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Democrats’ Faustian Bargain

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In their mad race for money, the front-running Democratic presidential candidates might be selling themselves to the devil.  That is, in words more familiar to political debate, they might be delivering themselves into the hands of rich and powerful opponents of progressive policies.

Posted on May 19, 2007 READ MORE

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Republicans in Disneyland

Truthdig’s seasoned political reporter sizes up the Republican candidates in the 2008 presidential race, noting how their tributes to Ronald Reagan remind him of Walt Disney’s animatronic reconstruction of Abraham Lincoln.

Posted on May 9, 2007 READ MORE

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Airing Gonzales’ Dirty Laundry

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Attorney General Alberto Gonzales (above, right) is feeling the heat to come up with some answers to dozens of questions he evaded on April 19 as he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to explain his role in the firings of eight federal attorneys.  Bill Boyarsky has an idea what Gonzales doesn’t want the committee—or the nation—to find out. 

Posted on Apr 30, 2007 READ MORE
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Welcome to the Boys’ Club

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Shocking behavior from a shock jock is by definition unremarkable.  But what bothers Bill Boyarsky about Don Imus, besides his latest racist outburst, is how some mainstream journalists have become his cronies—and his defenders—in order to bask in his spotlight.

Posted on Apr 12, 2007 READ MORE

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The L.A. Times Scandal: A Cautionary Tale

In his latest column for Truthdig, Bill Boyarsky turns his experienced eye on the Los Angeles Times’ recent editorial shake-up, the culmination of a series of questionable “housecleaning” moves, conflicts of interest and an unwise overemphasis on novelty over tradition. 

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE

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Campaign 2008:  Adultery Becomes Ho-Hum

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Truthdig is pleased to welcome Bill Boyarsky, one of the top political journalists in America, to the site.  Bill will be adding his insights, honed over decades of reporting about presidential elections for the L.A. Times, to our political coverage in upcoming months. 

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE

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Bill Boyarsky
Bill Boyarsky

Bill Boyarsky, political correspondent for Truthdig, is a lecturer in journalism at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication. Boyarsky was city editor of The Los Angeles Times when he retired in 2001.  Before that, he was a columnist, city-county bureau chief and political writer.  He was a member of reporting teams that won three Pulitzer prizes and has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2010, the Los Angeles Press Club honored Boyarsky’s original columns in Truthdig by naming the author the Online Journalist of the Year.

Boyarsky has also taught at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, California State University at Northridge and the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.  He was given a fellowship at Berkeley for research on his biography of the late California political leader Jesse M. Unruh, “Big Daddy: Jesse Unruh and the Art of Power Politics” (November 2007). He served as Vice President of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission (2003 - 2008).

Boyarsky’s latest book is “Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times” (September 2009). He is the author of four other books: “The Rise of Ronald Reagan”; “Ronald Reagan, His Life and Rise to the Presidency”; “Los Angeles: City of Dreams”; and “Backroom Politics.”  His wife, Nancy, was co-author of Backroom Politics.

Boyarsky is a columnist for the Jewish Journal and blogs for LA Observed.

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