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Why Is the Corporate Media So Hostile Toward Bernie Sanders?

As the battle for the future of the Democratic Party gets underway, the top echelons of the corporate press promote the Clinton wing while denigrating that of the Vermont senator.

Posted on Jun 20, 2017 READ MORE


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Why Don’t the U.S. Mainstream Media Report Vladimir Putin’s Take on the Ukraine Crisis?

In an interview with filmmaker Oliver Stone, Russia’s president explains his own perspective—which contrasts with what the American people have been allowed to hear.

Posted on Jun 14, 2017 READ MORE



As His Defenses to Obstruction Charges Fail, Donald Trump May Fall Back on Pleading the Fifth

It could be the president’s only option if he ends up entangled by his own incriminating statements, and by evidence from others.

Posted on Jun 12, 2017 READ MORE



A Pack of Excuses and the ‘17 Intelligence Agencies’ Falsehood

Hillary Clinton and other Democrats are playing a deceptive blame game to assess the 2016 election and alleged Russian hacking.

Posted on Jun 7, 2017 READ MORE



Media Consolidation Is a Threat to Democracy

The problem is more than conservative bias. Many broadcast stations also fail to cover important issues in their local communities.

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 READ MORE



Beware of the New McCarthyism

Many Democrats and progressives want Donald Trump removed from office for understandable reasons. But the “Russia thing” could end with dire consequences, says journalist Robert Parry.

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 READ MORE



Are We Getting the Trump-Russia Story Right?

With scoops based on leaks and unnamed sources, news consumers should view all reports on the investigation with skepticism.

Posted on May 31, 2017 READ MORE



Will Russiagate Hysteria Lead to an American ‘Soft Coup’?

Many Trump-haters see the investigation as the likeliest means to impeachment—an end they think desirable even if it plays into the hands of neocons and other warmongers.

Posted on May 15, 2017 READ MORE



Firing of James Comey May Fuel Donald Trump’s ‘Deep State’ Troubles

The president and his advisers hoped that the dismissal of the FBI director would end their “Russiagate” ordeal, but it might have only fanned the flames.

Posted on May 11, 2017 READ MORE



Climate Change Uncertainties Abound—Let’s Acknowledge and Plan for Them With Honesty

A New York Times column on the issue set off yet another dangerous tempest of exaggeration and simplification.

Posted on May 6, 2017 READ MORE



Former President Obama Has a New Job: Control the Official Narrative of American Exceptionalism

Barack Obama now must protect the ruling class, the empire and his role in maintaining the empire: his legacy.

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 READ MORE


Glenn Greenwald Warns That Press Freedom Is at Risk as the U.S. Seeks to Arrest Julian Assange

With the Trump administration preparing charges against the WikiLeaks founder (pictured) and refusing to rule out prosecuting mainstream media outlets, the prizewinning journalist examines the potential impact.

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



What Happened to Russiagate?

For five months, there was a daily drumbeat on Russiagate, the theory that Russia put Donald Trump in the White House. Now, the “scandal” has disappeared.

Posted on Apr 18, 2017 READ MORE



The Price of Resistance

To stand with the oppressed means being treated like the oppressed.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 READ MORE



The Washington Establishment Has a History of Making False Intelligence Claims in the Name of War

National security expert Theodore Postol debunked the White House report of a recent Syria chemical attack, as he did in 2013, but a comprehensive investigation into the latest propaganda is unlikely.

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Corporate Media and D.C. Politicians Praise Trump’s Syrian Airstrikes

Television and print journalists, along with many congressional Democrats, join neoconservatives in offering immediate praise for the bombing.

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 READ MORE



Trump’s Wiretapping Charge Could Contain Some Explosive Truth

The mere existence of a transcript of a phone conversation involving Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser (pictured), carries the potential for a Watergate-size scandal that would land on the Democrats. 

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President Obama: ‘Not Much Happens in Russia Without Vladimir Putin’

On the same day Obama asserted that Russians were “responsible for hacking the DNC” before the election, the FBI agreed with the CIA’s conclusion that Russian hackers interfered to help Donald Trump win.

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Trumping the Times

How much more garbage must spew from Trump Tower before one of our crucial newspapers calls a halt to tiptoeing around?

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Chris Hedges Unmasks American Empire in ‘Unspeakable’

In this new book, the award-winning Truthdig columnist discusses taboo topics in America—including his experience as a radical war correspondent at The New York Times—with fellow journalist David Talbot.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE


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

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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


Photo of the Week: Rockets Explode as Media Spin Escalation of a U.S. War in Yemen

Mainstream internet, print and broadcast journalists reported a recent U.S. attack on rebel-controlled radar facilities in Yemen as though the White House hasn’t supported Saudi Arabia’s war there for 18 months.

Posted on Oct 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Glenn Greenwald to Paul Krugman: ‘The Last Thing Required to ... Defend Hillary Clinton Is Bravery’

At first glance, this may look like another case of media infighting in which journalists jostle for prominence, not to mention headlines and clicks. But a closer look at Greenwald’s text suggests higher stakes are in play.

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 READ MORE



Ignorance Is Not a Virtue, and Knowledge Is Not a Vice

The idea lives on: “Regular” or “everyday” Americans have been failed by out-of-touch elites and the mainstream media, who basically have screwed up the country.

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 READ MORE



Open Letter Urges New York Times to Help Reverse ‘Culture of Silence’ on Child Sexual Abuse

More than three dozen survivors of abuse and their advocates want the Times to provide better coverage of the crimes—and address a potential conflict of interest.

Posted on Aug 13, 2016 READ MORE



The Media Have ‘Dropped Any Pretense of Objectivity’ in Covering Donald Trump

Trump is constantly depicted as nothing but pure evil in thought and deed, while the considerable ethical complications of his leading Democratic opponent are rationalized—when they are not simply ignored.

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 READ MORE



Mainstream Media Didn’t Hold Back in Headlines About Clinton and Sanders

Following Hillary Clinton’s wins in most of Tuesday night’s presidential primaries, many mainstream news outlets were quick to denounce Bernie Sanders’ campaign.

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 READ MORE



Mainstream Media Bias Is Nothing New, but What Can Be Done About It?

In this week’s Facebook Live, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer discusses mainstream media bias in the 2016 presidential coverage.

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 READ MORE



New Report Details Decades of Trump’s Inappropriate Behavior Toward Women

A New York Times piece, filled with interviews and anecdotes, exposes women’s “unsettling” encounters with the tycoon who’s now a likely presidential nominee.

Posted on May 14, 2016 READ MORE



Why the National Enquirer’s Hot Air Is Filling the Mainstream Media Balloon

The tabloid story about anonymous allegations against Ted Cruz shows all too clearly how politics and media have become part of a show business machine fueled by gossip and snark.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016 READ MORE



The ‘Drone President’: Rhetoric Versus the Atrocious Facts

Obama faces criticism over civilian deaths caused by the drone program, which is being denounced as having little oversight, a mounting death toll and results that can be seen as war crimes.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE



Media’s Email Hysteria: Why Are Republicans Exempt?

It is almost eerie how closely Hillary Clinton’s current email scandal parallels the beginnings of the Whitewater fiasco that ensnared her and her husband almost 20 years ago.

Posted on Mar 13, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Media Dangerously Regurgitated Government Claims About North Korea and Sony

By reflexively and uncritically repeating the Obama administration’s unsubstantiated claim that North Korea was behind the hack of Sony Pictures, the U.S. establishment press once again revealed itself to be a mouthpiece for—rather than a check on—power, and thus a danger to public security, Glenn Greenwald writes at The Intercept.

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 READ MORE



Promoting Hillary, The New York Times Once Again Marginalizes the Left

Harper’s Magazine Publisher Rick MacArthur bewailed the paper’s failure to run anything but the most establishment liberal view in its pages when it deemed the Republican victory in the November midterm elections an open opportunity for Hillary Clinton to “resurrect the Democratic Party.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2014 READ MORE



The Myth of the Free Press

The mass media set the parameters of acceptable debate. Cross those parameters, as the investigative journalist Gary Webb did, and you are turned into a pariah.

Posted on Oct 26, 2014 READ MORE



The New York Times Speaks in Defense of Labor

On the eve of Labor Day, the editors of The New York Times called for a federal “full-employment agenda that regards labor, not corporations, as the center of the economy.”

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald on Deserving an Audience and His Funder’s Beneficence

From his jungle abode overrun with animals high above Rio de Janeiro, the crusading journalist spoke with New York Times columnist David Carr about experimenting with his new reporting enterprise, public distrust of its money-soaked patron and the need for strong points of view in the news.

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Blurring Mandela and Neo-Liberalism

Rather than tell how global corporations and banks pressured the Mandela government to keep economic power where it was during apartheid, Andrew Ross Sorkin and The New York Times claimed the South African hero saw “the light” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Posted on Dec 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Former NYT Editor Fears Glenn Greenwald Is the ‘Future of News’

New York Times columnist and former executive editor Bill Keller seeks to defend his view of “objective” reporting against Glenn Greenwald’s “accountability journalism grounded in rigorous factual accuracy.”

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Debate: ‘Public Banks Are Key to Capitalism’

Former Truthdigger of the Week and Public Banking Institute President Ellen Brown led a debate in The New York Times’ opinion pages this week, arguing: “We actually need publicly owned banks for a capitalist market economy to run properly.”

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 READ MORE



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How the GOP Takes ‘Glee in Inflicting Further Suffering’ on the Miserable

The latest criticism of the Republican Party launched by New York Times columnist Paul Krugman centers around the “monstrous” farm bill that passed through the GOP-controlled House last week.

Posted on Jul 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Dumb and Dumber

Last week there was a perfect drone storm of a story, only a year or so late. The most striking thing is that it should have set everyone’s teeth on edge, yet next to nobody even noticed.

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Your Newspaper Works for the State

Major papers such as The New York Times and The Washington Post have complied with requests from the Bush and Obama administrations to conceal sometimes-illegal acts performed by the government in the name of national security, writes Glenn Greenwald at The Guardian.

Posted on Feb 8, 2013 READ MORE



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China Wages Secret Cyber War Against The New York Times

“Revelations that China apparently targeted the New York Times in a campaign of cyber-espionage have cast a rare spotlight on attempts by Beijing to crack down on any criticism of its ruling elite,” The Guardian reports.

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Trump Reportedly Wants to Buy The New York Times

Could The New York Times soon become The New York Trump? Maybe, if Donald Trump—who has slapped his name on high-rise apartment buildings, golf courses, hotels and bottled water—has his way.

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 READ MORE



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A Word Against Nate Silver

Technically minded people have always been primed to become unwitting accessories to corruption, especially when speaking on subjects beyond their expertise.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE


Nate Silver the Real Winner of Election 2012

Silver correctly predicted the results of Tuesday night’s election, as opposed to Dick Morris who was utterly wrong in predicting Mitt Romney would win in a “landslide.”

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Study: Fox Viewers Suffer Separation From Reality

Pollsters asked New Jersey residents questions about the uprisings in the Arab world and found that watchers of Fox News were the most consistently uninformed. By the researchers’ measures, Fox viewers were 18 points less likely to know that Egyptians overthrew their government than those who watched no news at all. (more)

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE


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