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OPINION
November 10, 2002
As usual, Robert Scheer gets it half right when he focuses attention on overpopulation as the core of most of the world's problems ("Playing Population-Explosion Politics," Commentary, Nov. 5). Every crisis -- in the environment, education and unemployment, to name a few -- is exacerbated by increasing population. But to discuss population policy without taking on immigration policy represents the height of folly. At least the political right is consistent in backing population growth and open borders to ensure cheap labor and plentiful cannon fodder.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2010
BOOKS The Great American Stickup Seasoned journalist and TruthDig.com editor Robert Scheer drops by Book Soup and looks at presidential administrations' relationship with Wall Street going back to the Reagan era and commonly accepted market myths along the way. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free (copy of the book, $16). http://www.booksoup.com . Anne Rice The bestselling author will be signing her latest, "Of Love and Evil, "the second installation in the religious romance "Song of Seraphim" series.
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October 18, 2010
The Great American Stickup How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street Robert Scheer with Christopher Scheer and Joshua Scheer Nation Books: 292 pp., $15.95 paper
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2010
The Great American Stickup How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street Robert Scheer with Christopher Scheer and Joshua Scheer Nation Books: 292 pp., $15.95 paper
MAGAZINE
September 11, 1988
The reporting in "The Man Who Blew the Whistle on 'Star Wars' " (by Robert Scheer, July 17)--on the influence of Edward Teller on Reagan and his "advisers" (including Bush)--should alert the Congress and the public to a system that will only enrich the military-industrial complex and add not one ounce to the national defense. WAYNE ROSGEN Anaheim
TRAVEL
November 3, 1991
Please tell Robert Scheer that his description of Nevada City was accurate but his recommendation of the National hotel was a bummer. What a dump! Scheer confused a dingy, dark, depressing dump for a charming restored hotel. My wife and I walked in, looked at our "suite" and politely walked out, leaving our deposit behind. GENE DAVIS Palm Desert
BOOKS
March 28, 1993
Robert Scheer's review of "Murdoch" by William Shawcross (Feb. 21) says some hard things about Rupert Murdoch and other publishers that are probably true. But what is eating Scheer is probably that as far as is known, Murdoch has not yet allowed any of his newspapers to become a playpen for liberals and leftover radicals of the '60s. RICHARD A. PERKINS LOS ANGELES
BOOKS
May 22, 1988
Robert Scheer, in reviewing Donald Regan's book, concludes that "the President, if he is as abysmally unfocused as Regan describes, should be grateful that at least he has Nancy and her charts." Fine for the President, but what about us, the American public? I don't recall requiring a "seeress" in the White House, or even seeing Nancy's name on my ballot. ADELINE R. CRAIG OCEANSIDE
BOOKS
August 2, 1987
Robert Scheer's review of "The Casualty" was hardly a review at all. Instead, Scheer played erroneously with the chilling statistics of World War II. Yes, there were six million Jews annihilated by the Nazis. And yes, there were millions of Russians killed. But Stalin killed more Russians than Hitler. And what about the millions of murdered Poles, Czechs, Serbs and Gypsies? A book should be reviewed on its own merits and not on the predilections of the reviewer. As they used to say, if Scheer wanted to make a speech, why didn't he rent a hall?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2000
Re "Mary Cheney Just Might Teach the Right a Lesson," Commentary, Oct. 3: Why would a person of such outstanding abilities, intelligence and capability as Robert Scheer attributes to Mary Cheney actively support a man who "compiled one of the most viciously anti-gay voting records in Congress"? If Cheney is the model citizen Scheer describes, why would she put her life on hold to elect the very men who promise to actively continue to deny all homosexuals the most basic rights and protections of citizenship?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2010 | By Jonathan Kirsch, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Robert Scheer is a journalist in the gadfly tradition of Lincoln Steffens, I. F. Stone and Seymour Hersh. His latest book, "The Great American Stickup," blames the "captains of finance" for causing the 2008 "meltdown" of the global economy in the first place and then profiting from the tax dollars that were thrown at the problem ? "a giant hustle that served the richest of the rich," as he puts it, "and left the rest of us holding the bag. " We've been reading Scheer's informed, edgy prose since his days at Ramparts magazine, and his career has included a long stint as a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and, more recently, the founding of the website Truthdig.
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July 3, 2006 | Lee Drutman, Special to The Times
GREG PALAST begins, " 'So Osama walks into this bar, see? ... and Bush says, "Whad'l'ya have, pardner?" and Osama says....'
OPINION
November 23, 2005
Re "Times Plans New Op-Ed Lineup," Nov. 11 The greater Southern California community is one that not only proudly embraces its diversity, but demands it. Your decision to fire Robert Scheer is a great disservice to the spirit of our community. It seems that your new leadership, especially Publisher Jeff Johnson, is entirely out of touch with your readers and their desire to be exposed to views that stretch them beyond their own paradigms. So although the number of contributors to your Op-Ed pages may have increased, in firing Scheer and hiring columnists such as Jonah Goldberg, the gamut of voices has undeniably been diluted.
OPINION
November 17, 2005
When hundreds of readers contact you to protest your sacking of veteran Op-Ed writer Robert Scheer, The Times' articulate and courageous voice of the left, they deserve more of a response than the condescending "A Note to Our Readers" (Opinion, Nov. 15). Your readers, including me, clearly have asked to know why Scheer was fired. A "because we said so" answer doesn't cut it. Sad Times. LORRAINE GAYER Huntington Beach At least you're right on one point, Andres Martinez: Readers "can agree to disagree with the wisdom of our decision."
OPINION
November 12, 2005
Re "Times Plans New Op-Ed Lineup," Nov. 11 I am outraged at your decision to drop columnist Robert Scheer and cartoonist Michael Ramirez from the Op-Ed page. They are two of the foremost exponents of their respective views. Scheer is a brilliant exponent of the liberal agenda, and Ramirez is a gifted artist with a biting wit. I often disagree with both of them, but I never fail to read them. The Times will be a much more inferior paper with their absence. DAVID BERMAN Tarzana It seems a remarkable piece of irony that Scheer is being dropped now that every liberal word he has written about the Bush administration has turned out to be true.
OPINION
September 4, 2005
Re "Iraq's fig leaf constitution," Opinion, Aug. 30 Robert Scheer hits the nail on the head when he states the region's autocrats, theocrats and terrorists are stronger than ever. What he fails to address fully is the undeniable truth that if we leave Iraq, there will be chaos and civil war. And this will occur if we leave tomorrow or if we leave four years from now. The only difference would be that if we leave now, the Iraqis will have only each other to kill, not our precious young men and women.
TRAVEL
January 5, 1992
Regarding Robert Scheer's comments about the Hotel Diva, he has not done his usual homework. The Diva is not only known via word of mouth, but has been featured in major newspapers and magazines the world over as ". . . a star, . . . original and fun, . . . totally different, . . . the place to go," etc. Since holiday rates seemed appropriately so much a focus for Scheer, a simple call would have told him that Hotel Diva has a holiday rate of $89,...
OPINION
December 25, 2003
Re "Secrets, Lies and Media Privilege," Commentary, Dec. 22: I continue to be amazed at Robert Scheer's misleading portrayal of Wen Ho Lee. Lee pleaded guilty to one count of mishandling of governmental data. True. What Scheer has failed to mention is that Lee downloaded the equivalent of 250,000 pages or more of nuclear weapons information from a classified computer -- at about midnight on a Christmas Eve, among other times -- and then smuggled the magnetic tapes of data out of Los Alamos National Laboratories.
OPINION
July 31, 2005
Re "Scheer gets it wrong on China," letters, July 28 Robert Scheer is correct about China, and your readers' reactions are wrong. I have visited China 13 times and can tell you that the opinions of your letter writers opposed to Scheer's view of China are about 15 years behind the times! These inaccurate and outdated views that many American people have of China are what is so scary. First, the view that "people in China continue to starve" is outdated and a bit stale, pardon my pun!
OPINION
July 28, 2005
Re "On China at least, Nixon was right," Opinion, July 26 I can't believe I'm disagreeing with Robert Scheer, whom I believe speaks for me in every article he writes. Not this time. Though I agree with his central argument that it's hypocritical to string up the protectionist flag when China makes a bid for a U.S. company, I think his viewpoint abandons the very principle that makes him a champion of labor and workers' rights. Yes, communist China is doing exceptionally well at our game of capitalism, but at what cost?
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