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January 27, 2010

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This Week on Midweek Politics with David Pakman / January 27th, 2010

Total Running Time: 57:49

MP3 Podcast: Available with entire Midweek Politics Archive for Members

This Week’s Topics:

–Eric Weaver, CEO of Opportunity Fund, joins us to discuss microlending, economic recovery, and much more.

–New stations in Massachusetts, Georgia, and Maine.

–Emails pour in about co- producer Louis’ claim that he does not vote in local elections, and no evidence exists that he ever donated to the Barack Obama campaign.

–The Supreme Court ruling that corporations have the same first amendment rights as individuals and may spend freely to support or oppose candidates for President and Congress, and analysis of which Justices voted which way, and the effect this could have.

–Do second amendment rights, by extension, also flow to corporations?

–The Hope for Haiti Now Telethon is television on CBS, ABC, NBC, CW, FOX, TNT, Weather Channel, MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, HBO, Showtime, Major League Baseball Network, Style Network, E! Entertainment Network, ReelzChannel, TNT, Comedy Central, Oxygen, Soap Opera channel ,Bravo, National Geographic Channel, Sleuth, G4, CMT, TV1, BET, MTV, MTV2, VH1, GMC, FUSE, Current, PBS, even streaming live on IMDb, Hulu and YouTube, but NOT on Fox News Channel, and we look at why, including whether its racism, anger that CNN’s Anderson Cooper was involved, or some other reason.

–Instead of showing embarrassment that his network alone chose not to air the Haiti Telethon, Bill O’Reilly expresses concern about whether donated funds will make it to the right people.

–Irate anger on the Midweek Politics YouTube channel from violently anti-gay listeners in response to criticism of anti-gay pastor Steven Anderson.

–New song parodies and press releases from the Westboro Baptist Church, which recently announced the God hates Haiti, and that Haiti has been punished by God with earthquakes and a high population with AIDS.

–Super Bowl advertising hypocrisy, with a possible anti-abortion ad featuring football player Tim Tebow and Focus on the Family on CBS, after CBS rejected a pro-gay rights ad for the Super Bowl in 2004.

–Fox News fawns over Scott Brown, running non-journalism fluff biography pieces about the recently elected Senator from Massachusetts.

–The Lieutenant Governor and possible Governor-to-be of South Carolina suggests that people should not provide food to the poor because they will breed.

–Airport hijinks, including one man trying to open the front door of a flight to Las Vegas while in flight, and a man caught with 44 endangered lizards in his underwear in New Zealand.

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