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The Mark Riley Show – 03.25.15

March 26, 2015

RIP Danny Schechter, the News Dissector….dead at 72. A brilliant journalist who I was privileged to know. Top Stories…… Why Congress is having trouble governing. Squabbling, why else? Whether it’s bi partisan or intra partisan, those DC lawmakers can’t seem to get their game correct. It’s got more drama than a reality TV show. Fund the military, or maybe not so much? Take another run at Obamacare, or not? And that’s just the feuding among Republicans. Democrats aren’t exempt….Pelosi and Boehner cut a rare deal on Medicare and children’s healthcare, but Democrats don’t like possible restrictions on abortion. The impediment is none other than Sen. Harry Reid. George Zimmerman blasts Obama for racial tension after shooting. What, and the shooting itself had nothing to do with it? George Zimmerman is now officially part of the Rudy Giuliani School of Irrelevance. He says the Justice Dept. was ordered by the president to pursue a baseless prosecution. Really? Atlanta police shooting victim tried to live a life that mattered. This is, above all else, a picture of mental health failure as well as law enforcement failure. As oil prices fall, airfares still stay high. Anyone who’s tried to book a reasonably priced

The Mark Riley Show – 03.18.15

March 19, 2015

Top Stories….. Commutes in New York are the longest among major cities, report finds. What, longer than LA??? Is there any way to fix this? And BTW, how much pollution is spewed into the atmosphere by vehicles stuck in traffic? Just asking. Air Force veteran from New Jersey tried to aid ISIS, US charges. What would cause a military man to help ISIS, apparently with his plane expertise? What should happen to him, if convicted? Starbucks race together campaign draws widespread mockery on Twitter inspiring #newstarbucksdrinks hashtag. So who’s exactly afraid of what people say on Twitter? The execution was awkward, but the intent was cool. Just another example of people being scared to discuss race. Diet sodas could be linked to bulging bellies in older adults. What, you mean I should down regular soda instead? Yep, guess so. Michelle Obama’s mom was worried Barack’s mixed race background could present problems for her daughter. What, like she could become First Lady of the United States??? Seriously, people harbor these fears all the time. Anybody want to argue that a white mother might have fears about their daughter marrying a black man? Lead Story…. House Republicans propose budget with deep cuts.

Leid Stories – 03.16.15

March 16, 2015

Mayhem, Murder, Madness, Money and Media Myopia Leid Stories takes a look at a few major stories that illustrate how U.S. news outlets willingly toe ideological, political and racial lines in their coverage, and how this in turn shapes and controls our views of the world and our place in it. Media literacy is a regular feature of Leid Stories.

The Mark Riley Show – 03.11.15

March 12, 2015

RIP Cardinal Egan, Windell Middlebrooks, the Lite Beer guy, and NY Times reporter Claude Sitton Top Stories Democrats deplore Republican letter to Tehran on nuke talks. What else are they supposed to do, embrace it? This is no doubt one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen a group of lawmakers do. What were they thinking? Does their hate of Obama run so deep they would risk jeopardizing future agreements and negotiations with foreign governments? Maybe so. Georgia investigators look into police shooting of unarmed man. Months after Ferguson and Garner, now we have another incident where unarmed man is shot to death by police. Since he was naked, there seems to be no question they knew he was un armed. So why shoot? And while we’re on the subject….Thousands protest at Wisconsin capitol after cops shoot unarmed black man, Now we have to confront an ugly question. These two latest incidents taken together ought to lead people to question whether movements like Black Lives Matter and other protests are having any national, cumulative effect. It’s just a question, and it’s not in any way an incentive to violent means to address the issue. City manager of Ferguson resigns. This

The Mark Riley Show – 03.04.15

March 5, 2015

In Congress, Netanyahu faults bad deal on Iran Nuclear program. Or…..Bibi goes to Washington. Aside from what the president said, which was that the Israeli PM’s speech contained nothing new, you might want to ask yourself what his actual solution is. A nation that has nukes (but won’t admit it) wants no negotiations at all to stop another country from getting them. Remember, Bibi said Iran was days away from the bomb more than 20 years ago…
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