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Chomsky Corrects 9/11 Truther

In case you missed it, here’s Noam Chomsky addressing the assertion by members of the 9/11 Truth movement that the Bush administration was involved in the attacks and that the “facts” about Building 7 constitute the smoking gun.

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Chelsea Manning Gives Thanks for the Truth

Writing from a prison cell in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where she is carrying out her 35-year sentence, Manning expresses her gratitude for truth-seekers who do not rest until it is revealed.

Posted on Nov 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Bradley Manning

After a three year court-martial ended in a conviction on 17 counts of theft, espionage and other alleged crimes against the interests of the American public, Pfc. Bradley Manning, the admitted source of the largest classified leak in U.S. history, is still free.

Posted on Aug 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Truth Telling Is Offensive

Paul Craig Roberts was an assistant secretary of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan. Like many Americans, he has been wounded by the government he helped create, and he’s tired of being called offensive and depressing for talking about it.

Posted on Apr 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Washington Post Whips Up an App to Monitor Honesty in Politics

It’s a big job for one little app, but some clever minds at The Washington Post have come up with a plan for an application designed to scan politicians’ statements and check them against those pesky facts.

Posted on Feb 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Speaking Truth on the Fifth of July

“Why it is so hard to tell the truth today?” I asked Vietnam veteran and anti-war hero Ron Kovic one summer night over drinks in midtown Manhattan.

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Julian Assange Faces Justice

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‘This American Life’: A Retraction

“This American Life” host Ira Glass gave monologist Mike Daisey every opportunity to explain the lies in his “The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” performance, which became the basis for one of the radio show’s most popular and talked about episodes. Daisey’s rationalization for lying turns out to be, like much of his show, bullshit.

Posted on Mar 18, 2012 READ MORE



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A Piece of Cake

In his satirical lexicon on human nature, “The Devil’s Dictionary,” Ambrose Bierce defined truth as “an ingenious compound of desirability and appearance.” In deference to the profound wisdom offered by that definition, it’s not hard to see why I’ve spent my whole life being fleeced by bullshit and blindsided by a reality indifferent to truth.

Posted on Mar 10, 2012 READ MORE    



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Truthdigger of the Week: Jesse LaGreca

Occupy Wall Street protester Jesse LaGreca, our Truthdigger of the Week, responded to the provocative questions of a Fox News reporter with such clarity and fortitude in support of the movement that his message gained viral attention.

Posted on Oct 7, 2011 READ MORE



Jon Stewart Fails PolitiFact’s ‘Truth-O-Meter’

Jon Stewart recently went on Fox News and said, “Who are the most consistently misinformed media viewers? ... Fox viewers, consistently, every poll.” The St. Petersburg Times evaluated the claim and deemed it “false,” but its investigation reveals a lot more about the sorry state of news and the problems with trying to identify informed Americans. (more)

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE


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Glenn Beck Talks ‘Truth Problem’ With Leno

Glenn Beck took time off from televised crying last Friday to explain himself to Jay Leno. "I'm a regular guy. I'm a self-educated man," said Beck, who bragged about his 10 weeks of college. Shortly before announcing "I'm not a TV guy," Beck declared that "we have a truth problem" in America. No shit.
Posted on Dec 21, 2009 READ MORE


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Congress OKs Anti-Smoking Bill

Congress gave final approval to a bill that gives the federal government far-reaching power to try to decrease smoking in the U.S. Positioned to be much more effective than those stupid tobacco company-sponsored “Truth” commercials, the bill would limit nicotine levels and use of words like mild and light. Updated

Posted on Jun 12, 2009 READ MORE


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Software Scans for Spin in Speeches

Humans may be susceptible to methods of persuasion that play on the emotions and circumvent logic, but computers are another story. Enter a software program that purports to detect “spin” in politicians’ speeches by using a complex (albeit man-made) algorithm to hunt for truth-stretching words and phrases.

Posted on Sep 18, 2008 READ MORE


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Rove: Attack Ads Have Gone Too Far

President Bush’s former aide Karl Rove knows a thing or two about crafting campaign messages and, although he does not spare Barack Obama’s campaign, he now says that John McCain’s team has gone beyond the “100 percent truth test” in its recent crop of ads targeting the Illinois senator.

Posted on Sep 14, 2008 READ MORE


A Fair Fight

Lately, the campaigns of both Democratic contenders have changed—and those changes have made both stronger. Now there’s a contest between the old Obama and the new Clinton. Updated.

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The Mail War

Hillary Clinton was so irked by a couple of Barack Obama campaign mailers that a few days ago she publicly scolded him and said “every Democrat should be outraged.” Clinton herself has been accused of sending misleading mailers to voters, including one that went out shortly after her now infamous “shame on you” news conference. For inundated Ohioans, it’s a question of whom to trust. Updated.

Posted on Feb 26, 2008 READ MORE


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A World Where Lies Are True

If the Christian right succeeds in legitimizing creation “science,” it will strike a critical blow against the basic principles that make our society work.

Posted on Mar 26, 2007 READ MORE


Wikipedia Changes Policy After Poster Is Exposed

The popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia, which draws its content from countless anonymous contributions, will institute safeguards following revelations about the identity of one of its most industrious contributors. Ryan Jordan, under the name “Essjay,” wrote thousands of articles for the site while claiming to be a theology professor but was exposed by The New Yorker as a 24-year-old college dropout.

Posted on Mar 7, 2007 READ MORE


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Ron Kovic: Breaking the Silence of the Night

The author of “Born on the Fourth of July” recounts his personal journey from a gung-ho U.S. Marine in Vietnam to an outspoken critic of that war, and how that transformation paved the way for his current activism against America’s campaign in Iraq.

Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


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GOP PR Firm Hid Authorship of Al Gore Satire

An anti-Al Gore / global warming video recently appeared on YouTube. It posed as an amateur work, but was in fact created by a slick Republican public relations firm that shills for Exxon.

Posted on Aug 7, 2006 READ MORE


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Jon Stewart Schools Al Gore in Profit Mongering

On “The Daily Show,” Al Gore says he is giving away 100% of the profits of his book and movie to causes related to global warming. But Jon Stewart has a better idea….

Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


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Gore Talks Solutions With Charlie Rose

The former vice president gives perhaps his most thoughtful, thorough TV interview to date on the global warming crisis. Watch the entire show for free here.

Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


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CNN Host Compares Gore to Hitler

“Headline News” host Glenn Beck said Al Gore’s story-telling methods in his global warming movie, “An Inconvenient Truth,” were like those of Hitler. “Hitler said a little bit of truth,” Beck said, “and then he mixed in ‘and it’s the Jews’ fault.’ ”

Posted on Jun 10, 2006 READ MORE


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Lawrence Bender: The Truthdig Interview

Bender, the producer of every Quentin Tarantino movie, describes how he produced the Al Gore global warming documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” Check out:

  • Why he thought a guy nicknamed “The Robot” would a compelling documentary subject
  • His take on Gore’s inability to capitalize on global warming when he was in office
  • His recognition that climate change barely registers on most voters’ minds

  • Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


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    Gore: America in ‘Category 5’ Denial on Global Warming

    Al Gore, in an interview with The Nation, says that no meaningful change will happen on the global warming front until the public starts demanding it of their leaders. And right now, the people have other things on their minds.

    Posted on May 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Joe Conason: Nasty Foes Now Owe Apology to Gore

    “Like many prophets, Gore has often been derided as an annoyance, an extremist and possibly a madman. Every great American mind of our time felt compelled to take a shot at him.”

    Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Snubs Gore Film on Global Warming

    “We need to set aside” the issue of what is causing global warming, the president said, in defense of his decision not to watch Al Gore’s movie. To which Gore later thundered back, “Why should we set aside the global scientific consensus? Is it because Exxon Mobil wants us to set it aside?”
    Not that this is a surprise, but what a tragedy nonetheless that the man who could most effect meaningful change on the issue of global warming won’t even watch an acclaimed movie on the issue.

    Posted on May 22, 2006 READ MORE


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    Gore 2008 Buzz Is Growing

    As Al Gore crisscrosses the country to promote his new global warming movie, Democrats are speculating with feverish intensity about the former veep’s political future.
    Update: Arianna appears to be on board, and even Franklin Foer of The New Republic is gushing about Gore’s movie.

    Posted on May 17, 2006 READ MORE


    The White House That Cried Wolf

    The more that administration leaders play games with definitions of democracy and weasel wording about torture, the less they can be believed about anything. So if they someday tell the truth, no one will believe them.

    Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


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    Feingold Speaks Truth to Power, and Stewart

    The Wisconsin senator whips Jon Stewart’s audience into a frenzy with his insistence on holding Bush accountable for his spying program.

    Posted on Mar 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Walter Cronkite: End the War on Drugs

    The legendary CBS anchorman pens a column attacking our nation’s “inhumane” drug war: “Nothing will change until someone has the courage to stand up and say what so many politicians privately know: The war on drugs has failed.”

    Posted on Mar 2, 2006 READ MORE


    James Frey Gets Spanked by Two NYT Columnists

    Kakutani and Haberman slam the “Million Little Pieces” fabulist for his B.S. spin attempt. | There seems to be no end to the number of potential headline puns stemming from “A Million Little…” 

    Posted on Jan 17, 2006 READ MORE


    The Bestselling Fake True Story

    Memoirist-fraud James Frey brings out the big gun on “Larry King Live.”

    Posted on Jan 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Author’s Fabrications Spark Debate Over Memoirs

    Nan Talese, the publisher of admitted embellisher James Frey, spars with her husband, author Gay Talese, over the issue of falsehoods in memoirs. | story

    Posted on Jan 11, 2006 READ MORE


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