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The CIA’s 60-Year History of Fake News: How the Deep State Corrupted Many American Writers

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer interviews Joel Whitney, author of “Finks,” about how the spy agency turned literary figures into propagandists for militarism and imperial power. Transcript added.

Posted on Mar 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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Fired ‘Marketplace’ Reporter Wonders: Is Objective Journalism Dead?

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer interviews Lewis Wallace (pictured), who was fired from the American Public Media show for questioning objective reporting under Trump.

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



How David Horowitz and Fellow Conservative Intellectuals Were Conned by Trump

Author Sol Stern analyzes how Horowitz (pictured)—his friend and a former New Left radical—succumbed to the president’s “totalitarian temptation.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2017 READ MORE


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


Willie Nelson’s ‘Promiseland’ Celebrates Immigration and Condemns Building Walls

In the second installment of a two-part interview, Willie Nelson talks about his Native American roots and defends the contributions of immigrants. Transcript added.

Posted on Jan 27, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdigger of the Week: Nancy Hollander, Chelsea Manning’s Attorney

The greatest victory of the week does not belong to Donald Trump, but to Manning and to Hollander, who never stopped fighting for justice.

Posted on Jan 22, 2017 READ MORE


The Insanity of a New Cold War: A Top Russian Scholar Sounds the Alarm

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with professor Sergei Plekhanov about Western misconceptions of today’s Russia.

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti Tells Robert Scheer: I Am Not a Beat!

Truthdig’s editor in chief asks the co-founder of San Francisco’s famed City Lights Bookstore to discuss his life and his work with writers of the Beat Generation.

Posted on Jan 6, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


The Best of ‘Scheer Intelligence’ 2016: Robert Scheer’s Guests Offer a Wealth of Insight

Once a week, Truthdig’s editor in chief interviews someone who, through long engagement with American culture or politics, has an informed and highly personal perspective on pressing issues.

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Best of ‘Live at Truthdig’ 2016: Election Chaos Provokes Thoughtful Discussion About the Future

Our most popular sessions took a hard look at various aspects of American policy before and after the outcome—unexpected by most—of the presidential election.

Posted on Dec 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


California Democrat Zev Yaroslavsky Tells Robert Scheer Why the State Is a Model for Progressives

Truthdig’s editor in chief speaks with one of the leaders of California’s Democratic Party about the state’s paradox—how progressives swept the nation’s largest state in the 2016 election while Hillary Clinton got Trumped elsewhere in the country. Transcript added.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Does the WWII Internment of Japanese-Americans Provide a Model for an American Fascism Under Trump?

In this week’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” host Robert Scheer speaks with professor Richard Reeves about Japanese internment and how it compares with president-elect Donald Trump’s attitude toward Muslim Americans.

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



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


Robert Scheer Meets Blase Bonpane, a Priest Who Defied the Catholic Church

The priest and author of the new book “The Nicene Heresy: Christendom and War, Reverence and Critique” tells Truthdig’s editor in chief about his career working for peace in Central America and his conflicted relationship with his church.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Preserving Independent Journalism and Fighting the New McCarthyism

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and his team discussed the recent Washington Post story that relied heavily on an unsubstantiated source that claims Truthdig and other news outlets are spreading “Russian propaganda.”

Posted on Nov 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



How Fidel Outlived His U.S. Government Assassins

“John F. Kennedy’s administration tried to assassinate Fidel Castro by using Mafia hit men,” wrote Robert Scheer, Truthdig editor in chief, in a Los Angeles Times column first published in 1997.

Posted on Nov 26, 2016 READ MORE



Edward Snowden Makes a Surprise Appearance at ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner (Video)

The whistleblower attended the 2016 American Civil Liberties Union SoCal dinner via video stream to honor actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who played Snowden in the Oliver Stone film “Snowden,” as well as to tell Americans, “When systems fall, when things break down ... people remain. Don’t be afraid of what comes next. Be ready.”

Posted on Nov 13, 2016 READ MORE


Robert Scheer and Socialist Kshama Sawant Talk About Progress for Seattle Workers

Sawant, who is in her second term on Seattle’s City Council, and Truthdig’s editor in chief discuss her political achievements and challenges. Audio and transcript.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Revenge of the ‘Deplorables’

Make no mistake about it: This is a crisis of confidence for America’s ruling elite.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE


Robert Scheer and Lizbeth Mateo Explore the Contradictions of U.S. Immigration Policy

In this week’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor in chief speaks with the lawyer and immigrant-rights activist who self-deported to illuminate the plight of immigrants like herself.

Posted on Nov 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Thomas Frank Explores Whether Clinton and the Democratic Party Will Address Inequality

By KiMi Robinson

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer hosted the political analyst in a live-streamed discussion about how the Democrats abandoned the working class and whether a President Hillary Clinton would control Wall Street’s greed.

Posted on Nov 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer and Thomas Frank Talk Politics in Los Angeles

The Truthdig editor in chief sat down Sunday with the political analyst to discuss Frank’s new book, “Listen Liberal: Whatever Happened to the Party of the People?” They also tackled the 2016 election and Bill Clinton’s legacy, among other topics.

Posted on Oct 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Thomas Frank on Why Hillary Clinton Won’t Protect Americans From Wall Street (Video and Transcript)

By Alexander Reed Kelly

Clinton “really believes” that “Wall Street banks are in fact run by fine, upstanding individuals who are opening up the doors of possibility for the poor people of the world,” the author of “Listen, Liberal” told Truthdig at the Democratic National Convention.

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer and Thomas Frank on Democrats’ Shift Away From Addressing Inequality (Audio)

By Robert Scheer

In this repost, Truthdig Editor in Chief Scheer interviews the author to discuss his new book, “Listen, Liberal,” about how the Democrat Party abandoned the American working class. (Frank will join Scheer in Los Angeles on Oct. 30 for a public discussion about the upcoming presidential election and Frank’s book. See the jump for more information.) Transcript added.

Posted on Oct 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer on Activism and the Future of American Politics

By Emma Niles

The journalists reflect on their own histories and share their insights on the current election season.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


A Conversation About War and Peace With Ron Kovic, Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges

By KiMi Robinson

The author of “Born on the Fourth of July” met with the Truthdig journalists at the University of Southern California on Oct. 18 to talk about Kovic’s latest book, “Hurricane Street,” and how he became a peace activist. Truthdig broadcasted the discussion live on Facebook.

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer on War, Religion and Fighting American Neoliberalism

By Emma Niles

The Truthdig editor in chief sat down with the acclaimed journalist for an intimate conversation about their careers and the American political landscape.

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer: Why Does Freedom of the Press Protect Newspapers but Not Whistleblowers? (Video)

Truthdig’s editor in chief talks to “Nowman Show” host Dan Niswander about how Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning were hung out to dry even as the publications that profited from their stories were protected.

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Gary Tyler on Maintaining Hope and Compassion in the U.S. Prison System

At age 16, Gary Tyler was wrongly sent to death row, where he spent 41 years until being freed in April. The Truthdig team spoke with him about the prison system, the death penalty and maintaining hope throughout the decades.

Posted on Oct 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Live at Truthdig: What Can Be Done to Reform the U.S. Prison System?

At age 16, Gary Tyler was wrongly sent to death row, where he spent 41 years until being freed in April. The Truthdig team will talk with him Thursday at 1 p.m. PDT/4 p.m. EDT.

Posted on Oct 9, 2016 READ MORE


Robert Scheer Interviews Misty K. Snow, the First Major-Party Transgender Nominee for U.S. Senate

The millennial, a Utah Democrat, tells Truthdig’s editor in chief how working full time in a supermarket and living paycheck to paycheck inspired her to run. Transcript added.

Posted on Oct 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer Interviews Gary Tyler, Wrongly Imprisoned for Decades

Tyler tells Truthdig’s editor in chief how he survived his years in the penitentiary after being wrongly convicted of murdering a 13-year-old boy. (Transcript added.)

Posted on Sep 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer and Journalist David Cay Johnston Discuss the Duplicity of Trump

Donald Trump’s success is not an accident. It’s the result of a corrupt capitalist system. The author of “The Making of Donald Trump” explains in a conversation with the Truthdig editor in chief.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Citizen Stan’ Tells the Story of Stanley Sheinbaum, ‘a Man You Ought to Know About’

The Los Angeleno was involved with prime ministers, presidents and kings and played a major role in some of the most significant political events of the latter half of the 20th century. A documentary by Patty Sharaf chronicles his life.

Posted on Sep 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer and Libertarian Journalist Matt Welch Discuss Reason in America

Welch tells Truthdig’s editor in chief what it means to be a libertarian, how the Libertarian Party has grown during the 2016 presidential campaign and where libertarian values and progressive values overlap. Transcript added.

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Photo of the Week: A Tense Look Between President Obama and Vladimir Putin

Even with the U.S. and Russia agreeing on a temporary cease-fire in Syria, trust between the nations’ leaders appears to be in short supply.

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer: U.S. Pledge of $90 Million to Laos Glosses U.S. History of Terrorizing Civilians

If the word “terrorism” has any meaning, it applies to the U.S. bombings in Laos during the Vietnam War, says Truthdig’s editor in chief.

Posted on Sep 9, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer and ‘M.A.S.H.’ Actor Mike Farrell Discuss Ending the Death Penalty in America

Farrell tells Truthdig’s editor in chief about his efforts to save the lives of people awaiting execution—and the pitfalls awaiting celebrities who get involved in social causes.

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Jill Stein: ‘The Experience of Democracy’ Is More Important Than Being a Career Politician

The Green Party presidential nominee met with Truthdig staff to talk about how the mainstream media has (and hasn’t) covered her campaign, her qualifications for the nation’s highest office and the controversy over her running mate’s “Uncle Tom” comment aimed at President Obama. Transcript added.

Posted on Sep 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Warren Hinckle: Remembering the Godfather of Gonzo

The legendary Ramparts editor who later ingeniously paired writer Hunter Thompson and artist Ralph Steadman died this week, leaving a slew of colorful memories behind him.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 READ MORE



Dear Bill Clinton: The End of Welfare Isn’t the End of Poor People

Isn’t it great how we solved the welfare problem? That’s the one thing that former President Clinton, Congress and even the media agree on.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 READ MORE



How Bill Clinton Waged a War on Welfare Mothers Instead of a War on Poverty

To hear Clinton tell it, his presidency won the war on poverty three decades after President Lyndon B. Johnson launched it, having changed only the name. Seems he doesn’t know the difference between getting mothers and their children off the welfare rolls and getting them out of poverty.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer Assess the Merits of a Life of Virtue in a Careerist’s World

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges tells Editor in Chief Robert Scheer about the rewards of his unorthodox life as a minister and journalist covering the disintegration of societies on multiple continents, his working habits, and the consequences of elite neglect of the forces that turn civilized populations barbarian.

Posted on Aug 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Ron Kovic: ‘Why I Wrote “Hurricane Street” ’ (Video)

“The care we were receiving at the hospital at the time was in many cases abusive,” so “150 paralyzed men in wheelchairs, but also veterans from other parts of the hospital, some nurses, some caregivers, aides who had courage and their own reason to protest,” organized in Vietnam veterans’ interests.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Live From Philadelphia: Robert Scheer, Jeff Cohen, Norman Solomon on Dissatisfied Delegates (Video)

On Day 4 of the Democratic National Convention, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer sat down with special guests Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon to discuss dissatisfaction among Bernie Sanders’ delegates.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Live From Philadelphia: Robert Scheer on Democratic Party Failures and Progressive Solutions (Video)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer reported live from Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention to explain how past economic failures have created the need for a truly progressive Democratic Party.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer: Americans Shouldn’t Settle for Candidates ‘Who Have Created This Tremendous Mess’

In an interview on The Real News Network, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks about neofascist rhetoric and how third-party candidates are preferable to Clinton or Trump.

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Live at Truthdig: Questioning Republican and Democratic Extremism

On Thursday, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and his team discussed the political climate with special guest and Truthdig political correspondent Bill Boyarsky.

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Et Tu, Bernie?

It is one thing to hold one’s nose and vote for Hillary Clinton as the lesser evil. It is quite another to suddenly absolve the Clintons, who have, as Bernie Sanders repeatedly pointed out, contributed so much to the national crisis.

Posted on Jul 12, 2016 READ MORE


Truthdig Sits Down With the Green Party’s Jill Stein (Video)

The Greens’ presumptive presidential nominee met with us for a live discussion, broadcast on Facebook, about the 2016 election and American politics.

Posted on Jul 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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