This week’s program begins with an update from Kevin Gosztola on the Julian Assange legal case in the UK, including the recent ruling by the Home Secretary authorizing Assange’s extradition to the U.S. Gosztola explains why Assange didn’t receive an impartial hearing from the UK authorities and what this portends for press freedoms worldwide. In the second half-hour, Nolan Higdon looks at the recent Supreme Court opinion reversing Roe vs. Wade, and asks why national-level Democratic Party politicians never took preemptive action to protect abortion rights (the topic of a recent article he and Mickey co-authored at Salon). He and Mickey also discuss the state of the media, including the lessons from the rapid failure of CNN+, the cable network’s futile attempt to compete with new media by adding a streaming service that did little to garner a broader audience.
Kevin Gosztola is the managing editor of ShadowProof. He has covered the Julian Assange legal proceedings in the UK from the beginning, as well as other press-freedom and whistleblower cases. Nolan Higdon is a university lecturer in media studies and history in northern California. He’s also the author of The Anatomy of Fake News, and is a frequent guest on the Project Censored Show.