December 5 - The Kingmaker Fox News Tries to Recruit Petraeus for President; Why is Obama's FCC Rewarding Murdoch?; Egypt's Revolution Takes an Ugly Turn

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Part 1

We begin with the extraordinary tape revealed by Bob Woodward of the Washington Post in which an emissary of Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News, offers General Petraeus the presidency bankrolled by Rupert Murdoch. Investigative journalist Karl Grossman, who knows the emissary involved, joins us to discuss how the owner of the “Pravda” of the Republican Party, became the king maker in the U.K. and now in the U.S.A. karl grossman


Part 2

Then we look further into the malignant effect of the Murdoch empire on journalism and politics with Timothy Karr, the Senior Director of Strategy for Free Press who is trying to prevent Obama’s FCC from removing the cross-ownership rules preventing media moguls from owning Newspaper and Television monopolies in the same markets. In spite of Murdoch’s and Fox News’s efforts to deny Obama a second term, the Obama Administration appear to be rewarding Murdoch, allowing him to buy the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.

tim karr


Part 3

Then finally we look into escalating street battles in Egypt between the secular young revolutionaries who toppled Mubarak and the Muslim Brotherhood who ended up capturing political power. Juan Cole, professor of Modern Middle Eastern and South Asian History at the University of Michigan and author of “Engaging the Muslim World” joins us to discuss the growing polarization of Egyptian politics as the new fundamentalist leader grabs more power.

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