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Why Corporate-Owned News Is ‘the Biggest Fake News That Helped Elect Trump’

The Real News Network’s Paul Jay sits down with journalist Abby Martin to discuss Donald Trump’s Cabinet, Jill Stein’s recount effort and why mainstream media conflates “against-the-grain” investigative journalism with Russian propaganda.

Posted on Nov 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Trump Wants to Make the 1 Percent Even Richer—and Use Washington’s Deceptive Language to Do It

Political economist Michael Hudson explains how economic terms such as “capital gains” are deployed to mislead the public about who is benefiting from economic policy and where the wealth is going.

Posted on Nov 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Canada’s Indigenous Peoples Weigh In on Global Warming at COP22

At the conference on climate change in Marrakech, Morocco, Kevin Hart, the Assembly of First Nations regional chief for Manitoba, discusses humanity’s urgent need to heed the ecological wisdom of indigenous peoples.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Informed Rant’: The Violence of Borders, Racist Mascots and The Real News

In this week’s episode of Joshua Scheer’s podcast, Scheer speaks with Reece Jones, associate professor of geography at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, about Jones’ book, “Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move.”

Posted on Nov 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Think Incomes Are Rising? Not So Fast, Says Economist Richard Wolff

Despite a recent upbeat report on wages from the U.S. Census Bureau, the fact is that incomes are in real decline—and no mechanisms have been put in place to prevent another crash, Wolff says.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Edward Snowden: Spy or Whistleblower?

The U.S. government relies on public ignorance in order to threaten the privacy of tens of millions of people around the world, and Snowden exposed that, says Naureen Shah of Amnesty International USA.

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


How Do Today’s Struggles for Justice Differ From Those of the 1930s?

Americans lack organized labor movements and a ruling class that feels even slightly obligated to protect workers and the poor, cultural critic Henry Giroux (pictured) tells Paul Jay of The Real News Network.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Donald Trump Economic Adviser John Paulson Took Billions in Auto Industry Bailout

Investigative reporter Greg Palast tells The Real News Network that Paulson made billions in the mortgage market collapse and by holding the auto industry hostage for taxpayer money.

Posted on Aug 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Is the Clinton Foundation the Greater Scandal Surrounding Hillary?

“Nobody has, I think, in American history, merged their public service as secretary of state or president with their private gains to the extent that Hillary has,” economist Michael Hudson told The Real News Network.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Neoliberalism Will Soon Force Americans to Leave the United States

U.S. economic policy will eventually pressure U.S. citizens to emigrate just as it caused millions to leave Russia, the Baltic States and now Greece in search of a better life, economist Michael Hudson tells The Real News Network.

Posted on Jun 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer on How the Bernie Sanders Movement Must Last Beyond the Election (Video)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer discusses the 2016 election and how the progressive movement can continue to incite political change.

Posted on Jun 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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


The Panama Papers: Laundering Havens for War Budgets (Video)

In mid-April, economist Michael Hudson told The Real News Network that global oil and mining industries and the U.S. State Department created Panama and Liberia for the express purpose of tax evasion.

Posted on Apr 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Is Hillary Clinton a Progressive? Not According to Her Policy Record

Jeff Cohen, media scholar at Ithaca College and founder of the watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, reviews Clinton’s history of “progressivism” and laughs.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Can Hillary Clinton Be Trusted to Regulate the Banks That Made Her Rich?

Former financial regulator Bill Black and Public Banking Institute founder Ellen Brown see no indication in Hillary Clinton’s track record that she will fulfill any 2016 campaign promise to implement regulations on Wall Street.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Chris Hedges: In Extreme Times, ‘Liberals Are a Dead Force’ (Part 1 of 3)

On The Real News Network’s “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges discusses the significance of Thomas Paine, why we did not carry out an American “Revolution,” and three reasons why liberals cannot “propel resistance forward.”

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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 WATCH & LISTEN


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 WATCH & LISTEN


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 WATCH & LISTEN


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 WATCH & LISTEN


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 WATCH & LISTEN


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 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Scheer and Hedges on Surveillance, Corporatism and the National Security State (Part 3/7)

Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer continue their conversation for The Real News Network about Scheer’s latest book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.” In this segment, they discuss whether there is room for optimism vis-à-vis the surveillance of American citizens and the plunder of personal data by the fused corporate-political state.

Posted on May 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO:  Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on How the Private Sector Buys and Sells Your Privacy

As Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer points out to Chris Hedges in this interview for The Real News Network, the safeguards written into the U.S. Constitution to protect Americans against abuses of their civil liberties don’t exactly apply to violations by the private sector.

Posted on May 19, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Town Hall: Black Baltimoreans Discuss How the Media and State Treat Them

While Fox and CNN were telling you what to think about black Americans in Baltimore and their response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, The Real News Network convened a discussion in which community members were free to speak for themselves.

Posted on May 8, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Voices From the Epicenter of Protest in Baltimore

The Real News Network captured confrontations between Baltimore police and protesters defying Friday night’s 10 p.m. curfew, which attorney A. Dwight Pettit and law professor Doug Colbert consider a dress rehearsal for martial law. Also, Baltimore residents react to the charges brought against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray.

Posted on May 3, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Baltimore Firefighter: Media Divert Attention From Freddie Gray Killing to Property Destruction

Baltimore firefighter Gary Nelson gives an unsanctioned account of Monday’s confrontation between youths and police; activists discuss what the local community should do next; and Police Commissioner Anthony Batts is reported to have told city officials that no new evidence of the use of force in the injuries and death of Freddie Gray has emerged.

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Violence and Unrest in Baltimore Are No Accident

The systemic causes and deliberate policies that led to the killing of Freddie Gray and the protests that followed—and policy solutions that would address these problems—are discussed by former Baltimore City Council President Lawrence Bell, attorney A. Dwight Petit and Paul Jay, senior editor of “The Real News Network.”

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis Wants Austerity ... for the Rich

“The finance ministers of Europe are not all in favor of balancing the budget if it has to be balanced by taxing the rich,” says economist Michael Hudson (not pictured) of the ongoing confrontation over the Greek debt crisis.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Has the IMF Annexed Ukraine?

Michael Hudson, an economist at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, says the terms attached to the loans made by the IMF to Ukraine are likely to turn its people into penniless serfs of international banks.

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The 2015 Federal Budget Ended Pension Protections for Millions of Retirees (Videos)

A rule sneaked into the new federal budget endangers retiring Americans by eliminating the government’s legal obligation to insure pensions in the event the funds cannot pay retirees.

Posted on Jan 5, 2015 READ MORE



Did the CIA Torture So Bush Could Invade Iraq? (Video)

The Bush administration and the CIA tortured al-Qaida suspects because they wanted evidence that linked Saddam Hussein to 9/11 and could be used to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Middle East expert Patrick Cockburn writes at The Independent.

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 READ MORE


Voters Reject Traditional Left Parties in EU Parliament Elections

“The U.S. press and newscasts make it appear that Europeans have voted against poor immigrants and foreigners,” economist Michael Hudson adds to an interview he had done with The Real News Network. “What they voted against [was] the super-rich, the oligarchy.”

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


A Struggle Among Oligarchs in Ukraine

Ahead of a referendum vote that could bring Crimea under greater Russian control, Moscow State University political economy professor and prolific author Aleksandr Buzgalin explains the historic relations between the Crimea region of Ukraine and Russia to The Real News Network.

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Document Dump: Efforts to Track WikiLeaks Supporters Revealed

Julian Assange’s attorney comments on documents reported about on Glenn Greenwald’s new investigative site showing that U.S. officials sought to get governments worldwide to agree to prosecute Assange, that the British intelligence agency has a program to identify computers used to search for the whistle-blowing publisher WikiLeaks, and more.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Imagining an Ideal NSA

In the second part of their appearance on The Real News Network, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and 30-year former NSA official and whistle-blower William Binney grapple with the question of what, exactly, NSA policy should be.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges on ‘The Pathology of the Rich’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges discussed “the psychology of the super rich: their sense of entitlement, the dehumanization of workers, and mistaken belief that their wealth will insulate them from the coming storms” with The Real News Network’s senior editor, Paul Jay.

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges on Obama’s Intent With Syria

How does Obama’s decision to delay a congressional vote on a military strike fit into the U.S. government’s overall mission there? Are American leaders simply interested in weakening the Syrian government through a prolonged civil war?

Posted on Sep 14, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges on Responding to Genocide in Syria

The Truthdig columnist went on The Real News Network to criticize Obama’s reliance on a gas attack on Syrian civilians last month as he attempts to start a unilateral war, an act which Hedges says “illustrates the rise of our imperial presidency.”

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Hedges: Manning’s Conviction Part of a Larger Effort

The Real News Network got a comment from Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges after the announcement that young whistle-blower Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges: ‘The Horror, the Horror’

In the final installment of Chris Hedges’ appearance on “Reality Asserts Itself” with Real News Network senior editor Paul Jay, viewers ask the Truthdig columnist questions, including about the American public’s complicity in the crimes of empire, if there’s any hope for Bradley Manning and whether the U.S. or Israel will attack Iran.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges on How to Move Forward

After a series of interviews discussing such issues as corporate control of America and the grim realities facing the economy and environment, the Real News Network’s Paul Jay asks the Truthdig columnist what he thinks is “the key link for what’s next.”

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges: ‘Wall Street and Corporations Are Pulling the Strings’

In the latest installment of a series of interviews on The Real News Network’s “Reality Inserts Itself,” the Truthdig columnist says that the Democratic Party once looked out for the interests of labor and the poor. But that changed, he says, when Bill Clinton entered the White House, and it’s getting worse under President Obama.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges: ‘The Left Has Been Destroyed’

“In 2008, in a piece you wrote, ‘Why am I a socialist?’ you wrote this: ‘The inability to articulate a viable socialism has been our gravest mistake,” host Paul Jay says to the Truthdig columnist during the latest installment of an interview on The Real News Network’s “Reality Inserts Itself.” He then asks: “Do you still believe that?”

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges: Flee Society’s Dazzling and Deadly Fantasies

The American people’s collective inability to overcome commercial illusion and confront the grim realities of the economic and environmental crises means they will remain slaves to fiction and its apocalyptic outcomes, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges told Paul Jay on The Real News Network’s new show, “Reality Asserts Itself.”

Posted on Jul 21, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Massachusetts Economists Discredit Influential Austerity Study

Economists from the University of Massachusetts appear to have debunked a Harvard paper that right-wing politicians have used to push economic austerity policies. The challengers explain where the Harvard economists went wrong in an interview with The Real News Network.

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Eat Your Cat Food, Mrs. Robinson

The new cost-of-living index proposed in Obama’s latest budget is really a means to push lower living standards on people who need Social Security, University of Missouri economist Michael Hudson says.

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Banking: From Public to Private and Back Again

Once upon a time American banks supported the economy by financing the growth and development of industry. For the last many decades they’ve had the opposite effect by plowing money into existing assets and loading the economy down with debt. The consequences have been disastrous, economist Michael Hudson told The Real News Network this week.

Posted on Mar 30, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


What’s Working in Ecuador

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa responded to recession in his country with increased spending on education, health care and infrastructure, and the economy is rebounding fantastically.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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