Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Patt Morrison for Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:30




1:30 - 1:39

Bloomberg News wins another round against the Fed

The full U.S. Court of Appeals in New York has ruled that the Federal Reserve must disclose the names of the banks that received TARP money as part of the government’s massive 2 trillion dollar financial bailout. The Fed has seven days to pony up the names unless the court issues a stay.  If there is a stay, the Fed will have 90 days to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.  It appears likely that this case will make its way to the highest court in the land.  Bloomberg News filed numerous FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests in an attempt to acquire the information, but was unsuccessful. So they filed suit against the U.S. government.  The Feds contend that releasing the names could cause “irreparable harm” because it singles individual banks out as financially insecure. So is the public’s right to know greater than the government’s right to protect? It may be up to nine people to decide.



Amanda Bennett, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist, Bloomberg News



  • She was one of the editors that decided to bring the case against the Fed. 




1:41 – 1:58:30

Law & Disorder: FRONTLINE investigates police misconduct in New Orleans

“We have authority by martial law to shoot looters,” one New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) captain allegedly told a group of police officers. Henry Glover was caught in the crossfire of a police force desperate to exert control over a situation that had literally spun completely out of control. Glover was shot in the chest just days after hurricane Katrina hit, his charred remains found in a burned car by the side of the Mississippi River. Five New Orleans police officers were indicted on charges of murder, obstruction of justice, and civil rights violations by a federal grand jury. But Glover may not have been the only victim of a police force that FRONTLINE contends ignored long-established rules governing use of deadly force. There are at least nine ongoing, federal investigations into misconduct by the NOPD. A federal prosecutor told FRONTLINE that, “…an absolute, complete transformation has to happen if NOPD is to survive as an effective law enforcement agency… I think it’s necessary even to the survival of the city."  Law and Disorder: today on Patt Morrison.



A.C. Thompson, Frontline correspondent and ProPublica reporter



Tom Jennings, producer, Frontline



  • Law & Disorder airs Wednesday, August 25 (TONIGHT) at 9pm on PBS (check local listings)




2:06 – 2:30

Will the recession kill the family-owned restaurant?

Are you opting to eat out less and at home more? You aren’t alone, and the impact is being disproportionately felt by independent and family-owned restaurants across the state, but particularly here in Southern California.  The percentage of restaurants that closed their doors in Southern California was twice the national average.  The southland lost a thousand more restaurants than it gained over the last year.  Many restaurants are offering reduced prices, promotions, and/or preset menus with a special price to entice people to eat out during these tough economic times.  Others are cutting back on staff and portion size. How are independent restaurants coping, and what are some of their strategies for filling empty chairs?  If they don’t survive, will there be a Tony Roma’s, Olive Garden, and a Daily Grill on every corner?



Jot Condie, President and CEO, California Restaurant Association



Kelli Richardon, Director of Communications, The Farm Beverly Hills



  • They have a model that is working. They have been expanding their business over the past 3 years. Including opening a location in 2008 at L.A. LIVE and a remodel of our Beverly Hills location this year.




2:30 – 2:58:30

Conversations with California’s congressmen and women – Rep. Adam Schiff

As members of Congress get ready to go back to DC after their recess ends in early September, they're preparing to deal with a number of issues. Among them are the unprecedented rate of unemployment, the continuing economic downturn, and foreign relations issues. To top it all, mid-term elections are rapidly approaching, elections which could make or break the Democrats’ House majority. In the next few weeks, Patt talks with House representatives in a short series. Representative Adam Schiff stops by the studio to give his take on midterms, the economy, and issues relating to the intelligence community and foreign relations.



Rep. Adam Schiff, (D-CA’s 29th District), member of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee, and the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government under the House Appropriations Committee; also a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as well as the House Select Intelligence Oversight Panel




Jonathan Serviss

Producer, Patt Morrison Program

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