Friday, February 13, 2009

Your Call 021309 Media Roundtable

On the next Your Call, it's our Friday media roundtable -- the day we connect you with reporters to discuss coverage of the week's news. This week, President Obama's stimulus package was once again the subject of fierce partisan battles for front pages and air time. On the whole, did the media you perused serve your interests and not the interests of the partisans? After three weeks of debate, do you know what is in the bill and what was left out? We'll be joined by The Nation's John Nichols and David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer prize winning author of Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expensive (and Stick You with the Bill). Where did you see the best reporting this week and where did it fall short? It's Your Call with Rose Aguilar and you.

David Cay Johnston in Albany
Pulitzer Prize winner, former New York Times tax reporter and author of Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You with the Bill). Johnston is now a columnist for the trade journal Tax Notes

John Nichols in Madison
Washington correspondent for The Nation magazine.

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iansftv said...

And note that as The US is the only country to buy theese junk food additives, we get it really really cheap which only makes matters worse.

claire said...

I really appreciate you pointing out how only 5% of those interviewed on the panel shows were economists who might have information useful in making the decision.
In response to the framing of Obama as weak, I would point out that almost 50% of Americans did not vote for him. He is listening to those who have other priorities. Rather than increasing the focus on the fight, media can make a difference by focusing on the facts.
Claire Paul

Axel Ztangi said...

This was a great program! One of the best I have heard on Your Call and many are excellent.

I especially thought that the agreement on media control by BHO's team was significant, and scary. But also the lack of leadership was obvious, but unstated by the crowd of liberals (and journalists of all stripes who want "access') who are in awe of this man. They dropped the ball with this stupid idea of bi-partisanship. Give me a break. When the summer arrives and matters are worse who will take the blame?

Again much thanks for program. I'm alerting my friends far & wide to listen.