Readers, Please Weigh In: K-GUN

Reading Time: < 1 minute The local ABC affiliate tv station in Tucson is KGUN. It is referred to as “K-GUN.” A man named H.U. Garrett chose those call letters when he bought the station in 1957. Wikipedia says this man sought to reflect his interest in Western lore, and in collecting guns. Now that, half a century later, the Read More

What We’d Do About….The Giffords Shooting Story

Reading Time: 2 minutes We’re going to occasionally list the types of reporting we would do, the sort of thinking we would apply, and the questions we would ask—were we already fully funded and able to mount our own investigative dig into more stories. Here are some initial issues worth pursuing regarding the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords—and potentially relevant Read More

Is This Photo Relevant?

Reading Time: < 1 minute Given Palin’s denunciations of efforts to restrict guns in America, and her website graphic (see blog post below) featuring crosshairs over members of congress, is it fair for news organizations to run a picture like this? Please weigh in with a comment-and please keep a civilized tone.

Readers, Please Weigh In: Palin And Giffords

Reading Time: 2 minutes A reader posted a comment on the item below—which features the graphic from Sarah Palin’s PAC, and “targets” various congressmembers, including Gabrielle Giffords. The reader writes, I come here for the truth, not ham handed partisan nonsense. If I wanted knee jerk corporate leftist dreck I know where to find it. Didn’t your years on Read More

The Meaning of Daley

Reading Time: 3 minutes A few days ago, the Obama Administration floated a trial balloon to see if there would be any opposition to the appointment of William Daley as the President’s Chief of Staff. There wasn’t, and so they’ve gone ahead and made it official. That they were concerned about a backlash is evident from the original reporting. Read More

Democracy=Corruption And Eggshells?

Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent Washington Post article reported on the not-so-coincidental timing of campaign contributions from corporate interests with votes on legislation affecting those interests. As thoughtful folks might say, “well DUH.” Who can be surprised by this? Certainly, the daily corruption of Congress must be covered, and I’m glad to see the Post writing: Numerous times Read More

Covering up: A tale of two autopsies

Reading Time: 4 minutes Here’s a fine piece of work that ran on the front page of The New York Times recently. The article, written by Ellen Barry, concerns a suspicious death, a cover-up and a commission’s inquiry into the death. See if you can guess where this incident took place (“spoiler” details have been removed from the excerpts Read More

The Urge to Merge-And Some Questions

Reading Time: 2 minutes So the Comcast-NBC merger is almost certainly going through, says the Washington Post The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission issued a draft order approving Comcast’s proposed merger with NBC Universal on Thursday, putting the deal up for vote before the agency’s other members. Senior FCC officials said in a news conference that the merger Read More

Supremely Courting Disaster

Reading Time: 2 minutes Only infrequently does the New York Times really go for the jugular and spell out for us the extent to which the system is rigged against ordinary people and their interests. One such rare example is a recent article by the Times’ thoughtful legal writer, Adam Liptak, based on new academic research out of Chicago. Read More

WikiLeaks—Where’s the Oil?

Reading Time: 5 minutes By Charlotte Dennett Ever since the first WikiLeaks “dump” of classified documents began during the summer of this year, I’ve been looking for official documents that confirm what many serious — but often censored — journalists have known for a long time: that the war on terror is really just the latest stage in the Read More

One President's Secrets—And The Media That Keeps Them

Reading Time: 5 minutes There’s still a striking double standard between the way the big American media treat American officials and foreigners. Let’s compare Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and former President George H.W. Bush. Have a look at a recent New York Times article about Putin’s response to leaked diplomatic cables that cast him in a negative light. Read More

Barack Obama, Stanley McChrystal

Woodward Update: The Post And The Generals

Reading Time: 4 minutes Bob Woodward’s affect is that of a human tape recorder. He claims that he is no more than a passive chronicler of events.  Yet he has played a significant role in the unfolding history he reports, from Watergate on down to the leak of General McChrystal’s memo pushing for increased troop strength in Afghanistan.  (See Read More

Bob Woodward, Obama's Wars

“Obama’s Wars”: The Real Story Bob Woodward Won’t Tell

Reading Time: 5 minutes Just one year before the publication of “Obama’s Wars,” Bob Woodward became a player in his own book-in-progress. He morphed into his true identity: Warrior Bob. Actually, there’s an even deeper persona, Agent Woodward—but we’re getting ahead of ourselves. In June of 2009, Woodward traveled to Afghanistan with General Jim Jones, President Obama’s National Security Read More

Voters: The Horror Movie

Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s like some kind of horror movie in which people are behaving verrrry strangely. First, though, we don’t see anything odd at all. For example, The Associated Press reports in a new poll that More than half the country backs raising taxes on the richest Americans But then there’s the vague notion of something slightly Read More

Russ Baker in Los Angeles

Reading Time: < 1 minute Date: Saturday, Sept. 25 Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm Location: Private home City/Town: Topanga Canyon, CA JOIN RUSS BAKER IN LA Please join award-winning investigative journalist and author Russ Baker for a talk, reading and signing of his book Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Past Fifty Read More

Bones to Pick With Obama

Reading Time: 2 minutes Barack Obama is on the road these days, taking off after the special interests and elites, and defending the middle class. He is talking about equity and openness. He wants to end tax cuts for the wealthiest. Given Obama’s rhetoric, one might think that in his appointment recently of a new chairman of the White Read More