The "fiscal cliff" tax deal is, according to the headlines, a big tax hike for the rich. Bob McIntyre from Citizens for Tax Justice breaks it down. And what happened to local commercial radio? Filmmaker Kevin McKinney takes a look in a new documentary called Corporate FM.
A journalist recalls an atmosphere of ignorance and bigotry
To mark that momentous day in April when invading U.S. forces captured the Iraqi capital, my boss, second-in-command at a major cable news network, decided to buy his staff lunch. "Pizza and Salad," he announced in an email to the newsroom, while on our air jubilant Iraqis hacked away at a statue of Saddam Hussein. The occasion? "To celebrate the fall of Baghdad." Producers and reporters, tense after weeks of covering an action-packed military campaign, were delighted. As the only Arab at my network, and one of the few employees critical of the war, I cringed at the thought of [...]
U.S. press unconcerned about fascist ties of Italy's Berlusconi
It's no great wonder that much of the Italian media did not report critically on the electoral campaign of multi-billionaire Silvio Berlusconi. After all, he owns Italy's three main private TV networks and other major media outlets. But what excuse does the U.S. press have for its flaccid coverage of Berlusconi, Italy's richest man, who is now prime minister of that country's 59th government since World War II? U.S. journalists repeatedly refer to the Italian TV tycoon as a "self-made" success story. George Will called the Italian TV tycoon a "gaudy self-creation" (Newsweek, 5/21/01) and a Scripps Howard editorial (5/15/01) [...]