Questions of patriotism and of terrorism—the domestic variety—are now dominating the airwaves. Yes, the economy’s bad but perhaps not bad enough to drown out the guilt by association narrative being trumpeted by Sarah Palin and John McCain. But McCain and Palin have their own baggage. Why aren’t we hearing about it? Today on GRITtv JOE CONASON, CHOIRE SICHA, and LOGAN NAKYANZI POLLARD look at the power of partisan media and where that power actually lies. Is it a level playing field or do right wing talking points i.e., Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, the word Hussein dig deeper than McCain’s Iran Contra ties and Sarah Palin’s secessionist past?

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders, author, and host of RadioNation on Air America Radio, has built a reputation for courageous investigative journalism coupled with compassion and a sense of humor. In writing her last book, Blue Grit, she traveled the country reporting on grassroots success stories and broadcast live to over 150 radio stations from community centers in places including Helena, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Miami, Las Vegas, and Milwaukee. In her television appearances (Lou Dobbs, Larry King Live,) on radio and in her many books (including Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species) and articles (The Nation and others,) Flanders calls for a new politics of fairness, equality and citizen action. Articulating the human dimension of American communities in trouble, her programs have become destinations for those seeking the skills and the will to make a difference. Flanders is a regular contributor to the Nation Magazine and CNN. Before joining Air America, where she was part of the original lineup, and hosted “The Laura Flanders Show” for three years, Flanders was the founding host of the award-winning “Your Call” weekday mornings on public radio, KALW in the Bay Area and CounterSpin, the radio show of the mediawatch group, FAIR.