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Ann Coulter May Be Joking, but What She Says Is Far From Funny


Some see her comments as offbeat political humor, but it’s a telling fact that her writing is highlighted on the websites of extremist organizations, one of them labeled a hate group.

Posted on May 27, 2017 READ MORE
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Roger Ailes: The Man Who Destroyed Objectivity


Arguably the most significant political figure of his generation, Ailes transformed journalism, politics and the U.S. government.

Posted on May 24, 2017 READ MORE

John Oliver Breaks From the Norm to Discuss Trump’s ‘Insane’ Week in Office (Video)

Due to last week’s tumultuous events, the “Last Week Tonight” host threw out a story about the Transportation Security Administration to talk about what he calls “Stupid Watergate.”

Posted on May 22, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Celebrating the Vibrant Lifestyle of Jean Stein


Family and longtime friends of the author and editor, who died on April 30, recall her remarkable social gatherings and her lively spirit.

Posted on May 20, 2017 READ MORE

Director Laura Poitras: Julian Assange Is an ‘Equal-Opportunity’ Leaker (Audio)

In the latest episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Oscar-winning documentarian speaks with Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer about Assange’s rights as the publisher of WikiLeaks. Transcript added.

Posted on May 19, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Donald Trump Considers Scaling Back Sean Spicer’s Public Role

Several White House officials indicate the president may keep him behind the scenes and put deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in front of the cameras more often.

Posted on May 18, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Russian Press Releases Photos of Trump Meeting, Reportedly Angering White House Officials


Only Russian journalists were invited to cover the president’s meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (pictured, left) and Sergey Kislyak, Russian ambassador to the U.S.

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Spicer Shuts Down Questions on Trump Tweet During Friday Press Briefing


The White House press secretary demurs when asked if there are “recording devices in the Oval Office” and claims the president’s “tapes” tweet about James Comey “speaks for itself.”

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In Tweet Storm, Trump Warns Comey, Suggests Ending Press Briefings


In a series of Twitter posts early Friday, the president appears to threaten the FBI director he fired and proposes to “cancel all future ‘press briefings’ ” to combat the “Fake Media.”

Posted on May 12, 2017 READ MORE

Forbidden Questions: 24 Key Issues Ignored by the Washington Elite and the Media


The media’s obsession with Donald Trump provides an excuse for highlighting trivia while slighting issues that deserve far more attention.

Posted on May 9, 2017 READ MORE

From Bill Maher to Sigmund Freud: A Very Unfunny Look at the Enduring Politics of Hate


Freud’s insights—from his writings and exchanges with Albert Einstein more than eight decades ago—offer a crucial perspective into America’s current political crisis.

Posted on May 8, 2017 READ MORE

The Sham Presidency


To an inordinate degree, Donald Trump’s is a perceptual presidency—one in which appearances are everything, and policies are subordinate to the perception of presidential action.

Posted on May 6, 2017 READ MORE

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When the Word ‘Terrorism’ Is Invoked, Ask Who Benefits (Video)

Political theorist Brad Evans tells “The Trews” host Russell Brand: “[Terrorism] demands a certain form of intervention, which is heightened securitization, heightened militarization.”

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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American Imperialism Leads the World Into Dante’s Vision of Hell


This four-part series called “Universal Empire” examines the current stage of the neocon takeover of American policy that began after World War II.

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 READ MORE

Bill O’Reilly Ousted From Fox News


The television host has been hit with allegations of sexual misconduct in the past, but this time he didn’t emerge unscathed.

Posted on Apr 19, 2017 READ MORE

Bridges, Not Bombs, Would Make Donald Trump Truly Presidential


As our institutions bend and buckle and approach the breaking point, the chief executive bombs Syria and is hailed by an obeisant media.

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 READ MORE

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Posted on Apr 13, 2017 ENLARGE

Washington’s Trend of Demonizing Foes Lands Sean Spicer in Hot Water


The White House spokesman’s belligerent malapropisms soared to new heights Tuesday with his comments about Hitler not gassing his own people.

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 READ MORE

Covering Immigration Stories in the Age of Trump

Claudia Núñez, digital director at Hoy, the Los Angeles Times’ Spanish-language newspaper, met with Truthdig to discuss reporting on immigration and ways to humanize the issue.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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

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The Sovietization of the American Political-Media Establishment? (Audio)


The hunt for Donald Trump’s “Kremlin connections” indulges in practices reminiscent of the Soviet Kremlin and its media.

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Technique for Dealing With Bad News Is to Create Confusion and Partisanship


The president has his own kind of fog machine that he cranks up whenever he wants to divert attention from an inconvenient issue—Russia entanglements, for example.

Posted on Apr 2, 2017 READ MORE

The Deep State, Explained


America’s Deep State is harder to find than those abroad but could get stronger under Trump.

Posted on Apr 1, 2017 READ MORE

Mainstream Media Soft-Pedaled Mosul Airstrike Headlines, Critics Charge


“[L]eading news networks went out of their way to craft some of the most euphemistic headlines imaginable,” a Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting article says about the recent U.S.-led attacks that killed hundreds of Iraqis.

Posted on Mar 30, 2017 READ MORE

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Taking a Closer Look at Immigration (Video)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer hosts a discussion on immigration policy and its effect on human rights.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

U.S.-Led Coalition Airstrikes in Iraq Among Deadliest in Region Since 2003

Amy Goodman and Juan González of Democracy Now! and reporter Chris Woods examine recent attacks across the Middle East and the lack of mainstream media coverage.

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Not Your Grandma’s Civil Rights Strategy


In one now-historic decade, civil rights organizers brilliantly identified the levers of government power they could seize, but most of those levers are out of reach today. How will modern activists achieve change?

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How White Nationalists Win Whenever the Media Take Their Racist Bait


White supremacists have targeted college campuses, causing upset and gaining attention.

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 READ MORE

Ted Koppel Tells Sean Hannity He’s ‘Bad for America’

The former “Nightline” journalist has a bone to pick with Hannity (pictured), and he’s not hesitant to do it on the Fox News anchor’s own show.

Posted on Mar 26, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Chris Hedges Explains the Importance of ‘Robust’ Public Broadcasting (Video)

The Truthdig columnist, whose talk show is nominated for a Daytime Emmy, joins correspondent Ashlee Banks to discuss why it’s vital to broadcast dissident voices.

Posted on Mar 25, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Culture of Cruelty in Trump’s America


The repressive state and market apparatus of the 19th century have returned with a vengeance, producing new levels of aggression and violence in U.S. society.

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 READ MORE

Noam Chomsky: Democracy Is Staged With the Help of Media Working as Propaganda Machines (Video)

In an illustrated clip for Al-Jazeera English, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman explains the linguist’s theory on the five filters of the mass-media machine that manufacture Americans’ consent.

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

What Is the Future of Net Neutrality Under Trump?

The Truthdig team met Thursday with Jessica González of Free Press, a media advocacy group, to discuss equal access to internet content.

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Matt Taibbi Sees Possible Validation of Trump’s Accusations About Media as Outcome of Russia Hearing

The Rolling Stone journalist disagrees with colleague David Corn of Mother Jones in an interview on KCRW about Monday’s congressional hearing on Russian interference in the U.S. election.

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

An In-Depth Look at Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s ‘Pervasive Female Double’


A new profile in New York magazine details how the trusted presidential adviser has carved out a powerful role for herself in the White House.

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 READ MORE

The Resistance Must Be Digitized


Ajit Pai (at left in picture), the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, could pose a threat to unfettered access to an open internet.

Posted on Mar 17, 2017 READ MORE

Frightbart


The view from Steve Bannon’s propaganda site will scare the bejeezus out of you, which is its point.

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s War on Truth Tellers


The president and his White House continue to attack the credibility of institutions that present facts and arguments they don’t like.

Posted on Mar 12, 2017 READ MORE

Fired ‘Marketplace’ Reporter Wonders: Is Objective Journalism Dead?

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer interviews Lewis Wallace (pictured), who was fired from the American Public Media show for questioning objective reporting under Trump.

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Russian Press Reacts to Allegations Against Trump Administration


Media outlets encourage President Trump to stand behind his attorney general and others accused of having Russia connections.

Posted on Mar 4, 2017 READ MORE

Here’s How Trump Turns Lies Into Half-Truths (Video)

By Robert Reich / RobertReich.org

The media needs to do a better job of exposing the lies told by the president.

Posted on Mar 1, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Just a Reminder









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Dear Fourth Estate









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Spurned Reporters Should Dump Trump Briefings and Turn to Investigative Journalism


The president’s petty attacks on the media are deeply worrisome to Americans sensitive to the danger of a spiral into authoritarian rule.

Posted on Feb 26, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Top Five Hypocrisies of the Week


Here are a few of the president’s most striking contradictions.

Posted on Feb 25, 2017 READ MORE

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