Counterspin, for July 7, 2006 - 2:00pm
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John Feffer on North Korea
Neil DeMause on welfare and poverty
This week on CounterSpin: North Korea's launch of several missiles on July 4th revealed once again the sensational and crisis-driven nature of US media coverage of North Korea. While media dredged up stories of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's irrationality and eccentricity, coverage left many Americans ill-informed US/North Korea relations. Korean expert John Feffer will join us to talk about the latest alleged crisis.
Also on the show: Remember Ronald Reagan and his Cadillac-driving welfare queens? Now that the White House wants to tighten public assistance even further, officials are pushing a new image: welfare recipients will no longer get work credits for getting massages. What is that actually about, and does anybody -- in the press corps that is - care? We'll hear about the latest round of welfare changes from journalist Neil DeMause.