Daily Briefing - Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Robert Scheer is a journalist, author and columnist, a senior lecturer at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communications and is Editor-in-Chief Truthdig which he also founded. His books include The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us about Iraq, Playing President: My Close Encounters with Nixon, Carter, Bush I and Clinton--and How They Did Not Prepare Me for George W. Bush, The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America, and his latest, The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street.

Jamie Court is president of Consumer Watchdog. He was an early pioneer of the HMO patients' rights movement in America, and has led successful corporate and political campaigns to reform HMOs, insurers, banks, oil companies, drug makers, and utilities. He is the author of Corporateering: How Corporate Power Steals Your Personal Freedom And What You Can Do About It and co-author of Making A Killing: HMOs and the Threat To Your Health. His latest book is, The Progressive's Guide To Raising Hell: How To Win Grassroots Campaigns, Pass Ballot Box Laws And Get The Change You Voted For.


Daily Briefing - Monday, October 11, 2010

Guest: John Hamilton, contributor to television and radio program "Democracy Now."

Topics: Glenn Beck and his influence on a recent  shootout by Byron Williams this past July in the Bay area. 

From the intro:

Hello and welcome to The Daily Briefing, I’m Ian Masters and today we will look into a breaking story in the news with the reporter who exposed the connection between Glenn Beck and a heavily armed gunman who shot two California Highway Patrol officers in a furious gun battle before surrendering.

John Hamilton, a reporter with KPFA, our sister station in Berkeley, joins us to elaborate on the prison interview he did with the shooter Byron Williams who was on his way to shoot up the Tides Foundation and the ACLU in San Francisco when he was pulled over by the CHP. In the prison interview with John Hamilton, Byron Williams makes it abundantly clear that Glenn Beck was his teacher and he was acting on “evidence” provided by Beck from the 29 broadcasts on Fox News where Glenn Beck cited the Tides Foundation as a part of a socialist conspiracy involving George Soros, BP, a Brazilian oil company and President Obama.

John Hamilton has, for the first time, connected the important dots that tie a heavily armed killer on a homicidal mission with the persons in the media on Fox News who have incited him to violence.

Daily Briefing -Wednesday October 6, 2010

Dana Milbank is a syndicated columnist with the Washington Post and a prize-winning White House reporter. His books include Smashmouth: Two Years in the Gutter with Al Gore and George W. Bush, Homo Politicus: The Strange and Scary Tribes That Run Our Government, O is for Obama: An Irreverent A-to-Z Guide to Washington and Beltway Politics, and his latest, the brand new book, Tears of A Clown: Glenn Beck and the Tea Bagging of America, which we are offering today for a $100 pledge to KPFK and this program.