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DC Stakeout: Watching the Hacks Watch Paula Broadwell

Washington D.C.– I was at home minding my own business last Tuesday, when I got the tip-off via Twitter from friend and neighbor Mike Elk: Paula Broadwell was holed-up in her brother’s house just around the corner, hiding out from…

Nov 20, 2012 | Comments (21)

In Leaked Docs, Honeywell Cites Obama Ties As Key to Anti-Union Strategy

This article is cross-posted from In These Times In These Times has exclusively obtained a leaked internal Honeywell document outlining an anti-union strategy that includes leveraging Obama administration connections. The documents suggest that the megacorporation is deeply concerned about recent union…

Nov 16, 2012 | Comments (8)

Skyfall: Die, Bond, Die!

First things first: Roger Deakins is the god of cinematographers. As you know, he’s the Coen Brothers’ long-time DP—your cue to salute—and he’s on the job here in Skyfall, the latest Bond movie. Another Coen film crew member, Dennis Gassner—salute,…

Nov 11, 2012 | Comments (60)

Letter from Los Angeles: Election Night Yeast Infection Nightmares

On election day, I woke up before dawn, took a dip in the ocean, made coffee and worked until about noon, when I decided to get the thing over and go vote. I walked five blocks to my polling station,…

Nov 9, 2012 | Comments (19)

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Election Watch: Libertarian Party VP James Gray & the Libertarian Pothead Conspiracy (Or: Don’t Be a Sucker)

Judge Gray’s sleazy efforts to bring lefties and progressives into the Libertarian Party fold under the innocuous banner of pot legalization is much more relevant today than it was 2011.

Nov 3, 2012 | Comments (68)

Infiltrating the Lincoln Club: My Lunch With the Powerful Rightwing Group Behind Citizens United and CA’s Anti-Union Legislation

Cross-posted from Frying Pan News It’s an unreasonably warm October day, and I’m milling about awkwardly with a handful of suits at a mixer in a small banquet hall at Newport Beach’s Pacific Club—which, according to its website, is the…

Oct 31, 2012 | Comments (9)

The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg Was a Follower of Jewish Rightwing Terrorist Meir Kahane

Goldberg might condemn anti-Palestinian violence today, but he himself was a die-hard follower of anti-Arab terrorist Meir Kahane.

Oct 28, 2012 | Comments (16)

Halloween Tribute: Val Lewton Sez Death Is Good!

In this festive season of the year when cheery death-related imagery like skeletons and ghosts and zombies cluster all around us, it seems fitting that we celebrate someone who really liked death and tried his best to show us how…

Oct 28, 2012 | Comments (20)

Recovered History: How Wall Street-Funded Self Help Propaganda Greased the Real Estate Bubble

I was passing through the Mojave Desert and by chance stopped by a local thrift store in Joshua Tree. I’m glad I did, because I spotted a book that I just had to own. At $0.50, it was priced to sell….

Oct 19, 2012 | Comments (56)

Seven Psychopaths and One Pissed-off Reviewer

  Seven Psychopaths is one of those movies that’s too cute by half. If I hadn’t been so fried, I’d have paid more heed to the warning signs—the arch title, the “quirky” poster images, the fact that Tom Waits is…

Oct 14, 2012 | Comments (34)

The Nobel Prize in Economics? There Is No Nobel Prize in Economics

The Nobel Prize in Economics is not a real Nobel. It wasn’t created by Alfred Nobel. It’s not even called a “Nobel Prize,” no matter what the press reports say.

Oct 12, 2012 | Comments (51)

Progressive Turncoats: Pro-Labor Politician from East Los Angeles Fronting For Koch Brothers, Wall Street Fraudsters and Wal-Mart Oligarchs…

“Money is the mother’s milk of politics,” Gloria Romero tells me on the phone. “It’s flowing to both sides. Government isn’t about drawing lines. It’s not about saying you’re on that side and you can’t come over.”

Oct 10, 2012 | Comments (13)

Do Your Part: Help SHAME the Media Establishment

Ever since our launch just a few months ago, the SHAME Project has been running like a buzz saw through the media establishment . . . it just needs support from readers and fans like you to keep up the pace. Can you help?

Oct 8, 2012 | Comments (11)

Romney’s “Liberal” Daddy Called Supporters Of Equal Rights Amendment “Moral Perverts”

Mitt Romney’s father, former Gov. George Romney—the supposedly “liberal” “cool” Republican who was destroyed by Nixon’s dirty tricks—publicly denounced supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment as “moral perverts,” labeling the movement a homosexual conspiracy to destroy the American family.

Oct 6, 2012 | Comments (20)

Ames Was Right Again: Obama Was A Boring Technocrat In 2008 Debates, But You Were Too Stupid To Notice

You poor Obamabots only just discovered a few nights ago what a crushingly dull technocrat Barack Obama is—but you’re still making the mistake of assuming that his snoozer performance against Mitt Romney during Wednesday’s debate was some sort of aberration….

Oct 6, 2012 | Comments (27)

Megan McArdle’s Fake Full Disclosures: What the Daily Beast Correspondent Doesn’t Want You To Know About Her Koch Work

There have only been a handful of instances over the years when Megan McArdle felt compelled to issue a “full disclosure” about her journalism conflicts of interest. And every time, these “full disclosures” have been used as smokescreens to give readers the false impression that McArdle was being up-front about her conflicted relationships.

Oct 1, 2012 | Comments (29)

Barry Ritholtz Calls S.H.A.M.E.’s Expose of Megan McArdle “One of the Most Brutal Takedowns I Have Ever Seen” and “Absolutely Must Read Material”

This past Friday, S.H.A.M.E. Project’s expose of Megan McArdle got a shout out from financial blogger/commentator Barry Ritholtz, who called our profile of the Newsweek/Daily Beast hack “one of the most brutal takedowns I have ever seen.” Ritholtz—author of the excellent…

Sep 24, 2012 | Comments (23)

The Master: Are You Serious?

  As soon as The Master was released, every day it was, “Ja see it? Ja see it yet? Whadja think? Ya gotta go see it.”  Nag, nag, nag. So to give writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson credit, he’s got crass…

Sep 23, 2012 | Comments (82)

Nicholas Kristof Didn’t Join Colleagues To Back NYT Overseas Employees in Union Fight

This article is cross-posted from In These Times On September 13, two-time Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof penned an op-ed titled “Students Over Unions” bashing the Chicago Teachers Union’s current strike. Kristof writes, I’d be sympathetic if the union focused solely…

Sep 20, 2012 | Comments (10)

The Daily Beast’s Megan McArdle: A Covert Republican Party Activist Trained By the Billionaire Koch Brothers

S.H.A.M.E. just published a brand new shill profile. Its latest subject: Megan McArdle, who was just hired on this September as Newsweek/The Daily Beast’s “special correspondent on economics, business and public policy.” In case you’re wondering, yes, that’s her in the image…

Sep 19, 2012 | Comments (34)

Freakonomics Author Steven Levitt: Enemy of Chicago School Teachers

On Monday, September 10, the Chicago Teachers Union—the oldest teachers union in America—went on strike. Teachers are striking for better pay, smaller class sizes and more job security. They are striking against school privatizations, teaching to standardized testing and the general…

Sep 12, 2012 | Comments (52)

Max Blumenthal: Meet The Right-Wing Extremist Behind Anti-Muslim Film That Sparked Deadly Riots

While Bacile claims to be in hiding, and his identity remains murky, another character who has been publicly listed as a consultant on the film is a known anti-Muslim activist with ties to the extreme Christian right and the militia movement. He is Steve Klein, a Hemet, California based insurance salesman who claims to have led a “hunter-killer team” in Vietnam.

Sep 12, 2012 | Comments (66)

The War Nerd Returns With A Special Survey Of Obama’s Wars: “Good Fighter, Can’t Cheerlead Worth A Damn”

When you look back at Obama’s wars, you get a pretty clear idea what went wrong over the last four years…Obama just doesn’t understand his job as war chief of this big crazy tribe…

Sep 11, 2012 | Comments (81)

Journalists at the RNC Either Suck Up To Power, Or Risk Attack…

Being a reporter with a video camera at a GOP convention and doing anything other than sucking up to power . . . well, that just might be the most dangerous journalism job in America today. Hell, people are in danger of being lynched just for reporting while being black.

Sep 7, 2012 | Comments (44)

“Bernie Bernbaum Does America” — Mark Ames Goes To Salt Lake City To Expedite Mormon Apocalypse & Dispatch The DNC

Some of you might be wondering what I’m doing in Salt Lake City…

Sep 7, 2012 | Comments (30)