Stories by Robert Scheer

Robert Scheer is the editor-in-chief of the Webby Award–winning online magazine Truthdig, professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and co-host of Left, Right & Center, a weekly syndicated radio show broadcast from NPR’s west coast affiliate, KCRW. In the 1960s, he was editor of the groundbreakingRamparts magazine and later was national correspondent and columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Scheer is the author of nine books, including The Great American Stickup. He lives in Los Angeles. subscribe to Robert Scheer's feed

Posted on: Feb 19, 2015, Source: Nation Books

A new excerpt from Robert Scheer's new book explains what we lose when we give up our privacy.

Posted on: Jul 8, 2014, Source: Truthdig

With her scurrilous attacks on NSA leaker Edward Snowden, the former secretary of state is either a fool or a liar.

Posted on: Mar 12, 2014, Source: Truthdig

She was not too concerned about government spying on ordinary Americans.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2014, Source: Truthdig

Obama's unbridled defense of the surveillance state opened the door to the new McCarthyism being pushed in Congress.

Posted on: Jan 1, 2014, Source: Truthdig

“We know everything but learn nothing” would be an honest slogan for the NSA, CIA and lesser-known spy agencies that specialize in leading us so dangerously astray.

Posted on: Aug 27, 2013, Source: Truthdig

The head of the Saudi Intelligence Agency helped finance the Egyptian military’s crushing of the Muslim Brotherhood and is a key source of arms for Syrian rebels.

Posted on: Jul 6, 2013, Source: Truthdig

"This brings to memory actions among enemies during the Cold War," Germany's justice minister says.

Posted on: Jun 19, 2013, Source: Truthdig

The name of the game is threat inflation.

Posted on: May 14, 2013, Source: Truthdig

The Massachusetts senator is now championing legislation that would cut the student loan rate to the near zero that the big banks enjoy when borrowing money.

Posted on: Apr 24, 2013, Source: Truthdig

By the president's own definition, we are terrorizing civilians with weapons of mass destruction.

Posted on: Mar 13, 2013, Source: Truthdig

Big companies are expert at shielding their profits offshore.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2012, Source: Truthdig

Mark the name of R. Glenn Hubbard, the man who will make your life miserable if Mitt Romney is elected president.

Posted on: Oct 14, 2012, Source: Truthdig

The bankers now feel they can squeeze more profits with Romney in office.

Posted on: Jun 24, 2012, Source: Truthdig

The nutty thing about the health care debate that will play a prominent role in the next election is that most Americans want pretty much the same outcome.

Posted on: Mar 30, 2012, Source: Truthdig

The Roberts Court invariably sides with the powerful over the weak.

Posted on: Apr 27, 2011, Source: Truthdig

Why are mainstream news outlets so quick to publish news unearthed by WikiLeaks, but wary of reporting the truth about Manning?

Posted on: Apr 20, 2011, Source: Truthdig

Tax breaks over the past decade that left corporations paying little or no taxes were supposed to lead to job creation. But just the opposite has occurred.

Posted on: Mar 17, 2011, Source: Truthdig

After the Japanese nuclear disaster, cavalier dismissals of the problems with nuclear power are no longer acceptable.

Posted on: Feb 16, 2011, Source: Truthdig

Obama should be punishing the banks that sabotaged the American dream of home ownership -- instead he's giving them the whole enchilada.

Posted on: Jan 26, 2011, Source: Truthdig

Obama was mealy-mouthed in avoiding the tough choices that a leader should delineate in a time of trouble.

Posted on: Dec 30, 2010, Source: Truthdig

Unemployment is dismal, housing prices have fallen for four months in a row, but Obama's former budget director is having no problems cleaning up on Wall St.

Posted on: Oct 26, 2010, Source: Nation Books

For Wall Street, the holy grail was not cash handouts but a deconstruction of the complex public-private partnership ushered in by Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal.

Posted on: Sep 7, 2010, Source: Democracy Now!

With so much opportunity, why has Obama presided over such an economic disaster?

Posted on: Aug 19, 2010, Source: Truthdig

Are the Republicans terminally stupid or are they just playing the dangerous fool?

Posted on: May 12, 2010, Source: Truthdig

Government regulation of multinational corporations needs to be made respectable once again with adequately funded agencies pursuing an uncompromised public interest agenda.

Posted on: Mar 10, 2010, Source: Truthdig

The Academy liked this Iraq film for being "apolitical." In fact it's the opposite: an endorsement of the politically chauvinistic view that the world is a stage for Americans.

Posted on: Dec 30, 2009, Source: Truthdig

There is no "war" against terrorism. What George W. Bush launched and Barack Obama insists on perpetuating does not qualify.

Posted on: Dec 10, 2009, Source: Truthdig

Obama’s faux populism is beginning to grate, and I finally came unglued when one of his "we the people" e-mails from him landed on my screen.

Posted on: Nov 12, 2009, Source: Truthdig

On the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, it's worthwhile to remember that ending a stupid, harmful war is the most admirable thing a great leader can do.

Posted on: Oct 21, 2009, Source: Truthdig

If we could get one of the banking lobbyists to float a duct-taped flying saucer balloon, Wolf Blitzer might cover the real hoax.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2009, Source: Truthdig

The 13 Dems on the Senate Finance Committee get one faintly rational GOPer to join them in a meaningless stab at health care reform, and it throws them into a tizzy.

Posted on: Sep 10, 2009, Source: Truthdig

The way he's headed on Afghanistan, Barack Obama is threatened with a quagmire that could bog down his presidency.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2009, Source: Truthdig

In a political world dominated by bipartisan cynicism, there are few touchstones of integrity for the common folk -- Kennedy was one of them.

Posted on: Jun 26, 2009, Source: Truthdig

Americans are now $14 trillion poorer. Many who thought they were middle class have now joined the ranks of the poor.

Posted on: Jun 17, 2009, Source: Truthdig

Summers and Geitner finally condemned the Wall Street shenanigans they once abetted. But will this mean any real change in Obama's policy?

Posted on: May 14, 2009, Source: Truthdig

Nancy Pelosi is no Dick Cheney, nor a George Bush. But her failure to fight the Bush Administration's torture policies is a betrayal of public trust.

Posted on: Mar 18, 2009, Source: Truthdig

Those who stole billions in 401(k)s of innocent victims were rewarded handsomely, rarely needing to break the laws their lobbyists purchased.

Posted on: Jan 26, 2009, Source: Truthdig

As Obama gets down to work, can he really break with the past?

Posted on: Jan 6, 2009, Source: Truthdig

There is a widespread acceptance, beginning with the apologetic arguments of President Bush, that whatever Israel does is always justified.

Posted on: Dec 10, 2008, Source: Truthdig

If tough love is good enough for financially strapped families, why have a poverty program for troubled corporations?