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with mike stronger the no holds barred look at the global financial headlines tune in to conjure reports. of the that. is going on everyone i'm abby martin and this is breaking the set and the course technically over looks like a new kind of arms race is alive and well so european leaders have just announced they're forming a drone club decision upand decades in the making and france germany and several other nations are pouring money into a new generation of armed drones to rival those used by the u.s. and israel looks like all the america's unmanned kills are leading to a bad case of drone and b. but it's not just europe that has set its sights on these deadly robots for the last few years iran has been working on its own drone fleet this week the islamic republic unveiled its largest armed unmanned aerial vehicles to date capable of striking targets almost anywhere in the middle east in fact new avi's are so
popular now seventy six countries possess them according to government accountability office one can only hope our world leaders are taking into account the alarming inefficiency and deadly outcome of these drone wars because if they don't we'll find out the true danger of a global drone race. the power supply. it's a. very hard to take a. look. at you ever had sex with the terror that they're looking. for that.
let me say. this week another round of talks between the u.s. and a lot of other countries regarding the transpacific partnership or t p p are taking place in salt lake city throughout the week people have been demonstrating and protest the potentially disastrous effect this trade bill could have in fact that include everything from sweeping changes to the internet to limited access to affordable medicine is joining me now to talk more about these latest protests in utah as well as the impact the t.p. could have on the world i'm going to buy former salt lake city mayor rocky anderson rocky thank you so much for joining me on the phone it's great to be with yabby thank you so rocky you were at the tea party rally yesterday what was the main concern you gauge from the protestors. well there's a huge concern about the complete lack of any transparency these talks have been
going on for years behind closed doors and there have been lobbyists for some six hundred multinational corporations including of course halliburton wal-mart monsanto show. but the people in the media haven't been provided anything and there is so much at risk for the public health for the environment for access to viable medicines for regulation and protection against the ravages of the too big to fell financial institutions across the board these folks have come together in secret to protect the interests of multinational corporations and all of it so detrimental to the public interest and in the most anti democratic ways certainly let's talk specifically about you tom. what implications but the tea people have and your state rocky. well this is
something that's going to have huge impacts for people across the country and across the world we've already seen huge unemployment levels because of these shameful trade agreements in the past and this is going to outdo any of them you know it's it's not like we're we're paying low enough wages to people in china now we're looking to send those jobs to vietnam where they're paid about half as much this is going to now cost more jobs mean the offshoring of potentially millions of more jobs from the united states and with these trade agreements come lower wages fewer benefits fewer environmental protections and on top of all of that they're creating an extra judicial or extra legislative structure where there will be this secret court that will have precedence
over what our own elected representatives may decide to do to protect the public health and that's everything from disclosure of g.m.o. some protection against contaminants in our foods to. buy local first initiatives as i said protection of the financial industry last i wanted it this is more about these these secret courts that you're talking about of course you just mentioned the expert expedition of race to the bottom an expedited not yesterday there was a hearing on capitol hill where michael froman the u.s. trade rep said that the u.s. i'm sorry that the t.t.p. is a living agreement and there will be absolutely nothing to change u.s. laws from this agreement with these secret tribunals do we believe him rocky absolutely not in fact one of the things that we've only found out because of wiki leaks and thank god for those leakers who are getting the p. people the information
is that they're trying to extend the monopolization period under patents which means far greater costs for medicines that are necessary for life threatening illnesses so i wouldn't trust these people i don't trust a thing they say the representative here in salt lake city for the trade u.s. trade representative said yesterday that they are aiming for and these were her words unprecedented transparency well abbie you're there with the media are you able to get their the text of their the documents that they're proposing because we the people haven't seen anything yet except for what's been leaked through wiki leaks absolutely not rocky but of course we know that over six hundred corporate advisers as you just mentioned most trustworthy corporations out there how full access of attacks are on the negotiating table of course the people up in the dust
in recent weeks as you just mentioned i mean significant blows the tepee wiki leaks exposing part of the intellectual property tax congress finally speaking out against the fast track do you think that without the fast track congress could actually hold plug on this trade deal. well i certainly hope so and we the people need to let our representatives in congress know that we've drawn our line if they betray us and our democracy in such a manner that they would allow this to be fast tracked after all these years of secret negotiations they absolutely have no entitle me to be representing us in congress most of them don't anyway because they're on the payroll of many of these same corporations that are trying to make the sweet deal for themselves and fleece the american people and fleece millions and millions of people around the world. rockey we have about a minute left is this a corporate coup d'etat it is there can't it that's
a great expression for it because they have taken over now they've already bought out congress washington's up for the highest bidder but now they're doing all this in secret and having the audacity to say that it should be fast tracked without the public knowing what's going on without any real debate in congress and without any amendments it's absolutely shameful and this obama administration has sold up to the corporate sector as much or more than any of its prior presidents and i don't he it is a sort of a shock in the face of the corporatocracy is revealing itself thank you so much rocky anderson for getting out there speaking to divide the people former solich city mayor former us presidential candidate. but your.
homelessness has become an epidemic of the wall street journal fifty thousand people in new york city spent the night in homeless shelters this year breaking the record for a single night here in d.c. there's been a stunning rise in the number of homeless families just in the last year the number has grown by eighteen percent according to u.s. department of housing and urban development but the harsh winter effect in most parts of the u.s. at least homeless people more crabapple climates don't have to worry about frostbite case in point hawaii see there's an estimated seventeen thousand homeless residents on the big island alone and although they don't have to worry about lethal temperatures the issue still a problem that legislators been trying to tackle for quite some time but thankfully one lawmaker is taking the matter and to his own hands see democratic representative tom brower has found a unique way to tackle homelessness check out this report from hawaii news now.
the man with a sledgehammer is state representative tom brower this is his contribution to solve hawaii's homeless problem and i got tired of telling people you know i'm trying to pass laws i want to do something practical that will really clean up the streets. yes guys this is real this is not the onion this is a real state representative democrat mind you is wandering around the streets of his district beating the hell out of shopping carts full of homeless people's belongings all while boasting his well worn armani hat apparently brower hates homeless people so who for mucking up the streets of his rich neighborhood that he thinks he has the right to treat them like vermin now there are a couple different levels of sociopathy happening here folks the first is actually wanting to do something like this the second is actually doing it and the third is doing it as a representative then turning it into a p r stunt for your political campaign not to mention that brower is littering in the process by throwing the objects he finds in the cart on the ground and leaving
their deformed skeletons on the streets thankfully community leaders are flabbergasted at the cirrhotic and potentially dangerous behavior are speaking out against it mariya graham is executive director of the mental health america hole wyoming so that browers tactics were sending the wrong message she said his message to the public is that it's ok to commit acts of violence begets homeless people against vulnerable people it's ok for vigilante justice but brower has a great response of the critics who say his behavior threatens hawaii's most vulnerable. i don't want to be threatening to anybody but i think it's threatening to steal things and then walk around with them like it's their own brother says he has yet to take a card from a hole this person who's pushing it but that may be coming he supports other efforts to remove abandoned property. this is his way of pitching it away to embrace that aloha spirit brauer you know. i hope this little political stunt
destroys your career but this is salt on the poor in the dark side of paradise is contrasted luckily by a much more uplifting story so new orleans residents are showing their solidarity with the homeless community in the big easy by choosing to sleep outside in order to raise awareness and money for a local homeless shelter so this isn't just happen in the crescent city it's also happening in places like boulder colorado just last week about eighty people participated in a sleep out which raised more than eighty thousand dollars for homeless and youth in the city now overall homelessness is actually on the decline in the u.s. thanks in large part to the two thousand and nine stimulus with federal programs like food stamps and unemployment benefits being slashed the number may rebound soon already youth homelessness is an all time high increasing by seventy two percent since two thousand and seven so as long as legislators ignore this growing epidemic or solve the problem by beating up the shopping carts hopefully the
ordinary people can improve the plight of the homeless one sleep out at a time. coming up a failure of the updates surrounding b.p.'s oil nightmare for gulf residents and silencing of critics. i've got a quote for you. it's pretty tough. they wait substory. let's get this guy like you but we're about done stead of working for the people most titian's the beach the media works for each other right on stage and. they did rather well. i think. they would like to do it. did you know the price is the only industry specifically mention in the constitution and. that's because a free and open press is critical to our democracy. albus. role. in
fact the single biggest threat facing our nation today is the corporate takeover of our government and our press difficult we've been a hydrogen right hand full of transnational corporations that will profit by destroying what our founding fathers once built up i'm job market and on this show we reveal the big picture of what's actually going on in the world we go beyond identify the problem try rational debate in a real discussion critical issues facing america if i ever feel ready to join the movement then walk a little bit. of the the. same that life has been hard for gold residents following the two thousand and ten
deepwater horizon oil rig explosion is an understatement to the spilling of two hundred million gallons of crude oil in the gulf of mexico has created an environmental and a health nightmare but according to b.p. life in louisiana florida mississippi has never been better. than the south lawn it's beautiful you can go deep sea fish the temperature to play. golf courses are all that are then in practice that special rates and migrating waterfowl almost ridiculous the first watchers card so if you visited earlier this year come on down if you buy ready then here come on back to mississippi far easier alabama the close america's getaway spot no matter where you so cut down and help make twenty twelve an even better year for tourism on the gulf it's going to help me break their b.p.'s p.r. machine in the corporation's ongoing assault on its critics i was joined earlier by . that's a good journalist who's been covering the spill for the last three years i first asked him about the p.r.
firm ogilvy and mather. hired to silence its enemies on why. they were hired primarily to run the b.p. america facebook page and that's what they did in addition to basically doing the general p.r. effort for b.p. through the disaster to manage the message as they put it themselves and they did this very very effectively i mean for example when tony hayward made that gaffe of saying i want my life back it was it was ogilvy that was in charge of basically doing disaster control on that so they came in and started becoming b.p. apologist and making it appear as though well that was taking out of taken out of context in this sort of thing but that as well as all the social media so b.p.'s twitter feed as well as b.p.'s america facebook page and let's talk about specific examples of what was happening with people works pressing concerns on the facebook page and give us some examples of what this entailed problems arose when people were using the page as it was set up was to give b.p.
feedback positive and negative mostly negative about how they were handling the oil spill and one woman who goes by the alias marie because she is under she feels a direct threat from people working for b.p. and ogilvy that were coming on the pages and people who were making regular critical comments against b.p. more than finding themselves receiving comments from what i referred to as internet trolls people who go in and cause disruption in chat rooms and in comment sections in meeting places online and things like this and so she started receiving bellicose derogatory remarks degrading remarks and things and then this escalated to over threats trolls posting pictures of side arms in even arsenals of semiautomatic weapons and then also contacting people at their workplaces and causing disruption there and this was happening not just to her but several other people as well and she ended up collecting reams of data screens track.
facebook profiles of these people and then carrying it all the way to directly linking them to people already working directly for b.p. or ogilvy so she believes as does the law firm that she's hired to investigate this further that b.p. and ogilvy themselves have hired these trolls directly to. try to silence critics of b.p. . break down really quickly going to what evidence is there to show that these trolls do indeed work for the p.r. form of b.p. directly she felt the facebook profile profiles of the people making the harassment in the threats in things like this and then went through their friends list and then found out these people's interactions with these friends so she found people that were friends and associates with people working directly for ogilvy and mather p.r. for firm and then in other instances some of the other trolls that were friends and associates working very very closely. at that time as well as in the past with
people directly employed with b.p. itself and of course we know about the sockpuppet accounts that you can kind of host up to ten different accounts and make it look like totally legitimate facebook profiles which could be the case here let's talk about outside the internet you talk about how scientists have also been blocked from oil spill access to do their job to make proper assessment can you elaborate on that part of the story. there's a woman i spoke with she's an associate professor of entomology at louisiana state university linda hooper we is her name and she told me that early on in the spill she was going out and collecting data to survey how the ecology was going to be impacted so specifically insects and spiders how were these populations in the marsh areas around the impact zone being impacted and they'd started to collect data or studies were going well and then she started running into a problem of sheriff's departments people working for the u.s. coast guard as well as people working for fish and wildlife who would come out. all
of them always accompanied by someone working directly for b.p. and then moore's barring her from going back into these areas where she had previously collected data barring her from going back in to continue her studies despite the fact that she had permits issued from the relevant states where she was carrying out her research that of course granted her access into these areas so she was being directly barred and then when she took this up with them and said look i have the proper permits i'm a scientist is trying to do my research for my major university here they said look we can have you arrested if you if you try to push this matter so that she was literally barred from continuing that all on and then this prompted her out of frustration to write a rather searing op ed for the new york times on this matter criticizing b.p. for doing just what i mentioned and being afraid of the data that she was producing which was obviously showing very very dilatoriness impacts on these insect and spider populations that she was studying from the oil spill and then when the
morning the same morning that she published this op ed with the new york times she actually received a call from a chief financial officer with b.p. basically asking her how much money she would need to be quiet or if she but that came in the form of how about we hire you and pay you whatever amount you want to ask for and she refused to do so and went public and made very public statements about exactly what was happening and then was never contacted by this person again wow amazing story is this sort of intimidation still going on to this day or was this pretty much in the aftermath of this bill. well the online intimidation according to marie who continues to track these things as well as some of her friends as she told me she says that there there was enough pressure applied through the deputy ombudsman of b.p. a woman named billy guard who then eventually took up the issue with b.p. and when the government accountability project got became involved shortly after
that shortly. finally replied to the government accountability project in moree most of the trolling in the harassment stopped but she said there do still appear to be two of the trolls that were active from the beginning that do still make a presence known on the b.p. america facebook page today so it was it was it is declined rather dramatically but it does still continue at least to a certain extent and then with people. receiving people who have compensation claims against b.p. for example financial compensation claims so of these people around the gulf coast do. have have talked to me about instances where they have received harassment from people but they haven't been able to directly tie them to b.p. itself and as we know of course b.p. is fighting tooth and nail to not provide those compensation claims we'll get into that a little bit later but you know this seems like really counterproductive for public relations firm and the opposite of what they should be doing which is galvanizing support for the company i mean what's different about what b.p.
is doing because i feel like if you're a giant corporation you have the money i feel like a lot of people would engage in these kind of tactics what's different about this. well clearly they have enough money enough resources at their disposal they just feel like if they run a big enough spin campaign of nonstop t.v. newspaper ads radio ads all around the gulf as well as around the rest the united states for that matter that they had they started this the day the spill started and they continue them to this day that they have pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into p.r. to try to convince everybody that they you know things are better than they really are and another another instance i always steven marino is the fellow's name who worked for ogilvy at the p.r. firm that convinced b.p. to set up the b.p. america facebook page and then let them run it and he gave a very interesting talk at university of texas austin exactly two years after the spill almost to the day and in this talk he's talking to
a class of. students i believe it was a about the p.r. machine that they ran and he was very specific about the types of things that they would do he he gave the example of anyone who's familiar with the stories maybe seen there's a b.p. commercial where there's an african-american woman named iris and she claims to be from new orleans and from the gulf and she's working for b.p. and she's standing there with a shirt on saying you know i'm from new orleans i'm here with b.p. and we're not going to leave until we make things right he said they would run these ads and then track the media impact of them via facebook and twitter gauge audience response three cut the ads based on that response and then run them again immediately in order to quote unquote target the constituents more effectively so that's the level the really insidious and precise level that they were functioning on and from what i can see continue to function on today. darya been invested in it since the deepwater horizon oil spill in two thousand and ten you know as you just mentioned if we watch b.p. commercials at the birdwatchers paradise the goal line come on down and the seafood
it's all good can you talk about the reality on the ground as it stands today this is really many people down there are referring to it as a silent disaster silent not because it's not happening but because of really a media silence in the government silence around what's going on i mean first and most obvious there's been dramatic ongoing impact on the eco system for example just this year. from march to august of this year three million pounds of oil debris washed up on the shores of the state of louisiana that is twice the amount in the same time period for last year so every time there's a storm every day when there are seasons changing there's just a constant barrage of oil debris washing up still not just in louisiana but in alabama mississippi and florida these pictures are widely available today as a result we see fishing industry that is in crisis so i talked to many many fishermen this last trip that i just returned from
a couple of weeks ago and they're saying look one of the problems we're seeing is there's no babies we're not seeing baby fish we're not seeing baby crabs we're not seeing baby shrimp so what we're worried about is while we're still catching fish so fish numbers they're declining slightly but to dramatically yet that we're worried about the fact that there's no new fish coming in to replace what we're catching and that's very distressing to them particularly considering that we're about three and a half years past the a ridge the origin of the disaster and we have to remember that in the wake of exxon valdez in one nine hundred eighty nine alaska it took four years for the herring population to collapse so we need to keep that in context and so that's one of the big issues that's ongoing down there that people are obviously very very concerned about right i mean we're going to see the real of facts and for generations i mean this is a whole ecosystem not connected to a lot of different things are of course that correct said that highly toxic dispersant at peace. sprayed all over the surface of the water to make it look like there was less oil who knows what that's doing let's talk really quickly about the state of compensation claims in the gulf and b.p.
originally predicted. almost eight billion dollars but of course they've surpassed that and also do you think that they've been punished enough as we know b.p. was still one of the main oil and gas providers for the pentagon that the government do enough to punish this corporation we have about a minute. absolutely there's they've been very very tight on paying out compensation playing claims they've paid out very very few just literally a handful of health related compensation claims for psychological damage even though there's a mass another silent disaster down there is a massive amount of psychological trauma p.t.s.d. all kinds of alcoholism and drug abuse happening because of economic distress of people in the fishing industry in a state of collapse and all kinds of problems along that they have not paid out one compensation claim dealing with any of that and they've taken our defensive tact with the ongoing federal trial in new orleans saying well we're taking we're being taken advantage of people are filing too many false claims in this kind of thing so they're doing everything they can to effectively weasel out paying the compensation
that is due and the federal government is not really in my opinion from what i have seen him from what everybody i've been talking to now in the gulf they do have these claims against b.p. they're saying look we're not getting help. investigative journalist and that's it for our show tonight you guys want to break this. technology innovation. developments around. wealthy british style. is not on the tirelessly.
market why not come to. find out what's really happening to the global economy with mike's concert for a no holds barred look at the global financial headlines tune in to conjure reports . all people are interesting but he has something to show everybody. i'm not the kind of person want to sit next to an airport. i mean there's always in the waters about how that's whether it's a ballet dancer a ballplayer those things that are clues to this is just things i think about. that were not of. larry king he is the
world's great interviewer quite a treasurer here in los angeles and also in the united states he has spent decades interviewing prominent politicians as well as many of the people in the stars that you see here on the hollywood walk of fame and he has made such a big name for himself along the way that he has become almost as big as the stars themselves. as much for his suspenders as he is for his questioning style theory he has spent three quarters of his life learning about other what makes them tick why they choose a certain path and who they are when the to. runs armstrong. down with truck drivers presidents and every profession in between and in this list of questions ever written down asked by perhaps the most curious man on the planet has an
addictive personality is always with you right this lifetime commitment. yes i am magic going around we're taking a long hard look at me it was never. going to run if this system is at fault the system is capitalism is socialism the answer since you are daniel whitney that is my real name and why you larry the cable guy why did you steal my name but after fifty six years of shining the spotlight on others one big question remains who is larry king so let's turn the tables and find out what makes larry king live interview. what question is there that i could ask the great interviewer himself that you haven't already been asked i've been asked many i guess you get asked. what it's like to be almost eighty and the answer would be it's weird because. when i was a kid no one was i don't know anyone eighty. men left us in their late sixty's maybe
seventy's i don't go on so i think you reach seventy one so i never expected this and i still pinch myself that all my father died at age forty six i was nine and a half in fact when i was forty six i thought i would die because he died before six so just to be approaching this is kind of a double edged sword i i appreciate the fact that i'm still here and i still can be active yet it's weird. i think of myself as a because i still think of myself as kind of seventeen larry wasn't always a king he was born in lawrence liable harvey zeiger a jewish boy who even from a young age love to things broadcast in the brooklyn dodgers a man love for baseball is something that larry carried is with him even to this day he has written books and interviewed scores of players he even put in a bid to try to buy the dodgers franchise back in two thousand and eleven in fact
some of larry's favorite memories are from baseball is there a favorite moment in your life a favorite memory. when the dodgers won the world series in one nine hundred fifty five the yankees had beaten this five world series and we finally won one. and i can relive that whole less than. that later got to me all the people involved that you're johnny padres else than ours the last thing the reese who threw him out could reach and get everybody involved. but when they won the pennant. i was twenty one years old and have lived through the pain of losing. being very good and still losing i've had a lot of moments. but a personal moment was when the networks are.
larry's career started off at a small radio station in miami where he worked the morning shift as a disc jockey along with two afternoon newscasts and a sports cast later in the evening after a day full of radio work he walked over to a small restaurant called pupper knicks where larry would interview the first person to sit down in his radio booth for years this was larry schedule they all sing from one gig to the next color commentating for the miami dolphins football team on the side three years later he took his radio program to a television audience and spread his influence even further by writing columns for the miami herald and miami news entertainment sections in no time larry king became mr miami it was this legacy of hard work that larry brought with him when he joined ted turner c.n.n. in one thousand nine hundred five good evening my name is larry and this is the
premier edition of larry king live every night at this time we'll be here for one hour with one of the fascinating people from all walks of life. for the next twenty five years larry king live entertainment informed audiences all over the world he now holds the world record for hosting the most shows on the same network during the same time slot at nine pm eastern a slot that he holds with his new politicking show on our t.v. larry king was the face of c.n.n. but then on june twenty ninth two thousand and ten after interviewing over forty thousand guests breaking the news making the news and so much more larry king announced his retirement. i talked to the guys here at c.n.n. and i told them i'd like to and larry king live the nightly show that this fall and c.n.n. has graciously accepted to agree to during this announcement larry said he wanted to spend more time going to the baseball games of his two young sons thirteen year
old kamin and fourteen year old chance and just when everyone thought larry king had retired for good it is all next on politicking with larry king he hit the airwaves yet again this time on r t with not one but to shows larry king now and politicking you sound like to tease i am and most people would assume that freidman would be done the whole militarist nationalist do you think the public is just plain tired of war yeah i am right and gonna stand there's no stories anymore about afghanistan boys coming home both patty and caesar attempted suicide with talk of lent a little about that let's get into it why don't you try to kill yourself i found i missed that oh i miss the action i missed this whole i like interviewing people. i miss the whole schtick i miss media i just missed it and then some wondered when scully of a dodger announcer who was eighty six and signed on for another year said that he
came back because he's past the age of retirement. i thought that was funny so i must be past the age of retirement beyond the age of retirement and still full of questions i don't know where the stamina comes from. and i hope it keeps up i take a lot of vitamins i take prescription pills to. and i try to keep my mind alert i read a lot i'm always reading books i stay active and thing is i'm a political junkie i'm a sports junkie. i have a great staff around that helps a lot. i don't understand myself. i thankful for it is what it is it is a five sometimes six day a week work schedule timed down to the minute four days a week he hosts larry king now thursday nights politicking takes over artie's late night airwaves it is then re aired the next day in english and also translated into
spanish and arabic for artie's global audience which reaches over six hundred million people a rigorous schedule you even for someone in the height of their career let alone an eighty year old seasoned interviewer so how does he do it it's only a half hour rather than an hour and it's very relaxed it's not a news network so the atmosphere is more relaxed it's the set is home here the feeling is different it moves a little faster the part i miss is when you're doing now you do news every day i miss staying on top of a news story i don't get to do that when there's a shooting maybe out of guns laws in america have we have shootings every day when there's a shooting or some sign a tragedy i want to be in the hunt you know when nine eleven happened. i worked for
seventy three straight nights i was that ground zero two weeks after it happened. i was in the mix i miss that kind of action so the show i'm doing is easier much easier to do much more relaxed more much more informal and on a much different platform than larry has ever used to communicate before he's written newspaper columns and books his iconic voice has transmitted over the radio but his new show started on the internet before hitting the airwaves of an international network that is broadcast from asia through europe as well as in north and south america i thought it wouldn't be but i'm a part of the internet and. it's funny about technology i have always been benefited from it but i never understood it. when i started on the radio i don't know how we're transmitting now you know you're not talking and people going to see us in their homes in
a box oh does it get from us that box. i know it does so what i'm doing is nothing different than what i did in miami in one nine hundred fifty seven when i started that's fifty six years ago. i'm doing the same thing on the way your book i'm asking questions getting answers but i being transmitted i member first time i was on a satellite i couldn't believe i was doing my radio show and we had to guess what sometimes if they were in the studio would be on the phone and then they said we don't need the phone you know satellite was a satellite satellite where you're being up and they want to c.n.n. you go up twenty two thousand five hundred miles and you've been down across the street and into moscow i was at work trying to explain that to thomas jefferson so i sceptic knology i'm rooted in it but i don't do i understand how it's how it
works i do not. and what you did right there is a very good example of why you are still doing what you are doing which is asking questions do you think there ever be a day when you run out of questions no never and robots will never host the show and no because the people always all people are interesting. everybody has something to say some may be more interesting than others but everybody's got a story everybody has a story and people are fascinating and i'm not the kind of person want to sit next to on an airplane because i'm constantly curious about why i can go back to being a member like nine ten years old i get on a bus and asked the bus driver what do you want us pilots we want to fly a plane and things that are curious to me it's just things i think about all the time as an airport the other day and i was talking to the pilot and i said to him
and we're going down the runway you know it's going to take off. that's a good question hop you know we're not a. big plastic. would like to do the job did you know the price is the only industry specifically mentioned in the constitution and. that's because a free and open press is critical to our democracy shred albus. role. in fact the single biggest threat facing our nation today is the corporate takeover of our government and across several we've been hijacked trying handful of transnational corporations that will profit by destroying what our founding fathers once sold to us my job market and on this show we reveal the big picture of what's
actually going on in the world if we go beyond identifying the problem trying rational debate and a real discussion on the critical issues facing america to find ready to join the movement then welcome to the big picture. the. last time as a new alert and a big scripts scare me a little bit. there is breaking news tonight and we are continuing to follow the breaking news in the. alexander family cry tears of the war you and your great big other that have had regard in a court of law found alive there's a story made for a movie is playing out in real life.
i know c.n.n. m.s.n. b c fox news have taken some not slightly but the fact is i admire their commitment to cover all sides of the story just in case one of them happens to be accurate. that was funny but it's close and for the truth from the might think. it's because one full attention and the mainstream media work side by side with you is actually on here. and our teenagers we have a different right. ok because the news of the world just is not this funny i'm not laughing dammit i'm not god. i don't know if. you guys have to the jokes will hand out to me that i'm.
because of his curiosity king as won enough awards to fill an entire room this is my ego like whenever i'm through a lawyer going to look at all this i still can't believe that i should open to a show that would be a lifetime worth of interviews landed larry the peabody award for excellence in broadcasting in one thousand nine hundred eighty two for his radio shows it was the first time a radio talk show was ever awarded such an honor in one thousand nine hundred nine he was inducted into the national radio hall of fame mary went on to win yet a nother peabody award for excellence in broadcasting for his tunnel vision program in one thousand nine hundred two four years later he was inducted into the broadcasters hall of fame the next year he was given his very own star on the
hollywood walk of fame then in two thousand and eleven larry won the lifetime achievement emmy he also won ten it table a c.e.o. awards for best interviewer and best talk show series over the course of his career . hard work coupled with the ability to transform along with the mediums the news is conveyed on during his time in the limelight larry has seen so many of these men amorphous scenes from print to satellite to the internet the way the world ingests the news looks nothing like it did in one nine hundred fifty six when larry zeiger started out something that he is keenly aware of over the years you have seen journalism change so much what is journalism today is every day with everybody is a blogger everybody is a journalist immediacy is there's a good and bad for example when the bombs occurred in boston. we knew about it instantly and we and the pictures were taken of the culprits and that went
on the internet in the newspaper and they were found and caught on the other hand some wrong people were identified people jumped to the news too quick put some wrong information out and people were hurt so with good came bad with this instant communication and twenty four hour news and everybody trying to top everybody else when you have a lot of jumbled journalism so sometimes i think back to the days when there were three networks and p.b.s. and maybe we were a little better off are we knew our walter cronkite's and our you know huntley brinkley's and we knew our a.b.c. n.b.c. c.b.s. and we knew that edward r. murrow was atop the scene and we counted on them and those walter cronkite and edward r. morrow's have become a dying breed in the never ending pursuit for breaking new however there are some things that larry refuses to let go of i love newspapers and my
niece i read five or six a day and my first throw in the morning is picking up bad news i like newsprint on my fingernails you don't get that newspapers don't they were relevant because you know the story i like news for background i like op ed pages i like to read readings are gone. my kids they're both big sports fans i'll see something in a paper and of read this i've been notary and everything's on the little computers and things and so on in the world of technology i accept it but there's a lot i miss i have more information now i might have had better information then. and then everybody is a journalist if you block things out rumors spread false false things go out people people tweet things out and they're wrong and they're right and it's a whole i don't know if i want to be a kid today. to go i wonder what the world's going to be like because it's totally
totally unpredictable but i'm curious enough to want to know what's going to happen next if you lose your curiosity then. i feel sorry for people who don't read you don't ask questions and people do it a lot in life people are asking questions oh but i do it for a living and getting paid for doing something that i would do anyway. i mean i would ask questions anyway so if i if i were with someone and from city with a president whether i was on the air or not i still be asking questions well let's speak about some of the people that you have talked to you have interviewed every single president since nixon was there a time when you started to really get a grasp of the person rather than the politician and always was the person i never when i interviewed authors i was more interested in the author than the book the book was secondary to the author what motivated the book how i got involved in this
so what fascinates me about politicians whether their presidents or a mayor is what politicians do is something we don't do they put themselves on the line and they have what we don't have they have a november. we don't have a november they have it over and people count and they get accepted or rejected we have ratings and stuff but that's passing. so when you want to be president and fasten why why do you want to why would you want to be with someone i want to be president i'm curious about what's it like to be president what's it like when the phone rings at three in the morning can't be good call your phone rings at three am or it can't be a good call so so i'm interested always in the wise in the house and that that's whether it's a ballet dancer a ball player or president it's still who what where when why we all have it all the time who what where when why because of the name larry has built for himself
over the years as a figure interviewer he has had the opportunity to become close with the presidents if one interviewer could pick up the phone and get a president on the line larry would be your guy he's seen them on their best days reported on their lures days and has come to know what they are like off the camera nixon was. an incredible bright. and secure interesting. involved i don't know how great a leader he was but he was a great analyst and if i were running a network he'd be the first one i'd hire to tell me how his situation got to be the way it is i don't know he solve it well but he analyze things well he saw the big picture and he loves sports so i love talking sports with him ford was a great guy just. just hail fellow well well meant
pat you on the back just a real good guy got a personal handwritten letter from him here just i wrote i just did we did a special on him and he will be over aung letter on appreciating it you just a genuine guy carter was extremely interesting control freak. hands on funny guy people dismiss carter but they forget that he kept in the nucleus submarine i don't know many people who captained nuclear submarines he's the greatest former president does more work never financially crazy so a lot of presidents get what do i make after i was caught up with this and that and i genuinely liked him and appreciated his goodwill and he had a nice men are above him while he was not a strong person he had the minimal reagan was
a rock on tour storyteller easy to be with fun i was with him in an interesting stage of his life i interviewed him right after his presidency we talked about being shot and everything and then i got to see him when he slowly was getting all simon's so he would tell a story and then i have to tell the same story not realizing you told it it was kind of sad but he was fun to be around. bush bush one wonderful guy. involved in interested in you knew the names of your kids bush was the kind of guy if you came to your house would read the thank you letter in the car on the way home wrote a lot and written letters and i love barbara barbara bush got mad at me the first time when i was wearing braces. but word jacket on the white house well we've become good friends because she was mad that i i have but this is much ticked.
clinton was the best the best in terms of for an interview subject nobody but. brilliant unbelievable chemistry look to write me i answers the questions you've asked bush number two i liked for his baseball stuff i wasn't a great fan of his presidency but that didn't matter to him what you thought of him didn't matter to him which was really a nice trait. whereas nixon would be what is he take me you know bush didn't care what i had i had of one of the funniest times best times i've had the white house was when i didn't do a broadcast but i wrote a book called while a baseball and i got invited to spend two hours in the oval office with president bush just talking baseball no politics no media no baseball and at the end of it i had just arrived in washington and he was leaving to go to california and i
remember he said to me you want to lift you're going to go back to california if we could go back on air force one and talk more baseball but i had to stay to do tapes and i was kind of a fan of the sort of throw up obama is well within himself. obama is not a hugger. he's a law professor. i like him a lot he's a great speech maker i find him easy to be around but not loving. but he's well within himself he's comfortable with and i'm so great father and a great family man despite unparalleled access to some of the biggest names in politics industry an entertainment and his many books and talks larry says he still holds true to the brooklyn boy he was before fame fell upon him in fact looking back he says he might not have chosen to be larry king's the famous interviewer if
he did it all again think. i don't know rather have been a stand up comedian. because of all the things of accomplished and almost things the biggest kick i get is making people laugh less not i am seated dinner honoring george lot of the famous producer left in him and i said some funny things and when you say something funny and the audience laughs there is no higher hit than that there's no bigger hit that's that's been spoken joints is but there's nothing like business thrill it goes through you when you go make someone laugh and the stand up comic has a daily life about and so i've had a lot of rewards for my life but the reward of laughter i've done a comedy tour i do a lot of speaking but to have it on a regular basis to be funny for
a living that's it now because fifty six years of experience larry king space can be seen from sea to shining feet on everything from taxis to but there. larry king's face is so famous people can identify him without it. part is that our logo dress has glasses and suspenders there's no face in the local and hair and people know who it is which is nice to be identified as for his legacy i hope detained in form but. by that when people tuned in then listen to me on the radio watchman told me no watching the internet. but columns will read the book that i. may be like a little better that they learn more. end of the road when they were at the beginning. and then along the way they were entertained. and then if you you know
if you can if you can embed a little touch make into someone's life the home will preach it to people come over and say they you know joy you work. i guess in the spirit of the people to say that i i think i've added to the culture fifty sixty years and still asking questions proving that even in a democracy we still answer to the king thank you guys. i know that. this aside but i'm a big corporation kind of can consume can do i'm the banker all that all about money and i think that's like that for a politician to write a lot about. bankers. there is just too much pressure is it
make a profit. motive might go to do its job did you know the price is the only industry specifically mentioning the constitution constantine that's because a free and open process is critical to our democracy which i call books. that i know i'm tom on and on this show we would be a live picture of what's actually going how i'm going to go beyond identifying and trying to rational debate a real discussion critical issues facing america have my camera go ready and join the movement then welcome to the big. time same saxon for tom hartman in washington d.c. here's what's coming up tonight on the big picture.