FROM David Carr
TV Debates: Moving the Needle in an Age of Fragmentation Despite $2.5 billion already spent on TV commercials, almost 70 million viewers tuned in to this year's first presidential debate , this year's biggest TV audience except for the Super Bowl. Given the recent hype, tonight's second confrontation might draw even more. In this fragmented age of YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, what's the attraction? David Carr, business columnist and culture reporter at the New York Times , has some answers. If you're tuning in to tonight's town hall debate, why not join KCRW's live chat ?
New York Times on the Tribune Company's 'Bankrupt Culture' Real estate mogul Sam Zell had no media experience when he bought the Tribune Company , which owns the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, TV and radio stations and other media properties. Less than a year later, the Tribune Company filed for the largest bankruptcy in the history of American media. Some 4200 people have lost their jobs. Others have left not for financial reasons but because of what today's New York Times calls a work culture featuring "sexual innuendo, poisonous workplace banter and profane invective [that have] shocked and offended people throughout the company." David Carr wrote the story.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.