Thu, 05 Aug 2010 19:40:22 GMT
| ||Last question from Docpm: “Wasn’t all this dereg started by Carter?? with Raygun (Reagan) accelerating it in earnest? long before Barnaby Bill spun his dastardly deeds and pardoned everyone later?” |
11:41 ginaswo via twitter
Thu, 05 Aug 2010 19:41:22 GMT
| ||RT @latimestot: Letterman: Ex-pres Clinton grew very emotional during Chelsea’s wedding. Once during the vows and again when they ran out of buffalo wings. |
11:42 chandlerepp via twitter
Thu, 05 Aug 2010 19:42:41 GMT
Thu, 05 Aug 2010 19:43:08 GMT
| ||(Note: Bob is working on the last couple questions, but stick around after, we’ll open up the chat for freer discussion.) |
11:43 OldeCountry via twitter
Thu, 05 Aug 2010 19:43:37 GMT
11:44 Robert Scheer
Thu, 05 Aug 2010 19:44:01 GMT
| ||It is true that Carter, playing the role of the deliberate centrist, embraced notions of deregulation as part of the betrayal of wonderful FDR policy, but he didn’t get anywhere with this and he faced economic problems because of the oil. The Reagan revolution is called that because he had been campaigning about this and getting the government off people’s backs. He honed this message when he was a spokesperson for General Electrics and when he became president he continued to do just that. He believed that what’s good for GE is good for Americans. He did appoint Wendy Gramm, Phil Gramm’s wife, head of the Commodities Trading Commissions, and she did a lot of damage, but it was Clinton who put through radical deregulation of our financial community, our conglomerates, and that is the source of our problems. |
11:44 Comment From erniesfo
Thu, 05 Aug 2010 19:44:10 GMT
Comment: EJK: Unfortunately, the historical record shows that Kennedy’s policies were more consistent than divergent with those of his predecessors.
11:44 Comment From napoleon
Thu, 05 Aug 2010 19:44:12 GMT
Comment: What do you think of the 9/11 responders bill not being passed?
11:45 Comment From napoleon
Thu, 05 Aug 2010 19:45:23 GMT
Comment: Why do you think the mainstream media refuses to talk about Clinton’s hand in the economic collapse?
11:45 AndresFGuevaraB via twitter
Thu, 05 Aug 2010 19:45:23 GMT
| ||Governor Reagan beat President Jimmy Carter in Massachusetts by 2,421 votes. |
11:52 Robert Scheer
Thu, 05 Aug 2010 19:52:34 GMT
| ||Because it’s the hand that feeds him. First of all, when we talk about mainstream media, it’s owned by the same people who caused this whole problem. I was reading the papers of these regulations which were affecting the owners of the L.A. Times, where I worked for 30 years, and it looks like Morgan Chase is going to own that one. When we talk about the mass media, we are talking about the same hedge funds that wanted this radical deregulation, and I don’t want to be accused of over-promoting my book, “The Great American Stickup,” but I do have a chapter on the L.A. Times and how they were cheerleading in terms of their news reporting that it was a matter of common sense, they saw no controversy in it, and it was something that the owners of mass media pushed very extraneously. I attended a few of those hearings and found that there was very little interest in critical coverings of these [proceedings]. Bills were written by lobbyists to serve the interests of corporations who paid them and the mass media embraced it. For example the Tribune Corporation needed the deregulation because they wanted to own newspapers and [TV] channels in the same [market]. To have one columnist to challenge them was too much for them and I suspect the story is the same throughout all media. And what we call “investigative reporting” is investigative reporting that does not affect the mass media who are paying for them. That’s why it’s good to have independent outlets like Truthdig, as long as we can figure out a way to keep financing it, so send money. If you feel like it, send us a contribution to help support independent reporting. |
Thu, 05 Aug 2010 19:52:45 GMT
| ||Thanks Bob, thanks everyone! |
11:52 Robert Scheer
Thu, 05 Aug 2010 19:52:54 GMT
| ||Thanks a lot for chatting and let’s do it again next week!|
Thu, 05 Aug 2010 19:52:56 GMT
| ||We’ll open up the chat for live free discussion. |
11:53 Comment From Sean
Thu, 05 Aug 2010 19:53:01 GMT
Comment: Is it possible to even revive a “real” left in America? It appears that the majority American public lacks any real value of democratic ideals. People suffer from extreme apathy and eschew politics as “boring”. How can a populace so divided come to any rational conclusion without free press? The press being owned by the oligarchy has its own agenda, which is not in line with democracy. Politicians are no longer practicing, or even appearing to practice, disinterestedness. It is very hard to find hope with all that assails democracy right now.
11:53 Comment From erniesfo
Thu, 05 Aug 2010 19:53:03 GMT
Comment: Re winning hearts and minds - during Vietnam it even became an Army handbook acronym: WHAM. We can’t sound peaceful even when we “try”.
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