August 24, 2003 |
In a sleeper case called Nike vs. Kasky, the U.S. Supreme Court decided this term not to rule whether private corporations can be punished for fraudulently misleading consumers about their overseas labor practices. Nike Inc. contends that it enjoys the same 1st Amendment right that flesh-and-blood citizens have and that its PR statements are protected as free speech.
July 7, 2003
Re "Free Speech for Firms Too," editorial, July 3: Just get real. Tell me that Nike didn't lie about its labor practices to sell more shoes. All these extensions of constitutional protections to corporations weaken protections for people. Better the corporations just publish "the blandest of platitudes" than protected-and-paid-for lies. Norma Arbisser Los Angeles Corporations are not "persons" under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution and therefore are not guaranteed equal protection under the law like you and me. I strongly suggest you take a read through Thom Hartmann's new book, "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights."
February 17, 2007 |
Though comedian Al Franken, who gave up his Air America radio show for a U.S. Senate run, may have been the best-known personality on the liberal talk network, his time slot might be in even better hands now, a local station executive says. Thom Hartmann's three-hour program had been syndicated by Air America; now the network has begun airing it throughout the network in Franken's old 9 a.m. to noon window. "I think Thom's better than Al.
March 3, 2007 |
"Progressive Talk" station KTLK-AM (1150) juggles its lineup starting Monday, further distancing itself from the troubled Air America liberal radio network, and adding the former "Mr. KABC" to weekday afternoons. A late-night fixture at KABC-AM (790), Marc Germain now moves his show to 3 to 7 p.m. on KTLK, where he'll go by his real name, or simply Mr. K. "He's definitely the biggest horse out there that became available," said Don Martin, KTLK's program director.
January 5, 2008 |
When Jay Leno returned to "The Tonight Show" this week, he made light of how he was back to writing his own jokes. But some members of the Writers Guild of America weren't laughing. Responding to complaints by members, the WGA on Friday said it would begin proceedings to determine whether the late-night comedian had violated the guild's strike rules.
April 6, 2007 |
Fans of liberal talk radio were no doubt baffled in recent weeks by the decision by KTLK-AM (1150) to relegate its popular midday personality Ed Schultz to the lesser time slot of weekday evenings and replacing him with a host with a lower national profile. But while listeners may be puzzled, Schultz himself thinks there's a conspiracy at work, one involving "progressive talk" station KTLK and struggling liberal radio network Air America. "It's not a radio decision," Schultz said by phone.