FROM Joel Dreyfuss
The Attack Media and the Reverse Race Card Finance Reform, the extension of unemployment benefits and possible tax cuts have been overshadowed this week by a false charge of reverse racism. President Obama has telephoned former Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod about her summary firing after a right-wing website released a misleading video. When Andrew Breitbart released the excerpt from Sherrod’s speech, Fox News played it big. But even Fox has confessed to overplaying a story it failed to check out. The New York Times admits that "other media" were under pressure to follow up. Do Americans live in different worlds, according to their sources of information? What are the lessons about white anxiety?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.