Ep. 60: The End of the World as We Know It

3 Muckrakers final w ukp logo (Custom)We look back at the New Hampshire Primary, economic meltdown, the Calais jungle, the Zika virus, North Korea launching a satellite… yeah… right and more.

Join Denis Campbell, editor of UK Progressive magazine and Phil Parry former BBC anchor and editor of TheEye-Investigates.uk.

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 Story of the week

UK News

Junior doctors strike part deux

  • Hunt threatening to impose unilateral contract
  • Doctors seriously considering abandoning UK for OZ and other places
  • Do we really want doctors working 6-7 days a week and diagnosing illnesses?
  • Noun, verb and what we inherited after 13 years of Labour
  • How does David Cameron and Hunt get away with this?

Zika virus

  • WHO serious epidemic
  • Leads to birth defects and can be transmitted sexually?
  • Four cases of the Zika virus in the UK
  • US athletes will not go to Rio ’16 Olympics
  • Carnival ended this week, how many infected

Global financial meltdown?

  • US Fed chief Janet Yellen worries about China and it global impact
  • Oil market collapse, 35K jobs lost in Scotland in the sector
  • Why is this not page one news?

Calais Jungle

  • Growing political movement
  • Tim and Jane went there to show plight of 8K refuges in tent city trying to get to UK
  • Ukip hustings meeting, “I wish more of them had drowned.” Said to applause?

Seoul shut down joint north-south industrial complex

  • North Korea launched a satellite
  • Villified by the UN Security council
  • Long range missile delivery
  • (The Donald will eliminate him btw)

Twitter Messing with our timelines

  • Hashtag
  • Change not asked for but will do everything they can to monetise
  • Interesting reactions – they want the best items first on timeline but who says what is best?

Wales news

Minimum nurses bill passed into law

  • Will increase numbers of nurses on wards
  • Lib Dem initiative led by KirstyWilliams
  • Extra money clawed back for Universities and Local Authorities

Ukip Nathan Gill says members back him as leader in Wales

  • Execrable candidates, say outrageous things and most recoil.
  • My plan is attack fire with fire.
  • Bringing a gun to a gun fight instead of a butter knife.

Sexism in Western Mail

  • Appointed first woman editor Catrin Pascoe…
  • Portrayal of women is appalling from the 1970s
  • Miss Wales and Welsh rugby star wives and girlfriends called gorgeous.

Jack Straw on FOIA commission

  • As minister had a horrible record of blocking and hiding
  • Now could limit what the press finds out?

US News

New Hampshire Primary

  • New York Daily News headline – Dawn of the Brain Dead
  • Republican side: Trump, Kasich, Bush, Cruz, Rubio, Christie, Carson Fiorina, Gilmore
  • Delegates: Trump 10 (17), Kasich 3 (4), Cruz 2 (10), Bush 2 (3), Rubio 0 (7), Carson 0 (3)
  • Dems Hillary vs Bernie – big night for Sanders, 13 (34) Clinton 9 (32) for winning Iowa she won super delegates and they leave NH tied.. 15-15
  • But committed Super Delegates? Hillary 362, Sanders 8 (Total delegates 394-42)
  • Dem primary about to become about race, who can win black and Hispanic vote vs just angry white vote?

Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina are out

  • Rupert Murdoch called Chris Christie a suicide bomber, content to blow himself up
  • Now the lawsuits will fly.. predict he will be in prison very soon.
  • Carly finished 7th
  • Would not be in next debate
  • 7 Republicans left (Gilmore said he cannot win) vs. 2 Dems

On to South Carolina on the 20th

  • Hillary vs. Bernie
  • Bill Clinton was America’s 1st black president
  • Trump will crush the redneck vote
  • Republican establishment in deep distress

Flint Michigan Water crisis

  • Michigan Special Administrator laws
  • To save $5 million dollars went from buying lake water from Detroit to Flint River water
  • Problem is the corrosive lead in that water
  • Children lead poisoned for 21 months
  • State officials working in Flint had bottled water while residents were publicly told water is safe
  • Switched back but pipes are damaged.. will ned $400 million to replace pipes
  • Snyder trying to save himself
  • Will ask lawmakers for $195 million in aid
  • Described as a genocide

Pity poor Disney

  • Made $2.9 bn in the last quarter yet stock hammered -4%
  • Star Wars was a huge boost
  • The villain on the horizon: ESPN
  • $1.9 billion for NFL, $1 bn for NBA, $470 million for3 game college football playoff
  • Lost 3 million subscribers
  • Tough for media companies to comete and monetise digitally.

Settlement in the Happy birthday lawsuit

  • Warner Chappell owned the copyright through 2030
  • $14 million dollar settlement places the song in the public domain
  • Play it on air, you would get a royalty payment notice.


Three journalists and critics of today’s too cosy fawning media discuss the public relations SPIN today that masquerades as mainstream media news coverage.

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Denis G Campbell
Denis G. Campbell is founder and editor of UK Progressive magazine and co-host of The Three Muckrakers podcast. He is the author of 7 books and provides Americas, EU and Middle Eastern commentary to the BBC, itv, Al Jazeera English, CNN, CRI, MSNBC and others. He is CEO of Monknash Media and a principal with B2E Consulting in London. You can follow him on Twitter @UKProgressive and on Facebook.

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