun 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Reviewers Praise ‘Playing President’

    A reviewer from the The Chicago Reader is the latest to join Gore Vidal and Buzzflash in praising Truthdig editor Robert Scheer’s new book “Playing President.”

    Posted on Jun 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Wen Ho Lee
    AP

    Robert Scheer: Media Failed Its Duty in Lee Case

    Five of the largest U.S. newspapers shirked their journalistic responsibility by covering up the government’s outrageous smear campaign against Los Alamos nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee. 

    Posted on Jun 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Redford
    From CNN

    Robert Redford: Americans Ready to Kick the Oil Habit

    “Today the American people are way out in front of our leaders,” says the actor and noted environmental activist. “I believe America is ready to kick the oil habit and launch a new movement for real solutions and a better future.”

    Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Colbert and Greenwald

    DeLay Doesn’t Realize Colbert is a Satirist

    To raise funds for his legal defense, Tom DeLay is showcasing a clip of Stephen Colbert “defending” DeLay against the allegations in an anti-DeLay documentary.
    DeLay’s only hope is that his contributors are too dim to realize that Colbert is a satirist.

    Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer: Bush More Right Than Wrong on Immigration

    “It is good news that the public is finally hip to Bush’s con, yet it is worrisome when surprisingly sensible proposals by the president on immigration are automatically rejected because of the source.”

    Posted on May 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Immigration Protest Rally Photo
    Zuade Kaufman / Truthdig

    Robert Scheer: My Mother ‘the Illegal Alien’?

    “Like so many May Day protesters taking part in ‘A Day Without Immigrants,’ I know about having an otherwise law-abiding family member who spends decades working long, hard hours for abysmally low wages.”

    Posted on May 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Playing President

    Buzzflash: Scheer’s Book ‘Incisive, No Holds Barred Commentary’

    In a review of “Playing President,” Buzzflash says Robert Scheer’s “insights appear all the more astounding because he stood virtually alone in making them for so long among mainstream journalists.”

    Posted on Apr 28, 2006 READ MORE


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