Thursday, January 2, 1997

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  • Pace of death row executions expected to increase in 1997

    As fewer funds are being allocated for attorneys to handle death penalty appeals and recently passed federal and state laws are set to speed up the appeals process, Bryan Stevenson and Richard Dieter discuss the politics of death row. The guests describe the importance of race and poverty in the appeals process and place the issue in its broader political context.

  • Getting into the Clinton’s Renaissance weekend

    Pacifica commentator Karen Friedman takes a fictional journey to the Clinton’s Renaissance weekend.

  • Snowjob: Corporate media’s coverage of Gary Webb’s "Dark Alliance" series in San Jose Mercury News

    Salomon asserts that establishment newspapers have done damage control for the CIA after San Jose Mercury News series reported on the CIA contra-drug story. He cites their reliance on CIA officials and implicated CIA agents as sources to exonerate the CIA. Peter Cornblue, who wrote an article in the Columbia Journalism Review on the subject, agrees with Salomon in that mainstream newspapers have endeavored to discredit SJ Mercury News in an effort to cover up their own failure in reporting the story. Cornblue, while acknowledging the importance of such reporting as the SJ Mercury News series, also notes the shortcomings of Gary Webb’s piece and how an even-handed reading of the series shows Webb went out of his way to implicate the CIA.

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