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Robert Scheer Discusses What a Clinton vs. Trump Election Would Mean for Progressives

The Truthdig Editor in Chief will be talking via Facebook Live at 2 p.m. PST. Give us your questions now on Facebook or in our Truthdig comments section.

Posted on May 6, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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I Don’t Know What Lies Behind the Door of a Trump Presidency. Do You?

On the other hand, I have two-and-a-half decades worth of reasons to fear a new Clinton administration.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE


Robert Scheer Talks With Eddie Conway About Making Real News After Prison

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor in chief sits down with the former Black Panther to hear about how he helped fellow prisoners organize for reform while serving nearly 44 years for a murder he didn’t commit.

Posted on Apr 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Inside Chernobyl: A Legacy of Ruin

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer was the first American journalist to enter the surviving power plant in the former Soviet Union. On the 30th anniversary of the nuclear disaster, he recounts his experience in a Los Angeles Times column first published on April 9, 1987.

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 READ MORE


Robert Scheer Talks With Journalist Jason Leopold About the Power of the FOIA (Audio)

A reporter for Vice News, Leopold spent years using the Freedom of Information Act to sue the U.S. government to obtain documents he believes Americans are entitled to know about, leading some in the government to brand him a “FOIA terrorist.”

Posted on Apr 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Longtime Progressives’ Robert Scheer and Torie Osborn Debate Over Sanders and Clinton (Video)

In a tense debate between Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and liberal activist Torie Osborn, Scheer warned U.S. liberals against whitewashing Hillary Clinton’s record in the interest of getting her nominated during an election season when many voters recognize that the Democratic establishment has sold them out.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Left, Right & Center’: Who Is Qualified to Be President? (Audio)

On “Left, Right & Center” on Friday, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and the other panelists got into a tough debate over the Democratic presidential campaign, with special attention to the matter of who recently called whom “unqualified.”

Posted on Apr 9, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


A Conversation With Robert Scheer: Larry Flynt Is With Hillary Clinton (Multimedia)

By Eric Ortiz

Love him or hate him, the Hustler publisher has never compromised his beliefs. He shared them—including why he wants the former secretary of state to be president—during a visit to Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer’s communications class at the University of Southern California.

Posted on Apr 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer Talks With Madison Shockley About the Meanings of Christianity (Audio)

By Robert Scheer

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor in chief sits down with Shockley to discuss the Christian leader’s family history with racism and what it means to be Christian today. Transcript included.

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Left, Right & Center’: The West Responds to the Attacks in Brussels; Obama Visits Cuba

On this week’s edition of KCRW’s “Left, Right & Center,” Truthdig editor in chief Robert Scheer calls for “old-fashioned” police work in response to Tuesday’s terrorist attack in Brussels that killed at least 31.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



On Cuba, JFK Was Married to the Mob

“John F. Kennedy’s administration tried to assassinate Fidel Castro by using Mafia hit men,” Truthdig’s editor in chief wrote in a Los Angeles Times column first published on Nov. 11, 1997.

Posted on Mar 21, 2016 READ MORE



The U.S. Terrorized Cuba, Not the Other Way Around

“Once again, history won’t keep its mouth shut. Little by little, the truth comes out, and our policy in Cuba gets exposed for the sham it is.” That’s Truthdig’s editor in chief writing about Cuba for the Los Angeles Times in this column first published on July 14, 1998.

Posted on Mar 20, 2016 READ MORE


Robert Scheer Talks With Thomas Frank About Democrats’ Shift Away From Addressing Inequality (Audio)

By Robert Scheer

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor in chief sits down with Frank to discuss his new book, “Listen, Liberal,” about how Democrats abandoned the American working class. Transcript included.

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


AUDIO: Robert Scheer on the Promises and Dangers of the 2016 Presidential Election

On Sunday’s edition of KPFA’s “Sunday Show” with Philip Maldari, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and Kevin Gray, co-editor of “Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence,” discuss the upcoming election.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


AUDIO: Robert Scheer Talks With William Binney About the iPhone and Blowing the Whistle on the NSA

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer sits down with William Binney, a former National Security Agency official turned whistleblower, to discuss the fight between Apple and the U.S. government over access to Americans’ cellphone data.

Posted on Mar 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Salon With Robert Scheer: John Kiriakou Challenges the American Injustice System

Kiriakou opposes torture and went to prison for exposing it. Now he is working to reform the American security state. The former CIA officer explains how to Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer.

Posted on Mar 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


AUDIO: Robert Scheer Talks With Professor and Former Drug Dealer D. Watkins About Life in Baltimore

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence”—the Truthdig editor-in-chief’s podcast on KCRW—author, professor and activist D. Watkins discusses his book about life in Baltimore and why he has chosen to stay in the struggling city.

Posted on Mar 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Donald Plays His Trump Card

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists talk Chris Christie’s endorsement of Donald Trump for president. Also, should Apple assent to the Justice Department’s demand to hack the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone?

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


AUDIO: Robert Scheer Talks With Ron Kovic About the Continuing Struggle of Veterans

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence”—the Truthdig editor-in-chief’s podcast on KCRW—Vietnam veteran, author and peace activist Ron Kovic discusses what has changed and what hasn’t since his time in combat.

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdigger of the Week: Apple’s Tim Cook

This week, it’s a no-brainer. Tim Cook is our Truthdigger of the Week for his willingness to take on the “1984”-like security state with a statement of principle on behalf of privacy.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 READ MORE


AUDIO: Robert Scheer Speaks With Nomi Prins About the Connection Between Washington and Wall Street

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence”—the Truthdig editor-in-chief’s podcast on KCRW—author, journalist and former investment banker Nomi Prins explains the culture of Wall Street and its influence on government.

Posted on Feb 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


AUDIO: Robert Scheer Speaks With Jill Stein About the Green Party and the 2016 Election

By Robert Scheer

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor-in-chief’s podcast on KCRW, Stein talks about her evolution from a Harvard idealist to a family physician, environmental activist and now political candidate, and why she believes she and Bernie Sanders are more similar than different.

Posted on Feb 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



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 WATCH & LISTEN


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

By Robert Scheer

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 WATCH & LISTEN



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 WATCH & LISTEN


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 WATCH & LISTEN


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 WATCH & LISTEN



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 WATCH & LISTEN


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 WATCH & LISTEN


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 WATCH & LISTEN


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 WATCH & LISTEN


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 WATCH & LISTEN



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 WATCH & LISTEN


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 WATCH & LISTEN


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 WATCH & LISTEN



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


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