Reading Time: 1 minute Russ and Nicole Sandler talk about: failures of media, the death of the “Lockerbie bomber,” John Edwards facing a 30 year sentence, American naivete, and much more.
Reading Time: 1 minute Tired of those whining 99 percenters? Meet the two twenty-something sisters who just spent $150 million on homes. Nice, no?
Reading Time: 7 minutes Everyone’s in a hurry to say goodbye to the “Lockerbie bomber,” the man convicted of bombing Pan Am 103. But a closer look is warranted—as usual—when the stakes are so high. Was Libya really behind the atrocity, or was some other country or element involved?
Reading Time: 5 minutes The Obama Administration is not being completely straight with us when it comes to the Occupy protests. A growing body of documentation suggests that the Department of Homeland Security is deeply involved in coordinating surveillance of protesters—and maybe more.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Hollywood, like all fine institutions, routinely lies to us about most everything. So, when someone calls them on it, that’s a breath of fresh air. Here’s a “back at ya” post from Dan Harmon, recently relieved by NBC of his duties running the comedy show Community.
Reading Time: 4 minutes China recently kicked out a foreign reporter for…well, probably for trying to do her job. Here’s a side-splittingly funny bad translation of a press conference where another reporter tries to get answers, and a government spokesman does the Funky Chicken.
Reading Time: 1 minute Ever get the feeling a lot of tv reports are….ridiculous? Nothing actually going on, just a bunch of graphical stunts trying to keep you from recognizing the lack of substance? Er…you’re right! Here’s a funny take.
Reading Time: 10 minutes Does it seem a little bit odd that John Edwards is facing a potential thirty year jail term? There’s been plenty of focus on the charges against him and on the trial—but precious little on why Edwards was even investigated and prosecuted in the first place. It’s worth pondering which politicians have been made to take a fall and which have not—and why. There may be more here than meets the eye.
Reading Time: 2 minutes You’ve heard about “someone would have talked”? Well, someone did. An important new eyewitness, a credible one, talks about a second gunman firing at Robert F. Kennedy.
Reading Time: 4 minutes The celebrations of Japan’s decision to turn off its last nuclear reactor may have been premature. Few have noticed this development: a key uranium deal with Kazakhstan, the world’s largest current supplier of nuclear fuel. Japan’s “nuclear recess” could prove a short one.
Reading Time: 1 minute WhoWhatWhy’s Lori Harfenist takes her camera to Times Square. And find that it isn’t what it was (once) cracked up to be. Unless you’re a Smurf.
Reading Time: 44 minutes Today, the final installment of our three-part excerpt from WhoWhatWhy Editor Russ Baker’s book, Family of Secrets, that relate directly to Nixon and Watergate, and explain the back story, including the real role of Bob Woodward, George H.W. Bush and the CIA in Nixon’s undoing.
Reading Time: 57 minutes The other day, we began responding to new interest in the real story behind Watergate by publishing the first of three chapters in WhoWhatWhy Editor Russ Baker’s book, Family of Secrets, that relate directly to Nixon and Watergate, and explain the back story, including the real role of Bob Woodward, George H.W. Bush and the CIA in Nixon’s undoing. Today, the second of those three chapters.
Reading Time: 22 minutes Suddenly, everyone’s interested in the real story of Watergate and the CIA. A new documentary in the works from Robert Redford, who played reporter Bob Woodward of the Washington Post in the hit movie “All the President’s Men.” A new book claiming that Bob Woodward’s boss at the Post, Ben Bradlee, had doubts about the stories Bob and Carl Bernstein produced. And Salon wrote about the tension between Nixon and the CIA.
Would a really big set of revelations be of interest? We’re going to publish the three chapters of WhoWhatWhy Editor Russ Baker’s book, Family of Secrets, that relate directly to Nixon and Watergate, and explain the back story, including the real role of Bob Woodward, George H.W. Bush and the CIA in Nixon’s undoing. Today, the first of those three chapters.
Reading Time: 1 minute Here’s Russ Baker on the ugliness that is the rapidly growing American for-profit prison industry. Nasty, nasty stuff. Soon, we’ll all be locked up. Interview/video.
Reading Time: 1 minute WhoWhatWhy’s Lori Harfenist with another breakthrough: calling foul on all those startup maniacs looking for angel investors and cheap vodka. LOL alert!
Reading Time: 3 minutes Would you like to (finally) hear the real inside story of what took place during that raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that bagged America’s number one enemy? It was the “biggest day” of Obama’s presidency, in his own words. Well, settle in for NBC’s exclusive….exclusive crap.
Reading Time: 1 minute PODCAST: Abraham Bolden, the first African-American Secret Service agent on the White House detail, in a talk from 2008. Recalls his astonishing experience with JFK, with his fellow agents, and the ominous goings-on prior to and after Kennedy’s assassination. A must-listen. Chilling. Also see our recent piece on the Service.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Fewer Americans are committing serious crimes than ever. But more Americans are getting locked up. Why? Ask our friends in the rapidly growing and very lucrative private prison industry.
Reading Time: 6 minutes With the departure of a number of Secret Service personnel following an embarrassing scandal on Obama’s Colombian trip, the government would like us to move on to other matters. But there’s more here than meets the eye.