TOM OSBORNE (R-NE)
One person outraged by the Superbowl halftime show was Representative Tom Osborne (R-NE), co-chair of the Congressional Sex and Violence in the Media Caucus, aimed at protecting children from violent images and sexual content in the media. Osborne is the co-sponsor of two bills: one seeks to regulate profane language and another to increase by ten-fold the fines to broadcasters who violate indecency laws. Osborne talks to Bill Moyers about his efforts to combat indecency on our TV and
Radio airwaves, and about whether he foresees a decline in decency
standards with the rise in media concentration.
DAVID CAY JOHNSTON
NEW YORK TIMES Pulitzer prize-winning financial reporter David Cay
Johnston has spent the past nine years exposing loopholes in the tax
code. He reports that what American know about their tax system has nothing to do with the reality of it, and readily admits that for most of his 37 years of investigative reporting, he did not understand the tax system himself. David Brancaccio talks to Johnston about some of the surprising things revealed in his new book, PERFECTLY LEGAL: THE COVERT CAMPAIGN TO RIG OUR TAX SYSTEM TO BENEFIT THE SUPER-RICH, AND CHEAT EVERYBODY ELSE. "The fundamental thing I've learned is that the
members of Congress who are passing these laws don't have any idea about their impact," says Johnston. "I mean, what their belief about how the tax system really works has about as much to do with reality as my third grandson's belief in Santa Claus."
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