Newspaper circulation is falling from coast to coast. Are they about to go extinct? With Democratic Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota in intensive care, the control of the Senate hangs in the balance. Plus, who's up and who's down in the early 2008 presidential polls. Marc Cooper guest hosts.
FROM THIS EPISODE
Democratic Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota is in intensive care today after undergoing surgery last night for a brain hemorrhage. A statement from his office says he is recovering without complication, but he remains in critical-but-stable condition and there's no long term prognosis. Hanging in the balance in not only Johnson's life, but the fragile incoming Democratic majority in the US Senate. If Johnson remains incapacitated or dies, his replacement would be named by Governor Mike Rounds who would likely nominate a fellow Republican.
The reports coming in from American newsrooms are ominous: budget cuts, staff layoffs, rollbacks in reporting and falling circulation, with a slump that's hitting newspapers and newsmagazines alike. Meanwhile, more and more former readers are migrating to the web, clicking their news online, downloading podcasts and videos onto their iPods and personal cell phones. Anyway you look at it, there's a seismic shake-up in the world of print journalism. Is Google replacing Time magazine? Does the New York Times really have to compete with the Drudge Report? Are American newspapers doomed? Will they be replaced by online publications? Or is this much to do about nothing? Marc Cooper guest hosts.
John Harris, Politico (@HarrisPolitico)
Tom Rosenstiel, Executive Director, American Press Institute (@tbr1)
Ron Fournier, National Journal (@ron_fournier)
Philip Meyer, Professor of Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
In the latest Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll on the incipient 2008 presidential race, Democrats are leaning toward Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. But she would get thumped if she ran against Republican Senator John McCain, and she's would barely edge out the lesser known Mitt Romney if he were to get the GOP nomination.
Chuck Todd, Political Director, NBC News
More From To the Point
Special: ‘Trump Baby’ flies over Big Ben… President Trump flies to Europe this week for meetings with NATO, the Queen and Russia’s President Putin. But the president won’t be the only Trump flying when he lands in the UK. An enormous, orange “Trump baby” balloon, complete with a diaper and cell phone is set to float just above the streets of London, for all to see. What else do British protestors have in store?
On the road to SCOTUS: Politics trumps the law Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away. The Supreme Court may see cases involving abortion, health care and the limits of presidential power. Can Democrats use upcoming hearings to dramatize what’s at stake--before November’s elections?
Politics and ‘incivility’ One Democrat wants Trump aides confronted in public over separating immigrant families. But her party’s leaders call that “incivility.” The question is: does moderation accomplish real change -- or is it a smokescreen for the status quo? When it comes to achieving racial equality, what’s worked and what hasn’t?
Family migration and the politics of incivility Separating immigrant families at the border may be something new, but the US has never extended the “Good Neighbor Policy” to Central America. Clinton and Bush discouraged newcomers, and Obama was called, “Deporter in Chief.” We’ll provide context ignored in mainstream media coverage.
LATEST BLOG POSTS
In Malibu, a Section 8 voucher gives one man a place to live Malibu is known for ultra luxury housing, like celebrity beach mansions and hidden canyon estates. But one homeowner recently began renting a back house to the city’s first-ever Section 8… Read More
Sen. Kamala Harris on opposing Judge Kavanaugh California Senator Kamala Harris will vote against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, and she will not change her mind. “A tiger can always change its stripes. But… Read More