This is a draft post for this week’s show. I will update it later tonight but for now I wanted people to have an early look:
Our guests this week are Les Leopold and Norman Solomon.
More about our guests:
Les Leopold is the executive director of the Labor Institute in New York, and author of How to Make a Million Dollars an Hour: Why Hedge Funds Get Away with Siphoning Off America’s Wealth (J. Wiley and Sons, 2013). You can read his articles here.
Norman Solomon wrote the nationally syndicated “Media Beat” weekly column from 1992 to 2009. His latest book is “Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America’s Warfare State.” Solomon’s book “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death” was published in 2005. The Los Angeles Times called the book “brutally persuasive” and “a must-read for those who would like greater context with their bitter morning coffee, or to arm themselves for the debates about Iraq that are still to come.” The newspaper’s reviewer added: “Solomon is a formidable thinker and activist.” The Humanist magazine described the book as “a definitive historical text” and “an indispensable record of the real relationships among government authorities and media outlets.”
A documentary based on the book was released in 2007.
Solomon is the founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, a national consortium of policy researchers and analysts. He was IPA’s executive director from 1997 to 2010.
His book “Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn’t Tell You” (co-authored with foreign correspondent Reese Erlich) was published in 2003 by Context Books. “Target Iraq” has also been published in German, Italian, Hungarian, Brazilian and South Korean editions.
A collection of Solomon’s columns won the George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language. The award, presented by the National Council of Teachers of English, honored Solomon’s book “The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media.”