FROM Jim Naureckas
'Native Advertising' and Audience Trust Newspapers, magazines and websites are making big money from advertisements that look just like their news stories. NPR, which has always relied on underwriters as well as listener support, is supposedly an alternative to commercial broadcasting, but Ira Glass of This American Life says, " Public radio is ready for capitalism ." Critics say the "wall between church and state" that separates news from the business of news is disappearing. Maybe it's out of date. But, how long can sources of information be trusted if their credibility is up for sale?
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."