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: Nov 12, 2008, Source: Truthdig

Why are Obama's closest advisers inveterate hawks who needlessly provoked tension with the Russians during the Cold War?

Posted on: Oct 23, 2008, Source: Truthdig

Let's hope Obama continues to rely on economic advisers whose vision for the country extends beyond their own bank accounts.

Posted on: Oct 8, 2008, Source: Truthdig

McCain is not a perfect replica of George W. Bush. But neither man seems to have any sense of how we actually live or what we need from government.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2008, Source: Truthdig

Instead of applauding representatives who, for once, heeded the public, the pundits blasted those who dared get out of line.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2008, Source: Truthdig

Smell a rat if Congress approves the Paulson plan without major modifications that might help Main Street as well as Wall Street.

Posted on: Sep 17, 2008, Source: Truthdig

McCain voted for abolishing all of the significant rules put in place at the time of the Great Depression designed to prevent a repeat.

Posted on: Sep 3, 2008, Source: Truthdig

We're all part of one nation. So why do the people of Alaska get a cut of oil company profits when the rest of us don't?

Posted on: Aug 27, 2008, Source: Truthdig

In order to win, McCain needs a new Cold War. Lucky for him that Republicans are so good at whipping up false international threats.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2008, Source: Truthdig

McCain's campaign is an irrational mix of patriotic swagger and blindness to reality that's proving scarily successful with uninformed voters.

Posted on: Aug 13, 2008, Source: Truthdig

Yes, it sounds diabolical, but that may be the most accurate way to assess the designs of the McCain campaign in matters of war and peace.

Posted on: Aug 6, 2008, Source: Truthdig

The deadliest biological assault on the United States may have been perpetrated by a church-going white man, with anthrax from our own weapons labs.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2008, Source: Truthdig

Both candidates are scrambling to enlist the expertise of the geniuses who helped spur our economic meltdown.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2008, Source: Truthdig

Like McCain, Obama seems to embrace the fundamental irrationality of Bush's "war on terror."

Posted on: Jul 16, 2008, Source: Truthdig

Greedy corporations expect government hand-outs and deregulation at the same time.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2008, Source: Truthdig

America's military hawks will have to find a new reason to blow money on weapons we don't need.

Posted on: Jul 3, 2008, Source: Truthdig

This Fourth of July, let's remember that it's not our God-given American right to reorder the world to our liking.

Posted on: Jun 26, 2008, Source: Twelve

The huge "defense" spending going on in our name is irrational and costly, but there are powerful vested interests that want to keep it that way.

Posted on: Jun 25, 2008, Source: Truthdig

Most of our political representatives seem to be engaged in a contest over who can throw more money at defense contractors.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2008, Source: Truthdig

It's not like the Democrats are going to pick someone more liberal than Hillary. And the focus should be on a Democratic ticket that can win.

Posted on: Jun 11, 2008, Source: Truthdig

Americans do need to cut down on their resource consumption. But the key variable in the high cost of oil is Bush's failed foreign policy.

Posted on: Jun 5, 2008, Source: Truthdig

McCain's unpredictability is not evidence of fresh thinking; it suggests inconsistencies that may be born more of crass opportunism than of insight.

Posted on: May 28, 2008, Source: Truthdig

The Justice Department has issued a report on torture, citing testimony by scores of FBI officials outraged over our treatment of prisoners.

Posted on: May 21, 2008, Source: Truthdig

Five years after we invaded Iraq, the American taxpayers who paid for this grand imperial adventure are rewarded with skyrocketing gas prices.

Posted on: May 14, 2008, Source: Truthdig

How has our government managed to justify one of the most egregious assaults on the rule of law?

Posted on: May 7, 2008, Source: Truthdig

Both McCain and Clinton have shown a dangerously cavalier attitude towards the option of a nuclear strike against Iran.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2008, Source: Truthdig

McCain's age matters; especially if he picks his running mate from the crazy wing of the Republican Party.

Posted on: Apr 23, 2008, Source: Truthdig

Is the campaign trail the best place to ratchet up the rhetoric against Iran? Clinton thinks so.

Posted on: Apr 16, 2008, Source: Truthdig

How do we explain voter support for McCain in light of the nation's widespread, bipartisan rejection of the Bush administration?

Posted on: Apr 9, 2008, Source: Truthdig

By undercutting the widespread support for getting out of Iraq, General Petraeus betrayed the American public.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2008, Source: Truthdig

The government has invested trillions in weapons that are completely useless in the fight against stateless terrorists.

Posted on: Mar 26, 2008, Source: Truthdig

Many religious leaders prophesy divine retribution for America's bad behavior. I wonder what we would be punished for.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2008, Source: Truthdig

Iraq is in shambles and our economy is crumbling. But at least George Bush is still in good spirits.

Posted on: Mar 11, 2008, Source: Truthdig

Wall Street crooks cheer the downfall of the man who tried to check their criminal greed.

Posted on: Mar 6, 2008, Source: Truthdig

The folks who call America the "Great Satan" now hold the high cards.

Posted on: Feb 27, 2008, Source: Truthdig

McCain was one of the few politicians brave enough to oppose a 1996 telecom bill that opened the way for large-scale media consolidation.

Posted on: Feb 20, 2008, Source: Truthdig

The Cuban people have suffered under an arrogant and idealistic revolutionary whose vision floundered on the rocks of cynical U.S. foreign policy.

Posted on: Feb 13, 2008, Source: Truthdig

Clearly, what's good for big oil isn't good for most Americans. So why are the interests of oil companies mistaken for those of the nation?

Posted on: Feb 6, 2008, Source: Truthdig

Will your favorite Dem challenge the bloated military budget Bush proposed for 2009?

Posted on: Jan 30, 2008, Source: Truthdig

We should pay attention to Sen. Ted Kennedy's endorsement for president -- he was a rare sane voice among Dems in opposing the Iraq war.

Posted on: Jan 23, 2008, Source: Truthdig

No Dem candidate will say what Kucinich would have said: Bankers will steal from the public unless the government holds them accountable.