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?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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.
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.