Update at bottom: MSNBC turns off Obama after he says turn TV off; FOX cuts off for 3rd time
For the second time in less than a week, Fox News on Tuesday cut away from a live broadcast of a presidential address to air comments from a critic of President Obama.
Speaking at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, the president laid out his argument that health care reform would actually save the government money in the long term by reducing health care costs.
“Well there you have it, a rather long answer to a question about health care from a recovering cancer patient,” said Fox News host Megyn Kelley, before introducing Dr. Marc Siegel, a Fox News contributor and critic of the president’s health care reform agenda.
Fox took some criticism from left-wing bloggers when it cut off the president’s question-and-answer session with House GOP members at a retreat last Friday.
During the wide-ranging debate that even some conservative commentators admitted the president won, Fox “cut away mid-broadcast and went to a newsless interview with Rep. Peter King (R-NY),” as the Washington Independent‘s David Weigel put it.
Raw Story’s analysis of TV news coverage of Obama’s town hall meeting found that only CNN aired the entire meeting, one hour and 15 minutes. By comparison, MSNBC broadcast 55 minutes of the event and Fox News broadcast 40 minutes, or about half.
MSNBC turns off Obama after he says turn TV off; FOX cuts off for 3rd time
On Wednesday, Fox News cut away from a question and answer session between Obama and the Senate Democratic Caucus after only two minutes. None of the Senators’ questions were aired.
“Score one for consistency,” Huffington Post’s Jason Linkins mocks.
Meanwhile, if Fox News couldn’t be bothered to televise the session, this week’s awkward cable news cut-away goes to MSNBC, which briefly ceased its live coverage of the Q&A after Obama urged the Senate Democratic Caucus to stop paying attention to them
“President Obama encouraging all the lawmakers in that room, all the senators, to turn us off,” MSNBC’s David Shuster said. “Don’t pay attention to the echo chamber. We’re going to use our authority to be able to essentially turn off the president’s feed for now.”
Linkins notes, “Don’t worry! They went back to the Q&A as soon as they deemed it ‘interesting!'”
This video is from Fox News’ America Live, broadcast Feb. 2, 2010.
Shuster uses his ‘authority’ to cut off Obama
This video is from MSNBC’s News Live, broadcast Feb. 3, 2010.
Trump’s tax law threatened TurboTax’s profits — so the company started charging the disabled, the unemployed and students
The 2017 tax overhaul vastly expanded the number of people who could file simplified tax returns, a boon to millions of Americans.
But the new law directly threatened the lucrative business of Intuit, the maker of TurboTax.
Although the company draws in customers with the promise of a “free” product, its fortunes depend on getting as many customers as possible to pay. It had been regularly charging $100 or more for returns that included itemized deductions for mortgage interest and charitable donations. Under the new law, many wealthier taxpayers would no longer be filing that form, qualifying them to use the company’s free software.
Trump’s packed Supreme Court backs ‘forced arbitration’ that bars workers from taking abusive bosses to court
Corporations are rapidly rendering sexual harassment, race and gender discrimination, life-threatening workplaces and wage theft immune to employee legal action.
They achieve this by forcing the vast majority of non-union private-sector workers to sign away their rights to go to court or use class or collective arbitration. Instead many millions of workers are being forced to forgo these efficient legal ways to resolve issues and to file individual arbitration claims.
A new report from the Economic Policy Institute and the Center for Popular Democracy says that by 2024 more than 80% of non-union private-sector workers will find courthouse doors chained shut by forced arbitration clauses that ban lawsuits and collective actions. (EPI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank created in 1986 to press the needs of low- and middle-income workers in economic policy discussions.)
Corporations can legally put carcinogens in our food without warning labels — here’s why
A recent study by the Environmental Working Group revealed something horrifying: Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular weedkiller Roundup, was present in 17 of the 21 oat-based cereal and snack products at levels considered unsafe for children. That includes six different brands of Cheerios, one of the most popular American cereals.
I've written before about the limits of corporate free speech when it comes to public safety, but on that occasion I discussed this insofar as it involved corporate-sponsored climate change denialism. Yet here we have something more tangible, more direct: The safe glyphosate limit for children is 160 parts per billion (ppb), yet Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch has 833 parts per billion and regular Cheerios has 729 ppb. While the potential risks of glyphosate are fiercely debated, many scientists believe that it is linked to cancer.