Bill Moyers covers everyone's favorite topic, Janet Jackson's breast, but looks at it (and media) from a different perspective. Full program details follow.
This week on NOW:
* Talk radio...who's setting the nation's agenda? NOW reports in RADIO WAVES.
* Super Bowl, the afterglow, the aftershock. NOW travels to Capitol
Hill for the FCC hearings in TV NATION.
* Representative Tom Osborne (R-NE) is on a mission to stop indecency in the media. A Bill Moyers interview.
* Who will really benefit from the Bush tax cuts? You might be left
out. NEW YORK TIMES tax expert David Cay Johnston talks with David Brancaccio about inequality.
One-in-four Americans get some of their daily news from talk radio.
Despite the popular notion of liberal bias in media, the biggest names
on the radio airwaves are unabashedly conservative. With the ability of corporate media giants to create conservative radio mega-stars and reach a huge audience, many critics wonder if talk radio is setting the political agenda in America. NOW examines talk radio's power to change opinion, influence policy, and shape the upcoming elections.
Among those interviewed are Portland, Oregon's conservative radio personality Lars Larson for a look at how his nationally-syndicated radio show is influencing politics and policy locally, as well as West Palm Beach's liberal talk radio personality Randi Rhodes.
In the wake of Janet Jackson's infamous halftime show, both the Senate and House held hearings Wednesday on indecency in the media, questioning the FCC, Viacom president and COO Mel Karmazin, and NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. With this week's Comcast takeover bid for Disney, the second-largest hostile bid in US Corporate history, many critics worry that increasing media consolidation will make it more likely that indecent material will end up on the airwaves. As Big Media gets bigger, will local community standards suffer from a more permissive national standard? NOW heads to Capitol Hill to report.