A new analysis of corporate TV news has found there was almost no debate about whether the United States should go to war in Iraq and Syria. The group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting found that of the more than 200 guests who appeared on network shows to discuss the issue, just six voiced opposition to military action. The report, titled "Debating How — Not Whether — to Launch a New War," examines a two-week period in September when U.S. involvement in Iraq and Syria dominated the airwaves. The report also finds that on the high-profile Sunday talk shows, out of 89 guests, there was just one antiwar voice — Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation. We speak to Peter Hart, activism director at FAIR.
It was 50 years ago today that FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover made headlines by calling Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the “most notorious liar in the country." Hoover made the comment in front of a group of female journalists ahead of King’s trip to Oslo where he received the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the youngest recipient of the prize. While Hoover was trying to publicly discredit King, the agency also sent King an anonymous letter threatening to expose the civil rights leader’s extramarital affairs. The unsigned, typed letter was written in the voice of a disillusioned civil rights activist, but it is believed to have been written by one of Hoover’s deputies, William Sullivan. The letter concluded by saying, "King, there is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is. … You are done. There is but one way out for you. You better take it before your filthy, abnormal fraudulent self is bared to the nation." The existence of the so-called "suicide letter" has been known for years, but only last week did the public see the unredacted version. We speak to Yale University professor Beverly Gage, who uncovered the unredacted letter.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency in advance of the grand jury’s pending decision in the Michael Brown shooting case. On Monday, Nixon issued an executive order to activate the state’s National Guard in response to what he called "the possibility of expanded unrest." Nixon cited the protests in Ferguson and the St. Louis area since Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was killed by police officer Darren Wilson on August 9. The grand jury has been meeting for nearly three months, and protests are expected to escalate if they choose not to indict. But while state officials say they fear violence, protesters say they fear a return to the militarized crackdown that turned their community into a war zone. As the grand jury nears a decision and all sides prepare for the unknown under a state of emergency, we are joined by two guests: Jeff Smith, a New School professor and former Missouri state senator whose new book is "Ferguson: In Black and White," and Montague Simmons, chair of the St. Louis-based Organization for Black Struggle and a key organizer in the movement that has emerged since Brown’s killing.
- Missouri Governor Activates National Guard Before Michael Brown Decision
- Parents of Peter Kassig Issue Call to Pray for All Prisoners
- Report: Over 1,400 Syrians Killed by Islamic State
- Jerusalem: 6 Dead After Attack on Synagogue
- Surgeon Brought from Sierra Leone Dies of Ebola in U.S.
- Report: Congo Police Killed 51 Youth
- Talks on Iran's Nuclear Program Open in Vienna
- Senate to Consider Bill Curbing NSA's Dragnet Surveillance
- Senate to Vote on Keystone XL Oil Pipeline
- Britain: Student Convicted in Terrorism Trial Held Largely in Secret
- Greece: 40,000 March Against Austerity on 41st Anniversary of Student Uprising
- Colombia Suspends FARC Peace Talks After General's Kidnapping
- Greenpeace Activists Injured After Spanish Navy Rams Boats
- Report: 1 in 30 U.S. Children are Homeless
- Undocumented Mother Takes Sanctuary from Deportation in Philadelphia Church
- Time Magazine Apologizes for Suggesting "Feminist" Should Be Banned
- Transgender Activist Leslie Feinberg, Author of "Stone Butch Blues," Dies at 65
We look at a new investigation by the Pulitzer Prize-winning website, InsideClimate News, titled “Meltdown: Terror at the Top of the World." It tells the story of seven American hikers who went on a wilderness adventure into polar bear country in Canada’s Arctic tundra — and faced a harrowing attack. But despite taking proper steps to protect themselves, a polar bear came to their camp in the middle of the night and pulled one of the hikers out of his tent. Scientists say that climate change is greatly impacting polar bear habitat, which may be the cause of increased polar bear attacks on humans. We speak to Rich Gross, a Sierra Club guide on the trip, and Sabrina Shankman, a reporter with InsideClimate News and author of the new ebook.
House lawmakers passed legislation Friday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline to bring carbon-intensive tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to the Texas Gulf Coast. The Senate is expected to vote this week on a similar pro-Keystone bill backed by Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu. Landrieu is facing a tough battle to keep her seat in a runoff next month against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, who also happens to be the sponsor of the pro-Keystone bill in the House. Landrieu spoke last week about her support for Keystone. We speak to Naomi Klein, author of "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate."
As President Obama vows to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, we speak to two people who could be directly impacted by an executive order. Rosi Carrasco and her daughter, Ireri Unzueta Carrasco, are both members of Organized Communities Against Deportations. We first interviewed Rosi when she was about to get arrested during a protest at the Democratic National Convention in 2012 calling for Obama to stop deportations. She was born in Mexico and has lived in the United States for 20 years. Ireri was a DREAM Act activist and recipient of the Deferred Action program.
President Obama is considering issuing an executive action that could protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. According to The New York Times, Obama’s executive actions will not provide any formal, lasting immigration status, but many immigrants will receive work permits, which will give them Social Security numbers and allow them to work legally under their own names. Another key component could prevent the deportation of parents whose children are U.S. citizens. Democracy Now! co-host Juan González breaks down the numbers of who will benefit from this possible executive order.
- ISIS Beheads U.S. Aid Worker Peter Kassig
- Top U.S. General Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq
- Report: Only 3% of Mainstream TV News Guests Opposed War
- Afghanistan: Female Lawmaker Survives Attack; U.S. Soldier Killed
- Burkina Faso: Interim President Chosen After Military Takeover
- Texas: Chemical Leak at DuPont Plant Kills 4 Workers
- House OKs Keystone XL Pipeline; Senate to Vote This Week
- Empty Oil Train Derails in Casselton, Site of Previous Crash in North Dakota
- Oil Firms Halliburton, Baker Hughes to Merge in $34.6 Billion Deal
- State Department Shuts Down Email After Breach
- Japan: Okinawa Voters Choose Governor Opposed to U.S. Base
- Leaders Cite Progress on Climate at G20; Putin Leaves Early amid Ukraine Criticism
- Bhopal Gas Leak Victims Win Victory After Hunger Strike
- Report: U.S. Vastly Expands Use of Undercover Agents
- Video Shows Darren Wilson, Cop Who Shot Michael Brown, Arresting Man for Filming Him
- Surveillance Footage Shows Claims of Darren Wilson's Injuries "Exaggerated"
For years Russell Brand has been one of Britain’s most popular comedians, but over the past 12 months he has also emerged as a leading voice of Britain’s political left. He has taken part in anti-austerity protests, spoken at Occupy Wall Street protests and marched with the hacker collective Anonymous. A recovering addict himself, Brand has also become a leading critic of Britain’s drug laws. He has just come out with a new book expanding on his critique of the political system. It is simply titled "Revolution."
- Top Pentagon Official: U.S. "Considering" Sending Combat Troops to Iraq
- Obama Mulls Executive Action to Protect 5 Million from Deportation
- Immigrant Advocates Sue Obama Admin over Record Deportations
- Rival Louisiana Senate Candidates Push Lawmakers to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline
- McConnell to Lead GOP Senate; Dems Tap Elizabeth Warren for New Post
- Workers from Capitol, Pentagon Strike to Demand $15/Hour Minimum Wage
- California Wal-Mart Workers Stage Historic Sitdown Strike
- Liberia Lifts State of Emergency for Ebola; Mali Confirms 2nd Outbreak
- Israel Blocks U.N. Investigators, Bans Norwegian Doctor from Gaza for Life,
- U.N. Torture Panel Criticizes Police Brutality in the United States
- Activists Hold Silent Protest Against Police Violence as U.S. Defends Record at U.N.
- American Psychological Association to Review Role in Torture of U.S. Prisoners
- FIFA Investigator Blasts Report Clearing Qatar, Russia of Corruption in World Cup Bids
- Probe: Secret Service Officer Was Talking on Cellphone as Intruder Jumped Fence
- Report: Obama to Announce Up to $3 Billion in Climate Change Aid at G20
- Oxfam Calls on G20 Leaders to Curb Global Inequality
- Dow, Monsanto Sue Maui County over GMO Crop Ban
- Massey Energy CEO Indicted for Deadly Explosion at West Virginia Mine
- Report: Planes Equipped with Fake Cell Towers Sweep Up Data in Secret U.S. Program
Democratic lawmakers are meeting today to debate the way forward in the lame-duck session. One key issue will be the timing of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing of attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch. It looks increasingly likely the hearing won’t begin until next year when the Republicans take control of the Senate. If confirmed as attorney general, Lynch would be the first African-American woman to hold the position. We are joined by one Lynch’s law school classmates, Kimberlé Crenshaw, a professor of law at UCLA and Columbia University and the founder of the African American Policy Forum. Crenshaw also discusses the latest in her campaign to include girls and women of color in Obama’s "My Brother’s Keeper" program, which calls on community groups and businesses to help men of color out of the criminal justice system.
Amidst outrage in Mexico over the disappearance of 43 students, we look at the U.S. role in the country’s violence. According to the Center for International Policy, the United States has spent approximately $3 billion to fund the so-called war on drugs in Mexico. Since the war on drugs began under President Felipe Calderón in 2006, more than 100,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence. U.S. support includes $2.4 billion in taxpayer funds through the Merida Initiative, launched as a three-year aid program for Mexican security forces under the administration of George W. Bush. The Obama administration has extended the Merida Initiative "indefinitely." We are joined by Laura Carlsen, director of the Mexico City-based Americas Policy Program of the Center for International Policy, and journalist John Gibler.
Protesters in the Mexican state of Guerrero have set fire to the local legislature as outrage spreads over the disappearance of 43 students. The students from Ayotzinapa teacher’s college have been missing for nearly seven weeks after they were ambushed by police. Unrest has intensified since Mexican Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam announced Friday that suspects in the case have admitted to killing the students and incinerating their bodies at a trash dump. More than 70 people have been arrested in the case, including the mayor of Iguala, who is accused of ordering the police attack. Across Mexico, tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in peaceful protests, while groups of demonstrators have laid siege to government buildings, burned cars and blocked highways. The parents of the missing students, meanwhile, have announced they will be traveling across parts of Mexico in three caravans to demand their loved ones’ return. We are joined from Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero state, by John Gibler, an author and independent journalist. “I don’t think it’s possible anymore to talk about corruption,” Gibler says. “What we have is two sectors of an industry that have fully merged — the police and the organized crime gangs themselves.”
- Ebola Toll Tops 5,000; Infections Slow in Liberia, Guinea While Worsening in Sierra Leone
- Obama Admin Seeks Ebola Funding Before Congress, Backs Partial IMF Debt Relief
- Report: Ebola Countries Lose More to Tax Dodging than They Spend on Health
- Family of Late Ebola Patient Reaches Settlement with Dallas Hospital over Botched Care
- Nurses Stage Nationwide Protest over Ebola Protection, Protocols
- NATO Accuses Russia of Military Escalation as Ukraine Violence Threatens Truce
- Free Syrian Army Rejects U.N. Truce Proposal for Aleppo
- Group: 50 Syrian Civilians Among Hundreds Killed in U.S. Strikes
- U.S. "Deeply Concerned" over New Israeli Settlement Construction in East Jerusalem
- Obama Visits Burma Amid Renewed Junta Repression
- Major Banks Fined $4.3 Billion over Exchange Market Manipulation
- Fatal Police Shootings Hit 2-Decade Record
- Michael Brown Family Testifies at United Nations; Grand Jury to Hear from Forensic Pathologist
- Generic Drug Firms Subpoenaed as Price Hikes Draw Federal Scrutiny
- U.S. Made $100,000 in Secret Payments to Families of Yemen Drone Strike Victims
- Activist, Exonerated Death Row Prisoner Darby Tillis Dead at 71
Lt. Gen. Daniel P. Bolger, a retired three-star U.S. general who helped command troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, joins us to discuss his new book, "Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars." Bolger writes: "I am a United States Army general, and I lost the Global War on Terrorism. It’s like Alcoholics Anonymous; step one is admitting you have a problem. Well, I have a problem. So do my peers. And thanks to our problem, now all of America has a problem, to wit: two lost campaigns and a war gone awry." Bolger is now calling for a public inquiry along the lines of the 9/11 Commission to look into why the two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have gone so poorly.
In a strong statement in favor of a free and open Internet, President Obama has called on the Federal Communications Commission to uphold the principle of net neutrality by classifying the Internet as a public utility. Obama said such protections would prevent Internet service providers like Comcast from blocking access to websites, slowing down content or providing paid fast lanes for Internet service. Obama’s proposal comes as his appointed FCC chair, Tom Wheeler, a former lobbyist for the cellphone and cable industries, is considering breaking with the president on net neutrality. According to The Washington Post, Wheeler met with officials from Google, Yahoo and Etsy on Monday and told them he preferred a more nuanced solution. Wheeler reportedly said: "What you want is what everyone wants: an open Internet that doesn’t affect your business. What I’ve got to figure out is how to split the baby." On Monday, protesters called on Wheeler to favor net neutrality as they blockaded his driveway when he attempted to go to work. Protests also took place in a dozen cities last week after The Wall Street Journal reported the FCC is considering a "hybrid" approach to net neutrality. This would apply expanded protections only to the relationship between Internet providers and content firms, like Netflix, and not to the relationship between providers and users. We discuss the ongoing debate over the Internet’s future with Steven Renderos of the Center for Media Justice.
The United States and China, the world’s two largest polluters, have agreed on new target limits for greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade. Announcing the deal in China with Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Obama said the United States will set a goal of reducing carbon emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, a doubling of current reduction efforts. China has also made its first-ever commitment to stop emissions from growing by 2030. We are joined by Jake Schmidt, director of the International Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council.
- U.S., China Reach Deal for New Targets on Capping Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- U.N.: Funding Shortfall Threatens Up to 1 Million Refugees in Iraq, Syria
- U.S. Drone Strikes Kill 4 in Pakistan, 7 in Yemen
- Israeli Settlers Torch West Bank Mosque; Soldiers Kill Palestinian Demonstrator
- Mexican Protesters Burn Political Party Building in Massacre Uproar
- Missouri Gov. Threatens to Deploy National Guard After Grand Jury Decision
- Michael Brown's Parents Appeal to U.N. Panel on Torture
- NYC Doctor Released from Hospital After Beating Ebola
On Veterans Day, we broadcast the voice of a veteran recorded with StoryCorps, the award-winning national social history project. Two years ago, StoryCorps launched the Military Voices Initiative recording the stories of post-9/11 military veterans and their families. And this Veterans Day, StoryCorps is releasing a series of animations and a radio special based on these interviews. We broadcast one of those stories stories told by Spc. Justin Cliburn, who deployed to Iraq with the Oklahoma Army National Guard in 2005. While serving in Baghdad, Cliburn formed an unlikely friendship with two Iraqi boys who lived nearby. Cliburn speaks with his wife, Deanne, about the lasting impression the boys left on his life.