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Raider Fan’s Loyalty Is Tested by News of Ex-Quarterback’s Brain Disease

Kenny “The Snake” Stabler suffered woefully from a condition brought on by head trauma. He deserved better from the NFL, and all pro football players deserve better.

Posted on Feb 5, 2016 READ MORE


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: It’s Finally, Almost, Caucus Time!

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists take on the missing-in-debate-action candidate, Donald Trump, and his chances of clinching a Republican win in the Hawkeye State.

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 READ MORE


AUDIO: Robert Scheer Interviews Ralph Nader, Consumer Advocate and Voice Against Corporate Power

In this week’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor-in-chief’s podcast on KCRW, Nader talks about the rise of Bernie Sanders and the conditions he believes that Sanders must set in order to endorse Hillary Clinton in the event she wins the Democratic nomination.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary Blames Bernie for an Old Clintonite Hustle, and That’s a Rotten Shame

With stupefying arrogance, Clinton tried during Sunday’s debate to tie her rival to the Great Recession—an economic crisis that actually was fostered by Bill Clinton, his aides and even one of her own campaign advisers.

Posted on Jan 19, 2016 READ MORE


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: GOP Hopefuls Compete on Party Values; Bernie Surges

On this week’s edition of KCRW’s “Left, Right & Center,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer says he sees Bernie Sanders as the only interesting candidate in the 2016 election, while the other panelists praise Donald Trump.

Posted on Jan 16, 2016 READ MORE


AUDIO: Robert Scheer Interviews Tom Dine, a Longtime Advocate for Israel and Mideast Peace

By Robert Scheer

In Friday’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor-in-chief speaks with Tom Dine, senior policy adviser at the Israel Policy Forum and former head of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, about Dine’s career in public service, the thwarting of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Dine’s role in negotiations between Syria and Israel in recent years.

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 READ MORE


AUDIO: Robert Scheer: 2015: ‘The Year the Ruling Class Came Unglued’

By Robert Scheer

Speaking with Philip Madari on 94.1 KPFA, Truthdig’s editor-in-chief reviews the economic madness and national security mania that prevailed in 2015 and promises to shape 2016.

Posted on Jan 4, 2016 READ MORE



2015 in Review: Truthdig’s Best Columns of the Year

At the start of 2016, Truthdig takes a look at some of the columns we published last year that were our favorites.

Posted on Jan 2, 2016 READ MORE



2015 in Review: Truthdig’s Books of the Year

A look back at some of our favorites from the reading stack.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE


2015 in Review: The Best of Truthdig’s A/V Booth Posts

From comedic clips about Edward Snowden and Donald Trump to illuminating interviews featuring Robert Scheer, Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges and Jimmy Carter, here are Truthdig readers’ favorite audiovisual posts from 2015.

Posted on Dec 27, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: Robert Scheer on ‘The Hunting Ground’—a Documentary About Sexual Assault on Campus

By Robert Scheer

In the fifth episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor-in-chief discusses the documentary film “The Hunting Ground” (airing again on Sunday, Dec. 27 on CNN) with its director, Kirby Dick, and producer, Amy Ziering. The film has been shown at hundreds of college campuses, provoking heated discussions about the prevalence of sexual assault and how educational institutions handle accusations of rape.

Posted on Dec 26, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: Robert Scheer Hosts John Kiriakou—A Whistleblower on Torture

On “Scheer Intelligence,” KCRW’s new podcast with Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer, John Kiriakou, author of “The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA’s War on Terror,” details his 15 years as a CIA analyst and counterterrorism operations officer specializing in the Middle East.

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: Robert Scheer Hosts Dennis Kucinich—an Unpredictable American Original

By Robert Scheer

In the third episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” eight-term Ohio congressman and two-time presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich raps about the underbelly of U.S. politics going back to his days as Cleveland’s “boy mayor” in the late 1970s.

Posted on Nov 28, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: On the Post-Paris Era

In this week’s “Left, Right & Center,” panelists give their take on the world after the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, engaging in a spirited debate over the origins of Islamic State, what to do about the refugee crisis and how to tackle terrorism on a global scale.

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: The Missouri U. Football Team and Those Who Saved ‘Chain Reaction’

These two groups have taken a step against racism in one case and for an important sculpture in the other. Their disparate actions help to revive national faith in the power of the people.

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: Robert Scheer and David Talbot Explore the Origins of America’s Secret Government

By Robert Scheer

In the second episode of “Scheer Intelligence”—Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer’s new KCRW podcast—Salon.com founding Editor David Talbot tells how former CIA chief Allen Dulles defied Franklin Roosevelt to conscript former Nazi leaders in preparation for war with the Soviet Union—one of many deviations from official history that are recounted in Talbot’s new book, “The Devil’s Chessboard.” (With transcript)

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Robert Scheer Leads Discussion of Myth of Higher Education as the Great American Equalizer

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer moderates a discussion at the University of Southern California on an explosive Federal Reserve Bank study showing that racial inequality pervades American society at all levels of education, despite hopes to the contrary.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: Robert Scheer and John Dean on Richard Nixon, Ted Cruz and the Abuse of Power

By Robert Scheer

In the premiere episode of KCRW’s “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor-in-chief sits down with John Dean, the former Nixon legal adviser who blew the lid off the Watergate scandal. In this podcast, Dean offers his take on the misuse of power under the guise of national security—both during the Nixon era and today.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE



Bernie Blew It: He Sold Out Instead of Confronting Clinton

In Tuesday’s debate, the Vermont senator fell into the trap of mainstream politics when he failed to face down the front-runner on her policy positions and record.

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 READ MORE



Go Ahead, Back Hillary Clinton and Forget All About Her Record

The candidate has been profoundly wrong on the two most pressing issues of our time—economic injustice and unbridled militarism—and seems incapable of learning from her dangerous errors in judgment.

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 READ MORE



Pope Francis: He Told Them!

The visiting pontiff presents a moral energy that has been largely absent in our political discourse. In light of his comments, much of what we have heard in the presidential campaign now seems tawdry and small.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE



Fools, Fascists and Cold Warriors: Take Your Pick

Are they fools or fascists? Probably the former, but there was a disturbing cast to the second GOP debate, a vituperative jingoism reminiscent of the xenophobia that periodically scars Western capitalist societies in moments of disarray.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Iran’s Done Deal

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. response to the Syrian refugee crisis, Bernie Sanders in Iowa and Jeb Bush’s proposal for tax cuts—for himself.

Posted on Sep 12, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Cuba and Ferguson—Plus, Does Clinton Have Competition?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Cuba to raise the American flag, violence in Ferguson, Mo., one year after the police killing of Michael Brown, and whether Hillary Clinton should be worried about Bernie Sanders.

Posted on Aug 15, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: GOP Destructiveness, Bush and Clinton Dynasties and 2016

On Sunday’s edition of KPFA’s “Sunday Show” with Philip Maldari, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer commented on the belligerence, ignorance, misogyny and neofascism on display in last week’s Republican debate.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Donald Trump Is Hot in Cleveland

All the hosts of “Left, Right & Center” found something appealing in the presence of Donald Trump at the first major Republican presidential debate of the campaign season. Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer saw Chris Christie, with his take on surveillance, as the loser.

Posted on Aug 8, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Republican Media Stunts, NSA Data Dump and Cecil the Lion

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the upcoming GOP presidential debate, the NSA’s dump of metadata collected over the last five years, and why the illegal killing of Cecil the lion has outraged so many when so much awfulness abounds.

Posted on Aug 1, 2015 READ MORE


LISTEN: ‘The Look of Silence’ Helps Indonesians See the Genocide They’re Afraid to Discuss

Documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer talks with Truthdig’s Robert Scheer and Kasia Anderson and KPFK’s Joshua Scheer about the influence his films “The Act of Killing” and the just-released “The Look of Silence” have had on life in Indonesia, where the perpetrators of a 50-year-old massacre still hold power.

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 READ MORE


LISTEN: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Iran, America’s Work Ethic and Fetal Tissue for Sale

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief tells the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists that President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is a good step. Also, Jeb Bush tells Americans they need to work longer hours to improve the economy, and Planned Parenthood comes under fire for an undercover video showing a physician talking about the sale of aborted fetal tissue for research.

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Robert Scheer on American Power and Arrogance: ‘It’s a Toxic Cocktail’ (Part 10 of 10)

In the final installment of The Real News Network’s series of interviews on “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer explains how an infatuation with American culture and an ignorance of American history have led to unbelievable levels of brutality and destruction.

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Greece, Hacks and Trump on Top

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Greece’s pursuit of another bailout from the EU, two major security breaches of U.S. government databases and whether Donald Trump could win America’s Latino vote.

Posted on Jul 11, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Robert Scheer on How Yesterday’s Allies Became Today’s Terrorists (Part 9 of 10)

In this installment of The Real News Network’s interview series “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer tells host Paul Jay about the role the U.S. played in creating its current terrorist enemies—and on a broader scale, why history matters.

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Robert Scheer: Foreign Entanglements Derailed the American Experiment (Part 8 of 10)

In the eighth installment of an interview series on The Real News Network’s “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer tells TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay that American leaders “lost sight of the essential wisdom of the American experiment,” which was that if you enable prosperity “for your own people, and if it’s good, others will follow it.”

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE



Privacy Is Freedom

In an excerpt from his new book, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer points to Chief Justice John Roberts’ decision in SCOTUS’ 2014 cell phone wiretapping case, which affirmed that the ideas embodied in the Fourth Amendment represent the basic idea that sparked the American Revolution.

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Bring Down the Confederate Flag

On a special Fourth of July episode, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists debate the importance of symbolism. Should the Confederate flag be removed from government property and the sale of anything bearing its image be ended?

Posted on Jul 4, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Robert Scheer: The Myth of Democrats as the Lesser Evil (Part 7 of 10)

In part seven of an interview series on The Real News Network’s “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer tells TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay that America’s ruling parties are composed not of ideologues committed to particular values but of careerists fortunately susceptible to public pressure.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Robert Scheer: Plundering Our Freedom With Abandon (Part 6 of 10)

In the sixth installment on The Real News Network’s show “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and TRNN’s Senior Editor Paul Jay debate the buying off of the American media, the culture of corruption that led to the recession and the idea of rationality within the ranks of the elite.

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 READ MORE



Chris Hedges Wins L.A. Press Club’s Top Award for Activism Journalism

The Truthdig columnist was honored Sunday night for his column “The Last Days of Tomas Young,” which “sharply skewers a VA system that failed to aid the very people it’s meant to serve.”

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Robert Scheer: ‘Imperialism Is a Loser’ (Part 5 of 10)

Update: Transcript added. Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer appeared on The Real News Network’s “Reality Asserts Itself” to discuss why the energy of the mass political movements of 1960s America dissipated and how the United States could prosper without resorting to the tactics of empire.

Posted on Jun 28, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Love Wins

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists have a heated discussion about gay marriage after the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision giving same-sex couples the legal right to marry throughout the United States.

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Robert Scheer: Plundering Our Freedom With Abandon (Part 4 of 10)

In the fourth installment of The Real News Network’s show “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer discusses the civil rights era, what it was like to cover the Vietnam War and his work on the historic Ramparts magazine.

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Climate Change, Candidate Talk and Tragedy in Charleston

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss whether the young white man who killed nine people at a black church in South Carolina should be prosecuted for hate crimes or terrorism. Lizz Winstead says Donald Trump “just replaced bedbugs as America’s No. 1 pest” upon announcing his campaign for the presidency.

Posted on Jun 20, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Robert Scheer: Plundering Our Freedom With Abandon (Part 3 of 10)

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer discusses his father’s thirst for freedom, how opportunities abound in the worst of times and the reasons why the Fourth Amendment is still important today. All this in the third installment of The Real News Network’s show “Reality Asserts Itself.”

Posted on Jun 19, 2015 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: Plundering Our Freedom With Abandon (Part 2 of 10)

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and The Real News Network’s Senior Editor Paul Jay discuss the inherent contradictions in Silicon Valley’s ideology and practices in the second installment of TRNN’s show “Reality Asserts Itself.”

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: Cyberwarfare Is ‘Where the Real Money Is’ (Part 1 of 10)

Just how and when did the military-industrial complex become the military-intelligence complex? And what’s the link between Amazon and the Pentagon?

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer: Rebellion and the Freedom Act

Update: Transcript added. Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and columnist Chris Hedges argue over the significance of the USA Freedom Act—specifically, whether it represents a meaningful challenge to the national security and surveillance state.

Posted on Jun 7, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: The Clown Car Grows

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the new entrants into the presidential race, the Senate’s passage of the USA Freedom Act and whether political correctness on college campuses has gone too far.

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Robert Scheer to Chris Hedges: ‘I Will Not Blame’ the American Masses for Imperialism (7/7)

In the final installment of the seven-part interview on The Real News Network, after columnist Chris Hedges tells the Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer that he thinks the American public has been “far more complicit [in the culture of violence] than you give allowance for,” Scheer gives an impassioned response about his own experience with manipulation of the working class by elites.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdig Nominated for 14 Southern California Journalism Awards

UPDATE: Truthdig is a finalist for 14 Los Angeles Press Club awards, including best website.

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 READ MORE


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