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BiodunIginla: BBC News - Eurozone crisis: Merkel and Sarkozy 'agree key changes’ http://t.co/OJrRIYpF

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BiodunIginla: BBC News - Sir Paul McCartney marries US heiress Nancy Shevell http://t.co/X7WkQAuw

BiodunIginla: BBC News - Sir Paul McCartney marries US heiress Nancy Shevell http://t.co/X7WkQAuw

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BiodunIginla: Assad promises reforms during Latin American 'support’ mission http://t.co/XCsAIict

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BiodunIginla: Egypt Puts End to Military Trials for Civilians http://t.co/XCsAIict

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BiodunIginla: @KaryD where are you in Mpls? am in Seward…at the Seward Coop, waiting for my daughter…

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BiodunIginla: Cain, Bachmann avoid questions about Mormon faith http://t.co/XCsAIict

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BiodunIginla: Putin’s China visit might turn out to be strategic http://t.co/XCsAIict

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BiodunIginla: Yemenis dismiss Saleh’s talk of stepping down http://t.co/XCsAIict

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BiodunIginla: Romney Hasn’t Faced Same Criticism as in '08 http://t.co/XCsAIict

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BiodunIginla: BBC News - China’s Jiang appears on TV after death rumours http://t.co/LpwBzoDT

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BiodunIginla: BBC News - Sir Paul McCartney marrying for the third time http://t.co/X7WkQAuw

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BiodunIginla: BBC News - Libya conflict: Gaddafi town Sirte 'close to falling’ http://t.co/KOKdqOzZ

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BiodunIginla: Morning Media Newsfeed Sunday, October 09, 2011 http://t.co/XCsAIict

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BiodunIginla: World News by the BBC’s Biodun Iginla http://t.co/XCsAIict

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BiodunIginla: Merkel, Sarkozy tackle differences over euro crisis http://t.co/XCsAIict

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BiodunIginla: France24 Daily Newsletter http://t.co/XCsAIict

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BiodunIginla: Somalis Rally to Denounce Recent Truck Bombing http://t.co/XCsAIict

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BiodunIginla: BBC News - German and French leaders to meet on eurozone crisis http://t.co/bRTv3PSi

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BiodunIginla: Syria Warns Countries Not to Recognize Opposition http://t.co/XCsAIict

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U.S., North Korea in Bangkok for talks on war remains

by Xian Wan and Biodun Iginla, BBC News

U.S. and North Korean officials hold talks in Thailand on Tuesday on resuming recovery of the remains of American soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, the Pentagon said in a statement.

The talks in Bangkok come amid a renewed push to revive negotiations with regional powers on disabling secretive North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

The U.S. delegation will be headed by Assistant Secretary of Defense Robert Newberry and include officials from the State Department and Pentagon agencies responsible missing personnel, the Pentagon said on Monday.

“Accounting for Americans missing in action is a stand-alone humanitarian matter, not tied to any other issue between the two countries,” said the statement.

The Bangkok meeting had only remains on the agenda, it said. But there is growing speculation U.S. President Barack Obama, approaching the final year of his current four-year term, may initiate talks with North Korea on curbing its nuclear ambitions.

The decision to hold talks on resuming recovery of the remains of American soldiers from the Korean War could be a hint at U.S. willingness to engage.

Other signals may include whether the United States offers North Korea food aid – a decision U.S. officials say is not affected by political factors – and whether U.S. envoy Stephen Bosworth may hold a new round of talks with North Korea.

In July, Bosworth held two days of talks with a veteran North Korean nuclear negotiator, Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan, in New York – their first such contact since 2009.

More than 7,900 U.S. soldiers are listed as missing from the Korean War, with some 5,500 estimated to be buried in the reclusive North. Joint recovery efforts were halted in May 2005 over concerns about the uncertain environment created by North Korea’s nuclear programs.

The North has long sought to sign a peace treaty with Washington to formally end decades of enmity since the war, which ended in a ceasefire, not a peace treaty.

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BiodunIginla: BBC News - UN finds polio among Madagascar’s children http://t.co/ZxBsWN6w and more…

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BiodunIginla: BBC News - Avoid alcohol three days a week, doctors warn http://t.co/9ipGHfVz

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BiodunIginla: BBC News - Progress made at eurozone talks: George Osborne http://t.co/TKgxrT7a

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BiodunIginla: BBC News - Muammar Gaddafi’s death: NTC commander speaks http://t.co/XvuPvrun

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BiodunIginla: Young man stabbed in Jerusalem http://t.co/llMVnkWQ

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BiodunIginla: Arson suspected in Israel fires http://t.co/s84Ia7OK

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BiodunIginla: BBC News - Libya: Muammar Gaddafi’s body 'undergoes post-mortem’ http://t.co/XvuPvrun

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BiodunIginla: BBC News - Eurozone banks to raise more than 100bn euros http://t.co/ekgp1Avf

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BiodunIginla: Chicago suburb seeks help catching skunks http://t.co/zUFL3mIj

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BiodunIginla: Strauss-Kahn probe entangles police chief - by Natalie de Vallieres, BBC News Analyst, for the BBC’s… http://t.co/ao3gvMuc

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BiodunIginla: Russia bars 'undesirable’ U.S. officials - by Maria Ogryzlo, BBC News, for the BBC’s Biodun Iginla… http://t.co/RpE8nCxS

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BiodunIginla: 24 arrested protesting N.Y. police policy - by Biodun Iginla, BBC News, New York Published: Oct. 22, 2011… http://t.co/USrnrd2h

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BiodunIginla: Kenya says Somali rebels on the run…http://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/bioduniginla

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BiodunIginla: Pizza mogul Herman Cain, the unlikely Republican presidential frontrunner - A conservative… http://t.co/mLc2sRee

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BiodunIginla: BBC News - End of Empire: Tough economy closes mining town http://t.co/G6c77M3d

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BiodunIginla: BBC News - Saudi Arabia: What crown prince’s death means http://t.co/m7IvkPXb

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BiodunIginla: Google 'mulls bid for Yahoo!’ - 22 October 2011 - 17H46 by Tamara Kachelmeier and Biodun Iginla, BBC News… http://t.co/BajU13nl

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BiodunIginla: Egyptian jailed for Facebook Islam insult - 22 October 2011 - 17H49 by Nasra Ismail and Biodun Iginla, BBC… http://t.co/CaFDC3xE

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BiodunIginla: Libyans swarm to see Kadhafi corpse - Libyan men and children queue to have a look at the corpses of… http://t.co/GzVXWgvr

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Leaving Iraq Ending with a whimper

by Biodun Iginla, BBC News and The Economist

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IF YOU are doing something voters like, announce it as often as you can. That is presumably why Barack Obama confirmed yesterday that American forces will depart from Iraq as planned at the end of the year. He has said this with much fanfare before, and this notebook has commented on it before. The only new information is that America and Iraq have failed to agree on the terms under which a small contingent might stay on for special operations and support. The Americans had insisted on the troops enjoying immunity from Iraqi laws; the Iraqis demurred; and now it seems that every soldier (bar a few hundred to defend the embassy) will leave by the end of the year, even if the two governments strike an agreement later for some to return.

Yesterday’s announcement also enables Mr Obama to remind Americans that he is not only bringing an unpopular war to an end but doing so in the context of a string of successes in the war against terrorism, including the recent assassination of Osama bin-Laden in Pakistan and Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. Having bumped off many of al-Qaeda’s leaders, Mr Obama was also more than instrumental in the toppling and killing of Libya’s dictator, Muammar Qaddafi. There would have been no successful NATO campaign in Libya without his say so and America’s initial air and missile strikes.

Perhaps the silliest reaction to the president’s announcement came from Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman who opposed the intervention in Libya and whose campaign for the Republican presidential nomination is struggling. She says America needs a “democratic working partnership” in Iraq and accused Mr Obama of making a “political” decision and not a “military” one:

The United States needed a working democratic partnership in Iraq and we should have demanded that Iraq repay the full cost of liberating them given their rich oil revenues. I call on the president to return to the negotiating table with Iraq and lead from the front and not from weakness in Iraq and in the world.

Good lord, where where to begin? Since the invasion of 2003 America has worked hard and painfully to bring about a fragile internal peace in Iraq. Now Mrs Bachmann would have the United States demand $1 trillion or so from the benighted Iraqis as the price of its going. There is a word for that: not a “working democratic partnership” but extortion. Nothing could be better calculated to stir a renewed insurgency against American troops, confirm the suspicion of many Arabs that America invaded Iraq for its oil, and strengthen the hands of Iran. One can only hope for her sake that Mrs Bachmann has a better grasp of hearts and minds in Iowa and New Hampshire than she does those in Mesopotamia.

For GOP's Gingrich: Big Declarations _ and Hurdles

by Suzanne Gould and Biodun Iginla, BBC News

Published: December 5, 2011 at 6:33 PM ET

NEW YORK — Surging in opinion polls, a confident Newt Gingrich declared Monday he plans to challenge Barack Obama in every state next year, and he began running a gauzy TV ad — his first — to push toward the Republican nomination to take on the president. But, illustrating how far he has to go, Gingrich also found himself defending the state of his campaign and his own comments about poor children.

“I do not suggest children until about 14 or 15 years of age do heavy, dangerous janitorial work,” Gingrich told reporters. “On the other hand, there are a number of things done to clean buildings that are not heavy or dangerous.”

He’s drawn fire over the past week for suggesting that poor children as young as 9 should work at least part time cleaning their schools in order to learn about work.

As Gingrich volunteers scrambled in some states to meet deadlines to get his name on ballots, the candidate dismissed the notion that his team wasn’t up to the task of waging a credible challenge against the better-funded, better-organized Mitt Romney. “We run a very decentralized campaign,” Gingrich insisted. “The system works.”

With only one month until the first presidential votes are cast, the GOP race has seemed to narrow to a contest between Gingrich and Romney.

Each spent the day wooing donors, Gingrich on the East Coast and Romney on the West Coast, as the hunt for cash intensified ahead of the string of costly contests that begin Jan. 3 in Iowa. The two will cross paths Wednesday as the candidates all convene in Washington to court Jewish voters and again Saturday at a debate in Iowa, the first of three planned for December.

This one is shaping up as a pivotal debate, given that Gingrich’s recent comeback has been fueled largely by a string of strong performances in which he demonstrated policy expertise and was able to appear statesmanlike while steering clear of criticizing his GOP rivals. He is the latest GOP candidate to enjoy a burst of momentum and he’s working to prove that, unlike the others who have risen and fallen, he’s a serious contender with staying power.

To that end, Monday was supposed to be a day for the former U.S. House speaker to capitalize on Herman Cain’s departure from the race and his own soaring poll numbers, making a good showing for up-for-grabs tea party supporters.

He chose heavily Democratic New York City to announce plans to campaign all across the country — not just in traditionally Republican or swing states — next fall against Obama. He packed the rest of the day with fundraisers and meetings, including one with Donald Trump, who flirted with a presidential bid himself and has sought to play a role in the GOP selection process.

But Gingrich’s expected show of force didn’t go exactly as planned, and the day ended up underscoring the challenges he now faces since going from the back of the pack to the front.

Twice on Monday he tried to explain what he had meant about poor kids working.

He said his original point had been “distorted” to make him look insensitive. The idea, Gingrich said, would be “to get them into the world of work, get them into the opportunity to earn money, to get them into the habit of showing up and realizing that effort is rewarded and America is all about the work ethic.”

He said he had persuaded Trump to mentor a group of children from New York City’s poorest schools.

“I thought it was a great idea,” said Trump, who hosts the reality show “Celebrity Apprentice.” “We’re going to be picking 10 young wonderful children and make them ‘apprenti.’ We’re going to have a little fun with it.”

While praising Gingrich, Trump said he would wait to endorse a candidate until after he hosts a debate in late December.

In Iowa, Gingrich’s campaign rolled out a 60-second ad that projected sunny optimism.

“Some people say the America we know and love is a thing of the past. I don’t believe that, because working together I know we can rebuild America,” Gingrich says in the ad that’s laden with Americana, down to a white picket fence, the Statue of Liberty and the American Stars and Stripes.

But there were signs, in Iowa, that Gingrich’s personal and professional background was starting to become an issue in the campaign.

A group called Iowans for Christian Leaders in Government is circulating a new Web video reminding Republicans that Gingrich once appeared with then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to advocate action on climate change. Pelosi, a Democrat, is widely loathed among Republican activists, many of whom do not believe there is proof that human activity has caused climate change and oppose many efforts to regulate carbon emissions.

The same group circulated fliers earlier in the year criticizing the thrice-married Gingrich for his divorces.

Elsewhere, Gingrich’s organizational struggles to catch up with his rivals were coming to light.

He has already missed the deadline to appear on the ballot in Missouri, which holds its primary Feb. 7. He insisted Monday that he did not plan to compete in that contest because the state was stripped of its delegates after it moved its primary in violation of Republican rules.

The troubles are perhaps most urgent in Ohio, where candidates face a Wednesday deadline to submit between 50 and 150 signatures from registered Republicans from each of the state’s 16 congressional districts.

“Newt Gingrich will not be on the Ohio Primary ballot in 2012 unless we take immediate action,” read a Saturday email with the subject line, “Emergency” from a Gingrich organizer to Ohio Republicans. The message gave potential delegates just 24 hours to travel to the Gingrich headquarters to sign required forms.

And there’s no indication that Gingrich’s team has begun to gather signatures to meet deadlines in such states as Virginia, Illinois and Indiana, all of which are due in the next several weeks.

In New Hampshire, which hosts the nation’s first primary Jan. 10, Gingrich’s newly assembled team last month failed to submit a list of 20 supporters to serve as potential delegates to the GOP’s national convention. It was largely a symbolic submission, but one that candidates take seriously to reward top local supporters.

Gingrich’s staff, however, rounded up just 14 names scratched on state forms in messy handwriting. The other serious candidates submitted typed forms with a full slate of delegates. And former state GOP chairman Fergus Cullen suggests the incident “could signal a lack of basic organization.”

On Monday, Gingrich defended his bare-bones approach as one that reflects efficiencies that businesses have adopted to make them run more efficiently over a consultant-heavy approach that’s “slow, cumbersome and expensive.”

His approach could be more from necessity; as of Sept. 30, his campaign was in the red.

MisEducation Nation Corporate Media and Corporate Education Reform

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During the last week of September, NBC was staging its second annual “Education Nation” summit–a series of events and broadcasts bankrolled by the corporate interests and foundations aligned with the so-called “education reform” movement.

Corporate media coverage of education policy tends to hew closely to the “reform” agenda: promoting charter schools and vouchers, embracing relentless testing and other “accountability” measures, and attacking teachers’ unions for standing in the way of progress.

On September 27, FAIR brought together four of the most dynamic and thoughtful education experts and activists in the country for a discussion about how the media mangle the debate over public schools.
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The lively and thought-provoking discussion, led by journalist Laura Flanders, featured education historian Diane Ravitch, NYU professor Pedro Noguera, Leonie Haimson of Class Size Matters and teacher-activist Brian Jones.

Was NBC’s approach more inclusive than last year’s presentation? Are issues like poverty even on the table? And how is is that Wall Street investors and billionaires have become media experts on schools?

Watch the video here– and please share it with friends.
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BiodunIginla: Euphoria Mixed With Anxiety in Israel Over Swap - by Nasra Ismail and Biodun Iginla, BBC News Published:… http://t.co/V7BZJExs

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BiodunIginla: BBC News - Barroso sets out plan to support eurozone http://t.co/eDFV5ODL

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BiodunIginla: BBC News - 'Underwear bomber’ Abdulmutallab to plead guilty http://t.co/GHAfXCR1

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BiodunIginla: Italy’s Berlusconi Fights for Survival - by Natalie de Vallieres and Biodun Iginla, BBC News Published:… http://t.co/ZVOZvjVh

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BiodunIginla: BBC News - India encephalitis outbreak kills 400, mainly children http://t.co/tUoKbR0L

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BiodunIginla: BBC News - Gilad Shalit: Israel and Palestinians welcome deal http://t.co/LpB6qf4m

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Is 7 billion too many for our overcrowded planet?

The world’s burgeoning population has grown to seven times the number that so alarmed British demographer Thomas Malthus two centuries ago – and questions about its sustainability are still much the same.

By Siobhán SILKE (video)
Joseph BAMAT (text)  

Seven billion people now inhabit Earth, the United Nations has announced, reviving long-held fears about overpopulation on a planet with limited resources. “How did we become so many? How large a number can our Earth sustain?” the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) asked in its “State of the World Population 2011” report, which was released ahead of the headcount milestone.

Further fuelling concerns, estimates suggest the world will reach eight billion by 2025 and possibly ten billion by the end of the century. Within 38 years Asia and Africa will each add another 1 billion people to the planet, demographers have warned. Experts wonder how certain regions in those continents, which have been hit by famines and soaring food prices in recent years, can cope with an additional 2 billion mouths to feed.

“With an estimated 925 million hungry people in the world, 13.1 percent, or almost 1 in 7 people are hungry,” the World Food Program announced earlier this year. The UN organization said that overall the world was not making enough progress towards goals to reduce the number of undernourished people.

Worries have also arisen from calculations that show some of the globe’s regions will experience little or no growth, while a few, like Eastern Europe, will actually see their population shrink. According to the Washington-based Population Reference Bureau, Europe will shed 15 million people by mid-century.

Some demographers, like Oxford University scholar David Coleman, are scarcely alarmed by Europe’s predicted population decrease. “[Population growth] increases Gross Domestic Product, but that is a rather weak measure of welfare. What matters for a country’s welfare is GDP per head. There is no evidence that population growth in European countries increases GDP per head. What it does is increase congestion, overcrowding and, in my view, reduce the quality of life,” Coleman said.

In its report, the UNPFA urged global actors to take a step back from the awe-inspiring 7 billion figure. “When we look only at the big number, we risk being overwhelmed and losing sight of new opportunities to make life better for everyone in the future,” it stated.

An ageing problem

Alarm bells over exploding population growth have rung in the past. In 1798 the English thinker Thomas Malthus famously wrote that “the power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man.” His warning, pronounced as the world’s population reached the one billion mark, would nonetheless be followed by unprecedented population growth.

French demographer Gilles Pison says rapid population growth has not heralded the doom of mankind, as Malthus predicted. “Two hundred years ago a greater percentage of people died of hunger than they do today,” Pison pointed out.

“The challenge now is to make sure that 10 billion people will live better lives at the end of this century than us seven billion do today,” the demographer added. According to Pison, better distribution of food resources holds the keys to survival.

So is there a limit to the amount of people the world can contain? Faced with the question, demographers like Pison and Coleman bring the question back to correctly predicting figures in the long term.

While they can closely predict population trends over the next fifty years, they say it is fairly difficult to pin down anything after that. As Malthus could not have predicted the population boom and boon produced by the industrial revolution two hundred years ago, they say the next two centuries are equally unpredictable.

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CNN's Factcheck Failure on Occupy Wall Street

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by Biodun Iginla, Media Analyst for the BBC and FAIR

10/4/11

Former CNBC reporter Erin Burnett’s CNN show OutFront debuted Monday night (10/3/11) with a failed attempt to factcheck the Occupy Wall Street protests.

The show kicked off with Burnett explaining that she

went to Wall Street today to see those protests for myself. I saw dancing, bongo drums, even a clown…. I asked several protesters what it was that they wanted. Now, they did not know…. They did know what they don’t want.

Burnett added that “it seems like people want a messiah leader, just like they did when they anointed Barack Obama.”

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That segued into an interview with center-right CNN pundit John Avlon, a former speechwriter for Republican Rudolph Giuliani. Avlon dismissed the protests (“It’s tough to get your demands taken seriously dressed when you’re dressed as a zombie”), adding that “conservative populism has always played a major role in American politics. Liberal populist marches like this tend to alienate more people than they attract.”

After that discussion, Burnett attempted to set the protesters straight on the facts. As she put it: “What are they protesting? Nobody seems to know. So, this afternoon, we went to Wall Street to find out.”

Burnett quizzed one protester: “So do you know that taxpayers actually made money on the Wall Street bailout?” When he says that he was unaware of this, Burnett insists it is true– and goes on to argue that it basically negates the whole point of the protest:

That’s all it would take to put an end to the unrest? Well, as promised, we did go double-check the numbers on the bank bailout, and this is what we found. Yes, the bank bailouts made money for American taxpayers, right now to the tune of $10 billion, anticipated that it will be $20 billion. Those are seriously the numbers. This was the big issue, so we solved it.

The TARP program is not, in fact, the “big issue” of the Occupy Wall Street movement; the concerns about inequality and lack of democracy go far deeper than that. When the Wall Street bailouts are discussed by protesters, the point they seem to be making about it is that banks benefited from generous bailouts that the vast majority of Americans would never enjoy. (As one popular chant puts it: “Banks got bailed out! We got sold out!”)

And the fact that the loans were repaid does not mean that they were not a subsidy to the banking industry. How much would it have cost the banks to get the money they needed to survive from private sources? The difference between those terms and what the government actually charged was a gift to the bankers–one that will never be paid back.

The assumption that society as a whole benefited from helping out the banks is debatable, though you rarely if ever see it debated in corporate media (Extra!, 10/10). As economist Dean Baker wrote (9/20/10):

We are also supposed to feel good that the vast majority of the TARP money was repaid. This is another effort to prey on the public’s ignorance. Had it not been for the bailout, most of the major center banks would have been wiped out. This would have destroyed the fortunes of their shareholders, many of their creditors, and their top executives. This would have been a massive redistribution to the rest of society–their loss is our gain.
And the Wall Street bailouts are about far more than TARP. As Bloomberg News recently reported (8/22/11), Federal Reserve lending programs to the banking industry topped $1.2 trillion.

These government policies went a long way towards protecting the interests of Wall Street giants. Working people got very little, and the unemployment and foreclosure crises continue to wreak considerable damage on the economy. This is why people are protesting.

The economists and analysts who have criticized these policies could explain this to Erin Burnett’s audience. MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell, for instance, interviewed Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz last night (10/3/11) after he made an appearance at the protests.

Burnett used to work for the same financial companies that profited from the bailouts–Goldman Sachs, Citigroup–and she is engaged to be married to a Citigroup executive (Business Insider, 9/30/11). Burnett’s journalistic career includes plenty of attempts to promote Wall Street interests, earning her praise from the likes of Rush Limbaugh (FAIR Blog, 10/3/11). She even tried to defend Wall Street giants from criticism over using TARP funds to pay giant bonuses (FAIR Blog, 2/3/09).

If CNN is interested in factchecking claims about Wall Street, they might want to start by taking a look at those made by their new host. At the very least, the show should invite the economists and policy experts who could set the record straight.

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10/3/11) with a failed attempt to factcheck the Occupy Wall Street protests.

The show kicked off with Burnett explaining that she

went to Wall Street today to see those protests for myself. I saw dancing, bongo drums, even a clown…. I asked several protesters what it was that they wanted. Now, they did not know…. They did know what they don’t want.

Burnett added that “it seems like people want a messiah leader, just like they did when they anointed Barack Obama.”

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That segued into an interview with center-right CNN pundit John Avlon, a former speechwriter for Republican Rudolph Giuliani. Avlon dismissed the protests (“It’s tough to get your demands taken seriously dressed when you’re dressed as a zombie”), adding that “conservative populism has always played a major role in American politics. Liberal populist marches like this tend to alienate more people than they attract.”

After that discussion, Burnett attempted to set the protesters straight on the facts. As she put it: “What are they protesting? Nobody seems to know. So, this afternoon, we went to Wall Street to find out.”

Burnett quizzed one protester: “So do you know that taxpayers actually made money on the Wall Street bailout?” When he says that he was unaware of this, Burnett insists it is true– and goes on to argue that it basically negates the whole point of the protest:

That’s all it would take to put an end to the unrest? Well, as promised, we did go double-check the numbers on the bank bailout, and this is what we found. Yes, the bank bailouts made money for American taxpayers, right now to the tune of $10 billion, anticipated that it will be $20 billion. Those are seriously the numbers. This was the big issue, so we solved it.

The TARP program is not, in fact, the “big issue” of the Occupy Wall Street movement; the concerns about inequality and lack of democracy go far deeper than that. When the Wall Street bailouts are discussed by protesters, the point they seem to be making about it is that banks benefited from generous bailouts that the vast majority of Americans would never enjoy. (As one popular chant puts it: “Banks got bailed out! We got sold out!”)

And the fact that the loans were repaid does not mean that they were not a subsidy to the banking industry. How much would it have cost the banks to get the money they needed to survive from private sources? The difference between those terms and what the government actually charged was a gift to the bankers–one that will never be paid back.

The assumption that society as a whole benefited from helping out the banks is debatable, though you rarely if ever see it debated in corporate media (Extra!, 10/10). As economist Dean Baker wrote (9/20/10):

We are also supposed to feel good that the vast majority of the TARP money was repaid. This is another effort to prey on the public’s ignorance. Had it not been for the bailout, most of the major center banks would have been wiped out. This would have destroyed the fortunes of their shareholders, many of their creditors, and their top executives. This would have been a massive redistribution to the rest of society–their loss is our gain.


And the Wall Street bailouts are about far more than TARP. As Bloomberg News recently reported (8/22/11), Federal Reserve lending programs to the banking industry topped $1.2 trillion.

These government policies went a long way towards protecting the interests of Wall Street giants. Working people got very little, and the unemployment and foreclosure crises continue to wreak considerable damage on the economy. This is why people are protesting.

The economists and analysts who have criticized these policies could explain this to Erin Burnett’s audience. MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell, for instance, interviewed Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz last night (10/3/11) after he made an appearance at the protests.

Burnett used to work for the same financial companies that profited from the bailouts–Goldman Sachs, Citigroup–and she is engaged to be married to a Citigroup executive (Business Insider, 9/30/11). Burnett’s journalistic career includes plenty of attempts to promote Wall Street interests, earning her praise from the likes of Rush Limbaugh (FAIR Blog, 10/3/11). She even tried to defend Wall Street giants from criticism over using TARP funds to pay giant bonuses (FAIR Blog, 2/3/09).

If CNN is interested in factchecking claims about Wall Street, they might want to start by taking a look at those made by their new host. At the very least, the show should invite the economists and policy experts who could set the record straight.

ACTION:
Please tell CNN’s OutFront that Erin Burnett’s factcheck of Occupy Wall Street needs factchecking.

CONTACT:
CNN OutFront
Comment Form:
http://www.cnn.com/feedback/show/?s=erinburnettoutfront&hdln=2

You can also send your comments to the show on Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/OutFrontCNN

And on Twitter:
@ErinBurnettCNN
@OutFrontCNN

Please post a copy of your letter on the FAIR Blog.

TAKE ACTION!


ACTION:

Please tell CNN’s OutFront that Erin Burnett’s factcheck of Occupy Wall Street needs factchecking.

CONTACT:
CNN OutFront
Comment Form:
http://www.cnn.com/feedback/show/?s=erinburnettoutfront&hdln=2

You can also send your comments to the show on Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/OutFrontCNN

And on Twitter:
@ErinBurnettCNN
@OutFrontCNN

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Steven P. Jobs, the co-founder of the technology company Apple Inc. who came to define the global digital culture at the outset of the 21st century, died, it was announced Wednesday.

On Aug. 24, Apple had announced that Mr. Jobs, who had battled cancer for several years, was stepping down as chief executive.

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Andy Rooney said goodbye to 60 Minutes Sunday night, but he won’t stop doing what he loves. Here’s the final paragraph of his final segment: “This is a moment I have dreaded. I wish I could do this forever. I can’t, though. But I’m not retiring. Writers don’t retire, and I’ll always be a writer. A lot of you have sent me wonderful letters and said good things to me when you meet me in the street. I wasn’t always gracious about it. It’s hard to accept being liked. I don’t say this often, but thank you. Although if you do see me in a restaurant, please, just let me eat my dinner.” TVNewser: Rooney took time to write about his family: “I’ve done a lot of complaining here, but of all the things I’ve complained about, I can’t complain about my life. My wife Margie and I had four good kids…now there are grandchildren. I have two great grandchildren, although they’re a little young for me to know how great they are. And all this time I’ve been paid to say what is on my mind on television. You don’t get any luckier in life than that.”

Rise & Fall Season: Broadcast TV Chiefs Face Critical Test For New Shows (NY Post)
It’s do or die time for the network television chiefs. With the new broadcast season entering its third week, the pressure is on top programmers to perform as advertisers who spent some $9 billion on commercial time during the spring ad-sales market decide whether to pass or flunk their fall lineups.

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Monday’s Hardball To Feature Debate Panel On Obama 2012 Strategies (TVNewser)
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews will host a special live edition of Hardball at 7 p.m. Monday called “The Great Democratic Debate.” Matthews will moderate a panel of politicians and political experts that will discuss re-election strategies for President Barack Obama in 2012.

Martha Raddatz Reports From Afghanistan (TVNewser)
ABC’s Martha Raddatz will be reporting from Afghanistan this week. Monday she interviews the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, who replaced Gen. David Petraeus in July.

As Devices And Distribution Compete, Content Enjoys Renaissance (AdAge / MediaWorks)
Anyone still doubt content is king? Take a look at the power content owners once again hold as Amazon introduces viable competition to Apple’s walled fiefdom. Or check out Netflix’s ugly scar: a $10 billion extraction of market capitalization in the past two months.

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