On tonight’s Progressive Commentary Hour, Gary talks with three guests about the topic of Fake News scandal – The rise of a new McCarthyism in journalism, news reporting and free speech.
Yves Smith is the founder of the influential financial and news blog Naked Capitalism, and is the author of “ECONNED: How Unenlightened Self Interest Undermined Democracy and Corrupted Capitalism” – an important investigation into how the symptoms associated with our economic crisis take precedence over the more important cause for economic collapse which resides in the unquestioned role of economists as policy makers. For over thirty years, Yves has been a Wall Street veteran as an investment banker with major firms such as Goldman Sachs, and a corporate finance advisor. Her articles also appear in the Bloomberg, Politico, Slate and Christian Monitor. Naked Capitalism’s website is NakedCapitalism.com – its daily news email provides important resources for analysis on the important issues that concern us most.
Professor Robert Jensen is a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. His research has focused on many diverse progressive social issues including race relations, foreign policy, feminism, post modern masculinity, the media and others. He is a board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center and a national organization Culture Reframed. He has authored many publications including his forthcoming “The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men.” Other recent books include “Plain Radical: Living, Loving and Learning to the Planet Gracefully” and “Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialogue.” Robert is the co-producer of a documentary film on the life and philosophy of longtime radical activist Abe Osheroff. His articles appear in Truthdig, Counterpuch, YES Magazine, Resilience, and many others. His website is RobertWJensen.org
BOOK: “The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men.” Other recent books include “Plain Radical: Living, Loving and Learning to the Planet Gracefully”
Rob Kall is an American journalist and founder of the progressive, liberal news site Oped News, which was launched in 2003. In addition to being a long time anti-war activist, Rob is also an inventor and an early inventor of technology that has gone into biofeedback science. Mediate has noted Rob as one of the top 200 print/online columnists and Opednews received the first media award for the Pillar Human Rights Reward for International Persons of Conscience and his support of whistleblowers. Opednews is also among those news and opinion sites listed in the Washington Post’s blacklisting of so-called fake news. Rob also hosts the Bottom Up Radio show on WNJC near Philadephia, which airs as the Rob Kall Show, at 8 pm every Wednesday on the Progressive Radio Network. Their website is opednews.com