Monday, February 7, 2011

Patt Morrison for Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:39




1:41 – 1:58:30

About to Die: How News Images Move the Public

What purpose do news images serve? When we see a mangled body in a war zone or in a car accident; blood on the streets of Cairo; or images of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords being carted off to an ambulance—how does that arresting visual change our understanding or feeling about a story? Those are questions Barbie Zelizer tackles in her new book, About To Die, which explores how images of death and disaster have shaped journalism over time. The mere mention of JFK or 9/11 stirs collective memories because, as Zelizer explains, photographs from newspapers and magazines, as well as video from the television and the internet, provide an unending train of pictorial detail that continues to impact the public. Analyzing over a century’s worth of visual documentation – from the Chicago Fire of 1871 to the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 – Zelizer exhibits an array of human fatalities and attempts to define what they mean for the people left behind.



Barbie Zelizer, professor at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania; she is also the author of Remembering to Forget: Holocaust Memory through the Camera’s Eye as well as Covering the Body: The Kennedy Assassination, the Media, and the Shaping of Collective Memory.




2:06 – 2:30

Death by a thousand cuts: the national, multi-layered movement to repeal health care reform

Last March, Congress passed the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare or the health care reform law) much to the chagrin of a large chunk of Americans and lawmakers. The battle may be over, but apparently the war isn’t. Republicans vowed early on to come after the law full-swing as soon as they had a majority in either house of Congress. So when the Republican majority House of Representatives of the 111th Congress took over in January, low and behold, one of the first things new Speaker of the House John Boehner did was call for a vote to repeal the law. Not shockingly, it passed the House, but wasn’t nearly as successful in the Senate. Congressional efforts aside, 28 states have filed or signed onto joint lawsuits challenging the Affordable Care Act’s constitutionality, and 38 state legislatures are considering drafting laws to curtail portions of the law. It doesn’t stop there – grassroots efforts, some of which have been very successful, are underway across the nation being led by organizations like Freedom Works, Tea Party Patriots, and Americans for Prosperity. While anti-reform voices are loud, so are pro-reform voices. California’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris, recently issued a joint statement with seven other state attorneys general defending the Affordable Care Act. So how successful with these attempts be? Legally, how much of a chance do they stand? In any case, it doesn’t seem like those fighting against the law are going anywhere for a long time.




Kamala Harris, Attorney General of California

  • Recently a joint statement with 7 other attorneys general defending health care reform


Dallas Woodhouse, Director, North Carolina chapter of Americans for Prosperity

  • AFP is a free-market organization that helps organize activists
  • Successfully conducted an e-mail campaign in which he contacted AFP NC’s 50 thousand members urging them to contact state lawmakers and ask them to support legislation that would require NC’s attorney general to join a lawsuit against the reform legislation.
  • More than 10 thousand e-mails were sent to lawmakers using the form Woodhouse provided
  • The bill passed in NC on Wednesday Feb 3rd.



2:30 – 2:58:30

Cameras in the delivery room – pictures worth a thousand… lawsuits?



Laurie Shifler, mother of eight who challenged her hospital’s “no pictures in the delivery room” policy




Dr. Joanne Conroy, Chief Health Care Officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges



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