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S.H.A.M.E. Profile: ‘Planet Money’s’ Adam Davidson

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Posted on Aug 9, 2012
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Adam Davidson, left, with Daniel Goroff of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Reporters Yasha Levine and Mark Ames have created a new website devoted to profiling people who “abuse media ethics” to shill for corporate interests. Truthdig linked to the duo’s takedown of Malcolm Gladwell a few weeks ago. Now, they’ve set their sights on Adam Davidson, host of the NPR show “Planet Money” and a columnist for The New York Times Magazine.

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

S.H.A.M.E.:

Adam Davidson graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in religion, and began his public radio career selling airtime and doing sponsor outreach. He then became an on-air radio personality, filing pro-Iraq War dispatches as Marketplace’s Middle East correspondent, and recently transformed himself into an effective propagandist for the banking industry. Over the years, Davidson has whitewashed the occupation of Iraq, praised sweatshop labor, attacked the idea of regulating Wall Street and argued for “squeezing the middle class”—all while taking undisclosed money from banking interests. No wonder Davidson shamelessly credited Wall Street for providing “just about anything that makes you happy.”

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