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Spurned Reporters Should Dump Trump Briefings and Turn to Investigative Journalism


Trump’s petty attacks on journalists as enemies of the country are deeply worrisome to many Americans sensitive to the danger of a spiral down into authoritarian rule.

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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

Major Media Outlets Barred From White House Briefing


The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN and several others are denied access.

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 READ MORE

Watch: Trump’s CPAC Speech

The president attacked the press and riled up the crowd Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland.

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Enemies [a cartoon from Germany]









Posted on Feb 21, 2017 ENLARGE

Questioning Local Media Coverage of the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

Reporter Jordan Chariton appears on a North Dakota news show to set the record straight about what’s happening at #NoDAPL camps.

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Standing Rock: Last Stand at Oceti Sakowin Camp


The water protectors in North Dakota realize they may lose the #NoDAPL fight. But their resistance to an oil pipeline has sparked a movement that could lead to something invaluable.

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PBS Anchor Judy Woodruff Warns That the Recent Attacks on the Press Subvert Democracy

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer sits down with the co-anchor and managing editor of “PBS NewsHour” to discuss the future of journalism and the need for a more diverse media. Transcript added.

Posted on Feb 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Trump Vilifies Media—Except Outlets That Follow His Narrative


Trump ranted and raved at the press Thursday, but not all the press—for instance, he didn’t attack Breitbart News.

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Cenk Uygur and the Truthdig Team Question the Future of Progressive Politics

Truthdig staff members sat down Thursday with the host of The Young Turks to discuss his bid to shake up the Democratic Party.

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Alternative ‘Facts’


When the president spreads false propagandist narratives, journalists and their sources must forcefully embrace their role as the Fourth Estate.

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John Oliver on How to Handle Trump Administration Lies (Video)

In a segment titled “Trump vs. Truth,” the “Last Week Tonight” host questions the president’s approach to facts and offers ideas on how to combat misinformation.

Posted on Feb 13, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Elites Won’t Save Us


The danger we face does not come, in the end, from Trump and his malignant cabal. It comes from severely weakened and corrupted democratic institutions.

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Melissa McCarthy Skewers Sean Spicer Again on ‘Saturday Night Live’

The comedian, whose first impersonation of the White House press secretary went viral, zeroes in on President Trump’s travel ban and the Ivanka Trump-Nordstrom debacle.

Posted on Feb 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Geoff Cowan, Former Head of Voice of America, Stresses the Need for a Strong Press in the Trump Age

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with the USC journalism professor, pictured, about opposition to the new Trump administration and the role of the media in these troubling times.

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Will Facebook’s System to Detect Fake News Lead to Censorship?


There’s a difference between muckraking and fake news. Determining the difference is too difficult for a computer, even one with the smartest kind of artificial intelligence.

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 READ MORE

The Last Bastions of Resistance to Donald Trump


With congressional Republicans in the majority and unwilling to cross the president, the job of containing his incipient tyranny falls to three groups.

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Is Mistaken About Media Coverage, but Here’s What’s Wrong With Terrorism Reporting


The president alleged Monday that the media is not covering terrorist attacks. He means terrorist attacks by Muslims in non-fundamentalist countries, of course.

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Journalist Is Fired From Public Radio Show for Questioning Objective Reporting Under Trump


Lewis Wallace had a successful career on American Public Media’s “Marketplace” until he blogged about the meaning of journalistic neutrality.

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 READ MORE

Rachel Maddow Plays Glenn Beck


By pushing anti-Russian McCarthyism as an attack strategy against President Trump, Democrats—and progressives like Maddow—are encouraging a costly and dangerous new Cold War.

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Trump Strategist Stephen Bannon: Media Should ‘Keep Its Mouth Shut’


The man charged with guiding the president’s nationalist vision describes the media as “the opposition party” to the new administration.

Posted on Jan 27, 2017 READ MORE

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Posted on Jan 25, 2017 ENLARGE

Mainstream Media’s Wimpy Coverage of Inaugural Address Was No Surprise


Does the age of Trump signal a new era of McCarthyism—or worse, an American brand of fascism?

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Russell Brand: Trump May Be Terrible, but Neoliberal Global Dominance Flourished Under Obama (Video)

The “Trews” host argues that for those being bombed in Yemen, or whose privacy is being invaded or who face deportation, not much will change under the new president.

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Donald Trump’s Two-Step Strategy to Take Over the Truth


With Trump in office, our democracy will need the independent press to rigorously find the truth, report it and hold the president accountable.

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump Is Creating ‘a Framework in Which Authoritarian Leaders Assert More Power’

Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, analyzes the president-elect’s troubling attitude toward the media.

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Read All About It [a cartoon from Slovakia]









Posted on Jan 12, 2017 ENLARGE

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Posted on Jan 8, 2017 ENLARGE

Trump’s Tweets Are a New Form of Governing by Edict


In driving the news, the president-elect’s “tweedicts” gain the power of implied threats.

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Posted on Jan 4, 2017 ENLARGE

Preparing for the Normalization of Donald Trump’s White House (Video)


Despite all the hand-wringing from the left, Trump will be normalized by the same corporate media that virtually boycotted Bernie Sanders.

Posted on Jan 3, 2017 READ MORE

What We Expect to See in 2017


2016 is history. As we turn the page on this strange and difficult year, Truthdig editors and writers look ahead to what the new year might bring.

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 READ MORE

Holiday Punch









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Ode to the Pundits (Video)









Posted on Dec 29, 2016 ENLARGE

Just Before Christmas, Obama Establishes Anti-Propaganda Agency


On Friday President Barack Obama signed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act—and within the $619 billion military budget is a controversial provision that establishes a national anti-propaganda center that critics warn could be dangerous for press freedom.

Posted on Dec 26, 2016 READ MORE

How to Boost Soccer in the United States


If the world’s most popular sport is going to take hold in this country, the NCAA, Major League Soccer and the national sports media need to hype the college game—and get it on TV.

Posted on Dec 19, 2016 READ MORE

How the Media Iced Out Bernie Sanders and Helped Donald Trump Win


The Vermont senator has spent his life fighting for progressive causes. As the world braces for a Trump presidency, Sanders shows no signs of slowing down.

Posted on Dec 1, 2016 READ MORE

Preserving Independent Journalism and Fighting the New McCarthyism

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and his team discussed the recent Washington Post story that relied heavily on an unsubstantiated source that claims Truthdig and other news outlets are spreading “Russian propaganda.”

Posted on Nov 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

And So it Begins: Normalizing the Election


The media must not excuse racism, misogyny, nativism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia because we think Trump voters have legitimate gripes.

Posted on Nov 27, 2016 READ MORE

Media Expert Dan Gillmor: Why Journalists Must Be Activists


The fear is that President-elect Donald Trump and a new right-wing Congress will be the biggest threat to American civil liberties and freedom of speech in our lifetimes.

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 READ MORE

Right on Cue, Media Begins to Normalize Trump


There is no “law of journalism” requiring the press—or Democrats—to treat a far-right demagogue like any other politician.

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 READ MORE

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Posted on Nov 13, 2016 ENLARGE

‘Informed Rant’: Roles of the Media, WikiLeaks and Vladimir Putin in the Presidential Election

The latest episode of Joshua Scheer’s podcast explores how Donald Trump became the next commander in chief.

Posted on Nov 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Glenn Greenwald on Who’s to Blame for Trump’s Election


The Intercept journalist lays out why the Democratic Party needs to take responsibility.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 READ MORE

Resistance Movements Can Be More Powerful Than President Trump


Millions of people around the world are committed to opposing the Republican’s dangerous and divisive agenda. Their work, like the work of the incoming administration, has just begun.  

Posted on Nov 10, 2016 READ MORE

Stephen Colbert on the ‘Making of Trump’ and What Unites Americans (Video)

On election night, the “Late Show” host made an attempt to make sense of the difficult 2016 election season and asked Americans to agree it would never happen again. Now that Donald Trump is president, that may not be possible, however.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

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