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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
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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

How ‘Russiagate’ Got So Much Momentum


“The Russians did it” has become the Democratic Party’s go-to excuse to avoid confronting Hillary Clinton’s lack of voter appeal in the 2016 election and how the party lost touch with average Americans.

Posted on May 1, 2017 READ MORE

Former President Obama Has a New Job: Control the Official Narrative of American Exceptionalism


Barack Obama now must protect the ruling class, the empire and his role in maintaining the empire: his legacy.

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 READ MORE

Blaming Russia Helps Democratic Party’s Anti-Bernie Elites Maintain Power


Rather than pursuing an independent investigation into the 2016 election, the Democratic establishment has used hyperbole to block Bernie Sanders and progressives from pulling away from Wall Street.

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 READ MORE

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.

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Pages From Trump’s 2005 Tax Return Make News, With Fanfare to Spare (Video)


It took nearly a half hour on her Tuesday night telecast, but MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow eventually relayed the news she’d hinted about ahead of time.

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Wiretapping Charge Could Contain Some Explosive Truth


The mere existence of a transcript of a phone conversation involving Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser (pictured), carries the potential for a Watergate-size scandal that would land on the Democrats. 

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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.

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 READ MORE

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?

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s New Nuclear Instability


Trump’s finger on the nuclear trigger is a terrifying prospect. The anti-nuclear movement needs to go on high alert to make sure that trigger never gets pulled.

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 READ MORE

Best of Truthdig’s A/V Booth 2016: Some Chomsky, Some Comedy and a Whole Lot of Politics

Our list of the 10 most-viewed A/V Booth posts includes quite a variety of figures, but there’s a constant throughout: the 2016 presidential election.

Posted on Dec 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Glenn Greenwald: MSNBC Intelligence Analyst Perpetuated ‘Fake News’ to Discredit WikiLeaks


Greenwald writes that the network disputed the Podesta emails based on false information from a Hillary Clinton supporter.

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 READ MORE

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

Discouraging Protest Votes, Bernie Sanders Says: Elect Hillary Clinton—Then Mobilize

By Lauren McCauley / Common Dreams

The former presidential candidate reiterated his argument that the only way the progressive agenda has a shot at being implemented is with Clinton at the helm and the grass-roots force as her guide.

Posted on Sep 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

How Newsrooms Fail to Reflect America, and Why It Matters


Too often, there’s only one person among the reporters and editors to speak up for diversity.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE

Rep. Steve King, White People and ‘Civilization’


During a recent MSNBC news discussion, the Iowa congressman objected to a comment that this will be the last election dominated by old, white people.

Posted on Jul 19, 2016 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Essentially Confirms That He Will Endorse Hillary Clinton

In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Democratic presidential candidate Sanders explains his collaboration with the Clinton campaign and addresses the reports that he was booed by House Democrats.

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Escalating Fight Between Barney Frank and Bernie Sanders


Tensions flared this week between the former Massachusetts congressman and Sanders’ campaign manager over Sanders’ attempts to replace Frank on the Democratic National Committee, but this is not the first time the two sides have come to blows.

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 READ MORE

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: ‘The Democratic National Committee Remains Neutral’ (Video)

The DNC chair blasted Bernie Sanders for his response to the chaos at the Nevada State Democratic Convention, prompting criticism from many people, including the Sanders camp.

Posted on May 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

MSNBC Succumbs to Sexism, Asking Men About Hillary Clinton’s Role in Her Husband’s Infidelity

The news segment is representative of the blatant sexism in mainstream media that has plagued this election season.

Posted on May 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Larry Wilmore Holds Nothing Back in Roast of Obama, Politicians and Media

The comic showed he was willing to take on anyone, regardless of power or fame—and also regardless of audience reaction.

Posted on May 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Jane Sanders Says Bernie Would Lead a National Movement Whether or Not He Wins the Presidency

Now that Bernie Sanders has a “massive national and indeed international profile,” MSNBC host Rachel Maddow asked in an interview with the candidate’s wife recently, “Do you see an organization being formed out of the Sanders-centered movement that has sprung up around his campaign?”

Posted on Apr 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Cable News Not Covering Government Corruption Protests in Washington, D.C. (Video)

Democracy Spring is all about reforming campaign finance laws in the United States. But although the movement is gaining momentum, mainstream media coverage remains scant.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Truthdigger of the Week: Susan Sarandon, Defender of Those Who’ll Vote for Bernie Sanders Only


In an interview with Chris Hayes, the Academy Award-winning actress denounced the premise that Hillary Clinton would represent people over her big-money backers as “naive and egotistical.”

Posted on Apr 2, 2016 READ MORE

Punish Women Over Abortions, Mr. Trump? They Already Are Being Punished.


The candidate’s comment—which his campaign was quick to disavow—aligns with the right-wing offensive to put the procedure out of reach and expose women to prosecution.

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Rep. Keith Ellison Calls for Creating and Maintaining Positive Relationships With Muslims in America

Most of the terror attacks in the U.S. have been carried out by non-Muslims, the Minnesota legislator points out. He adds that many potential atrocities have been averted by a community that counts him as a member.

Posted on Mar 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Glenn Greenwald Blames Corporate Media’s ‘Faux Objectivity’ for Trump’s Ascent


The Intercept reporter says the legendary Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite would not have been able to keep their jobs in today’s corporate framework, which has “neutered journalism and drained it of all its vitality and passion, reducing journalists to stenography drones.”

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE

VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Responds to ‘SNL’ Hillary Clinton Parody

Sanders’ reaction on Sunday night’s MSNBC town hall broadcast to a “Saturday Night Live” clip spoofing Hillary Clinton has almost drawn more attention than the original viral sketch. Will Hillary get the joke?

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: Why Did Hillary Clinton Falsely Cast Nancy Reagan as a Champion of AIDS Sufferers?


Hillary Clinton on Friday afternoon walked back a gross misstatement in which she had praised the recently deceased former first lady Nancy Reagan and President Reagan for starting “a national conversation” on the deadly AIDS virus.

Posted on Mar 12, 2016 READ MORE

Brian Williams Is Making His Comeback on MSNBC Next Week


The discredited former anchor is about to return to NBC broadcasting after a suspension by the network.

Posted on Sep 17, 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 WATCH & LISTEN

Lester Holt Pulls Up Brian Williams’ Anchor Chair at ‘NBC Nightly News’


Though top brass at the network made it seem for a while like he might be able to hold onto his chair, former NBC News anchor Brian Williams ultimately wasn’t.

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Former CIA Deputy Director Grilled on Falsehoods That Led to Iraq War

In a heated 10-minute exchange, MSNBC host Chris Matthews confronts CIA Deputy Director Mike Morrell with the question of why, during the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, he let Vice President Dick Cheney get away with saying Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was building nuclear weapons.

Posted on May 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Judith Miller on Her False WMD Reports: ‘I Don’t Feel Guilty’

Former New York Times journalist Judith Miller is back in the news, doing what all self-respecting members and corollary players from the Bush era have done, knowing what they know now. That’s right—she’s on a nationwide book tour.

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

These Clips of Jon Stewart’s Best Fox News, CNN and MSNBC Takedowns Will Make You Miss Him Already

No one has done more to combat the bullshit aired on cable news than Jon Stewart has over the years, but as the soon-to-be-retired “Daily Show” host puts it, it’s tough to work in “media counter-errorism.”

Posted on Apr 4, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

U.S. Media Dangerously Regurgitated Government Claims About North Korea and Sony


By reflexively and uncritically repeating the Obama administration’s unsubstantiated claim that North Korea was behind the hack of Sony Pictures, the U.S. establishment press once again revealed itself to be a mouthpiece for—rather than a check on—power, and thus a danger to public security, Glenn Greenwald writes at The Intercept.

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 READ MORE

Rachel Maddow: I Would ‘Totally Use’ John Oliver’s Dogs With Fake Paws to Re-Enact SCOTUS Arguments

On the most recent episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” the comedian released what MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow called Monday “an asset in our nation’s arsenal in how to cover civics.” And by “asset” she means clips of every Supreme Court justice in the Roberts court as a dog. Yes, a dog.

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Russell Brand and ‘The Young Turks’ on Revolution, Obama, Fox News and More

Comedian Russell Brand reminds Cenk Uygur, host of the online liberal commentary show “The Young Turks,” and the rest of us that Thomas Jefferson, one of our “main men,” once said, “Every generation should have a revolution.”

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

‘Witch Hunt’: Fired MSNBC Contributor Speaks Out on Suppression of Israel-Palestine Debate (Video)


As the Gaza body toll mounts, NBC executives crack down on criticism of Israel.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE

Joe Scarborough Belittles Female Co-Host for Trying to Talk About Actual News

Mika Brzezinski calls out her colleague and MSNBC panel for “capitalizing on a non-story for ratings because people’s imaginations are pricked by this and that is not responsible.” This leads them to talk down, belittle and show a complete disregard for who she is and what she says.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Stephen Colbert’s Back From Spring Break Just in Time to Comment on Media’s MH370 Obsession

The “Colbert Report” host slams his “colleagues in the 24-hour news game” for “yanking theories out of their ass-star.”

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Real Irony of Jane Harman Being Interrupted on NSA Spying by Bieber Bulletin


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Former Rep. Jane Harman is both a victim of NSA spying and a big defender of it.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE

Glenn Greenwald Confronts MSNBC Host Over Media Bias

When asked if he’s more a spokesman for Edward Snowden than a journalist, Glenn Greenwald told MSNBC’s Kristen Welker, “Sure, I do defend him. Just like people on MSNBC defend President Obama and his officials and Democratic Party leaders 24 hours a day.”

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

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Posted on Aug 16, 2013 ENLARGE

Senators Introduce New Glass-Steagall, ‘Motorcyle’ Abortion Bill Passes, and More


A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Koch brother campaigns to get rid of the minimum wage and the Texas woman who was silenced by state lawmakers while testifying against a restrictive abortion bill gets “the last word.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 READ MORE

Rachel Maddow Gives Emotional Tribute to Michael Hastings

On her program Tuesday, the MSNBC host recounted her many years of friendship with the young but accomplished journalist who had died in a car crash in Los Angeles earlier that day.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

Bachmann Opponent Bows Out, Alleged ‘Crack Mayor’ Won’t Quit, and More


A look at the day’s political happenings, including a person of interest is identified in the ricin letters investigation and a liberal activist reveals why he secretly recorded Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Posted on May 31, 2013 READ MORE

How Dick Cheney’s Son-in-Law Helped Deregulate Chemical Plants

MSNBC host Chris Hayes explained on his program Thursday how the Bush administration—and specifically the former vice president’s son-in-law—played a critical role in defeating regulations that would have strengthened federal oversight of chemical plants like the one that exploded and killed 15 people in West, Texas, last week.

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

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