Show Details for December 16, 2007

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This week’s Guests:

 —  Veteran DC journalist ROBERT PARRY on current news

   PROF. ROBERT JENSEN on masculinity and pornography (part two)


— Veteran DC journalist ROBERT PARRY on current news



Our first guest tonight, ROBERT PARRY, has appeared on The Monitor a number of times.  Monitor co-host Pokey Anderson will discuss recent news with him, including Michael Mukasey as Attorney General and the CIA toture tapes controversy.  We’ll also take a look at Bob’s article this week on Iraq — US forces have collected biometric data on one million Iraqis, and are preparing to use a data file housed in West Virginia to allow soldiers in the field to decide on the spot whether to execute someone.


We’ll also discuss big media’s continuing attempts to “slime” Al Gore, as Parry calls it.


Robert Parry is a veteran of Washington journalism, with a career spanning three decades.  He broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. Parry has won numerous awards including the George Polk Award for National Reporting in 1984, the Pultizer Prize finalist for National Reporting in 1985 and was a Emmy finalist for Best Explanatory Work on Breaking News in 1994.


His new book is Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush, by Robert Parry, Sam Parry and Nat Parry.


He left mainstream journalism to start his own news service, Consortium News in 1995 because, as he writes, “I was distressed by the silliness and downright creepiness that had pervaded American journalism by the mid-1990s.”


Consortium News —



QUOTE by Robert Parry:

“Despite all that’s happened, including the ongoing disaster in Iraq, many people still don’t understand that the fight for honest information is a battle for the future of American democracy.”

Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush, by Robert Parry, Sam Parry and Nat Parry (2007)
Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq (2004)
Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & ‘Project Truth.’  (1999)


Why Big Media Slimes Al Gore
October 16, 2007
Consortium News

Surprise! Mukasey Covers Up Torture
December 15, 2007

Mobile Labs to Target Iraqis for Death
December 13, 2007


 PROF. ROBERT JENSEN on masculinity and pornography (part two)

Today’s second guest will be ROBERT JENSEN, an associate professor at University of Texas in Austin.  Monitor co-host Mark Bebawi will discuss with him his new book, “Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity.”  This is a continuation of last week’s discussion.


Prof. Robert Jensen teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in media law, ethics, and politics. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a professional journalist for a decade.


Prof. Jensen has done work on the topic of pornography and the radical feminist critique of sexuality for over a decade. He has addressed questions of race through a critique of white privilege and institutionalized racism.  In speaking and writing he has challenged American assumptions of patriotism and empire, and he is involved in a number of activist groups working against U.S. military and economic domination of the rest of the world.

His undiluted views have stirred controversy; in 2004 he was named on a “professor watch list” published  by Young Conservatives of Texas.  

A native of Fargo, North Dakota, he obtained his Ph.D. in media ethics and law in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. He lives in Austin.

“Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity”
“The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege”
“Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity”




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