Josh Silver and McChesney discuss Net Neutrality - Mr. Silver of the Free Press oversees all programs, campaigns, fundraising and special projects. Josh previously served as campaign manager for the successful statewide ballot initiative for public funding of elections in Arizona and as the director of development for the cultural arm of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. He has served as the director of an international youth exchange program and as a development and management consultant. Josh publishes frequently on media, campaign finance and other public policy issues. He attended the University of Grenoble, France, and Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.
Gore Vidal is a novelist, essayist, playwright, and provocateur whose career has spanned six decades, beginning in the years immediately following World War II and continuing into the early years of the twenty-first century. In addition to a major sequence of seven novels about American history, and such satirical novels as MYRA BRECKINRIDGE and DULUTH, he has written dozens of television plays, film scripts, and even three mystery novels written under a pseudonym. He has also written well over a hundred essays, gathered in several volumes published between 1962 and 2001. Taken as a whole, this seemingly varied work has an uncanny unity, exhibiting a tone of easy familiarity with the world of politics and letters, an urbane wit, and a supreme self-confidence on the part of the writer. Listen to Bob and Mr. Vidal discuss Obama, the media and the state of the Union on Media Matters. If you missed radio interview, listen to our audio archive linked here.
Eric Boehlert is the author of Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush (Free Press, 2006) and Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press (Free Press, 2009). He worked for five years as a senior writer for Salon.com, where he wrote extensively about media and politics. Prior to that, he worked as a contributing editor for Rolling Stone. Boehlert has a bachelor's degree in Near Eastern studies from the University of Massachusetts and is a Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America.
Wendell Potter has served since May 2009 as CMD's Senior Fellow on Health Care. After a 20-year career as a corporate public relations executive, last year he left his job as head of communications for one of the nation's largest health insurers (Cigna) to try his hand at helping socially responsible organizations -- including those advocating for meaningful health care reform -- achieve their goals. He speaks out on both the need for a fundamental overhaul of the American health care system and on the dangers to American democracy and society of the decline of the media as watchdog, which has contributed to the growing and increasingly unchecked influence of corporate PR.
Pulitzer Prize winner, Christopher Hedges, whose weekly Truthdig column is published every Monday, is currently a senior fellow at The Nation Institute and a Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University. He spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. Hedges, who has reported from more than 50 countries, worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times. His book, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle is his latest publication.
This week on Media Matters Bob McChesney talks with Glenn Greenwald. Glenn Greenwald was previously a constitutional law and civil rights litigator in New York. He is the author of two New York Times Bestselling books: "How Would a Patriot Act?" (May, 2006), a critique of the Bush administration's use of executive power, and "A Tragic Legacy" (June, 2007), which examines the Bush legacy. His most recent book, "Great American Hypocrites", examines the manipulative electoral tactics used by the GOP and propagated by the establishment press.
This week on Media Matters, Bob McChesney welcomes Stanford Law Professor Lawrence Lessig. Lessig was named one of Scientific American's top-50 visionaries for his efforts to keep interpretations of copyright law from limiting the potential benefits of the internet on society. Mr. Lessig is active in anti-corruption work and is a constitutional lawyer and may offer a timely perspective on the Supreme Court. Join the conversation Sunday at one on Media Matters.
Our guest this week is Christian Parenti. Parenti is a correspondent for the Nation and is author of The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq (the New Press 2004). He received a PhD in sociology from the London Schoolof Economics in 2000. His two previous books are The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America from Slavery to the War on Terror, (Basic Books, 2003) and Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis, (Verso, 2000). He has been a Soros Senior Justice fellow and a Ford Foundation Fellow at the CUNY Graduate School's Center for Place, Culture, and Politics.
Janine Jackson, program director of FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) and co-host and co-producer of FAIR's radio program Counterspin
Our guest this week is Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Congresswoman for the 9th district of Illinois. Rep. Schakowsky currently serves in the House Democratic Leadership as Chief Deputy Whip and as a member of the Steering and Policy Committee. She is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. On that Committee, she serves as the Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection and as a member of the Subcommittee on Health and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Schakowsky was recently named the Chairwoman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.