Danny Schechter the News Dissector is a frequent guest on my News Talk Online show on the Paltalk News Network. Friday I got to return the favor, appearing on his Dissector Radio show on the Progressive Radio Network along with the lovely Catherine Watters. The topic, the state of the news media today. Danny and I reflecting on how media organizations lack the resources today to investigate and put into perspective stories.
Too much he said, she said stuff going on that's passing for news coverage for our liking.
I enjoyed it and I'm hoping I've not worn out my welcome and I get another invitation. It was fun being on that side of the microphone for a change. Usually I'm the one asking the questions.
Here's the show - I come on about :40 minutes into the broadcast.
Speaking of questions, I asked a few Saturday covering the arraignment of the guy who allegedly fatally shot his girlfriend's 18-year-old son, then shot two more people - one fatally - on a Queens bus - because he thought the passengers on their cell phones were talking about him. He told the cops, according to his statement read into the record, that he believed people had been following him since September. The breaking point - when he got up that day he looked out his window and saw some people he didn't recognize.
And then, I had occasion to report about Leonore Zimmeriman. She's 84. And claims that, when she declined the full body scan at JFK because of her defibrillator and requested a pat down, the TSA folks strip searched her. The TSA denies they strip search or that this woman - who is obviously not a threat, was specifically strip searched. But she says that, somewhere in the process, her leg was banged up - and she has the marks to prove it.