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RadioWHO: Danny Schechter the News Dissector R.I.P.

March 24, 2015 by

Pioneering author, filmmaker and media reform activist Danny Schechter saw the dystopian future of the corporate media long before it became a reality. RadioWHO host Jeff Schechtman spoke with “the News Dissector,” who died last week at the age of 72, in 1998. It will surprise you just how much of that conversation is still relevant. Here’s a tribute to a friend of WhoWhatWhy—and the truth.


RadioWHO: The Truth, the Whole Truth and Everything But the Truth

March 20, 2015 by

Criminal trials are often anything but a search for the truth. That’s certainly the case with the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tune in with RadioWHO host Jeff Schechtman for a conversation with WhoWhatWhy Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker and reporter James Henry for some essential context about the trial and the evidence being presented.

AudioVisual, Boston Bombing Investigation, Rights

In Tsarnaev Trial, Prosecutors Turn Hostile Toward Own Witness

March 19, 2015 by

Prosecutors in the case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev turned hostile toward their own witness once it became clear her findings didn’t support their allegations of murder. Joanne Potter unpacks the strange reversal.

Boston Bombing Investigation

Obama Administration’s Shocking Record on Whistleblowers

March 19, 2015 by

Sometimes, pictures speak louder than words. With evidence the Obama Administration is the most tight-lipped ever, here’s a picture to complete the story. DonkeyHotey and Dan Engelke show you the score.

Police State, Rights, Surveillance State

Boston Marathon Bombing Trial: Live Updates and Unvarnished Analysis

March 19, 2015 by

The latest from the prosecution in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from the federal courthouse in Boston.

Police State, Rights, Threats to Democracy

OPINION: The Glaring Absence of Cameras in the Boston Bombing Trial

March 18, 2015 by

In a case that fully demonstrates the pervasiveness of surveillance cameras in America, the absence of cameras at one of the biggest trials of the year is glaring. Andrew Quemere examines how the federal courts have managed to stay happily anachronistic.

Boston Bombing Investigation, Rights

MEDIA FAIL: Abject Ignorance About Tsarnaev’s Black Muslim Flag

March 17, 2015 by

Imagine if someone looked at a Christian cross on the wall, and took it to be representative of the cross-burning Ku Klux Klan? That’s the logic some reporters are applying to the black Muslim flag found on Boston Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s wall. They’re equating the flag, a common symbol of a Muslim’s faith, to a sign of affiliation with al Qaeda.

Boston Bombing Investigation, Media Fail
Muslims protecting church in Egypt, date unknown.

Some Surprising and Hopeful Signs: Muslims Defend Jews, Jews Defend Muslims

March 15, 2015 by

Groups of Muslims protecting Jews, Christians protecting Muslims, Jews protecting Muslims, Muslims protecting Christians. People of one religion forming a protective barrier around people of another religion—who happen to be a traditional enemy. You’d think this would evoke universal wonder and delight. Not Quite.

Art Gallery, Worth Considering

RadioWHO: From Russia With Death

March 13, 2015 by

The role of Vladimir Putin on the world’s stage, from Syria to Ukraine, is complicated, and some see him as an important moderating influence on the West’s virtually unchecked power. But his role in his own country is deeply troubling. And the public is terrified, because his opponents keep getting murdered. RadioWHO host Jeff Schechtman talks to Bill Browder, who was once Russia’s largest foreign investor. That’s until his criticism of Putin forced him to leave, and his lawyer was jailed and murdered.

Nothing to see here …

The Curious Timing of Hillary Clinton’s Emailgate “Revelation”

March 10, 2015 by

Anyone in the spin business knows the value of releasing bad news at the right time. Is that what Hillary Clinton did with her email brouhaha? Klaus Marre levels a critical eye at the timing of Hillary’s “revelation.”


RadioWHO: Many Prisoners Say They’re Innocent. Some Truly Are.

March 6, 2015 by

Many prisoners say “I’m innocent,” but some really are. Every year hundreds of men and women are incarcerated for crimes they did not commit. Tune in for RadioWHO host Jeff Schechtman’s conversation with authors Nikki Pope and Courtney Lance, who’ve spent years dedicated to the cause of the wrongly convicted.

AudioVisual, Rights

WhoWhatWhy Live from the Opening of the Boston Bombing Trial

March 4, 2015 by

WhoWhatWhy Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker and reporter Andy Thibault are tweeting live from the opening of the trial of accused Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tune in for real-time updates and analysis from inside the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston.

Boston Bombing Investigation, Deep Politics, Rights
Tsarnaev Brothers on the day of the marathon bombing. FBI handout.

FBI’s ‘Smoking Gun’ Video of Boston Marathon Bombing Doesn’t Exist

March 3, 2015 by

Right up until the opening of Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial, rumors about the existence of a video showing him dropping a bomb-laden backpack at the scene persisted. Now, the evidence is in – the video doesn’t exist. Lara Turner reports.

Boston Bombing Investigation, Rights

Tsarnaev Loses Bid to Move Trial; Dissenting Judge Excoriates Majority

March 2, 2015 by

Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev unsurprisingly lost his second appellate bid to move his trial by a vote of 2-1. But dissenting Judge Juan R. Torruella issued a scathing opinion, arguing that the refusal by both the trial and appeals courts to move the case were abuses of discretion. Further, he argued that if Tsarnaev’s case couldn’t prove overwhelming pretrial prejudice, no case could. Read on for more highlights from the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals opinion.

Boston Bombing Investigation, Rights, Threats to Democracy

2016 Presidential Race: WhoWhatWhy Curates the Best of the Media Stream

February 27, 2015 by

Following the candidates and the controversies with a WhoWhatWhy view. Want beauty contests and horse races? You won’t find them here. The stories which help you make a real judgment? Here’s where you start.

Politics, Presidential Election