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Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with "The End of Nature" in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. The group he founded, 350.org, has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. The Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was "probably the country’s most important environmentalist."
Alexis Tsipras, a member of the Hellenic parliament, president of the Synaspismos political party since 2008, head of the SYRIZA parliamentary group since 2009, and leader of the Opposition since June 2012. SYRIZA currently leads in Greek opinion polls. Listen to the audio here.
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Posted Sept. 5, 2012
Interview with Peter Hart, activism director with the media watch group FAIR, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, conducted by Scott Harris
As the Republican National Convention was preparing to launch in Tampa, Fla., the specter of tropical storm Isaac threatened to wash out the proceedings. But after a one-day delay, the televised nominating convention got underway with the focus shifting from the weather back to the predictable rhetorically heavy speeches. while Americans widely expect politicians to bend the truth to put themselves and their party in the best possible light, the GOP convention this year was notable for the long list of exaggerations, misleading statements and blatant lies catalogued by a small army of fact-checkers, many on the web.
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the Republican vice presidential nominee seemed to break records for the number of misstatements made during his acceptance speech. Among them was the claim that President Obama broke his pledge to keep a GM plant opened in Ryan’s hometown in Janesville, Wis. Documents show Obama never made that promise and the plant was shut down in 2008 under President Bush’s watch. Another issue of veracity arose when Ryan repeated the statement that the Obama health care plan took $716 billion out of Medicare, not bothering to mention that these cuts were made to the reimbursements paid to health providers and hospitals, unlike Ryan’s own proposed $716 billion cut to Medicare recipient benefits by moving to a voucher system.
In fact, the overall GOP convention theme of “We Built This," was taken from the blatantly out-of-context Obama quote: "If you've got a business – you didn't build that,” which deliberately deleted Obama’s direct reference to government’s investment in roads and bridges. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Peter Hart, activism director with the media-watch group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, who takes a critical look at the corporate media’s coverage of the major party political conventions and their obligation to separate fact from fiction.
Find more links to media-watch group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting's analysis of corporate media’s coverage of U.S. politics on www.fair.org.