Julian Assange is a publisher and a journalist. But he also may be a crook. Helping hack U,S. secrets is a crime whether or not you’re a journalist. Glenn Greenwald told Democracy Now! last week that U.S. charges against Assange amount to “the criminalization of journalism by the Trump Justice Department and the gravest threat to press freedom, by far, under the Trump … [Read more...] about Assange is a journalist. He also may be a crook.
The end of Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has led to claims from the left and the right that mainstream media got the Russia story wrong. President Trump’s claim of “complete and total vindication” was predictable - and predictably false. He tweeted: “The Mainstream Media is under fire and being scorned all … [Read more...] about Was Russiagate the worst press failure since weapons of mass destruction?
President Trump’s assault on truth has developed into the central organizing principle of his presidency. For two years he has piled lie upon lie to build an alternative reality, a fable embraced by tens of millions of credulous adherents. The president’s false statements and lies aren’t occasional, unguarded fibs. They fit together in an all-encompassing strategy of … [Read more...] about Year two of Trump’s assault on truth: A Twitter presidency in age of information chaos
President Trump’s pre-election plan to reinterpret the 14th Amendment to eliminate birthright citizenship would weaken a part of the Constitution that has roots in St. Louis and that serves as the Constitution’s deepest reservoir of individual rights. That background, which didn’t get much attention in the media, is important to understanding the danger of Trump’s cavalier … [Read more...] about 14th Amendment: Legacy of Dred Scott and reservoir of individual rights
Opinion WASHINGTON, D.C. - Last Saturday, student journalists at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting told stories from around the globe about religious persecution, sex trafficking and the hopes and dreams of refugees and migrants hunting for a better life across an ocean, or gulf or invisible national border. They were hopes sometimes realized in the prosperous life of … [Read more...] about From stories of hope to the massacre in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood