tv The Day - News in Review Deutsche Welle April 7, 2018 12:02am-12:31am CEST
now a month ago a chemical weapons attack in britain almost claimed their lives today your year is talking and her father is no longer in intensive care while they slowly get better the battle to own what happened to them is only getting worse off in berlin this is the day. we cannot ignore what has happened to be present in a feverish new trying to find new confirmation of their absolutely indefensible position was. tending to bring to the chemical weapons in syria and. the videos we want to cross check their claims but they're not allowing us to you and we can. the way that she seeks to and to mine. institutions which have to say this is the end and. we told our british colleagues that you're
playing with fire and you will be sorry. also coming up at the u.s. corporate media giant accused of turning a local t.v. news into trunk t.v. and the movement to stop it from owning the airwaves and american public opinion. oh the easy to stop the soon clear merger to greenlee dangerous to our democracy sixteen leaving. for we begin the day with an unexpected recovery inside a british hospital today doctors made the surprising announcement sergei scrip all the former russian spy who was almost poisoned to death last month is now doing so well that he has been moved out of intensive care his daughter who was also attacked with that nerve agent identified as nobody joe is also doing better and talking to u.k. police now outside their hospital relations between russia and the u.k.
and the west could soon flat line ever since the attack on the square poles number ten downing has remained adamant that russia must have been involved but this week science and social media have gotten in the way at the british lab where the nerve agent was identified scientists said that they could not precisely determine where the substance had come from a direct contradiction of what u.k. foreign secretary boris johnson told d.w. news in an exclusive interview just two weeks ago on wednesday johnson's ministry deleted a tweet pointing the finger at russia and since then moscow has not given and in its claims that london is lying and orchestrating a cover up more on that in just a moment here is the hospital physician treating the scriptural. last day i mean flimsy is the condition has improved stable i also want to update you on the
condition of her father a sick a special. he's responding well to treatment improving rapidly and he's no longer in critical condition. joining me now is alastair hey professor of environmental toxicology at leeds university in england for fessor hey we appreciate. taking the time to talk with us tonight a month ago sergei and yulia screwball were slumped over a bench in solsbury today they are said to be recovering quickly is that plausible is that a plausible recovery from a a no b. choke poison. well i don't know good evening. case to be with you i don't know specifically about recovering from another choke agent because we know very little about these and is there any been one other case reported some years ago what we do know is that people have recovered from poisonings with other nose agents where they've been exposed to many times a lethal dose. and they have recovered often medical treatment in some instances
very prompt medical treatment and some have made a. complete recovery i mean this is it's surprising to us because i think i was in the newsroom solve the interview with the wash and scientists do now lives in the united states who says that he is the scientists to actually develop an invented no we joke and he said that it may not kill you but once it has impaired you there is no recovery from that so is he wrong is this or is this a different no the choke. well i mean it may well be a different nova chalk but. what we do know about different nerve agent other agents is that they inhibit the message from the to muscles and all of the symptoms follow from that it's affecting your breathing can affect the brain it's
oxygenation of the brain is restricted in any way makes people feel weak and many other things. but it's a treatment is appropriate and the and there is no reason to believe that there won't be a reasonable recovery the complications occur if there has been any interference with oxygenation of the brain convulsions are common with nerve agent poisoning so you have to deal with convulsions because that too can affect brain activity but in this instance i think it's being prompt treatment by paramedics when they arrived on the scene they would have cleared the airways kept people the couple breathing insisted they make sure that the circulation was working well heart function normal and then got them to our accident and emergency department to allow the doctors that to make an assessment and decide on treatment so i think it's good medical treatment here that's kept a couple alive as
a mystery before we run out of time i'm just ask you you know if we're not completely sure of what type of this is that how can we be so sure that it came from russia. well that i don't know the answer to that government has other intelligence that he does he used to sort of put together and is making the claim that it is crumb from russia or i can say is that i believe that they was outside our laboratory have found would be absolutely very fine by the o.p.c. w. that we are to wait and see what other evidence there is all right alastair hay professor of environmental toxicology at leeds university in england professor thank you very much we appreciate you being on the day. in the escalating diplomatic standoff between russia and the west unexpected boy from washington today the u.s. imposed some of its strongest sanctions on subban of russia's most influential and
richest all the dark sneh at the heart of russian president vladimir putin's inner circle the white house accusing him of playing a role in aggressive geopolitics including the meddling of the two thousand and sixteen u.s. election here's a look at who's been hit in moscow one of the most striking editions to american sanctions list is not him and putin son in law korea. he's vice president of russia's biggest petro chemical company c bore and worth an estimated one point four billion dollars another noteworthy addition is alex a miller he has russia's state owned energy giant gazprom and is a close friend of flooding is putin and then there's suliman karimov whose family controls russia's largest gold mining company the u.s. has also had a twelve companies to its sanctions list one of the targeted businesses this g.a.c. group which makes commercial vehicles it is partly owned by the top oligarch all
that during pasta who also faces personal signed jones. the west's firm stance off of the poisoning of a former russian spy in england is likely to have triggered to new sanctions. however the u.s. government has been under pressure to react following russia's the last interference in the last us presidential election cycle warfare and its military activity in ukraine in syria or jordan l. from washington by daniel fried he is a distinguished fellow at the atlantic council he spent four decades in the us foreign service in clearing being assistant secretary of state for european affairs as well as ambassador to poland ambassador fried it's good to have you on the show are these sanctions are they correctly placed to hurt russia where it kill its i think so far i think the trumpet ministration has done a good job with this are was the sanctions coordinator for the obama administration
and so i work closely with germany and other european countries putting together the obama set of sanctions i think put the trump people of done it is a strong move i applaud them for it they will they've gone after not the russian economy but against principly russian oligarchs close to putin i think that's the right move and they've gone after the companies these oligarchs on but they've avoided some dumb moves they didn't go after gas problem or gas sales to europe which i think would have been a mistake instead they've gone after putin's power structure that's the right step at this point the right step at this point but doesn't it seem a little a little too little too late. oh. look you can say that about any steps that anybody takes it's either too little too
late or too much the fact is the these sanctions you can argue may have been overdue but there are strong stop and following the poisoning and the excess of the two russians in great britain and the expulsion of russian diplomats it was important to show that we weren't going to simply follow the usual playbook of diplomatic tit for tat that we were going to take another step now the trumpet ministration has taken that others have and i hope that they're working closely with their allies britain france germany in the e.u. because it's important that europe act and the united states act in solidarity working together as a veteran diplomat bad as ambassador maybe you can help us understand how the president came to consider the just last week we heard that he was considering meeting russian president putin even at the white house and then
a week later he slaps same sions on putin's inner circle from the outside this appears to be schizophrenia policy. well there are many there are so many mysteries when it comes to this administration and russia it is not impossible to bring together as a russia strategy that encompasses working with the russians or trying to work with the russians where we can and pushing back against russian aggression everywhere else now that's possible but to do it you need a comprehensive russia strategy that you articulate that the president owns and that everybody understands that reagan did that. and i think fairly successfully and you have to go back to the eighty's to think of a of a comparably difficult period in u.s. russian relations the trouble is this administration has had trouble bringing together its russia strategy some of its actions have been good in fact it's
actions of been better than its words but i'll take good deeds and then hope that the policy framework will follow you know eventually use a goose administration has had the trouble of putting together its russia policy the trumpet ministration has really not consulted the state department on matters of foreign policy i mean we've heard time and time again from people at the state department that president trump is simply ignored them and you who spent decades in the foreign service how do you see this do we have an administration conducting foreign policy without a state department. well in the case of these sanctions the state department was consulted they were part of the process so you had a strong staff which was the result of a proper interagency process is the way the government is supposed to work but your
larger question is correct this administration has sometimes had trouble working with the professionals and i don't mean just the career people but even the political appointees in the agencies and that's a problem again i'm going to go back to the reagan administration president reagan had strong views about the soviet union and about communism but when he was successful it was because he reached out work with the set of the secretary of state george shultz the secretary worked with the foreign service and we got the best russian the best soviet policy we ever had as a country it is possible to bring together the political leadership and the government that is them the bureaucracy together and when you do that usually end up happy you did this administration i hope will learn from these sanctions that you can work with the system. and get good results instead of simply
ignoring it and hoping for the vast we we have heard from the us is in a most important allies time and time again that the fuel diplomatically they feel slighted since u.s. president trump took office at the same time he's been very generous when it comes to congratulating or complimenting authoritarian strong arm figures such as the turkish president or the chinese president so how do you build then a successful foreign policy with your allies when it seems that you have a strange them and when your enemies are suddenly be becoming. they seem to be the object of your affection. well it's even more confusing than that president trump says great things about the chinese leader reid says warm things about president putin and then his own government.
gets into a trade either a trade war at least a tariff tit for tat with china and we're pushing back on the russians so the disconnect seems to be almost at times the president himself and his who need ministration. i can explain that one to you it is possible to bring together policies that income that incorporate elements of cooperation elements of competition push back against aggression that can be done but you've got to start by working with your allies if you want to push back against russian aggression you need germany you need the u.k. france the european union if you want to push back against let's say president for a chinese trade practices why do you pull out why do we think it's a good idea of the pullout of the trans-pacific partnership that will be peak we
need to build well if i can put it this way we need to build on the foundations of the free world working with our allies first and best different we certainly appreciate your insights tonight thank you for taking the time to be on the day we appreciate it. in the united states controversy and outrage are growing over a corporate giant that has hijacked local t.v. news by forcing news anchors to deliver a message that undermines their own journalism and ends up being according to many a script meant for trump t.v. now we reported earlier this week that anchors at almost two hundred local stations owned by sinclair broadcast group had been ordered to read from the same script which implies that the mainstream media knowingly reports fake news of those anchors say that they were given the text and given the choice sinclair is in washington right now lobbying the government to give its approval to purchase even
more t.v. stations although this as prompted pushed back on the air take a look what happens when your local news if you can. see your owns this station and nearly two hundred others is forced to thinkers to research the same political message word for word no it's unclear is trying to control local news stations in seventy two percent of americans all tell the it's easy to stop the sinclair merger think streamlining our democracy extremely. well the pushback is also now political this week a congressman from california posted an open letter calling for the sinclair mergers would be blocked representative tony carr dentist tweeted a copy of his letter signed by thirty seven other lawmakers arguing that allowing sinclair to purchase more stations will result in higher costs for consumers and less content at
a lower quality. well sinclair has fired back this week at critics saying that it is simply advocating better journalism with its can and must run messages now this week e-mails from sinclair's c.e.o. david smith were published in new york magazine and they reveal a corporate leadership openly hostile to the mainstream media and this is what david smith wrote to a reporter at the magazine who requested an interview i must tell you that in all the forty five plus years that i have been in the media business i have never seen a single article about us that is reflective of reality we don't talk to the print media as a general principle as we find them to be so devoid of reality and serving no real purpose the print media is so left wing as to be meaningless drivel which accounts for why the industry is and will fade away just no credibility
happy to see print media wither away and intent on taking control of the airwaves at the same time that is not my assessment but rather one that is shared by my next guest you worked as a news director at a sinclair t.v. station and then decided to call it quits i'm happy to welcome to the day aaron weiss he joins me tonight from just outside of denver colorado aaron it's good to have you on the show you grew up in a t.v. news family your mother was an anchor in arizona for three decades and you write that it only took a short time at juror midwest station or was it sue city i think that's where you were to see iowa and sioux city iowa it only took a short time for you to realize that sinclair was the evil empire what happened. shortly after the station was acquired i had been there for about a year and a half beforehand and right as soon as the station was acquired these must run scripts and packages started coming down and they're well documented all over the
place they have ever berry conservative slant to them and i don't have a problem with conservative news or liberal news my problem is that sinclair co-opts the credibility that it's news anchors have built up over years and decades in their communities and they use that credibility to advance their political agenda and that to me is unethical and we've heard sinclair this week in their defense they've said that what they're doing is they're only providing their stations with commentary and it's labeled as commentary but let me ask you while you were at your station were you able to provide commentary from any other source other than sinclair no that came up during the call with all the news directors in the group someone asked hey can we put local commentary on the air and the answer was a very firm no and that the gist of the reasoning behind it was basically they didn't
want to confuse the audience with mixed messages which i suppose is kind of insulting your audience intelligence if you think they can't handle hearing multiple opinions at once but that's very much for sinclair is coming from the only opinions allowed on the air or the ones that come out of corporate i mean i think when we heard the news about these anchors i mean so many stations being told that they had to read this script and basically being told you know you don't have a choice i mean we feel bad for them at the same time we thought well why didn't you stand up to management i mean what do you make of these anchors basically toeing the corporate line. they're trapped. harsh contracts are standard across the entire industry but sinclair contracts in particular include what are called liquidated damages so that if you try to leave your contract early sinclair will demand you pay back tens of thousands of dollars and i wrote
a piece in the huffington post earlier this week and immediately heard back from folks including folks who had worked for me and i hadn't even realized i had been threatened with these big lawsuits just for trying to basically go live with a fiance in some other city not even like go across the street just personal reasons and sinclair would not have it yeah we understand i think that at least one person maybe maybe two producers say that they have resigned as a result of what has happened in the last week but they're not talking to anyone. on the record or at least they're not going on camera are they afraid then that they could be sued for is that what you're saying that they could be sued for breach of contract because they've terminated their their contract i was fortunate in that i was never asked to sign a contract my supervisor corporate one point said hey we've got to get under contract and then a contract never arrived everyone else as far as i can tell is under contract and those contracts basically say yeah you can't talk even after you leave you cannot
reveal anything that went on inside the company and also for anyone still inside the industry it's hard for them to talk because regardless of your industry you don't want to get a reputation as a bomb thrower or a troublemaker so it having been now out of the in street for three years i have that level of comfort that folks still in the industry might not what do you think the the f.c.c. the federal communications commission do you think that it will approve sinclair's merger. given that the head of the f.c.c. is edge of pi who seems to be perfectly content to advance president trump's agenda i do expect they will he's under investigation so maybe something would come out of that that sidetracks the merger or maybe congress steps in but that would seem to be also unlikely at least until after midterm elections and we'd see what happens there but my guess is if i was wagering money the merger will be approved and go
through prior to mid terms what does this tell us about independent reporting in the u.s. you know here in europe we we scratch our heads and ask how can independent news be owned and operated by a commercial giant i mean have you been co-opted in the us. it increases the need for media literacy in the u.s. we have lots of commercial giants i've worked for many of them and sinclair is unique the other large station groups do have a true commitment to local journalism because they realize that good local journalism is also good business so while the model is somewhat unique you do have commercial businesses dedicated to good journalism and you also have nonprofit journalistic outlets you have national public radio you have p.b.s. that also do great work the challenge is it's not clear who owns what station
unless you're looking for it so if you're in one of these markets you don't know that sinclair came in and bought your station one day but all of a sudden your anchor that you've been watching for thirty years is all of a sudden introducing commentary from boris epstein president trump's advisor that's right and we were talking about that earlier today the chief political analyst there of sinclair yeah aaron weiss we certainly appreciate you taking the time to share your insights with us aaron weiss joining us tonight from colorado and thank you thank you so much appreciate the gents. well the day is nearly done but as ever the conversation continues online you'll find us on twitter either at u.w. news or you can write directly to me at t.v. don't forget to use that hash tag the day and remember whatever happens between now and then tomorrow is another day we'll see you again right here on monday.
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