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‘Nobody Speak’: How Billionaires Are Silencing the First Amendment (Audio)

In a new episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with Brian Knappenberger (pictured) about his new documentary on billionaire Peter Thiel’s takedown of Gawker Media. Transcript added.

Posted on Jul 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN
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Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary


After Spicer abruptly quits, Sarah Huckabee Sanders is named to replace him.

Posted on Jul 21, 2017 READ MORE

Forget Russia. The Damage to American Democracy Is ‘Homegrown and Self-Actualized.’


Media critic Norman Solomon says the Democratic Party’s Russia fixation—and blaming Vladimir Putin for everything that went wrong in 2016—ignores vital messaging on important issues.

Posted on Jul 19, 2017 READ MORE

The New McCarthyism Is Destroying the Democratic Party


For more than a year, the U.S. ruling class, with Democratic Party and corporate media operatives in the vanguard, has frozen the national political discourse in a McCarthyite time warp.

Posted on Jul 15, 2017 READ MORE

Why Russiagate Trumps Ecocide at CNN


Incessant coverage of Donald Trump and the Russia story is good for business at the Cable News Network—and keeps the New Cold War going.

Posted on Jul 15, 2017 READ MORE

The Notion That White Workers Elected Trump Is a Myth That Suits the Ruling Class


Saying he was put into office by blue-collar voters serves the interests of top Democrats, Republicans, the dominant media and the big-business elite.

Posted on Jul 7, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Escalating Assault on the Press


Maybe the president’s most recent attacks on the press were meant to distract from a week of embarrassing news. I fear a more menacing reality.

Posted on Jul 4, 2017 READ MORE

Should the Media Expose Dubious Anonymous Sources?


The integrity of the news process requires a more searching response than just CNN’s retraction of a Trump-Russia article and the resignation of three journalists. (Pictured, “Deep Throat” as depicted in “All the President’s Men.”)

Posted on Jul 3, 2017 READ MORE

John Oliver: Your Local News Channel May Be Slanting Toward the Hard Right (Video)

“Sinclair may be the most influential media company that you’ve never heard of,” the “Last Week Tonight” host says in exposing how the largest owner of local TV stations is pushing an alarming agenda.

Posted on Jul 3, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Trump Did Us All a Favor: He Helped Us Agree That Health Care Is a Right


Trumpcare has turned single-payer opponents into unwitting proponents; nonpartisan journalism may be on its way out, and maybe that’s a good thing; meanwhile, much media coverage of the war in Syria has been questionable.

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The Media Aren’t Telling the Real Story of Trump’s Missile Strike in Syria


Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh cast doubt on the White House narrative in Syria, but mainstream media continue to maintain radio silence on his revelations.

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Attempt to Close Al-Jazeera Is an Attack on Freedom of Expression, U.N. Says


The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is reportedly “extremely concerned” by four neighboring countries’ demand that Qatar shut down the television news network.

Posted on Jul 1, 2017 READ MORE

Five Things Trump Is Doing That Are Worse Than Insulting Mika Brzezinski


U.S. media is focusing on the president’s provocations rather than on important issues like tax cuts, climate change and health care. (Pictured: Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough on MSNBC.)

Posted on Jun 30, 2017 READ MORE

Russians Alarmed, Washington Befuddled by White House Threat to Syria


The American statement that Syrian President Bashar Assad (pictured) is preparing to use poison gas could have dire consequences.

Posted on Jun 29, 2017 READ MORE

The American Meaning of War: Reality or Reality Television?


There are so many wars and war rumors involving America these days that it’s starting to feel a little unreal, even for the most devoted of news watchers.

Posted on Jun 29, 2017 READ MORE

Thinking Dangerously: The Role of Higher Education in Authoritarian Times


Any viable attempt at developing democratic politics must address the role of education and civic literacy as central to politics itself.

Posted on Jun 29, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s ‘Bizarre’ Treatment of Female Irish Journalist Draws Rebukes


The president singles out Caitriona Perry from a group of reporters, calls her “beautiful” and summons her to his side while he is on the phone with Ireland’s prime minister.

Posted on Jun 28, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Takes Another Swipe at CNN Following Reporters’ Resignations


The president slams the network’s credibility after the resignations of three journalists involved in a retracted Russia-related story. (Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci, a subject of the story, is pictured.)

Posted on Jun 27, 2017 READ MORE

Four Neighboring Countries Demand That Qatar Shut Down Al-Jazeera


Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE want the Pan-Arab news network silenced. It has less independence than in earlier years but is still a voice that would be sorely missed if lost.

Posted on Jun 23, 2017 READ MORE

Democrats Have a Bigger Problem Than Jill Stein


The Green Party’s 2016 presidential nominee has been popping up in headlines again, drawing renewed ire from Democrats for her role in the election.

Posted on Jun 20, 2017 READ MORE

Inspired by Jeremy Corbyn, Matt Taibbi Bids ‘Goodbye and Good Riddance’ to Centrism


If the media treated “disaffected voters like the overwhelming majority they are,” the journalist writes about the recent election gains made by the U.K.’s Labour Party leader (pictured), “we might at least stop face-planting on our election predictions.”

Posted on Jun 15, 2017 READ MORE

Reporter Arrested During Trump Inauguration Protests May Face 75 Years in Prison


A federal grand jury indicts Aaron Cantú, who was covering the protests in Washington, D.C., as an independent journalist.

Posted on Jun 10, 2017 READ MORE

How Media Monopolies Are Undermining Democracy and Threatening Net Neutrality

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence,” host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer interviews former FCC associate general counsel Mark Lloyd about why a fair, open media is crucial to maintaining democracy. Transcript added.

Posted on Jun 9, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Robert Scheer on the New Cold War and ‘Faux Redbaiting’ (Video)

The Truthdig editor in chief sits down with “Watching the Hawks” co-host Sean Stone to discuss foreign policy under President Trump, the demonization of Russia and media bias.

Posted on Jun 3, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Media Consolidation Is a Threat to Democracy


The problem is more than conservative bias. Many broadcast stations also fail to cover important issues in their local communities.

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 READ MORE

Noam Chomsky on Climate Change, Foreign Policy and ‘the Facade of Trumpisms’ (Video)

The acclaimed political critic and philosopher delves into a number of pressing subjects in a special hour-long talk with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Kabul Bomb Blast Kills at Least 90 People. We Need to Know Their Names.


Absent wall-to-wall coverage of Wednesday’s attack in Afghanistan, as there was for the recent bombing in Manchester, England, there is no comparable outpouring of compassion for the victims.

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 READ MORE

Are We Getting the Trump-Russia Story Right?


With scoops based on leaks and unnamed sources, news consumers should view all reports on the investigation with skepticism.

Posted on May 31, 2017 READ MORE

Little Big Man


Donald Trump is a messenger from the gods, teaching us just how deeply disturbed our American world is.

Posted on May 30, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Communications Director Leaves After Just Three Months


Mike Dubke said the reasons for his departure are “personal,” but several media outlets report that it might mark the start of a White House staff shake-up.

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‘Trews’ Host Russell Brand Asks: How Can We End This Heartbreaking Cycle of Violence? (Video)

In the aftermath of the bombing in Manchester, U.K., political philosopher Brad Evans joins Brand to discuss whether there are solutions to terrorism. 

Posted on May 30, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Donald Trump’s Meaner America


Licensed by the new president, Americans now say and do things to people they disagree with that previously were unthinkable. Take Greg Gianforte as an example.

Posted on May 28, 2017 READ MORE

Washington Post Keeps Running Op-Eds by Lobbyists Pushing Their Clients’ Weapons


They never disclose conflicts of interests.

Posted on May 27, 2017 READ MORE

Analyzing the Hypocrisy of U.S. Media Coverage (Video)

Glenn Greenwald (pictured) and Jeremy Scahill, co-founders of The Intercept, join Democracy Now! to discuss imbalanced coverage of terrorism victims and war victims, and the importance of WikiLeaks.

Posted on May 27, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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

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.

Posted on May 12, 2017 READ MORE

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.”

Posted on May 12, 2017 READ MORE

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

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