With news that MSNBC is removing Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews out of the anchors’ chairs for its election coverage some are wondering if the Right has scored a victory. But what about the impact of independent media at the conventions? Would we have heard about the overwhelming assault on civil liberties and free speech in St. Paul? On our media roundtable Kerry Eleveld Senior Political Reporter and News Editor of The Advocate, Chris Owens radio host of “Black Politics with Chris Owens” on Air America, Ka Chan communications director of the New York Community Media Alliance, and Dean Baker Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research look back at the past week's coverage of the conventions, Sarah Palin, and the economy. In the world of media, talk radio has certainly been a key part of the Republican’s rise and hold on power, stoking the culture wars and spreading misinformation. Here to discuss just how shock jocks have monopolized our airwaves and how we can fight back is Rory O’Connor, the author of Shock Jocks: Hate Speech & Talk Radio from AlterNet Books. We also have an interview with Diana Duarte of the human rights organization Madre on the hurricanes that have swept through Haiti and why we’ve heard so little about them. Four hurricanes in less than four weeks have left many Haitians without water or food but you’d hardly know it reading the news here in the United States. And the American News Project takes a look at Republican views on global warming. It’s not surprising that Sarah Palin, a global warming doubter, is popular among this crowd. Finally Ill Doctrine on the Republican Hater’s Ball. GRITtv is streaming live everyday at 12 eastern. We want to hear from you! Tomorrow's panel takes on how Obama/Biden and the rest of us should respond to Sarah Palin. Be part of the conversation.
Laura Flanders talks to creative thinkers and change-makers from the worlds of politics, arts and the new economy. The smartest conversations, with the smartest thinkers and doers of our time, distributed in multiple formats on a variety of platforms. Keep abreast of fresh content by following GRITtv, the site Flanders founded, on Twitter @GRITtv.