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This edition: Fighting for Fair Play on TV and Taxes

Episode Details

Original tape date: May 21, 2012.

First aired: May 21, 2012.

With the 2012 campaign season moving from primary to election mode, Bill invites back to his studio master media decoder Kathleen Hall Jamieson for a closer look at the role media misinformation will play in the Obama vs. Romney TV ad slugfest. Jamieson runs the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, including the sites FactCheck.org and FlackCheck.org. On this week’s Moyers & Company (check local listings), Jamieson discusses the sharp increase in deceptive advertising in the 2012 race, and equally-alarming new obstacles to campaign ad transparency.

Later in the show, Bill talks to RoseAnn DeMoro, who heads the largest registered nurses union in the country, and will lead a Chicago march protesting economic inequality on May 18. DeMoro is championing the Robin Hood Tax, a small government levy the financial sector would pay on commercial transactions like stocks and bonds. The money generated, which some estimate to be as much as $350 billion annually, could be used for social programs and job creation – ultimately to people who, without a doubt, need it more than the banks do. Though the power and influence of Big Banking is intimidating, DeMoro and her organization have an inspiring history of defeating some of the toughest opponents in government and politics.

Guest List

RoseAnn DeMoro Executive Director of California Nurses Association, National Nurses Organizing Committee

Kathleen Hall Jamieson Director of Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania

Bill Moyers Broadcast Journalist, Host of Moyers & Company

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