FROM Guy Adams
Competition: In the Olympic Games and in the Media As world-class athletes go for the gold , NBC television goes for the audience. But those formerly passive viewers now have a voice, and it's a loud one. On Twitter and Facebook, on blog after blog, NBC has been excoriated since the opening ceremonies: for commentary, dramatizations and especially tape delays. Instead of destroying the old business model, are the New Media reinforcing it? Photo: USA gymnasts celebrate on the podium after winning the gold medal in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team final on Day 4
Competition: In the Olympic Games and in the Media As world-class athletes go for the gold, NBC television is going for the audience. But those formerly passive viewers now have a voice -- and it's a loud one. On Twitter and Facebook, on blog after blog, NBC has been excoriated since the opening ceremonies: for commentary, dramatizations and especially tape delays. At the same time, prime time viewing is off the charts. We hear from the tweeter who was famously shut down and from inside NBC strategy sessions.
Presidential Race Makes a Stop in California Since the 1969 oil spill, Santa Barbara has not been the place where political candidates talk about increased drilling offshore. That’s part of John McCain’s plan for energy independence, but when he came to Santa Barbara today, he didn’t talk about it either. Barack Obama’s so-called “dinner” at 4pm today in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was organized by Hillary supporter and friend-of-Bill John Emerson. Samuel L. Jackson, Dennis Quaid, Cindy Crawford and Sugar Ray Leonard were expected to be on hand. But for a candidate who could fill Staples Center—or maybe the Coliseum—just 500 to 800 people were invited to an event scheduled for an “intimate” room in the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
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.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.