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Americans have come to embrace recycling their trash with an almost religious fervor, but in some sense they are praying to a false god. In the quarter-century over which its acolytes have swelled, recycling has almost come full circle, from near total indifference all the way around to near total impossibility. In between, and especially […]

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Pulitzers Awarded to Newsrooms for Coverage of 3 Mass Shootings

April 15, 2019           |                                       

NEW YORK—The South Florida Sun Sentinel and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette won Pulitzer Prizes on Monday and were recognized along with the Capital Gazette of Maryland for their coverage of the horrifying mass shootings in 2018 at a high school, a synagogue and a newsroom itself. The Associated Press won in the international reporting category for […]

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Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years. That this outrage […]

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Last month, FAIR (12/7/19) examined the absurd false equivalence that some factchecking sites, including the Washington Post’s Fact-Checker, sometimes engage in by comparing imprecise or accidental misstatements by left-wing politicians with the unprecedented and willful lies and conspiracy theories emanating from the current occupant of the Oval Office. Coincidentally, the Post rolled out a new, […]

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Five weeks ago, the Guardian published one of the most extraordinary and significant bombshells in the now two-plus-year-old Trump/Russia saga. “Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort held secret talks with Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and visited around the time he joined Trump’s campaign,” claimed reporter and best-selling “Collusion” author Luke Harding, Dan Collyns, and a very sketchy […]

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Free the Free Press From Wall Street Plunderers

December 24, 2018           |                                       

2018 Was Hostile Year for Reproductive Rights. Will 2019 Bring More of the Same? Leftists Need Holidays Too. Let’s Imagine Anti-Oppressive Ones. Warren-Schakowsky Bill Is a Huge Step Toward Bringing Drug Costs Down Indoor Plumbing Arrived in the US in the 1840s. This Town Got Tired of Waiting. Free the Free Press From Wall Street […]

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Limits of Dissent

December 6, 2018           |                                       

When we think of prisons, we tend to think of Alcatraz, Bang Kwang and Belmarsh with their guard towers, iron bars and concrete. But in his forthcoming book, 33 Myths of the System, Darren Allen invites us to imagine a prison with walls made entirely of vacuous guff: Censorship is unnecessary in a system in […]

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The Bomb that Did Not Detonate: Julian Assange, Manafort and The Guardian

December 6, 2018           |                                       

This is going to be one of the most infamous news disasters since Stern published the ‘Hitler Diaries’. — WikiLeaks, Twitter, November 27, 2018 Those at The Guardian certainly felt they were onto something. It would be a scoop that would have consequences on a range of fronts featuring President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman […]

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A two-panel cartoon I recently saw showed a character with a sign saying: “First they came for the reporters.” In the next panel, his sign says: “We don’t know what happened after that.” It was, of course, a retort to Donald Trump’s campaign to demonize the news media as “the enemy of the people.” But […]

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Manafort Denies Report He Met With WikiLeaks Founder Before 2016 Election

November 28, 2018           |                                       

U.S. President Donald Trump’s former Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort denied ever meeting with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange after the Guardian newspaper published a story alleging the two met at least three times. “This story is totally false and deliberately libelous. I have never met Julian Assange or anyone connected to him,” Manafort said through a […]

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Ben Jealous, the Democratic candidate to be Maryland’s governor, is hoping to pull off a big upset in the November midterm elections against Republican incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan. If he wins, Jealous will be the state’s first African-American governor, and just the third elected African-American governor in the country. (Other 2018 gubernatorial candidates with the […]

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Facing Crisis, Sloan Kettering Tells Exec to Hand Over Profits From Biotech

September 29, 2018           |                                       

This article was produced in partnership with The New York Times. A vice president of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has to turn over to the hospital nearly $1.4 million of a windfall stake in a biotech company, in light of a series of for-profit deals and industry conflicts at the cancer center that has […]

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When I think about my two stints at the now-shuttered Village Voice—for which I freelanced regularly from the late seventies to the late eighties, returning as a staff writer from 1994-1999—one unexpected but apt word that keeps popping to mind is “fecund.” My recollection that I worked for two or possibly three different papers all […]

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