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Barry Sussman

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How Woodward and Bernstein Came to Interview Grand Jurors

(21) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 2:44 PM

After almost 40 years of denials by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, it was revealed this week that one of them, Bernstein, had interviewed a Watergate grand juror in 1972.

The indisputable new evidence is in the form of a New York Magazine excerpt from a book that...

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Did Mark Felt Even Know He Was Deep Throat?

(7) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 2:30 PM

In his new book Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat, Max Holland takes on chief aspects of the Watergate myth: that an idealistic, well-placed and mysterious source fed information to Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, thereby leading the American press to one of its greatest achievements, the...

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Are the Candidates Turning Off the GOP Rank and File?

(10) Comments | Posted January 16, 2012 | 12:02 PM

Voter turnout, mostly overlooked by the press, should be a main question after the Jan. 21 South Carolina Republican primary. Turnout until now has been poor. Instead of attracting voters, the presidential candidates have been repelling them.

For a long time now, Senate and House Republicans have said their main...

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Who Are the 25 Most Powerful Unelected People In America?

(22) Comments | Posted January 1, 2012 | 3:16 PM

I got an email from my nephew Daniel Sussman, a screenwriter. He has been living in Greece for a while and thus has a calm, detached perspective on what's going on in American politics.

He wrote:

"Okay, maybe this is naive, but...

"Just about every sane person is (or...

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Why Not Ask a Fox News Question in Every News Media Opinion Poll?

(27) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 2:15 PM

A New York Times/CBS News poll, released Dec. 7, showed Fox News Channel viewers in Iowa nearly twice as likely to oppose Mitt Romney as people who don't get their news from the Murdoch/Ailes network. There are logical explanations for this in addition to biased, brainwashing coverage by...

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Kenneth Dahlberg's Role in Watergate

(2) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 4:49 PM

Obituaries of Kenneth Dahlberg, who died at age 94 on Oct. 4th, pointed out that he unwittingly played a key role in the unraveling of Richard Nixon's Watergate scandal coverup. That's an understatement. The "Dahlberg check" story was the single most important contribution the Washington Post made in...

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Is Middle East Unrest Causing Oil Price Spikes? Maybe Not

(27) Comments | Posted March 8, 2011 | 12:07 PM

Reporters and editors, based on past experience, should examine the extent to which stock market speculators and the oil companies are pushing gas prices to the $4 mark. For guidance, here are some questions and leads from experts who wrote about the subject for Nieman Watchdog in the period 2005...

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A Watergate Lesson: Secret Money Means Payoffs, Bribes and Extortion

(50) Comments | Posted October 20, 2010 | 11:26 AM

The newest wave of massive, secret campaign financing is increasingly being likened to the illegal corporate campaign contributions that were part of the Watergate scandal (see Jill Abramson of the New York Times and Bloomberg's Albert Hunt). The comparison is apt -- but the problem actually...

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An Open Letter to Rep. Waxman on Broadband Fraud and the FCC

(5) Comments | Posted March 17, 2010 | 12:38 PM

Dear Chairman Waxman,

I see where you commended the FCC for its new broadband plan. Maybe you should take another look? As chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and as a highly regarded investigator, you may find deep corruption and fraud in what...

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McClatchy Survey Finds 2 To 1 Support For Health Care Reform

(17) Comments | Posted March 5, 2010 | 3:12 PM

I wrote recently about the outrageous fraud of Republican leaders citing public opinion as a reason to oppose health care reform. They do this to make it appear as though they're the people's party, and because it's difficult to state their real reason, which is to bring down President...

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Survey Tells it Like it Is in Afghanistan: Primitive

(1) Comments | Posted January 18, 2010 | 10:44 AM

A new survey in Afghanistan by ABC News, the BBC and ARD German TV shows massive disgust with corruption in Kabul and the provinces, anger and contempt for the Taliban, and a majority of the population insecure and living in primitive conditions with widespread poverty and deprivation.

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Where's the Reporting On the Fraud That Led to the Economic Collapse?

(29) Comments | Posted October 15, 2009 | 4:31 AM

Economist James Galbraith says America’s economic collapse “was the product of wide-scale criminal fraud” but that the press, instead of investigating it aggressively, has treated it as a ‘boys will be boys” phenomenon.

Galbraith, a University of Texas professor and author of seven books, notes that during the savings and...

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