December 14, 2017
The Tax Bill’s Increasingly Narrow Prospects in the Senate
The Death of Net Neutrality and Murdoch’s Windfall
Will a Corporate Hireling Get Away with Thwarting the Will of the People
We begin with the Republican’s frantic search for ways to pay for tax cuts as last-minute holdouts like Senator Rubio demand concessions in the tax bill that is expected to be finalized on Friday and voted on next week. Edward Kleinbard, a Professor of Law at the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law who was the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation whose latest book is “We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money”, joins us. We discuss how the Republicans are rushing the bill through without independent scoring and any consultation with Democrats to get it passed and on Trump’s desk before the new Democratic Senator Doug Jones is sworn in. And even then with Senator Corker remaining a no vote and Senators McCain and Cochran hospitalized, due to the Republican’s narrow majority in the senate, Vice President Pence, who would break a tie vote, has had to delay an overseas trip, indicating the vote in the senate is on shaky ground.
hen we examine the blow to Internet freedom resulting from the 3 to 2 vote today by the FCC to overturn net neutrality in a victory for a few corporate monopolies at the expense of broad democratic opposition from consumers who will soon find that their Internet will be like their cable TV service, a poverty of choice in a rigged market where Comcast, Verizon and AT&T foist their content on you while slowing down or blocking the content you want. David Carroll, a professor of media design at the New School where he explores the intersection between media design, culture, policy and journalism, joins us to discuss how Rupert Murdoch is likely to use the $52 billion from the sale of his entertainment assets to Disney to boost Fox News and expand the number of local TV stations Fox has.
Then finally we will look further into the killing of net neutrality by the FCC Chair and explore Ajit Pai’s ties to movement conservatives following his appearance in a video produced by The Daily Caller that mocks supporters of net neutrality and features Pai dancing with a producer with The Daily Caller who promoted the “Pizzagate” conspiracy. Victor Pickard, a Professor at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and author of “America’s Battle for Media Democracy: The Triumph of Corporate Libertarianism and the Future of Media Reform”, joins us to discuss whether a corporate hireling will get away with thwarting the will of the people.