Thursday, February 13, 1997

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  • Community Activists Are Organizing Against Media and CIA

    When The San Jose Mercury News last year ran an expose linking the CIA Contra Army in Nicaragua and Crack Cocaine trafficking in the United States, the mainstream media studiously ignored the revelations. But when the Dark Alliance series by reporter Gary Webb sparked grassroots outrage and sharp attacks on the CIA for — at a minimum — sanctioning illegal narcotics trafficking, the major newspapers were forced to pay attention. However, The LA Times, The New York Times and The Washington Post — among others — all published stories downplaying the story or attacking the San Jose Mercury News. Now community activists and media watch groups are organizing against both the media and the CIA with two major actions next week. Joining us to discuss the press reaction to the San Jose Mercury News stories and the mobilization next week are Steve Rendall, a senior analyst at Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting otherwise known as FAIR, a media watchdog group based in New York. FAIR is helping to organize demonstrations at offices of The LA Times, the New York Times and The Washington Post in five cities nationwide on Monday.

  • Cuts to Medicare

    Like many of the legacies of FDR’s New Deal as well as those of
    the Great Society programs of the 1960s, the Federal program
    guaranteeing the elderly and the disabled access to medical care —-
    otherwise known as Medicare -— is under sharp political attack
    from conservative forces. A number of proposals are on the table
    in Congress ranging from cutting Medicare spending, rolling
    back home health care, and making wealthier people pay more.
    Already, Congress and President Clinton agree that Medicare
    spending will be slashed by at least $140 billion over the next six