Wednesday, June 7, 2006

  • Family of Unarmed Iraqi Killed by U.S. Forces Says Marines Had Asked Him to be Informant


    U.S. military investigators believe the killing of an unarmed Iraqi man in Hamandiya in April was planned by a group of Marines who shot him in the face and then planted a shovel and an AK-47 rifle at the scene. Friends of the victim told Knight Ridder that Marines had approached him several times asking him to be an U.S. informant. We go to Baghdad to speak with the bureau chief for Knight Ridder. [includes rush transcript]

  • Time Magazine: Military Investigators Place Officer in Charge During Haditha Massacre in 2 of the Houses Where Killings Took Place


    We speak with one the Time Magazine reporters who broke the story of an alleged massacre of 24 unarmed Iraqis by U.S. marines in Haditha last November. He reveals that military investigators have place the officer in charge of the unit that day–Sgt. Frank Wuterich–in at least two of the houses where the killings took place and that there may also be surveillance tape taken by a military drone that was operating in the area. [includes rush transcript]

  • How the Press Rolled Over for Bush: Media Critic Eric Boehlert Takes on the Corporate Media


    We speak with journalist Eric Boehlert about his new book, "Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush." In it he argues that the mainstream media essentially gave up its role as defenders of the public interest and instead succumbed to pressure from the Bush White House and the conservative right. [includes rush transcript]

  • Thomas Friedman on "Petropolitics", Iraq, Israel-Palestine and the "Excuse Makers"


    Three-time Pulitzer prize winner Thomas Friedman turns from print to the screen with the television news special "Addicted To Oil: Thomas Friedman Reporting." The program focuses on the politics of the US reliance on oil. We talk to Friedman about "petropolitics", as well as his views on Iraq, Israel-Palestine, and the people he calls the "Excuse Makers." [includes rush transcript]