Robert Scheer
American writer, activist and tax resister
Robert Scheer
Robert Scheer is an American journalist who writes a column for Truthdig that is nationally syndicated by Creators Syndicate in publications such as The Huffington Post and The Nation. He is a clinical professor of communications at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California and co-hosts the weekly political radio program Left, Right & Center on KCRW, the National Public Radio affiliate in Santa Monica, California.
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April 21, 2003
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April 21, 2003
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April 21, 2003
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April 21, 2003
Joseph Yun The House Subcommittee and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment chaired by Eni Faleomavaega (D-AS) held a historic hearing on "Crimes Against Humanity: When will Indonesia's Military be held accountable
April 21, 2003
Attendees from Papua The House Subcommittee and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment chaired by Eni Faleomavaega (D-AS) held a historic hearing on "Crimes Against Humanity: When will Indonesia's Military be held ac
April 21, 2003
Joseph Yun The House Subcommittee and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment chaired by Eni Faleomavaega (D-AS) held a historic hearing on "Crimes Against Humanity: When will Indonesia's Military be held accountable
April 21, 2003
Attendees from Papua The House Subcommittee and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment chaired by Eni Faleomavaega (D-AS) held a historic hearing on "Crimes Against Humanity: When will Indonesia's Military be held ac
April 21, 2003
Attendees from Papua The House Subcommittee and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment chaired by Eni Faleomavaega (D-AS) held a historic hearing on "Crimes Against Humanity: When will Indonesia's Military be held ac
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Heyday Books Publisher Steve Wasserman Discusses the Future of the Printed Word
Huffington Post - 19 days
In this week's episode of KCRW's "Scheer Intelligence," Steve Wasserman, former editor at Yale University Press and the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and publisher of Heyday Books, speaks with Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer about actual books and e-books and recounts how Malcolm Margolin founded the imprint to champion indigenous people. Wasserman has worked with many authors, including Tom Hayden and Christopher Hitchens, and was once Scheer's agent. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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A Conversation With Willie Nelson, Part II: Living in the Promised Land
Huffington Post - 25 days
In the second portion of a two-part conversation, the American musician Willie Nelson tells Robert Scheer why, in spite of prevailing political conditions, he is optimistic about the future of the United States. Nelson also discussed his start in the music industry as a DJ and promoter and his love of Texas and Texans, and explained why he's not afraid of getting older. Why do Texans keep voting for "assholes," Scheer asks Nelson. "Because assholes keep running," Nelson replies. When Scheer points out that many liberals do not understand why millions of their fellow citizens voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, Nelson says: "I recorded a song called 'Living in the Promiseland.' ... It's about welcoming everyone: 'Living in the promiseland, our dreams are made of steel. The prayer of every man is to know how freedom feels. Bring us your foreign songs, we will sing along. ...' Come on. Come on, America. We love you. We'll help you. We'll find a spot for you." Scheer a ...
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The Insanity of a New Cold War: A Top Russian Scholar Sounds the Alarm
Huffington Post - about 1 month
In this week's episode of KCRW's "Scheer Intelligence," host Robert Scheer is joined by Russian-born professor Sergei Plekhanov. Plekhanov teaches at York University in Toronto and has a wealth of knowledge about Russian culture and politics, which, he argues, are overlooked by Western media. The conversation begins with a brief discussion of the history between the United States and Russia, particularly during the Cold War. Scheer then asks Plekhanov about U.S. attitudes toward Russia today. Listen to the interview below: In the eyes of some in the United States, "Russia has undermined the international order," Plekhanov says. "So," he continued, "Russia needs to be punished, Russia needs to be contained. That's the view." Scheer brings up the recent political mayhem over allegations of Russian hacking, particularly the role of FBI Director James Comey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Clapper makes it seem like we are entering another chapter of the ...
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Blase Bonpane, A Priest Who Defied The Catholic Church
Huffington Post - 3 months
Rev. Blase Bonpane. (Office of the Americas) The Rev. Blase Bonpane, a Catholic priest and author of the new book, The Nicene Heresy: Christendom and War, Reverence and Critique, speaks with "Scheer Intelligence." Robert Scheer and Blase Bonpane discuss Bonpane's career working for peace in Central America and his conflicted relationship with the Catholic Church. Bonpane is the director of the Office of the Americas, which promotes peaceful relations in Central America. He was active in Guatemala in the 1960s during that country's revolution. He tells Scheer about his disassociation from the Catholic Church that resulted from his international work and his eventual marriage to a nun. He also discusses the parallels between the "religiosity of nationalism" in the United States and in Islamic State in the Middle East -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be ...
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Socialist Kshama Sawant Talk About Progress for Seattle Workers
Huffington Post - 3 months
Truthdig.com In this week's episode of "Scheer Intelligence," Robert Scheer speaks with Kshama Sawant, the second socialist (and the first within one hundred years) to hold a seat on Seattle's City Council. Sawant, currently in her second term on the council, discusses her upbringing in India and how inequality in America ultimately led her to embrace socialism. She also explains how socialism, as a label, is becoming less controversial and is being embraced by millennials. Sawant also provides specific examples of how Seattle has benefited from her political ideology. Adapted from Truthdig.com Read the interview below: Robert Scheer: Hi this is Robert Scheer and we'll be getting to this week's Scheer Intelligence shortly but the election has thrown a bit of a hook at us. When I interviewed Kshama Sawant the independent socialist member of the Seattle city council an advocate of economic social justice, I did as most pollsters and commentaries assumed that Hillary ...
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Lizbeth Mateo: Contradictions of U.S. Immigration Policy
Huffington Post - 4 months
In this week's episode of "Scheer Intelligence," Robert Scheer speaks with lawyer and immigrant rights activist Lizbeth Mateo, who self-deported in order to illuminate the plight of immigrants like herself. Mateo came to the United States with her family at age 14 and attended college and law school. She returned to Mexico for several days in 2013 and was subsequently denied DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), calling into question her ability to live and work in the United States. In their conversation, Mateo tells Scheer why she decided to become an activist and self-deport, knowing it was a risky move. She explains why activists call President Obama the "Deporter-in-Chief," and affirms that whatever happens in the presidential election, immigrants will not forget the politicians who remained silent while Donald Trump insulted them. Adapted from Truthdig.com Read the interview below: Robert Scheer: Hi. This is Robert Scheer. Welcome to another editio ...
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David Dayen: The Untold Stories Of The Mortgage Crisis
Huffington Post - 4 months
In this week's episode of "Scheer Intelligence," Robert Scheer speaks with David Dayen, author of the book Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud. Dayen and Scheer discuss the federal government's failure to respond to millions of people who suffered from the mortgage fallout from the 2008 bank crisis. Dayen tells Scheer that anger over foreclosures has fueled this year's bitter and unusual presidential race. The two also discuss why, despite the best efforts of the book's subjects, little has been done to mitigate homeowners' losses. Adapted from Truthdig.com Read the full transcript below: Robert Scheer: Hi, this is Robert Scheer, with another edition of "Scheer Intelligence," where the intelligence comes from my guest, in this case, David Dayen, who wrote a book called Chain of Title, and its subtitle tells it all: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud. True confessions, ...
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Chris Hedges And Robert Scheer Assess The Merits Of A Life Of Virtue In A World For Careerists
The Huffington Post - 6 months
In this week’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence” on KCRW, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer speaks with Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges about the rewards of Hedges’ unorthodox career as a minister and journalist covering the disintegration of societies on multiple continents, his working habits, and the consequences of elite neglect of the forces that turn civilized populations barbarian. The two spoke in Philadelphia in late July as Democrats pilloried Republicans and their presidential candidate, Donald Trump. More...
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GM switch plaintiff drops case after being accused of lying
Chicago Times - about 1 year
The Oklahoma mail carrier at the center of the first trial over General Motors's deadly ignition-switch defect is dropping his claims after he and his wife were accused of lying in court, in a major victory for the carmaker. Robert Scheuer, 49, will walk away empty-handed, ending a lawsuit that...
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GM ignition-switch plaintiff retains criminal attorney mid-trial
Yahoo News - about 1 year
An Oklahoma man suing General Motors in the first trial in federal litigation over its massive engine switch recall has hired a criminal defense attorney after the carmaker accused him and his wife of making misleading statements in their testimony. U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan on Wednesday said plaintiff Robert Scheuer will be represented by attorney Priya Chaudhry, and his wife Lisa will be represented by Charles Clayman. The move was prompted by a motion Monday from GM claiming the Scheuers may have given false testimony to jurors about the circumstances surrounding their eviction from their home months after Robert said he was injured in an accident involving a 2003 Saturn Ion, one of 2.6 million vehicles with the faulty switch recalled in 2014.
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Plaintiff in GM Civil Trial Takes Stand
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
Plaintiff Robert Scheuer takes the witness stand in the first of several “bellwether” cases against General Motors related to faulty ignition switches.
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GM challenges ignition-switch plaintiff’s account of crash fallout
Yahoo News - about 1 year
By Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) - A lawyer for General Motors Co pushed back Thursday against an Oklahoma man’s testimony that his quality of life plummeted because of crash injuries he blamed on his Saturn Ion's faulty ignition switch, in the first trial after a recall of millions of vehicles with the defective switch. Plaintiff Robert Scheuer, a 49-year old letter carrier, told jurors in Manhattan federal court that he cannot enjoy many daily activities due to the “violent” neck and back pain that he experienced since his 2003 Ion crashed just weeks after it was recalled for safety issues with the switch. Scheuer claims the ignition switch defect prevented his air bags from going off and protecting him in the crash.
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Scheer Intelligence: Tom Dine on Israel and Peace in the Middle East
Huffington Post - about 1 year
This week, Robert Scheer sits down with Tom Dine, currently the senior policy advisor at Israel Policy Forum, but best known as the head of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), a powerful pro-Israel lobbying organization from 1980-1993. Robert and Tom discuss some of the highs and lows in a 53-year-long career in public service as well as why Tom considers going to war in Iraq in 2003 one of the worst decisions in the history of American foreign policy. They talk about why the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 was a turning point in the peace process from which the region still has not recovered. Tom Dine also reveals his role in negotiations between Syria and Israel in recent years and how close the parties came to an agreement on major issues. Adapted from KCRW.com Click, Subscribe, Share Read the full interview below Robert Scheer: Hello, I'm Robert Scheer, and welcome to Scheer Intelligence, my new podcast in collaboration with KCRW. My g ...
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Scheer Intelligence: Discussing 'The Hunting Ground' With Director Kirby Dick and Producer Amy Ziering
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The Hunting Ground has been a magnet for controversy since it premiered at Sundance last February. It has been shown at hundreds of college campuses, provoking heated discussions about the prevalence of sexual assault as well as how educational institutions handle accusations of rape. The film has also elicited protests from administrators and faculty from some of the schools that it names along with questions about its objectivity. In this week's conversation, filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering don't shy away from the criticism of the film. They engage in an energetic dialogue about what contributes to the high rate of sexual assault on college campuses, as well as why The Hunting Ground has provoked more debate than their earlier film, The Invisible War, about sexual assault in the military. They also discuss the movement the film has helped to inspire and why they believe it should be shown on every college campus. "What you've seen is these colleges and universities putting th ...
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Scheer Intelligence: Discussing 'The Hunting Ground' With Director Kirby Dick and Producer Amy Ziering
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The Hunting Ground has been a magnet for controversy since it premiered at Sundance last February. It has been shown at hundreds of college campuses, provoking heated discussions about the prevalence of sexual assault as well as how educational institutions handle accusations of rape. The film has also elicited protests from administrators and faculty from some of the schools that it names along with questions about its objectivity. In this week's conversation, filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering don't shy away from the criticism of the film. They engage in an energetic dialogue about what contributes to the high rate of sexual assault on college campuses, as well as why The Hunting Ground has provoked more debate than their earlier film, The Invisible War, about sexual assault in the military. They also discuss the movement the film has helped to inspire and why they believe it should be shown on every college campus. "What you've seen is these colleges and universities putting th ...
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Timeline
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 78
    Scheer's latest book, They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy, was released on February 21, 2015.
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  • 2013
    Age 76
    Robert Scheer is editor-in-chief of the news website Truthdig, which is a four-time recipient of the Webby Award for best political blog, and in 2013, Truthdig won a fifth award for best politics site.
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  • 2011
    Age 74
    The Society of Professional Journalists awarded Scheer the 2011 Sigma Delta Chi Award for his column.
    More Details Hide Details Scheer was born and raised in the Bronx, New York City. His mother, Ida Kuran, was a Russian Jew, and his father, Frederick Scheer, was a Protestant native of Germany; both worked in the garment industry. Robert graduated from Christopher Columbus high school in the Bronx. After graduating from City College of New York with a degree in economics, he studied as a fellow at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, and then did further economics graduate work at the Center for Chinese Studies at UC Berkeley. Scheer has also been a Poynter fellow at Yale University, and was a fellow in arms control at Stanford University, the same post once held by United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
  • 2010
    Age 73
    In the October 1, 2010, episode of the radio show Left, Right and Center, Scheer, a self-described liberal, expressed support for Rand Paul, son of former Libertarian presidential candidate Ron Paul, in his bid for the 2011-2016 Kentucky Senate seat.
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    It was published by Nation Books, who also released Scheer's previous book The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street on September 7, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Publishers Weekly wrote about the latter book saying that it "proves that, when it comes to the ruling sway of money power, Democrats and Republicans, Wall Street and Washington make very agreeable bedfellows." The book made the Los Angeles Times bestseller list and on October 17, 2010 was reviewed in the same paper by Jonathan Kirsch, who wrote Scheer has written eight other books, including a collection entitled Thinking Tuna Fish, Talking Death: Essays on the Pornography of Power; With Enough Shovels: Reagan, Bush and Nuclear War; and America After Nixon: The Age of Multinationals. In 2004, Scheer published The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq, which became a Los Angeles Times Bestseller. It was co-authored by his oldest son, Christopher Scheer, and Lakshmi Chaudhry, senior editor at Alternet.
    Scheer received the 2010 Distinguished Work in New Media Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, and in 2011 Ithaca College named Scheer the winner of the Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media.
    More Details Hide Details Scheer was the 1998 honoree of the Shelter Partnership, an organization of Los Angeles downtown businesses as well as the recipient of the USC School of Social Work's Los Amigos Award. He won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism for his writing in the Los Angeles Times and The Nation about the case of nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee. He has also received awards and citations from Stanford University, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the University of California, San Diego, and Yale University.
    In an April 7, 2010, article he wrote that Harry Truman perpetrated "the most atrocious act of terrorism in world history when he annihilated the civilian populations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki."
    More Details Hide Details Scheer has repeated this assertion on the radio program Left, Right & Center.
  • 2008
    Age 71
    In 2008 he published The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America.
    More Details Hide Details Scheer and his son were creative script consultants on the Oliver Stone film Nixon, which was nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay. In 2005, the Mill Valley Film Festival premiered a documentary he co-produced on the activist and philanthropist Stanley Sheinbaum. He has appeared in small speaking roles as a journalist in several feature films, including The Siege and Bulworth. Ry Cooder's politically charged "No Banker Left Behind" was based on a line from Robert Scheer's Truthdig column.
  • 2006
    Age 69
    In 2006, Scheer published Playing President: My Close Encounters with Nixon, Carter, Bush I, Reagan and Clinton – and How They Did Not Prepare Me for George W. Bush (Akashic Books), a collection of his many interviews, profiles, and columns about Presidents Richard Nixon through George W. Bush.
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  • 2005
    Age 68
    On November 29, 2005 Scheer co-launched, as Editor in Chief, the online news magazine Truthdig, where his column is now based.
    More Details Hide Details Scheer's column is syndicated nationally by Creators Syndicate in publications such as The Huffington Post and The Nation. In a 2014 Los Angeles Magazine feature about Truthdig, Ed Leibowitz writes "The columnists and bloggers Truthdig chart an ecosystem in irreversible decline, follow human rights crises and repression overseas, and probe the erosion of American democracy by perpetual war, the disappearance of privacy rights, the abandonment of the poor, and a political system in thrall to corporate titans, gross polluters, and Wall Street crooks. By pursuing these subjects with an intellectual rigor and relentlessness seldom found on the Web, Truthdig has become one of the most critically acclaimed Internet-based news sites in the world." Among the site’s most influential stories was an atheist manifesto by neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris and a searing birthday tribute to slain U.S. Army Ranger and former NFL star Pat Tillman, written by his brother, Kevin.
    He also commented during a November 14, 2005, appearance on Democracy Now!
    More Details Hide Details : "What happened is that I had been the subject of vicious attacks by Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh…. I was a punching bag for those guys. I'm still standing, and the people who run the paper collapsed." In a posting on The Huffington Post, Scheer wrote: Scheer's firing incited a protest held outside the Times downtown office on November 15, and hundreds of readers wrote letters of complaint while some, including actress Barbra Streisand, publicly announced the cancellation of their Times subscriptions. Within a few days of his column being retired by the Times, the San Francisco Chronicle offered itself as the new home paper of Scheer's syndicated column, which ran there for years.
    In it, he asked, "Would George W. Bush have been reelected president if the public understood how much responsibility his administration bears for allowing the 9/11 attacks to succeed?" After running his column for more than 12 years after he had worked as a reporter for the paper 17 years, the Los Angeles Times ended a nearly 30-year relationship with Scheer in November 2005, citing the need to cut costs, but subsequently replaced him with two conservative columnists.
    More Details Hide Details Scheer said in an interview with Democracy Now! that the paper's owner, the Tribune Company, owns a newspaper and a television station in the same market, which is illegal, and may have fired Scheer in an attempt to make it easier to obtain a waiver permitting the dual ownership from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
    Scheer has often expressed highly controversial ideas. For example, on February 15, 2005, he wrote an article entitled "What We Don't Know About 9/11 Hurts Us" for the LA Times.
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  • 2003
    Age 66
    On November 4, 2003, he penned an article in favor of withdrawal from Iraq.
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  • 2002
    Age 65
    In an August 6, 2002, article, he wrote that "a consensus of experts" informed the Senate that the Iraqi weapons arsenal was “almost totally destroyed during eight years of inspections.” On June 3, 2003, Scheer concluded that White House justifications for the war were a "big lie."
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1976
    Age 39
    Scheer interviewed every president from Richard Nixon through Bill Clinton. He conducted the noted 1976 Playboy interview with Jimmy Carter, in which the then-presidential candidate admitted to having "lusted" in his heart.
    More Details Hide Details In an interview with George H.W. Bush, the future president and then presidential candidate revealed that he believed nuclear war was "winnable." Scheer has profiled politicians from Californians Jerry Brown and Willie Brown to Washington insiders like Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski, and entertainment figures like actor Tom Cruise.
    After several years freelancing for magazines, including New Times and Playboy, Scheer joined the Los Angeles Times in 1976 as a reporter.
    More Details Hide Details There he met Narda Zacchino, a reporter whom he later wed in the paper's news room. As a national correspondent for 17 years at the Times, he wrote articles and series on diverse topics such as the Soviet Union during glasnost, the Jews of Los Angeles, arms control, urban crises, national politics and the military, and covered several presidential elections. The Times entered Scheer's work for the Pulitzer Prize 11 times, and he was a finalist for the Pulitzer national reporting award for a series on the television industry. After Scheer left the Times in 1993, the paper granted him a weekly op-ed column which ran every Tuesday for the next 12 years until it was canceled in 2005. The column now appears in Truthdig and is distributed nationally by Creators Syndicate. Scheer is also a contributing editor for the Nation magazine.
  • 1970
    Age 33
    In the November 1970 California election, Scheer ran for the U.S. Senate as the nominee of the Peace and Freedom Party against Republican Senator George Murphy and Democratic Congressman John V. Tunney.
    More Details Hide Details Scheer received 56,731 votes and lost the election to Tunney.
    In July 1970, Scheer accompanied as a journalist a Black Panther Party delegation, led by Eldridge Cleaver, who also wrote for Ramparts, to North Korea, China, and Vietnam.
    More Details Hide Details The delegation also contained people from the San Francisco Red Guard, the women's liberation movement, the Peace and Freedom Party, Newsreel, and the Movement for a Democratic Military.
  • 1968
    Age 31
    In 1968, he signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” pledge, vowing to refuse to pay taxes in protest against the Vietnam War.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1966
    Age 29
    He challenged U.S. Representative Jeffrey Cohelan in the 1966 Democratic primary.
    More Details Hide Details Cohelan was a liberal, but like most Democratic officeholders at that time, he supported the Vietnam War. Scheer lost, but won over 45% of the vote (and carried Berkeley), a strong showing against an incumbent that demonstrated the rising strength of New Left Sixties radicalism.
  • 1965
    Age 28
    Scheer was formerly married to Serena Turan Scheer. Serena, sister of film critic Kenneth Turan, was from Brooklyn and was on the editorial staff of Root and Branch. Robert Scheer married Anne Butterfield Weills in 1965; they later divorced.
    More Details Hide Details Robert's son Christopher Weills Scheer was born September 8, 1968. Robert Scheer is now married to Narda Catharine Zacchino. Zacchino worked at the Los Angeles Times for 31 years, where she became the associate editor and a vice president. She was later deputy editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. Zacchino is the co-author of three books, and is a Senior Fellow at USC's Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.
  • 1964
    Age 27
    Between 1964 and 1969, he served, variously, as the Vietnam correspondent, managing editor and editor-in-chief of Ramparts magazine.
    More Details Hide Details Scheer reported from Cambodia, China, North Korea, Russia, Latin America and the Middle East (including the Six-Day War), as well as on national security matters in the United States. While in Cuba, where he interviewed Fidel Castro, Scheer obtained an introduction by the Cuban leader for the diary of Che Guevara — which Scheer had already obtained, with the help of French journalist Michele Ray, for publication in Ramparts and by Bantam Books. After Ramparts collapsed, Scheer became a freelance writer who was published in major magazines including Playboy, Look, Esquire, Lear's and Cosmopolitan. In the late 1960s, Scheer made a bid for elective office as one of the first anti-Vietnam War candidates.
  • 1962
    Age 25
    In 1962 in Berkeley, California, Scheer along with David Horowitz, Maurice Zeitlin, Phil Roos, and Sol Stern founded Root and Branch: A Radical Quarterly, one of the first campus New Left journals.
    More Details Hide Details While working at City Lights Books in San Francisco, Scheer co-authored the book, Cuba, an American tragedy (1964), with Maurice Zeitlin.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1936
    Born
    Born in 1936.
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