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Focusing on issues, not tweets, Raw Story and AlterNet’s Joshua Holland and Liz Preza talk politics with academics, newsmakers and progressive journalists.

October 9, 2017

One in 11 Americans Have Impulsive Anger Issues and Guns; Digby on Weinstein and False Equivalence

This week, we begin with Jeffrey Swanson, a professor of Psychiatry at Duke University, who will talk about an eye-raising study that he and his colleagues published in 2015 which looked at the number of Americans who display signs of impulsive anger and have ready access to a firearm. There was a subgroup among them that should be especially alarming. 

 

Then we'll be joined by Heather "Digby" Parton to talk about the media's obsessive desire to draw parallels between Harvey Weinstein, a sleazy Democratic donor, and Donald Trump, a sleazy reality-TV host whom the Republican party nominated to run for president of the United States and who is now far more popular among the party's rank-and-file than most elected officials who didn't confess to being serial sexual harrassers.  

 

Finally, we'll be joined by Yochai Benkler, co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, to discuss his study of the media landscape -- including social media -- which shaped the 2016 presidential election. 

 

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