What passes for investigative journalism is finding somebody with their pants down - literally or otherwise.— Robert Scheer
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The issue I highlight in the book is welfare reform.
We've had the trivialization of our politics going on ever since we had electronic media.
I teach at USC, and it's obvious to anyone who teaches college students that they don't cover much modern history and certainly not the modern presidency.
We talk about a free press. These people hide, they make a lot of money off the media. They hide behind the slogans of free press, and then they can come out with crap like that. It's just garbage. It's insulting to the readers.
Much of what candidates have to do is raise money and appeal to constituencies or interest groups that can provide that money.
When Howard Dean started saying some honest things, they hung him.
It had run as a column - I had worked at the paper since 1976, but the column had been running for 13 years, and I think it was a strong column, criticizing the war when the paper was supporting it.
If the war on terror is endless, you could forget about democracy.
There's a problem of terrorism in the world.
There's always been terrorism. There will be terrorism. You have to deal with it surgically. You have to deal with it in a serious way.
Boycotts don't work. They work in certain isolated situations, where you have some potential. But in the main, the best way to bring about freedom in a society is to normalize, have tourism, have trade, have contact.
At least 3% of the signers of the Constitution must have been gay, since that's the low estimate for any population sample. It was probably higher, given that they were a pretty talented bunch and wore wigs.
I happen to love America. I love this freedom and democracy. The fact is we are the ones who killed innocent people, men, women and children, in Hiroshima and Nagasaki with nuclear weapons, weapons that should have never been used, should have never been developed in the first place, you know?
He [Reagan] likes to tell jokes and that's why he told the ethnic joke that got him into some trouble. Perhaps if reporters didn't overreact to a politician's telling the very same joke they routinely hear and tell in the city room, we'd get more humor.
Richard Nixon even before becoming president, before meeting Henry Kissinger, he said, "This is ridiculous. Communism is nationalist. The Chinese and Russian and Yugoslav and Cuban and - none of these communists get along, and the Koreans and the Vietnamese, and we can do business with them." And then he opened up to China, and that's when the Cold War started.
Alternative media is no longer really alternative, and we're no longer that dependant upon newspapers, like the Los Angeles Times, for our information.
The terrorists are going to believe the worst about America.
They think we spy on everything. They think we kill everyone. They think - they don't believe that we believe in democracy, right? They don't believe we have limits on our government.
I've never met any strong critic of the United States anywhere in the world who gave us any credit for having limit on government.
Everybody says, "Well, if it's a democracy, let them have nuclear weapons.
" America is the only country that has ever used nuclear weapons. We're the only ones, this democracy, our great democracy.
Eisenhower was a pretty peace-oriented president.
Truman was a pretty hawkish. I would argue, if we had more time, I would argue Truman had a lot to do with getting the Cold War going.
The fact is ... that when totalitarian nations like China and Saudi Arabia play ball with U.S. business interests, we like them just fine. But when Venezuela's freely elected president threatens powerful corporate interests, the Bush administration treats him as an enemy.
George W. Bush is a person who is totally disinterested in the world, uneducated. I'm not saying he's stupid. I don't think he's stupid. He's crafty as hell, but he projects well on television. And that's the real big problem. He is the perfect "what, me worry?" president.
The great enemy of any totalitarian regime is normalization and trade.
We pick governors from states where governors don't do anything, like Jimmy Carter from Georgia, George W. Bush from Texas.
And new people come in, and it doesn't go along with their politics, and they fire me, end the column, silence a voice in Los Angeles. They can't silence it nationally, but they are able to do it there.
I think it's very important to follow the lead of the South Koreans and the Chinese and not back North Korea even further into a corner, because that's when they'll be dangerous.
I happen to be one of those in the antiwar part of things who actually supported Bill Clinton when he sent the cruise missiles in to take out bin Laden. I had thought we had the right to use Special Forces to go in for bin Laden. He had attacked American embassies. He attacked ships. And so, I didn't see any need to coddle the Taliban.
It takes no courage to make war, particularly if you're not going to go and your children are not going to go.
Nuclear weapons are inherently threatening to all of civilization.
If that had been a nuclear weapon at the World Trade Center, even the most primitive kind of the Hiroshima, Nagasaki, you wouldn't have a Manhattan. There wouldn't be a democracy of any kind in America.
The journalist's job is to get the story by breaking into their offices, by bribing, by seducing people, by lying, by anything else to break through the palace guard.
Democrats can give us wars, you know? Democrats can play the false patriotism card.
Life is a horror for the Korean people.
And I think isolating them further is going to make life more miserable.
The paper nominated me 12 or 13 times for the Pulitzer Prize.
I was a finalist for the Pulitzer as a reporter.
I was able to do something that people cant do these days, which is to have quality time with the guys who were trying to be president and a number of them who got the job.
Today anyone on the Internet can find out more about what you read, think, and earn than the secret police of Stalin or Hitler could have learned.
We think the Republicans are the ones who started this fundamentalist religion claptrap, you know? It was Jimmy Carter. He's the one who talked about, you know, "I'm a born-again Christian. I pray all the time. I do this," etc.