David Swanson on the imperial presidency, Kate Hanni on flyers' rights. Swanson is the tireless activist whose resume includes ACORN, Kucinich for President 2004, Democrats.com, AfterDowningStreet.org, impeachpac.org andthe lates, defundwar.org His new book, Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union details the expansion of executive power advance by Bush and maintained by Obama, and singles out Congress for failing to assert its oversight, war powers, and budget responsibilities. Swanson is brilliant at seeing the big picture while engaging in specific battles. Kate Hanni reports a key victory for the traveling public: you cannot be imprisoned on a plane on the tarmac for over 3 hours. Continue reading Info on Podcast #85
Month: January 2010
Fox Hires Lyin' Sack of Rogue-ness
It's not news, not surprising, just disgusting. Fox News (sic) (or should it be "sick") announced today that it has hired Sarah Palin, the Alaska governor who quit so....she could get paid to deliver salvos of slander on a regular basis. (Why give it away free when you can get paid for it?) Fox wasn't content to just broadcast her silly Facebook rants verbatim--they hired the hockey mom who's a MILF to GOP guys to add to their stable of newsfoxes and the lite-porn B-roll they are famous for.
Just last night on 60 Minutes, McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt (whose big ears stick out even more than Obama's) looked right at the camera and politely said that Palin had caused problems for the campaign because she often said things that were "not accurate". The example he gave was about the ethics report from Alaska--she said it vindicated her, and Schmidt correctly stated that it did not. My favorite Palin lie was that Obama was "pallin' around with terrorists".....or was it the "death panel" line about health care legislation? Post your favorite here!
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Russ Baker on the Bush dynasty. Baker discusses his book, Family of Secrets, the first complete historic portrait of the generations of Bushes in government, and provides us with an overview of how this dynasty shaped our politics. This is the next installment of the Boiling Frogs interview series, co-hosted with Sibel Edmonds. He tells us about the shadow government in the US, the real players, elites, and power centers within each presidentâ€™s government, and the limitation on what and how much an American president can accomplish â€“ considering the influence of these powerful and independent fiefdoms characterized by entrenched agendas and constant intrigue. Baker defines and explains the concept of Forensic Journalism, and talks about his nonprofit news organization WhoWhatWhy, the need for nonpartisan and independent journalism today, the current media landscape in the US, and more.
Russ Baker is an award-winning investigative journalist and the author of Family of Secrets- â€“ the Bush Dynasty, Americaâ€™s Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years. He has written for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Village Voice and Esquire. He has served as a contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review, and is the founder of WhoWhatWhy, a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization.
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Yemenis trapped at Gitmo, Accountablity for BushCo? British journalist Andy Worthington is our expert on America's Gulag and wrote The Guantanamo Files. Charlotte Dennett is a journalist and lawyer; her book The People v. Bush has just been published. Continue reading Info on Podcast #83
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Goodman and McGovern on CIA deaths in Afghanistan. Melvin A. Goodman is a former analyst for CIA, State Dept. and Defense and author of Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA. Ray McGovern started at the CIA in the 1960's and was daily briefer to Reagan. Combined, they have more than 60 years of intelligence experience. They comment on the suicide bomber who killed 7 CIA agents in Afghanistan, the CIA's role in the drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the likely cycle of vengeance that will follow, and Obama's decision to commit more US troops. We also talk about the attempt to blow up a US airliner approaching Detroit on Christmas day and the hysterical response, as well as the dismissal of criminal charges against Blackwater mercenaries for the Nisour Square incident. Read Goodman's commentary at www.truthout.org and McGovern's dispatches at www.consortiumnews.com