FROM Edward Wasserman
The news media and a crisis of credibility When To the Point went on the air in the year 2000, the Y2K scare had turned out to be "fake news." The big story was the disputed presidential election. Cable news was becoming a real challenge to established broadcasters. Google was barely more than a startup. Facebook and Twitter didn’t exist. Now, digital media is dominant in distributing information — and misinformation, often dismissed as "fake news." While the "free press" may be essential to democracy, President Trump calls editors and reporters "the enemies of the people." Can journalism regain the trust of listeners, viewers and readers?
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.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.