Jan 19 2007

Rick Perlstein on Conservatives & Martin Luther King, Sarah Olson on Watada Subpoena


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This week on CounterSpin: Conservatives, who used to despise Martin Luther King, have begun to warm to his memory. But writer Rick Perlstein says the thaw is the result of an attempt to domesticate King and omit from the memory views that challenged power and privilege and scared the establishment, conservatives and liberals alike. We’ll talk to Rick Perlstein about why “Conservatives Still Don’t Get Martin Luther King.”

Also on the show: Sarah Olson is an independent reporter who conducted an interview last spring with Army 1st Lieutenant Ehren Watada—the first commissioned officer to refuse to deploy to Iraq. Several months later Olson was served a subpoena calling on her to testify against Watada in his court-martial. Can journalists be forced to help the military make its case, just for doing their job? We’ll hear from Sarah Olson on her situation.


Conservatives Still Don’t Get Martin Luther King, by Rick Perlstein (New Republic, 1/10/07)

Army Attempts to Redefine Free Speech, by Sarah Olson (AlterNet, 1/2/07)