Iowa talk-show hosts are a pretty small club. The corporate-owned “public” airwaves carry nationally syndicated crazies who are to the right of Genghis Khan. Local right-wing talkers – Mickelson, Conway and Deace – get paid handsomely to beat up on gays, the poor, minorities immigrants, women, teachers, etc., while defending the right of Corporate America to act with impunity.
Before we got dumped by the Very Big Media Conglomerate, Bradshaw and I – the Iowa talkers on the left – got paid minimally (Bradshaw) or actually shelled out big bucks to be on the air (me – yeah, I really am dumber than I look).
Now, we innovate. We create new opportunities for other local voices. We work to bring balance to the conversation. We do an end-run around the corporate interests that want to silence the voices of dissent, Soviet-style. It’s a work in progress, but the first two weeks of online shows went very well, and I thank all of you who listened and called-in.
Monday, Bradshaw is on the Fallon Forum with me! Over the weekend, we were discussing content and were reminded about how many things we disagree on: nuclear power, the recent court ruling on political attack ads, how to “fix” the Democratic Party, Star Wars’ cultural value (or lack thereof). Bradshaw is wrong on all these issues, wrong meaning . . . he doesn’t see it my way. (Oops, sorry, I had a brief Mickelson/Conway/Deace moment there.) So call-in today and help me tell Bradshaw why he’s all kinds of misinformed.
Tuesday – Thursday, much of the week’s programming is in flex mode, subject to breaking developments at the Iowa Statehouse and elsewhere. Let me know if you’d like additional notification of program updates as they develop, which I announce in a brief daily e-mail called, appropriately, Fallon Forum Daily Notice.
Friday, I’m speaking at the Restoring Freedoms Conference in Scranton, Pennsylvania, so Dr. Charles Goldman and his brother Dr. Stephen Goldman fill-in. According to an FDA consultant, there are more than 200,000 injuries and 2,000 deaths related to the use of various medical devices. And those are only the ones reported to the FDA. The response of federal lawmakers on both sides of the aisle has been to make it even easier for the manufacturers to gain FDA approval of their often faulty devices. Stephen shares his perspective as a medical safety expert and former FDA Medwatch director.
So, join the conversation, Monday-Friday, online from 12:00 noon-1:00 pm on my website, and call in at 244-0077, or toll free (855) 244-0077. Video podcasts are available, too, and we’re working on getting the glitches out of the audio-only podcast option.
Thanks! — Ed