For Immediate Release
Charlie Rose Opens Up the Deficit Debate
NEW YORK - Tonight's broadcast of the
Charlie Rose Show will feature a discussion of the budget deficit with
progressive economist Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy
Research and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.).
As FAIR's recent action alert noted (11/16/10), the Rose show's discussion of the White House deficit commission has been
dominated by right-leaning guests who were supportive of the plan put
forward by commission co-chairs Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson. FAIR
pointed out that experts including Baker have argued that the co-chairs'
report is fundamentally flawed. And Schakowsky, who is a member of the
deficit commission, has put forth her own progressive plan for deficit
FAIR thanks those who wrote to the Charlie Rose Show
and encouraged them to expand their guest list. And the Charlie Rose
show should be commended for taking these criticisms seriously.
The fact that the program is broadening its discussion is a testament to the power of media activism.
FAIR, the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. We work to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints.