Mar
09
2007

Robert Parry on Libby verdict, Paul Porter on Payola settlements

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This week on CounterSpin: former White House aide Scooter Libby was found guilty of 4 counts of perjury and obstruction of justice in the Valerie Plame leak investigation. The case might be over, but the chatter about what it means for reporters, the White House and the debate over the Iraq War will continue. Veteran reporter Bob Parry of Consortium News will join us to talk about the verdict, and the limits of what trials like this reveal to the public.

Also this week: settlements over the latest payola scandals will force four large radio companies to pay large fines and air thousands of hours of seldom-played independent music. The agreement is being heralded as a major development, but Paul Porter of the group Industry Ears calls the agreement an embarrassment, and says it "lets the industry off the hook for peanuts." He'll join us to talk about payola and the radio business.

Links:

The Washington Post's Editorial Fantasyland, Robert Parry (Consortium News, 3/8/07)

Industry Ears Statement on the FCC Payola Settlement (Industry Ears, 3/5/07)