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Friday media roundtable: Italy's elections & US debt propaganda

On today’s Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the $85 billion dollar mandatory cuts set to begin on March 1st and the right-wing corporate PR campaigns trying to influence budget talks. We’ll also discuss the parliamentary elections in Italy. We’ll be joined by investigative journalist David Cay Johnston, PR Watch’s Mary Bottari and NPR’s Sylvia Poggioli join us from Rome. Where did you see the best reporting this week? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Sylvia Poggioli, senior European correspondent for NPR's foreign desk covering political, economic, and cultural news in Italy, the Vatican, Western Europe and the Balkans

David Cay Johnston, columnist for Tax Analysts and the Columbia Journalism Review, author of several books, including The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind

Mary Bottari, director of the Center for Media and Democracy’s Real Economy Project

Web Resources:

NPR: Benedict XVI Leaves The Vatican, Headed To Retirement

NPR: 'The Real Jiminy Cricket': Unlikely Candidate Upends Italian Elections

CJR: Time to leave budget biases behind

PR Watch: Peterson’s Puppet

Girlfriend in a Coma:  A film by Annalisa Piras with Bill Emmott

PR Watch:  Peterson's Pyramid

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