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Midmorning: Poverty politics and newspaper oversight

Posted at 7:36 AM on July 19, 2007 by Bill Wareham (1 Comments)

Presidential candidate John Edwards hopes his tour of places in poverty will bring the issue home to more people. But polls suggest that not even low-income voters favor Edwards as a result. At 9 a.m., Kerri Miller's guests will include Lawrence Mead, professor of politics at New York University. He has written extensively and testified on welfare reform. He's the author of New Politics of Poverty: The Nonworking Poor in America; Peter Dreier, professor of politics at Occidental College; and Robert Dallek, a presidential historian and author several books on LBJ's presidency including, Lyndon B. Johnson: Portrait of a President.

At 10 a.m., the topic is newspaper ownership, and specifically Rupert Murdoch's $5 billion bid for The Wall Street Journal, perhaps the most notable among recent changes in ownership of dailies. We'll talk with a former editor about the future of the newspaper industry. Byron Calame is a former public editor for the New York Times. He is also a former editor of the Wall Street Journal. Also Dante Chinni, senior associate with the Project for Excellence in Journalism and a columnist for the Christian Science Monitor. He's one of the authors of PEJ's State of the News Media 2007 report.


Comments (1)


Edwards and other politicians must create an anti-poverty constituency outside of the deadlocked and stale liberal-conservative dicotomy on poverty if they want to be taken seriously.

Posted by Ted | July 19, 2007 9:23 AM