Friday, November 5, 2010


With a large portion of the money that politicians raise for campaigns going to the television networks, do the media monopolies have any incentive to fix a system from which they benefit so profitably? Former CNN chief news executive and president of newsgathering and international networks, Eason Jordan joins us to provide a perspective on the choice between social responsibility and the corporate bottom line. Leading media and culture scholar Toby Miller also joins us to examine the medium from which most voters get their political information.

HAMMER FORUM - This ongoing series of timely, thought-provoking dialogues addresses current social and political issues. Hammer Forum is moderated by Ian Masters, journalist, author, screenwriter, documentary filmmaker, and host of the radio program Background Briefing, Sundays at 11AM, and The Daily Briefing, Monday through Thursday at 5PM, on KPFK 90.7 FM.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010


I'm on the train back from San Diego after giving a keynote at the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, endowed in honor of the late Alan G Ingham. It was an honor to give the address. At a more mundane level, it's a joy that Amtrak now offers free internet service. Get out of your car!