Friday, February 04, 2005

Democracy Now!: Tort Reform: The Big Payoff for Corporations; Soaring Medical Costs, Elliott Abrams, Paul Robeson; Ossie Davis; Times slams WMD

Democracy Now! "always worth watching" as Marcia points out.

Headlines for February 4, 2005

- Gonzales Confirmed As Attorney General in 60-36 Vote
- Lieberman Among Six Democrats Backing Gonzales
- ACLU Calls For Special Counsel To Investigate Torture
- Rice: Attack On Iran is "Not on the Agenda at This Point"
- CNN: U.S. Knew About Embargo-Breaking Oil Sales in Iraq
- U.S. Ambassador Calls for Renewed Military Ties With Indonesia
- Democrats Call Social Security Privatization "Immoral"
- School Bars Peace Groups From Distributing "Antimilitary" Material
- Los Angeles DA Won't Prosecute Officer in Rodney King-Like Beating
- Granny D Hospitalized in New Hampshire

Tort Reform: The Big Payoff for Corporations, Curbing the Lawsuits that Hold them Accountable

In his State of the Union address, President Bush urged lawmakers to rewrite tort law rules to do away with class action lawsuits. We take a look at medical malpractice with Joanne Doroshow, executive director of the Center for Justice and Democracy. [includes rush transcript]

Study: Soaring Medical Bills Account for Half of All U.S. Bankruptcies

A new study in the journal Health Affairs has found that half of all personal bankruptcies in the United States are now caused by soaring medical bills. We speak with the author of the report, Dr. Steffie Woolhandler. [includes rush transcript]
Bush Taps Iran-Contra Figure Elliot Abrams to Promote Democracy

President Bush promoted Elliott Abrams to be his deputy national security adviser. played a key role in the Iran-Contra scandal and pleaded guilty in 1991 to withholding information from Congress. We speak with veteran investigative journalist Robert Parry who exposed Iran-Contra in the 1980s.
Black History Month Tribute to Paul Robeson

In this first week of Black History month, we pay tribute to the great actor, singer, athlete, scholar: Paul Robeson. We hear a recording of Robeson, courtesy of the Pacifica Radio Archives.

A number of you have e-mailed regarding this:

Actor Ossie Davis found dead in hotel

By Hillel Italie, Associated Press Writer
Ossie Davis, an actor distinguished for roles dealing with racial injustice on stage, screen and in real life — and perhaps best known as the husband and partner of actress Ruby Dee — has died at the age of 87.
Davis was found dead on Friday in his hotel room in Miami, where he was making a film called "Retirement," according to Arminda Thomas, who works in his office in New Rochelle, N.Y.
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We'll highlight Ossie Davis tonight. If you have any comments you'd like to make, the e-mail address is

Here's a link to the New York Times obit: Ossie Davis, 87, Actor
And Kara and Roy have already e-mailed about this story in the arts section of today's New York Times:
Turning a Critical Lens on Television News by Ned Martel

It's a slam job by an uninformed "reviewer." Martel (and the Times?) seems very bothered by Danny Schechter's film WMD. Which leads Martel to provide his ignorance such as here:

He embraces a startled Archbishop Desmond Tutu at a peace rally, and there's a suggestion that the two had met in past media moments and that his sense of journalism includes fandom.

Uh, yeah, they have met. Many, many times. But Martel knows nothing about this. He parades his ignorance throughout the slam passing as a review.

Here are some links because God forbid any of us end up as ignorant as Martel (or the editor that let this piece sail through):

Globalization & Human Rights:Un-Cut Interviews:Desmond Tutu --1998 interview
Little Steven Online about the Sun City project -- as in, "I ain't gonna play Sun City"; excerpt from Schechter's book THE MORE YOU WATCH THE LESS YOU KNOW
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