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Tag: Washington Post

Why The Washington Post’s Attack on Bernie Sanders Is Bunk

The Washington Post recently ran an attack on Bernie Sanders that distorts not only what he’s saying and seeking but also the basic choices confronting the nation.

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE

It’s Time to Break With Saudi Arabia’s ‘Kingdom of Horrors’

A flood of U.S. defense dollars long has supported Saudi Arabia, a hideous human rights abuser. Ending the U.S.-Saudi alliance could bring an enormous peace dividend to Americans.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 READ MORE

Scott Walker Says Building a Wall Between the U.S. and Canada Is a ‘Legitimate Issue’

Walker’s folly was only the second-craziest notion on immigration that we heard from a flailing GOP hopeful over the weekend.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE

Reflecting on Some of Jon Stewart’s Best Moments: The Fox and CNN Interviews

As Jon Stewart heads into the final stretch of hosting “The Daily Show,” Truthdig has chosen some of our favorite segments from both his popular Comedy Central news satire and other news shows on which he appeared (usually to the chagrin of those shows).

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 READ MORE

How The Washington Post Got Taken In by Syria’s Taliban

Making alliances of convenience is a perennial temptation in Washington, where policymakers often have more ambition than ethics or common sense.

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE

Globe-Trotting GOP Rep. Aaron Schock Resigns Amid Spending Scandal

Over the course of his six-year career on Capitol Hill, the Illinois representative rode a dramatic arc, rocketing from rookie congressman to social media-savvy spotlight seeker and Republican power player by the tender age of 33.

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 READ MORE

John Boehner’s Sorry Spectacle

The House speaker needs to decide whether he wants to be remembered as an effective leader or as a befuddled hack. So far, I’m afraid, it’s the latter.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE

The Bibi-Boehner Coalition

It was disconcerting to watch Congress cheer wildly as a foreign leader, the prime minister of one of America’s closest allies, trashed an American president’s foreign policy.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE

Islamic State Killer Featured in Videos Is Identified as Mohammed Emwazi

He was dubbed “Jihadi John” before his real name was known, and as of Thursday, The Washington Post claimed that the killer from the Islamic State group who was prominently featured in recent beheading videos is Kuwaiti-born Londoner Mohammed Emwazi.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE

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What Change Sounds Like

The rumblings you are hearing from the right are the sounds of an old consensus in the process of disintegrating.

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 READ MORE

The Best of Larry’s List 2014

Here are some odds and ends that may have escaped you in the 2014 news cycle, as collected by our very own Larry Gross.

Posted on Dec 25, 2014 READ MORE

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Ben Bradlee: No Fear, No Favor

Like every young reporter at the Post, I was scared to death of him at first.

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 READ MORE

Hand in Hand With Kissinger: A Review of Hillary Clinton’s Review

If Hillary Clinton’s latest book, “Hard Choices,” was not an obvious enough sign of her presidential aspirations, then her recent Washington Post review of Henry Kissinger’s new book, “World Order,” seems to have sealed the deal.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE

Armor Clad Police Arrest Journalists After Michael Brown Shooting in Ferguson

Riot police dispersed protesters with rubber bullets and tear gas in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday night. Among 16 people arrested were two journalists, Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post and Ryan Reilly of The Huffington Post.

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 READ MORE

Why Did Glenn Greenwald Get Scooped by the Washington Post in the Latest Snowden Revelation?

After foreshadowing the biggest Edward Snowden story yet, reporter Glenn Greenwald may have been silenced by Pierre Omidyar’s strong White House ties; reality TV workers have had a rough time of it; meanwhile, the child plastered on Nazi propaganda as the “perfect Aryan” was actually Jewish. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 READ MORE


NSA’s Misguided Mission

Even those who believe the National Security Agency’s vacuum-cleaner surveillance of electronic communications does not trample privacy rights should be troubled by this practical implication: If you try to know everything, you end up knowing nothing.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE

Conchita Wurst, the Bearded Transvestite That’s Pissing Off Russia

The unlikely Eurovision Song Contest winner from Austria has caused anti-gay fury in Russia; Google is investing in key components for making solar energy; meanwhile, The Washington Post has inconspicuously hired 50 people these past few months. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 14, 2014 READ MORE

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Top 6 Pulitzer Prize ‘Traitors’ in American Journalism

The Pulitzer Prize committee’s opinion that Edward Snowden is a public servant rather than a traitor or criminal is a scandal on the American right. But it is not a new scandal.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE

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NSA Uses Corporate News to Spread Propaganda and Silence Dissent

Investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald published an expose this week detailing how the NSA has been feeding “propaganda” to various news publications, which have happily played along.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 READ MORE

What You’re Reading About the NSA in Some Newspapers May Be Purely Propaganda

Shocking revelations in the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post could merely be attempts by the National Security Agency to justify its activities; a new law in Saudi Arabia labels all atheists as terrorists; meanwhile, Mississippi passed an anti-gay segregation bill. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE


The Amazing True Story of 8 Ordinary Americans Who Blew the Lid Off Government Spying

Eight more patriots can be added to the roll of whistle-blowing heroes Daniel Ellsberg, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE

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Latest NSA Leak Shows the Agency’s Tracking Cellphone Locations All Over the Globe

According to documents provided by whistle-blower Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency is gathering 5 billion records per day regarding the whereabouts of cellphones. And, of course, the NSA claims any information found about users of those devices during this widespread, paranoid data collection is merely incidental. 

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 READ MORE

Elizabeth Warren: ‘Make No Mistake, There Is a [Retirement] Crisis’

After The Washington Post mocked the idea of Americans facing a looming retirement crisis, the inimitable senator from Massachusetts took to her chamber’s floor to remind us that talking about Social Security benefits isn’t about “math, [it’s] about our values.”

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 READ MORE

The Washington Post

Disclosed: Funding America’s Digital Wars

Top-secret budget documents given to The Washington Post by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden show how Barack Obama’s growing force of cyberwarriors infiltrate and disrupt foreign computer networks.

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 READ MORE

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Love It or Leave It?

Journalism is often a form of priestcraft. If human victims are required on the pyramids of sacrifice, a mob of journalists is always ready to slip on priestly robes while reaching for the knives.

Posted on Aug 24, 2013 READ MORE

Washington Post Sale

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Evan Vucci

Don’t Believe Everything You Read

The news media, in reporting the sale of The Washington Post and the implications for The New York Times, ignored a fundamental rule of journalism and life: Bosses lie.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 READ MORE

Thank You, Graham Family

Thank you for building and sustaining one of the world’s greatest newspapers—and, when the time came, letting it go.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE

Bezos Buys Washington Post

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE

Jeff Bezos

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Bezos Buys the Post

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 READ MORE

Amazon Journalism

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 READ MORE

Amazon CEO Buys The Washington Post

Jeff Bezos (and not the more famous company he runs) will buy one of the most influential news sources in America and become its sole owner.

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Andoni Lubaki

Access Skews Coverage of Syrian War

The civil war in Syria is not a romantic democratic uprising, although one could get that impression from accounts in mainstream media outlets.

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 READ MORE

Death by Hospital Bill

Medical costs are at an all time high and Obamacare barely touches on the tip of the iceberg that is the U.S. health care problem; a mural by the infamous graffiti artist Banksy that had disappeared from a London shop under mysterious circumstances gets dramatically pulled from auction; meanwhile, an award-winning photograph by Paolo Pellegrin misrepresents its subject and setting, and plagiarizes its caption. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 27, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Don Ryan

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

Fox News Points Out Paul Ryan’s Lies ... and Pigs Fly?

Fox News used the words “deceiving” and “dazzling” to describe Paul Ryan’s speech at the GOP convention; British support of possible American military intervention in Syria could signal another blunder as terrible as the Iraq War; meanwhile, Israeli ex-soldiers finally admit to heinous treatment of Palestinian children. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 READ MORE

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Mortgage Debt Relief? Not on His Watch

The Federal Reserve announced last week that it would launch no new stimulus programs to jump-start the economy, and editors at The Washington Post applauded Edward DeMarco, acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, for refusing to refinance mortgages for struggling homeowners.

Posted on Aug 4, 2012 READ MORE

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Privacy by Design

Nicholas Merrill is tired of waiting for Congress to protect Americans’ privacy online. So he plans to force the matter by changing the way telecommunication companies do business.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE

Biden Defines Depression, Stewart on the New ‘Gate,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the SCOTUS health care decision countdown and Sen. Rand Paul wading into the personhood debate.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 READ MORE

nataliej (CC-BY)

Why No One Would Listen

What’s worse: to be persecuted and indicted for trying to expose an act of wrongdoing? Or—like so many in the corporate and financial world—to be ignored for doing so?

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE

Dave Broder: A Reporter at Heart

In an era of instant pontificators on every subject imaginable, Broder was willing to say, “I have no clue.” When Dave did allow as to how he had a clue, you quickly learned that it paid to listen.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE

Al-Jazeera English

Egypt Protest Coverage

Protests in Egypt launched into a fifth day as demonstrators continued to fill the streets. For live updates, check out the Washington Post’s blog on the Egyptian uprising, as well as Al-Jazeera English’s live stream covering the events.

Posted on Jan 29, 2011 READ MORE

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Are You in the FBI’s Suspicious Activities Database?

The Washington Post’s Dana Priest has another phone book’s worth of terrifying revelations about our national security/police/prison state. One that really chills given the FBI’s track record is the “vast repository” the Bureau is building that ... (more)

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 READ MORE

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Washington Post’s ‘Contempt’ for Readers

Why does the Washington Post allow an employee of Time Warner to write commentaries on Time Warner? That’s the question posed by Glenn Greenwald, who writes that the paper “employs as its media critic an employee of Time Warner, the largest media conglomerate in the world.” (continued)

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Jason DeCrow

Journalism’s Big Investigations Sliding Into a Big Pit

Massive projects like The Washington Post’s “Top Secret America” are on the endangered-species list as the large metropolitan dailies go into decline, and that’s bad for the nation.

Posted on Aug 2, 2010 READ MORE

Spy Agencies Out of Control

Posted on Jul 25, 2010 READ MORE

Our Secret Leviathan

Back in the bad old days of the Cold War—when mutual nuclear annihilation was a policy option—a culture of secrecy arose in Washington. What wise observers understood even then was that while governments tried to keep secrets from each other, their chief concern was to keep secrets from their own people.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Intel Nominee Doesn’t Get It

After James Clapper’s response to the devastating Washington Post series on the intelligence complex, President Obama should seriously reconsider his nomination to be director of national intelligence.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE

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