Plagiarism: Why It Matters

Chris Hedges

One reaction I’ve seen to the accusations of plagiarism against Chris Hedges is, basically: Who cares? It’s true there are greater journalistic crimes than plagiarism. When a reporter fabricates stories, or passes along government lies as truth, people can get killed. Plagiarism has never started a war, as far as I can tell. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not a serious matter, at least for the journalistic community. It’s a matter of workplace theft. Imagine that you wait tables in a restaurant, and one of your co-workers turns out to have a habit of picking up other people’s tips […]


Occupy Charlie Rose!

With the bad news we’ve been talking about on the public broadcasting front, it’s worth pointing out a bright spot: On Monday (10/24/11), Charlie Rose featured a discussion of Occupy Wall Street with Chris Hedges and Amy Goodman. Goodman made an important point about media coverage of the protests: CHARLIE ROSE: Does it have anything in common with the Tea Party? AMY GOODMAN: Well, it’s interesting you ask that. When the people gathered on September 16 and 17–what, 2000 people–hardly any coverage they got. If it was 2000 Tea Party activists who gathered on Wall Street, I would dare said […]


Bill O’Reilly Polices the 9/11 Boundaries

Fox host Bill O’Reilly knows a thing or two about boundaries. As he told his TV audience Monday night, some “far-left” radicals crossed the line on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote a blog post about how some Republican politicians turned the attacks into a “wedge issue,” and referred to George W. Bush and Rudolph Giuliani as “fake heroes.” O’Reilly’s reaction: Krugman is “insulting his country on the anniversary of 9/11. That is truly despicable.” O’Reilly had a little left in tank, so he went after former Times reporter Chris Hedges for […]


Chris Hedges Was Supposed to Write a Book About the Media…

I caught this story at Single Payer Action. The account is based on a talk veteran reporter Chris Hedges gave recently at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, New York: “Knopf –which, of course, like all of these large publishing houses is owned by a large transnational corporation–asked me to write a book on the press,” Hedges told the Sanctuary for Independent Media last month in Troy, New York. “The advance was pretty low–I said no. But after giving a talk at the Ford Foundation, they said they would kick in the money. And I agreed to do it.” […]


On the Limits of ‘Reports and Facts’ vs Propaganda

Viewing “two excellent pieces by the American News Project about the Fed’s astonishing actions during the current meltdown,” A Tiny Revolution‘s Jonathan Schwarz (7/12/09) confirms that “ANP does great work, and I commend them for taking on this subject–especially since it’s covered nowhere else, including on progressive blurms.” But he’s nonetheless reminded of a June 29 TruthDig piece in which war reporter Chris Hedges tells why “The Truth Alone Will Not Set You Free“: The public is bombarded with carefully crafted images meant to confuse propaganda with ideology and knowledge with how we feel. Human rights and labor groups, investigative […]